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Neighborhood Guide

Thanks to Visit San Diego for a host of ideas of places to visit, explore and live in Coastal North County. Here’s an at-a-glance of various communities with selected beaches, activities, restaurants and experiences ready to be enjoyed. We’re happy to provide you with a personal tour of these incredible destinations, ready to call home.

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Neighborhood Guide


Carlsbad is one of the most northern communities in the San Diego County known for its beaches and cozy neighborhoods. It is a first choice for many people’s summer vacation because of the clean beach-town atmosphere, containing plenty of things to do at all times of the day. There are many attractions in the area for all age groups. This ranges from the famous Legoland theme park, to the first modern skatepark built in 1976, and all the way to a vibrant nightlife with many local restaurants and bars.

Residents enjoy all the benefits of a small beach-town, not unlike San Clemente, but with close proximity to the rest of San Diego. This allows for the people living in Carlsbad to easily venture out and explore very different parts of San Diego such as Downtown, Pacific Beach, La Jolla and many more. See if your perfect home is in Carlsbad!

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This beach city is located in the North County area of the San Diego region. Encinitas has five different communities, (Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia and Cardiff-by-the-Sea) each with their own distinct traits. Some of the attractions include the Lux Art Institute, the San Diego Botanic Garden, and the Self-Realization Fellowship temple and Hermitage.
Encinitas is also home to many notable people with just a few being, Tony Hawk, Mason Aguirre and Tim Foreman. The sunny skies, incredible views, and diverse set of communities make Encinitas one of a kind and a must see for potential new homeowners!

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Cardiff is an eclectic mix of long-time residents, worldwide tourists, business professionals, artisans, families, and individuals of all ages seeking to live the California dream.

The Dalzell Group has represented numerous transactions from both buyer and seller perspectives, with remodeling and ground-up builds bringing the charm of older homes back to life and seeing the vision of clients’ dreams into reality.

Known formally as “Cardiff-by-the-Sea”, you’ll find a charming, beautiful and historical northern San Diego County beach community. Located in Encinitas, it borders Solana Beach to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west with Encinitas on its east and north. With a population of under 12,000, Cardiff-by-the-Sea operates as a community of the city of Encinitas with its own zip code.

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The Olivenhain neighborhood offers residents additional land than many of the neighboring areas. All while just being a ten minute drive to the coast. With beautiful trees and landscaping this area is host to Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, a 800-acre park with endless trails for outdoor adventures.

This is a special enclave between Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad and coastal Encinitas bringing opportunities for equestrian and modern farmhouse lifestyles. Enjoy entertaining in expansive backyards with acreage ready for fresh vegetable gardens, pool parties and volleyball courts. “Toes in the sand” at the beach is just a short ten minute drive from Olivenhain.

Clients count on the Dalzell Group in Olivenhain to not only sell their home at top dollar but then to continue on as a client to find their next dream home — whether it be a new ground-up build in Olivenhain to downsizing with ocean views.

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Del Mar

Del Mar is known for its coastal elegance and seaside charm. A world-class destination due to its beauty, dining and history, Del Mar Village has a vibrant small-town atmosphere making it vocetable place to reside. The walkability and ease of the area makes it easy to enjoy the unique shops, restaurants as well as other offerings across the area.

In Del Mar, the Dalzell Group has represented both buyers and sellers, finding homes that check off all the boxes for lifestyle, charm and sophistication.

Del Mar has many local events such as Summer Solstice, Twilight Summer Concerts, Taste of Del Mar Farmers Market and is home to the renowned Del Mar Racetrack which brings the excitement of thoroughbred horse racing events during the summer and fall racing seasons.

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The Leucadia neighborhood features a walkable tight-knit community format with many of the residents of Leucadia having been there for generations.

The Dalzell Group has developed a host of stunning homes in Leucadia from a modern contemporary to coastal Hawaiian. With expertise in this sweet coastal town, the team has insight to upcoming properties coming to market, available sites to develop and new opportunities coming to market.

Located in San Diego’s North County Coastal region, known for having their own distinct personality making a concerted effort to ‘keep Leucadia funky.’ This can best be seen throughout the historic shops and restaurants that line Highway 101. Offering many beaches to avid-surfers and locals alike, Leucadia State Beach, Encinitas County Beach, Grandview, Beacon’s and Stone Steps are all accessible from the Leucadia neighborhood.

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Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Sante Fe is one of the nicest areas in San Diego located north-east of the bulk of the county. It is mostly residential with various gated communities spread throughout the area. It is an amazing community for growing families as it contains great both public and private schools.

It is far enough away from much of the chaos that comes with the city life of Downtown San Diego, but travel to there and other places around the county is extremely easy. If you enjoy a quaint, high-end community with a family friendly environment, look no farther than Rancho Santa Fe!

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