Cardiff by the Sea, CA Real Estate News

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Buyers seeking an eclectic seaside community with captivating ocean views will likely want to consider the Cardiff walking district homes for sale. Cardiff California, more formally known as Cardiff-by-the-Sea, is a beachside community with a strong surfing background and presence, gorgeous beaches, a small town feel and a blend of old and new - the people, retail, and housing.  Cardiff has two residential areas west of the 5 freeway that tend to be the most popular, (read pricey): the Walking District and the Composer District. Cardiff's Walking District is aptly named, for it is a walkable community (unless you don't like hills) west of Birmingham that allows folks fairly easy access to the downtown area and the beaches on foot - and popular with those who love to surf.  View from a C...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Hello and Welcome to Cardiff by the Sea Foreclosure properties. During the recent down turn Cardiff by the Sea home prices have experienced declines due to the overwhelming number of foreclosures and the tightening of credit. The region also faces pressure due to the recent rises in unemployment. So the question to ask, Is there opportunity to buy in this market? We believe the answer is Yes, but only with the right approach. The potential silver lining and opportunity here is the following: According to Dataquick, in the month of May, 2009 there were 3,094 sales in San Diego county which represents a 8% increase in sales volume over May of 2008. The median home price for San Diego has actually increased by 15,000 over the last 3 months from a low of 280,000 to 295,000 in May. The medi...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home.  The Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometimes be tricky.  READ MORE:  Cardiff by the Sea Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for June 2009 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed.  In June 2009 there were 5 homes so...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Cardiff by the Sea California Foreclosures, Bank Owned REO, Short Sale, and Homes for Sale June 29, 2009 Real Estate Silver lining or still too early to tell? Lets look at the numbers... May 2009 Foreclosure, REO, and Short Sale update. According to Foreclosure Radar (A service which tracks every single foreclosure daily in the state of California) in the month of April Foreclosure notices in the state of California saw a decline while foreclosure sales rose in the state of California. Sales at the actual foreclosure auction rose by 32 percent overall.  According to estimates foreclosure sales sold to third party investors at an average of a 28% discount from estimated market value. Notices of default dropped by an estimated 4.2% from the record level set the prior month.  Notices of Tr...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home.  The Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometime be tricky.  Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for April 2009 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed.  In May 2009 there were 10 homes sold in Cardiff, an 11% increase ...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Cardiff by the Sea California Auction, Foreclosures & Bank Owned REO Real Estate We have added a new Pre-Foreclosure and Foreclosure Auction Search feature to our website.  You can now search every Pre-Foreclosure, Foreclosure, and Auction property in San Diego County.  This new capability, along with the ability to search all active Foreclosure, Short Sale, and REO listings, along with the entire San Diego County MLS, makes the Four Seasons Realty Website one of the most up to date and informative websites in the region.           Click the Yellow Map Below to search Pre-Foreclosure, Foreclosure, and REO Properties.   April 2009 Foreclosure, REO, and Short Sale update. According to Foreclosure Radar (A service which tracks every single foreclosure daily in the state of California) in t...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
  Cardiff by the Sea California Foreclosures Real Estate Silver lining or too early to tell? April 2009 Cardiff by the Sea Foreclosure, REO, and Short Sale update. According to Foreclosure Radar (A service which tracks every single foreclosure daily in the state of California) in the month of April Foreclosure notices in the state of California saw a decline while foreclosure sales rose in the state of California. Sales at the actual foreclosure auction rose by 35 percent overall.  According to estimates foreclosure sales sold to third party investors at an average of a 28% discount from estimated market value. Notices of default dropped by an estimated 18.2% from the record level set the prior month.  Notices of Trustee sale (Foreclosure Auction) also dropped by 8.5% from the prior mo...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Hello and Welcome to Cardiff by the Sea Foreclosure properties. During the recent down turn Cardiff home prices have experienced declines due to the overwhelming number of foreclosures and the tightening of credit. The region also faces pressure due to the recent rises in unemployment. So the question to ask, Is there opportunity to buy in this market? We believe the answer is Yes, but only with the right approach. The potential silver lining and opportunity here is the following: According to Dataquick, in the month of March, 2009 there were 3,020 sales in San Diego county which represents a 43% increase in sales volume over March of 2008. The median home prices in Cardiff by the Sea for that same period have fallen by 11% to a median price for Cardiff by the Sea of 590,000 making Car...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Sandwiched between Encinitas and the San Elijo Lagoon, Cardiff by the Sea (a.k.a. simply as Cardiff) is the quintessential Southern California beach town. With surf shops, casual eateries (including some directly on the ocean), an easily walkable downtown (in the Walking District of Cardiff), a mix of new and old (its shops as well as its housing) and of course fabulous beaches and sunset views, Cardiff exudes a charm that rarely fails to appeal to first time visitors, and keeps folks coming back.  Certainly residents who live here, many of them for years, enjoy the charm, ocean views, and small-town feel and comradery of a community with long surfing roots, one that is comfortable with the past and being a bit different, but with a eye to the future as well. Cardiff is a place to disco...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home.  READ MORE: Cardiff by the Sea Cardiff's Walking District Cardiff's Composer District The Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometime be tricky.  Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for April 2009 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed reliable but a...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
A VISUAL TOUR OF CARDIFF BY THE SEA Cardiff (a.k.a. Cardiff by the Sea) is a charming, and eclectic, beach town a few miles south of Carlsbad bordering the San Elijo Lagoon. While it is officially part of Encinitas, Cardiff has its own zip code (92007) and a distinctive feel in the two residential areas west of the 5 and near the downtown area - The Walking District and the Composer District. READ MORE: Cardiff by the Sea Built on hills overlooking the ocean, many properties have dramatic whitewater, ocean and lagoon views, and Cardiff State Beach is a terrific place for surfing, strolling, and watching the sunsets. And don't miss the famous Cardiff Kook surinf statue, on the Coast Road at the end of Chesterfield. Watch for his costumes throughout the year. But rather than tell you, why...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home.  The Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometime be tricky. READ MORE: Cardiff by the Sea The Composer District in Carbiff The Walking District in Cardiff Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for March 2009 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed relia...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home. The Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometime be tricky.  Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for February 2009 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed.  In February 2009 there were 7 homes sold in Cardiff, over twice...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
We discovered a new place to taste, and buy, wine, in one of my favorite beach communities…other than Carlsbad, of course. Wine Steals is located at 1953 San Elijo Avenue just a few blocks north of Cardiff’s downtown and offers a pleasant, convivial atmosphere for wine tasting, along with a great selection of wines. Their seaside wine grotto is here, but they have two other locations in the San Diego area – one in Hillcrest and one in Point Loma.    READ MORE: Cardiff by the Sea Wine Steals also offers a nice menu if one is inclined to wine AND dine. Not a bad place to have some nice nibbles (cheese boards, artisan cheese plates, salads, large pizza slices, Panini and more) and enjoy one of their many bottles of wine, all within a block of the ocean. If you buy one of the retail bottle...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
We are so blessed to have the lagoons, like the San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff, along the Southern California coast, and for the work that has been done to rescue them from deterioration and destruction and to preserve them for residents and visitors to enjoy. Most of California's coastal wetlands are gone forever due to roads and other construction, so we are fortunate to have the ones in our area that have been preserved.  READ MORE   A Walk Along the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail in Carlsbad The Aqua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad  The San Elijo Lagoon is an estuary (where fresh water creeks meet salt water from the ocean), located at the south end of Cardiff and bordering Solana Beach. This lagoon is different from its Carlsbad neighbors in terms of how it is formed and its size, but is beauti...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having data about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home. Because of the type of community that it is, and its size, the Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometimes be tricky. Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for January 2009 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed.   In January ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having data about the current market conditions will enable you to be an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home. Because of the type of community that it is, and its small size, the Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for November 2008 based on information provided by the MLS (private sales are not included). These data are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. In November 2008 there were only 5 homes sold in Cardiff, half the number sold in October and they were all att...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
I have started a series of articles on Carlsbad area real estate for sale which is within walking distance of amenities including dining and shopping. Lots of folks are interested in being able to live in certain neighborhoods and then walk to dining and shopping - something that is not always easy to do in Southern California, and in many cases comes at a hefty price, since many town centers in North County San Diego are very close to the beach. Close to the beach means high real estate prices. But there ARE options in and around Carlsbad, and I will be featuring these over the next few weeks. Proximity to amenities by walking can be very personal - for some, a walk of 15-20 minutes is fine, and other want a 10 minute walk.  I will be using my own knowledge of these markets plus Walksc...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Dining by the ocean seems to have an allure for many folks, visitors and residents alike. It can be a simple as a picnic on the beach, a sandwich in the car parked by the road to enjoy the surfers at lunch or the sunset, or a sit-down meal at a restaurant. There are a number of options for dining near the ocean in Carlsbad and nearby communities, although actually very few places that really are waterfront simply. Cardiff, more formally known as Cardiff-by-the-Sea actually has the best oceanfront dining in the North County area IMO. Restaurant Row is along the Coast Highway (Route 101) just south of town and provides a number of options. A favorite eatery is The Beach House. The Beach House (with another location in Laguna Beach) is literally steps from the Pacific and affords diners am...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Here’s a brief tour in my car of Cardiff, California, a wonderful seaside town just south of Encinitas. Cardiff, more formally known as Cardiff-by-the-Sea, is a quaint small town with a history of surfing and all that entails. The Cardiff real estate market is a challenge due to pricing and somewhat limited inventory, but there is a broad mix of housing, from bungalows and cottages to ocean view contemporary homes. Be prepared for hills and small lots. Cardiff is technically part of Encinitas and its town goverment and other operations. But Cardiff has its own zip code (92007) which sometimes confuses people. The town itself is fairly small, with some restaurants, clothing stores, surf shops, one of the best small markets around, and a range of services, but don’t expect an upscale comm...
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