ENCINITAS

Encinitas, California is a coastal inland city located between Carlsbad and Solana Beach. It is a city that mixes the old with the new. Schools continue to open as the population increases and school rankings are in the eighty to ninety percentiles, which indicate strong community support for education. Older children attend schools in the San Diequito Union High District, which serves several towns and has a ninety nine percentile ranking. Students from Encinitas also attend La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad. It has a two story gym, a library and performing arts center. Mira Costa Community College has a satellite campus in Encinitas.

Most California cities start as hamlets and villages that are run by a board of supervisors from the county seat; politicians represent the entire county. At some time the people begin to disagree with the supervisors over development, planning, pace of development and the quality of the municipal services and the village incorporates to become a city so they can take over these issues.

On First Street, which is the Old Coast Highway 101, you will find antique shops, grocery stores and restaurants. The homes tend to be small while others have been remodeled to make them larger. The State of California has purchased most of the beach for park land. The northern boundary is marked by Batiquitos Lagoon while the southern border is the regional preserver, San Elijo Lagoon.

As you move east, the terrain rises. Many homes between the freeway and the railroad have ocean views. Still further east, past the freeway, the ambiance of the Pacific fades away and yeilds to hills and mesas, which are replaced by suburbia and thousands of homes. These are mostly two story homes, well card for and beautifully landscaped. They have utilities underground and two or three car garages. These upper middle class homes have fantastic views and draw people to the area.

On the eastern edge of Encinitas, the house lots are much larger. This is horse country. Some mansions are present and shops and malls line Encinitas Boulevard and El Camina Real. Home Depot and Circuit City can be found in this area.

There are ten public beaches and eleven parks in Encinitas, as well as a Boy’s and Girl’s Club, a large YMCA, trails, a skateboard park and sports museum, a maritime refuge and Quail Botanical Gardens. All of these places are wonderful to visit and locals stroll along these areas to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. The city golf course is also a popular spot.

Encinitas is a close knit community with a low crime rate that is just the place for young families to settle down. There’s lots to see and do, the people are friendly and welcome newcomers to the area. If you are moving to this are of California, be sure to check out Encinitas as a place to put down roots.

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