Solana Beach, California

Country Club Meets Eclectic

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Del Mar Beach Club


Del Mar Beach Clubis a privately-owned, gated community right on the ocean. While an attractive oasis to retirees and the semi-retired, many residents are full-time professionals who work nearby or from the comfort of their own ocean-side home. This community is not a time-share complex or a resort, but a tight-knit group of neighbors. The ocean and all the recreation it has to offer is just steps from your front door, and the nearby Cedros Avenue Design District downtown area makes access to shopping, entertainment and restaurants a breeze. The highly-sought-after houses range from charming beach cottages to custom-built coastal homes that embody the laid back energy of Del Mar Beach Club. Sounds nice, right? Many think so, which makes the market here more expensive and more competitive than other areas in Solana Beach.

West Solana Beach


West Solana Beach runs along the coastal section of Solana Beach, offering residents direct access to the city’s idyllic beaches and activities like surfing, sunbathing and picnics on the sand. Homes here are mostly on the larger side (usually 3-5+ bedrooms) and high in value (think rarely below $2.3 million and as much as $10+ million). People moving to West Solana Beach can choose from quaint beach cottages, custom-designed homes and condominiums. You’ll find homes built in 1948 alongside homes built as recently as last year.

Something that comes up a lot is how Solana Beach residents feel a sense of belonging due to the community’s welcoming energy, and West Solana is no exception. In addition to great beach access, residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy the shopping, eateries and art galleries in the city’s well-known Cedros Avenue Design District. Due to the area’s desirability, the market is competitive and parking can be an issue during the busy season.

Santa Fe Hills


Families love Sante Fe Hills. Here, homes are nestled on serene streets with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Children grow up surrounded by the warmth and safety of a family-oriented and friendly community. Abundant walking trails and beautifully-landscaped green areas and parks offer entertainment and activity options away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. But even though this neighborhood has a sense of being tucked away, the beach and shops are still just a short drive away. The quiet pace of this area coupled with the great school system in Solana Beach make Santa Fe Hills an idyllic place to raise a family.

Lomas Santa Fe

Families/DINKs/Young Professionals

East of the San Diego Freeway lies the Lomas Santa Fe community. Like other Solana Beach neighborhoods, here you’ll find a laid back beach vibe but with a unique urban flair. Easy access to major highways, close proximity to city beaches, and popular attractions like the nearby Del Mar racetrack provide residents with entertainment options galore. Lots of shopping options and San Diego’s most intimate theater, North Coast Rep, are available at Lomas Santa Fe Plaza. Another distinction about this neighborhood is the Santa Fe Country Club and its many amenities including golf, tennis, pickleball, swimming and more. Near the club you’ll find spacious condos and single-family homes that overlook two golf courses. There’s lots to do here, but if you care more about a serene setting than urban convenience, you may want to explore alternative neighborhoods.