A Spotlight On The Cardiff Community

    Cardiff California is a rare gem in North County, San Diego. A beach community with friendly people, beautiful views and perfect climate most of the year. Although, we may be partial, as the Jacobo Realty Group office is located in Cardiff on Liverpool Drive. It is a community we are proud to be a part of, and as such wanted to share it with our friends and family who enjoy this blog.
    Cardiff-by-the-Sea, usually referred to as Cardiff,  is a micro-community in the beautiful beachside town of Encinitas. With a population of under 12,000, Cardiff-by-the-Sea operates as part of the city of Encinitas, but unlike the other communities that comprise Encinitas, has its own ZIP code (92007)
    In 1911, this former farming community began to develop Cardiff, when developer J. Frank Cullen broke ground to build new homes. It is reported by the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce that it was Frank Cullen’s wife, a native of Cardiff, Wales, who persuaded him to name the community, “Cardiff”. Many streets in Cardiff bear names this English-born landowner grew up with in his native UK. The names “Liverpool”, “Birmingham”, “Oxford”, “Chesterfield” and “Manchester” are major streets in this city.
    Boasting pristine beaches, an oceanfront campground, and a devout local surfing community, Cardiff starts at the river mouth, flanked by San Elijo State Beach and Cardiff State Beach, and extends north to Swami’s Point in Encinitas. This stretch of coastline offers wide open sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs and great surfing.  At extreme low tide, the reef reveals itself with intriguing tide pools, where plants and sea creatures can be observed up close.  
    Cardiff is also home to The Cardiff Kook – a surfer statue which has been much criticized as a parody of California’s iconic sport. Locals in the area have turned The Kook into a constantly changing and evolving piece of art, by dressing the statue in various costumes. Once, locals attached a huge flying dinosaur to The Kook, making it look as if it was lifting the statue up into flight. Another time, the mouth of a large shark was paper mached around the statue as if it was being attacked. The community has embraced this prankster vandalism and now sells souvenirs, including a calendar displaying many of the most creative variations on The Kook. 
    Pipes, is a fun peaky surf break north of the campground, popular with swimmers, sunbathers and surfers alike. Nearby is the ever popular Pipes’ Cafe. Famous among locals, and located on Liverpool Drive, this small cafe is constantly thriving and full of excitement. It also just happens to be directly next door to our office, and as experts we can recommend the turkey avocado sandwich or oatmeal. 
    Very near Pipes’ is VG’s Donut and Bakery, a third-generation family bakery and North County institution. With to-die-for donuts and pastries, “literally everything available at VG’s is phenomenal.” says Michael Jacobo founder of Jacobo Realty Group. 
    New to the area is The Pacific Coast Grill,  an airy spot for sushi, mussels & other seafood options with a chill atmosphere. This is our team’s favorite restaurant in all of Cardiff. Located on the 101, just south from the San Elijo Lagoon river mouth. This area is also known as ‘Restaurant Row’ as restaurants, like the Chart House, Pacific Coast Grill, Las Olas, Tower 13 and Ki’s are located right above the beach on Highway 101. 
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