Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Oceanfront Homes for Sale in Encinitas – Neptune Avenue in Leucadia

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Oceanfront Homes for Sale in Encinitas – Neptune Avenue in Leucadia

Oceanfront Homes for Sale in Encinitas 

The Neptune Avenue Area in Leucadia


Oceanfront homes for sale in Encinitas - Encinitas oceanfont homes for saleThe Neptune Avenue area of Encinitas (in Leucadia) is the place to be for an oceanfront home.


Neptune Avenue, about 2 miles long, extends from about 2 blocks north of Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach to Grandview Beach, adjacent to the gated Seabluff community.


Fabulous ocean views can be yours from high atop the bluff along this pricey stretch of real estate.


The homes can be deceptive driving along Neptune itself, many appearing much more modest that they really are, and you often cannot even see the magnificent ocean views these homes offer from atop the bluff.


Take a short drive down Neptune Avenue with me!



Indeed, you can’t even tell the ocean is there in many places, as you will see in the Neptune Avenue video below.


As of this writing these Encinitas oceanfront homes range in price from about $2 million to $5.349 million, and with 984 SF to 4530 SF ($1467/SF), although some homes have sold for more in the recent past. Home styles are rather eclectic – beach cottages, traditional, contemporary and styles that defy description.


Beacon's Beach along Neptune Avenue in Leucadia (Encinitas) CAThe Encinitas homes on the opposite side of Neptune will, in some cases, offer views and tend to be priced more modestly than direct ocean frontage.


At of this writing there are 9 oceanfront homes for sale in Encinitas along Neptune Avenue, with 3 others that are condos or twin-homes (priced from $1.49 M to $1.875 M).


Homes sales on Neptune for detached single family homes have averaged $2.339 million in the last year, with $3.55 million on average for the ocean front homes.


January 2016 update - Neptune Avenue sales (there were 8) for 2015 for detached single family homes ranged from $1.42M to $5,479,850 (average sales price was $3.26M). Attached homes (twin homes, condos) averaged $1.4M, ranging from $1.289M to $1.475M.


March 2017 update - in the last 6 months there have been 5 sales on Neptune, 2 of these on the ocean (3 across the street), priced at $3,612,500 and $11,100,000. There are 2 new custom homes on the ocean on Neptune for sale, priced individually at $9,495,000 and $13,500,000  or together (they are adjacent to each other) at $22,995,000.


A number of the Encinitas oceanfront homes along Neptune offer private stairs to the beach, or may be a short distance to the public beach access points at Stonesteps, Beacon’s or Grandview beaches. You will find sea walls and other retaining systems at some homes but not all, and it is very difficult, and perhaps impossible, to get approval to construct new walls.


I also understand you cannot gain approval to install stairs if they don’t already exist, and some homeowners have lost the use of their stairs due to bluff erosion issues.


There are a good number of rentals in the area, given the views and the beaches, and many homes are vacation homes for their owners.


The Leucadia area of Encinitas (to the north, bordering Carlsbad) offers shopping, restaurants (check out my favorite, Le Papagayo), galleries, surf shops and other services you typically find in a small beach community.


You can take a tour of the Leucadia Lifestyle in the slide show below.







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Comment balloon 10 commentsJeff Dowler • April 14 2012 05:15PM


I love driving down Neptune and dreaming. Also, I often wonder, how huge would a Tsunami have to be to hit those properties up there.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 5 years ago


Well, it might not hit 'em, but it sure would cause a problem with the bluff.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 5 years ago
Hi Jeff, A couple yyears back I has a cleeint for one of those homes. It is simpley gorgeous and It is what people dream about when they say they want to be on the ocean.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 5 years ago

Jeff, an ocean front home would be nice most days. The rhythm of the waves, horizon view, maybe a warm sandy beach to walk on before jumping in....nice life. On the other hand, we've seen enough natural disasters in the last few years to give me pause to wonder if mayber one can live a bit too close to the mighty ocean.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) over 5 years ago

William - it's a great area, as long as you are OK with being high on the bluff and having a walk down the hill. Quite frankly, not having stairs or staying up at the house to enjoy the views works just fine for me (been there, done that). I am working with 2 buyers right now looking at oceanfront property.

Maria - well we don't get the hurricanes so no issue there. The storms can cause some erosion so that is something to watch.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Hi Jeff,

Nice way to showcase the beautiful community of Leucadia.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 5 years ago
Its a beautiful area. I really want to stay there. A beautiful place which i never can forgot.
Posted by San Diego Properties over 5 years ago

Lynda - Thanks. It's such a neat community to write about...and to spend time in.

San Diego Properties - So true. Lots agree with you.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

What beautiful photos you have here! Thanks, Surfer Dude............   :-)

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 5 years ago

For oceanfront that seems like a great deal.

I'll help to clean up the spam.

Posted by Pete Xavier with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 5 years ago