Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Grandview Beach in Leucadia (Encinitas) – Beauty and Tragedy

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Grandview Beach in Leucadia (Encinitas) – Beauty and Tragedy

Grandview Beach in Leucadia (Encinitas) – Beauty and Tragedy


Stairs  to Grandview Beach in Leucadia


Grandview Beach in the Leucadia community of Encinitas has always been one of our favorite beaches. It’s the northern-most Encinitas beach, bumping up against South Ponto Beach in Carlsbad, and access – other than walking up or down the beach from other areas – is by a set of steep stairs from Neptune Avenue that runs along the top of the bluff.


I've been up and down those stairs more times that I can count.


The views from the top of the stairs, and from multi-million dollar homes along the bluff are spectacular, and the small parking lot, where Neptune Avenue ends, seems to keep the number of visitors fairly low, at least when I have been there. There are no amenities…just a beautiful beach and ocean.


Grandview Beach in Leucadia looking north toward Carlsbad


The beauty of this beach was tragically marred on Friday afternoon August 2 when a portion of the bluff collapsed on to the beach below, killing 3 people and injuring 2 others who were sitting close to the edge of the bluff below just a short distance north of the stairs.


Here's one article from the San Diego Tribune with photo.


The tragedy has been blamed on erosion, common along our coastline, and is a poignant reminder about the instability of many coastal areas, the damage that winds and rain can cause, the constantly shifting sand on the beach due to currents and storms, and rising seas.


While sea walls have been installed they are often prohibited; some say we should not interfere with Mother Nature, and sea walls can cause issues with the sand shifting in new ways.


Sand replenishment measures can help in some areas but there are places, including the area by Grandview, that are deemed marine sensitive and protected, and sand replenishment is not allowed.


We’ve had other bluff failures, although thankfully most have not been as tragic – other areas along Encinitas and Solana Beach, several collapses below the train tracks in Del Mar in the last year (train travel was halted for a period of time), the bluff falling onto Jimmy Durante Boulevard leading out of Del Mar and closing the road in one direction for weeks, and others.


Signs are common, warning beachgoers to stay off of the bluffs (it’s prohibited) and to stay away from the base of the bluff on the beach; it’s recommended that people be at least 20 to 45 feet from the base when waking or sitting on the beach. This can be difficult in some areas where the beaches are narrow, especially when the tide is in.


Despite the warnings, there are those who continue to ignore them. No doubt further collapses will occur, and potentially other deaths. Yes, our coastline is spectacular, but we have to respect it and the inherent nature of constant change.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • August 12 2019 12:10AM


Jeff-You are so right it is gorgeous but Mother nature is a powerful force and it is wise to heed warnings in regards to it.  Your life can depend on it. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 4 months ago

I had no idea, Jeff, about these beach erosion issues in your area... and how tragic that people lost their lives. Makes you really sit up and think about what needs to be done to prevent future accidents and deaths.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 4 months ago

Beautiful photos! I cant wait to come out to CA for a visit soon.

Posted by Mike Easton, Creative lending solutions from coast to coast (Movement Bank) 4 months ago

That is indeed tragic and sad to see happen at such a beautiful place.  It is also sad that some people will do things detrimental to their surroundings.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Jeff that tragedy was reported in the new out here.  Glad you were not there at the time.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 4 months ago

Excellent point Sharon Lee 

There are some aspects to Mother Nature that are NOT so beautiful.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Hi Nina Hollander 

I suspect many are not aware of some of the erosion issues, or at least don't think much about them. While there are lots of efforts to help, I suspect some of these issues are not preventable and simply a matter of time.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Hi Mike Easton 

I hope you will get out here to visit - it's a pretty diverse state in terms of topograhpy, things to see and do, etc. I have been here 14 years and am still discovering things!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Hi Brian England 

I'm sure these people never gave a thought to the fact that the bluff could was a horrible story. I see people climbing on the bluffs, and standing right near the edge even in areas that are fenced off and with signage about the bluffs being unstable.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Me too George Souto 

I am pretty careful about not getting near the edge of the bluffs not walking or sitting near the base on the beach - it's a good reminder to avoid these area, no matter how beautiful the views.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago