AFFLUENT, SMALL CITY TUCKED between Encinitas and Del Mar. Pacific on west, lagoon regional park on north, Del Mar Racetrack on the south. Solana translates to "sunny." Population 13,431. Overall crime rate low. Zero homicides between 1992 and 2003. Two in 1991. For previous four years, zero. Patrolled by sheriff's deputies.
School rankings in the high 90s, amoung highest in state. Older kids go on to Earl Warren Junior High and Torrey Pines, also scores in the high 90s. New library at middle school; open to students and in the evening, the public.
The state in 2004 counted 6,533 housing units, of which 2,976 were single-family detached, 1,265 single sttached, 2,253 multiples and 39 mobile homes. A little gray about the temples. Those over age 65 make up about 17 percent of the residents, those under 18, about 18 percent. Median age is 42.
Solana Beach starts at ocean, rises into hills, then levels off. Interstate 5 running north-south, divides the city. West of freeway is older part of town, split in one section by deep ravine. HOmes a mix but many nice, some on beach. Ocean or lagoon views from many; depends on how home is positioned. About two miles of coastline. Beach erosion a problem in some section; retaining walls being built. Downtown quaint. Antiques, galleries, restaurants, shops. Town plays up home arts with a design shopping district. Hotels, nightclubs, resorts, apartments. Parking limited. Access to the beach. New trail along train tracks. More stores new freeway.
East of the freeway is golf course surrounded by large homes, some way upscale. On this side of town, Solana Beach overlooks the fabled Rancho Sante Fe and the housing reflects this. But also many just nice well-kept suburban homes. Lovely landscaping throughout town. About two thirds of Solana Beach was built between 1970 and 1990, which makes a lot of housing fairly new, especially east of the freeway. Solana Beach offers views in two directions, toward the Pacific and inland to valleys and mountains. In 1990s, new housing units dropped to 337.
About 18 miles from downtown San Diego but many residents work at nearby La Jolla or the Sorrento Valley. Commuter train service to downtown San Diego. Beaches, golf, tennis, rep, theater, movies, and other amusements. Chamber of commerce (858) 755-4775.
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