Cardiff By The Sea

Named after British Isles, a string of stunning beaches and small-town perfection

History: Hector MacKinnon had a ranch in the area starting in 1875. Artist Frank Cullen arrived from Boston and bought the ranch in 1909, with the dream of turning a small coastal town into a seaside resort. Corner lots went for a whopping $45 when the town was founded in 1911. Cardiff’s earliest industry was a kelp works, built in 1912 to process seaweed for use as a food additive and also as potash, a key ingredient of gunpowder. It closed after World War I. The piers Cullen built are long gone, but the resort spirit remains. Anyone lucky enough to live in this oasis is still getting the deal of the century. When Coast Highway 101 is your Main Street and the beach is your front porch, community dreams don’t get much better than this.

How it got its name: Original name was San Elijo. Cullen’s wife was British, and it was her idea to rename the community after the capitol of Wales, Cardiff. Streets in town are also named after landmarks in the British Isles. The “By-the-Sea” part might have come from German musician and 1916 resident Victor Kremer, who may have been inspired by the song “By the Beautiful Sea.” No need to ask why.

Did you know? Notable locals include “Happy Days” actress Marion Ross, grand marshal of the community’s centennial parade in 2011.

Things to do: Grab one of Seaside Market’s famed tri-tip sandwiches before heading out to Cardiff State Beach for whale watching, tide pooling and world-class surfing. Swing by the Cardiff Kook statue, which locals dress up to reflect holidays, news events and all-purpose wackiness. You’ll want a selfie.

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$1,300,000
Cardiff, CA
3
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$1,079,900
Cardiff, CA
3
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2
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$1,999,999
Cardiff by the Sea, CA
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3
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$595,000
Cardiff, CA
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3
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$1,748,888
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