Spanish explorers visited the region in the mid-18th century. However, the first settlers that lived in today's Solana Beach were the Joneses, who arrived in the 1880s. The community that eventually developed here was originally called Lockwood Mesa.
An important moment in the history of the community was the building of the Lake Hodges Dam in the World War I era. Colonel Ed Fletcher bought land to create a town center in 1922. He paid $20 per acre. The name was eventually updated to Solana Beach, and the community was incorporated in 1986.
Solana Beach is a coastal enclave with a very friendly community. People here are laid-back but live an active lifestyle. Expect to see the beaches, bike trails and shops busy at all hours of the day, while the streets calm down by nightfall. Less of a "party town," and more of a "productive town," locals like to get up early for a morning surf before work and enjoy a nice happy hour instead of a late night out.
The real estate in Solana Beach ranges from luxurious estates with water views to more affordable bungalows not far from the beach. Million-dollar Solana Beach homes for sale are not uncommon, but the prospective Solana Beach home buyer can also find more affordable homes for sale in Solana Beach that still include features like deluxe kitchens, over-size master bedrooms, multi-car garages, and energy-saving systems.
The North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach has developed a reputation as one of the better community theaters in southern California. The talented actors perform a diverse selection of both classic and contemporary theatrical plays.
The Solana Beach farmers market is a favorite destination for many living in the town. The market is found in the Cedros Design District, near the historic train depot. While you're there, enjoy the antique shops and eclectic boutiques.
The Fiesta Del Sol is one of the community's major annual events that is held every May. The kids can try the llama rides and the small, kid-size train. Over 50,000 people, many of them with Solana Beach homes, enjoy the offerings of the international food court while they take in the live bands and the other acts.
Solana Beach is part of a top rated public school system that also serves Carmel Valley, Fairbanks Ranch, and Rancho Santa Fe.
• Public • Grades K-3
• 343 students • 15:1 student/teacher
• Public • Grades 7-8
• 653 students • 26:1 student/teacher
• Public • Grades 7-8
• 1,135 students • 27:1 student/teacher
• Public • Grades K-6
• 506 students • 19:1 student/teacher