New Encinitas offers small-town charm with a suburban feel. Here, there are many newer homes with well-manicured lawns and condominium communities intermixed with shopping centers and office buildings. New Encinitas is an appealing neighborhood for those who enjoy small town living with city conveniences and beaches minutes from home. This trendy suburb has several restaurants, retail stores and businesses, and is a short drive to the San Diego Botanic Garden that hosts several community events throughout the year. Old Encinitas is a coastal neighborhood of Encinitas known for its great beaches and surfing. The heart of Encinitas and home to the historic downtown area, this neighborhood blends surf culture and historic small town charm. Civil War veterans, John Pitcher and Tom Rattan founded the area in 1881. Today it is home to charming sidewalk cafes, eclectic shops and great restaurants. The residential areas offer a variety of cozy beach cottages and newer custom-built homes. Residents of Old Encinitas are generally drawn to the beach lifestyle, with Moonlight Beach and Swami’s Beach being local favorites.