The Beach Colony is totally flat, unlike the rest of Del Mar, with Dog Beach to the North, the Racetrack to the East and the town center to the south.
Rather than the tall condo complexes that dominate much of Southern California’s coastline, here mostly the regular beach house or cottage reigns supreme.
The typical beach front home in the Del Mar Beach Colony is directly on the sand. The homes on Ocean front typically have alley access to parking in the rear.
Most of the homes on Sandy Lane and the couple on Camino Del Mar, on the northern end of the Colony (left in the photo) have much deeper lots and therefore more valuable.
“Dog Beach” did receive an honorable mention in Time Magazines “100 Greatest Beaches in the World.”
The last time I checked the oceanfront homes on the beach Colony were more expensive than those in Malibu – after all, a lot of those Malibu homes almost back up to a very noisy Pacific Coast Highway.