Olivenhain, Encinitas, California

Coordinates: 33°02′46″N 117°14′05″W / 33.04611°N 117.23472°W / 33.04611; -117.23472
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Neighborhood of Encinitas
Olivenhain is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 33°02′46″N 117°14′05″W / 33.04611°N 117.23472°W / 33.04611; -117.23472
CountryUnited States
CountySan Diego
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code760

Olivenhain is a neighborhood in the city of Encinitas, California, located in the North County area of San Diego County. It is the easternmost community of Encinitas, bordering the western portion of Rancho Santa Fe.

The community of Olivenhain is primarily single family custom homes with relatively large lots. Minimum lot sizes range from 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) to 5 acres (20,000 m2). The topography tends to be rolling, and most streets are small and wind through the hills. Olivenhain has a vast network of recreational trails, used by walkers and equestrians. A common sight in the area during late afternoons and dusk are hot air balloons. Olivenhain has a darker sky than coastal San Diego towns due to its "Dark Sky Policy" which restricts lights from street lights, tennis courts, and other forms of light pollution.


The area is located on the Rancho Las Encinitas Mexican land grant, and was settled by a German colony in the 1890s. The name Olivenhain is from the German and means "olive grove".[1][2][3] The German settlers built the meeting hall which still stands. It is used today for community functions such as the annual Oktoberfest, Haunted House, summer movie series, craft fairs and a variety of civic group meetings. Residents of Olivenhain may schedule the Meeting Hall and grounds for private functions; it is a popular wedding site.[4]

Originally an unincorporated community, in 1986 Olivenhain joined with the nearby communities of Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Encinitas to form the incorporated city of Encinitas.[5]


Olivenhain is located within the Encinitas Union School District and the San Dieguito Union High School District. Elementary students attend Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary, then Diegueño Middle School. Public High School students attend La Costa Canyon High School or San Dieguito Academy. There also are several private schools nearby.



  1. ^ Richard Bumann, 1981, Colony Olivenhain, ISBN 978-0-9607112-0-8
  2. ^ Colony Olivenhain
  3. ^ Las Encinitas Rancho and "Olivenheim"
  4. ^ Colony Olivenhain
  5. ^ Andreen, Mike (August 16, 2011). "Tale of Incorporation: How Encinitas Became an Entity Onto Itself 25 Years Ago". Encinitas Patch. Retrieved 29 July 2018.