For Sale: Lux Ranch
3535 Manchester Ave.,
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA

Approx. 4.46 Acres

Priced at $6,500,000

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Please note: the owners of the Lux Ranch have accepted a “Letter of Intent” from a buyer. Anyone interested in backup offers may contact me, and I will keep you informed of the status of the current potential sale. Thank you.


This is about the last of the old Lux Family Farm land, located in Lux Canyon near the south end of Manchester Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. It now contains a certified organic Macadamia orchard, with  all the required processing equipment, as well as several old, restored structures, and a few newer buildings.

The property is currently zoned RR1, and according to the City of Encinitas, can be split into 4 parcels, each with one single-family residence. However, adjacent properties include Mira Costa College and a Greek Church. Also, immediately to the north a new Jewish temple is under construction, and across Manchester the new Encinitas Country Day School is being built. (The property behind [to the west] is a State Environmental Reserve, designated open space.) For more information about zoning, and what is involved in changing the zoning by amending the General Plan, contact Tod Mierau at the City of Encinitas: (760) 633-2693 (If he is not in, leave a message with his secretary: (760) 633-2710).


Aerial photo taken in 1996, with approximate property boundaries



Panorama taken from the north



Panorama taken from the south



Plat Map



Plat Map (detail)



Some Lux Canyon History

As I understand the history of the Lux Ranch, by Virginia Lux Calcara

It was given, about 25 acres, as a wedding gift to my grandparents around 1918 from John and Cristiana Wiegand, my great grandparents. My grandparents, Alexander and Amelia Wiegand Lux, increased the acreage to about 280 acres, which included about half the San Elijo Lagoon and much of Lux Canyon. They dry-farmed lima beans most profitably for many years, and I remember much of the Lux Canyon under cultivation when I was a little girl. The big thrasher machine was pulled by the Allis Chambers tractor. Quite a production! Today part of the canyon is filled with Torrey Pines. I remember gathering up the pine cones from the gigantic mother tree right across the cow pasture from grandma’s mailbox, and helped my Uncle Herb to plant them. I was about 5 years old, and always barefoot. We always had a huge corn field for family use. My brothers and I sold it on weekends at a roadside folding table under the big pepper tree (now gone). We also sold apricots and zucchini and, of course, lima beans. Yummy when fresh, and yummy when cooked dried.

To be continued . . .


Shown by appointment only. Please do not enter property or disturb occupants

Exclusive agent,

Jeff Calcara
broker, Oceana Resales & Rentals; brother-in-law of sellers

Cell phone:  (760) 271-1810
Fax:  (760) 436-7095
Email:  click here

(Principals only; no other agents please)