Another old downtown Encinitas building is soon to bite the dust. The 1950s-era building, at 860 South Coast Highway 101, was built as an auto-repair garage in the heyday of the pre–Interstate 5 route to L.A. In the 1980s it served health-food fanatics as the popular Community Market. In the early ’90s, it was a Persian rug outlet.
For the past 20 years, the building has housed Coastal Furniture, which will close its doors on May 29.
The new landlord is getting ready to scrape the building and replace it with an 11,974-square-foot, two-story office and retail center; subterranean parking will be accessible through the alley off H Street, between Coast Highway and Second Street.
While locals may lament the loss of yet another old Encinitas building, the property owners chose a local architect: Brett Farrow of Cardiff by the Sea, who is known for saving and restoring the 1912 Craftsman-style home of music publisher Victor Kremer (credited with adding “by-the-Sea” to Cardiff’s name in 1911).
According to Farrow’s building application with the City of Encinitas, the new building will offer indoor and outdoor spaces merged by using by atriums. “Imagery of lifeguard towers and the sandstone cliffs are used for inspiration for the design landscape,” Farrow wrote in his application.
Store manager Meredith Jones said while it’s sad to have to give up their longtime Encinitas location, Coastal Furniture is moving in to Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District, near the corner of Cedros Avenue at Lomas Santa Fe Drive.