Aviara offers beautiful views of the ocean, the Batiquitos Lagoon and the inland hills and panorama, and attracts many first-home and second-home buyers to the rolling hills dotted with gated condo and detached home subdivisions, many of which rim the Aviara golf course or overlook the hills to the ocean.
Aviara is often considered to be one of the more upscale residential areas of Carlsbad, which is anchored by the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (formerly the Four Seasons Aviara Resort).
Other than the Park Hyatt, Aviara does not offer any retail/shopping areas, restaurants, or commercial operations, although at the edge of this area along El Camino Real to the east (La Costa) you will find everything that you likely need. But who cares – the Park Hyatt is there, offering upscale shopping, several restaurants for dining, a comfortable bar with an outdoor terrace offering gorgeous views of the grounds and the ocean (which, by the way, is a fabulous place to enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers, and to impress your out-of-town visitors), plus a wonderful spa.
Most of the homes in Aviara are fairly new, having been built in the 90s. There is limited new construction in Aviara (an exception is Vista Del Mar) but several new subdivisions (The Bay Collection, Emerald Point) have been recently built nearby; some homes have spectacular views of the ocean, the lagoon or the gold course.
Aviara homes are primarily tract housing (with some custom and semi-custom homes at the high end), with each community offering a number of floor plans, but a consistent look of style (primarily Spanish and Mediterranean) and feel, and the emphasis on an outdoor California lifestyle is evident. There are both gated and ungated communities.
Children in Aviara attend the Carlsbad Unified School District. There are two schools for children in Aviara, within walking distance for many residents – Aviara Oaks Elementary and Aviara Oaks Middle School. Older students will go to either Carlsbad High School, or the new Sage Creek High School depending on where they live or by school choice.
Like La Costa, to the east, residents can easily enjoy dining and shopping in other nearby areas, and the South Carlsbad beaches are just minutes away.
The Batiquitos Lagoon and wildlife preserve is a popular area for hiking, running and bird watching. There are several miles of trails, and many Aviara homes are within walking distance of the lagoon.
Aviara offers a wonderful Southern California outdoor lifestyle in a resort area of beautiful homes, manicured grounds, moderate year-round temperatures and coastal climate, including a marine layer, especially in May and June (May Gray and June Gloom). A number of homes have ocean views, and the entire area offers a feel of upscale living in a residential enclave. Be aware, however, that the freeway is nearby, and some homes may experience some road noise.
Perhaps this lifestyle is the one you are seeking, whether you already live in the area, are buying your first home, are considering downsizing, or are planning a relocation. Start DREAMING about your new home in the beautiful community of Aviara in South Carlsbad.