What an apt name for this charming seaside town located about 35 miles north of San Diego in Southern California. However, Carlsbad is NOT a sleepy coastal village. There’s lots going on in this growing and changing community of about 115,000 (per the latest statistics I have seen).
Carlsbad is located on the coast about 2 hours south of Los Angeles and about 45 minutes from San Diego depending on traffic. The main commercial and retail center is Carlsbad Village on Historic Route 101 (aka Carlsbad Boulevard) at the northern end of the city, otherwise known as the Coast Road/Highway (some refer to it as the PCH). Here you will find the majority of the shopping and dining. However, there are other areas offering these amenities as well.
Carlsbad has 4 zip codes (92008, 92009, 92010, 92011), and you will find different neighborhoods scattered throughout. Some are large master planned communities, like Calavera Hills, The Foothills, Bressi Ranch, Rancho Carrillo, La Costa Greens, La Costa Ridge, and La Costa Valley. The 2 newest planned communities are Robertson Ranch and The Preserve.
In addition, popular areas include La Costa in South Carlsbad, anchored by the famed Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, Aviara (home of the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort). Olde Carlsbad is found in the flat and hills east of the Village.
Like many areas in Southern California, the Carlsbad real estate market saw a dramatic shift upwards in prices. This ended around 2006 or so. We saw a fairly significant drop in prices and a shift to a buyers market, which improved affordability for someyears.
The Carlsbad housing market started shifting again in 2012, including rising prices and limited inventory. Furthermore, inventory is now not enough to satisfy demand, so the overall housing market favors sellers. Moreover, we saw dramatic upward shifts in prices in 2020 and 2021, and in particular 2022.
Carlsbad real estate covers a broad spectrum of styles, sizes and age. Hence, the variety of Carlsbad neighborhoods will appeal to diverse needs, lifestyles and budgets. Aviara and La Costa are probably the best known. Whether you desire an apartment, new construction, a gated community of luxury homes, ocean front and ocean view living, retirement housing, assisted living, or resort-style accommodations and condos, Carlsbad probably offers what you are seeking, in a climate many residents refer to as “paradise.”
Carlsbad offers what many consider an idyllic lifestyle, with terrific weather most of the year. Thus, this allows for outdoor activities all year-round. Carlsbad has a burgeoning arts community with plenty of galleries (the city-owned Cannon Art Gallery is a gem), art fairs and festivals. There are art walks, music event (the TGIF Concerts in the Park series is very popular, attended by thousands). There is live performance theater in the Village, too.
Carlsbad also has some great shopping. The best is in the Village, at the Carlsbad Premium Outlet Malls, and the upscale Forum in South Carlsbad.
Are you a beach lover? You have come to the right place. Carlsbad is known for 7 miles of beaches, providing year-round enjoyment whether you simply prefer walking, enjoy sunning, collecting shells, chilling out, eating dinner on the beach while the sun sets, boogie boarding, enjoying some stand-up paddle boarding, or surfing the waves. Carlsbad State Beach is one of the most popular, with camping sites on the bluff overlooking the beach. But let’s face it – it’s one big beach from Oceanside to the north and south to the Encinitas border.
Carlsbad has a number of popular tourist attractions. Legoland may be the most well known, with visitors from around the world. The Flower Fields is a popular tourist attraction with acres of blooming ranunculus and other flowers from March until mid May.
Music lovers will appreciate the Museum of Making Music and history buffs will appreciate a visit to the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Rancho Carrillo. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. The public golf course is The Crossings at Carlsbad.
Carlsbad offers a wonderful lifestyle for residents and visitors alike. Moreover, it’s not only a popular vacation destination year-round, but people from across the generations have made Carlsbad THEIR Village by the Sea. Wouldn’t you like to as well?
MY FAVORITE BEACH – Terramar (just south of the Power Plant & Cannon Road)
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT – the newish Jeune et Jolie in the Village (with a Michelin Star, too!)