Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad CA – Housing

Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad

There are plenty of reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad CA. A few of them include the beaches, the arts, dining, shopping, recreational opportunities and attractions, and the weather.

In this article the focus is on Carlsbad housing, no doubt a popular and important topic for those who live here or for buyers interested in moving here.


Carlsbad housing is pretty diverse in terms of styles, prices, views and location.

Carlsbad Homes

You may Love Living near or on the beach. But you can expect to pay big bucks for that opportunity. On the other hand, you may want a home in or near Carlsbad Village. You have the opportunity to buy in a gated community – a condo, townhome or single family home or live in an area where the homes are not cookie-cutter and perhaps have a little more land. There are custom-built homes, tract homes in a variety of subdivisions, or older properties in areas like Olde Carlsbad or the Barrio.

Is living in a community with an HOA important. Or is an HOA something you prefer to avoid? Let’s talk about HOAs and what you should consider.

Are you seeking a detached single family home with a yard? On the other hand, is living in a condo or townhome your preference (this may be due to your budget, too). Perhaps you want to live in a 55+ community (e.g., Rancho Carlsbad, Lakeshore Gardens)?

Are you looking for a primary home, or will this be a vacation home? Your criteria are likely different if you are only going to use the home as a vacation property or second home. Further, you might want to read these articles for some guidance on this topic – 10 Tips for Buying a Second Home Part 1; and Part 2.

You can search the complete inventory of homes for sale in Carlsbad by clicking on this link. The MLS updates 24/7. Moreover, this is a good way to get familiar with the housing prices and the inventory availability. Additionally, if you ARE planning to buy, we should talk (760) 840-1360.

Keep in mind that Carlsbad is pretty expensive and it’s easy to spend well over a million dollars on a home. Furthermore, a 1-bedroom condo/townhome will start around $500,000.

Speaking of criteria, it’s essential to have a good idea of your housing needs (not just the wants), including budget, so you don’t wander aimlessly in your home search. In addition, that’s particularly important in the competitive housing market for Carlsbad.

Furthermore, if you need a loan to purchase a home you will want to get that sorted out early on with a pre-approval so you know your buying power. As a result, you’ll be ready to make an offer when the right property comes along.

Next, are you looking for views? How about the ocean? A greenbelt or golf course? On the other hand, are you interested in the back country with views of hills and distant mountains? Is living in an urban setting, say the Village, of more interest?

Is living near amenities like shopping and dining, even walking distance, important to your lifestyle? There are options there too. But you can expect to pay more to be able to walk to shopping (say Carlsbad Village) and other services as opposed to a 10 to 15 minute drive.

Lastly, if you have any questions about what’s happening in Carlsbad, please reach out to me.


1 – The Arts – Theater

2 – The Arts – Film and Outdoor Movies

3 – The Arts – Music

4 – The Arts – Wall Murals and Sculpture

5 – The Arts – Galleries and Art Fairs

The Beaches

Dining in Carlsbad

Shopping Opportunities in Carlsbad

Attractions in Carlsbad