San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Carlsbad


    Known as “The Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad ranks as one of the top 20 wealthiest communities in the nation and number 5 in California. Bordering Oceanside, Encinitas, Vista and San Marcos, Carlsbad is a hot spot for high ranking schools, shopping, trendy restaurants, things to do and beautiful real estate. Find out what makes this neighborhood desirable to so many San Diego residents.

    History of Carlsbad

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    Carlsbad Sante Fe Station – 1920 via

    Prior to the first European land exploration in 1769, Carlsbad was home to the Luiseño native people. These native villagers met the Spanish explorers in 1769 and by 1842, the southern portion of Carlsbad was claimed as Rancho Agua Hedionda by Mexico native, Juan María Marrón. During the 1880s, former sailor John Frazier dug a well in Carlsbad. He then went on to offer his fresh water to the train station which later became known as Frazier’s station. The fresh water was chemically tested and was found to be similar to renowned spas around the world, including one in the bohemian town of Karlsbad. From there, this San Diego neighborhood was known as Carlsbad!

    The area used marketing campaigns to attract visitors and within time, homes, businesses, and farms were popping up. Farming in Carlsbad included avocados, olives, and citrus fruits. The original well created by John Frazier can be found at Alt Karlsbad located on Carlsbad Boulevard. Since the 1880s, Carlsbad has continuously grown. Some major developments included the Palomar Airport in 1959, LEGOLAND California in 1999, and the largest desalination plant in the nation, the Carlsbad Desalinization Plant in 2015. Carlsbad is now home to tons of growing businesses and real estate.


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    The Baked Bear

    Carlsbad is home to lots of restaurants, breweries and coffee shops. You can definitely get your food fix on if you live here or are just passing through. Whether you’re stopping for dinner, lunch, breakfast or dessert, Carlsbad has all the restaurant options you could hope for. Stop by Campfire for seafood near the beach or head over to Karl Strauss Brewing Company to enjoy a flight of beer with complementary dishes. For your morning coffee or tea fix, head over to Copa Vida or Sleeping Tiger Coffees. For those of you with a sweet tooth, make your own ice cream sandwich with fresh baked cookies at The Baked Bear or Cravory Cookies. If you are a foodie, the options are endless in Carlsbad.


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    Shop until you drop at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets! You can find tons of bargain deals from your favorite stores. If unique local stores are more for you, head over to Carlsbad Village for a large variety of boutique clothing stores, gift shops, jewelry stores, antique shops and even consignment and thrift stores. If you enjoy shopping and like having a wide variety near you, Carlsbad might be the ideal city to reside in.

    Outdoor Activities

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    Located on the California coast, there are plenty of fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Apply some sunscreen and head to one of Carlsbad’s many beaches to soak up the sun or to catch a wave. You can even go to the Carlsbad Lagoon to paddleboard, kayak or Jet Ski is calm waters. Carlsbad is also home to beautiful golf courses including The Crossings at Carlsbad, La Costa Golf Courses, and Aviara Golf Club. If you want an outdoor escape, visit the Hosp Grove Trails for easy hiking trails and a beautiful and small forest.

    Other Things to Do

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    Carlsbad is filled with fun things to do. Amongst these includes LEGOLAND California, The Museum of Music Making, Sea Life Aquarium, and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. You can also enjoy your choice of two skate parks. Carlsbad is also home to several luxurious spas much like its namesake. There is an endless amount of things to do in Carlsbad, giving you plenty of opportunities to go outside and explore.

    Annual Events

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    Not only does Carlsbad have plenty of things to do, it also has plenty of annual events to enjoy. Say goodbye to sitting on the couch on the weekends because, with so many things to do, you will want to get out and explore. Some annual events include an Oktoberfest Celebration, Art in the Village, Art Hops, Flicks at the Fountain, the Taste of Carlsbad Village, Halloween in the Village, and the Carlsbad Village Faire.

    Carlsbad Schools

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    According to, Carlsbad has some of the top ranking schools in San Diego County. The Carlsbad Unified School District is ranked as #44 in California and has an A ranking. The average graduation rate for Carlsbad is 94% with an average ACT score of 27 and SAT score of 1240. They have a reading proficiency level of 69% and math proficiency level of 61%. In this district includes Carlsbad High School, Pacific Rim Elementary, Kelly Elementary, Valley Middle School and Sage Creek High School.


    Population 2016 (via city-data 113,957

    Estimated Median House Sales Price in March 2018 (via SDAR): $975,188

    Estimated Median Condo/Detached Sales Price in February 2018 (via SDAR): $664,513

    Median Gross Rent 2018 (via Trulia): $3,295

    Median Household Income 2016 (via city-data): $113,217

    Carlsbad Real Estate

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    Carlsbad has four distinct neighborhoods, each offering something a little different in terms of real estate. The northwest quadrant includes Carlsbad Village and contains older homes as it was the first city to be developed. You can find homes such as 1950s bungalows and cottages to luxury homes resting on the hill overlooking the ocean. In the northeast quadrant, you will find newer developments and mainly single-family homes. In the southeast quadrant, you will find the newer and more expensive master-planned communities that include golf courses, open spaces, and resorts. Lastly, in the southwest quadrant, you will find the Aviara neighborhood which is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the nation. Multi-family housing is not permitted here with the exception of one community.

    Find your Dream Home in Carlsbad

    If you’re interested in moving to Carlsbad, visit our home search to browse current homes for sale in Carlsbad. Then contact Ascent Real Estate to find the perfect San Diego real estate agent to help you with the sale or purchase of your next home.

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