Living in Carlsbad: Neighborhood Tour

Living in Carlsbad: Neighborhood Tour

The city of Carlsbad is one of the most desirable communities in San Diego. Located at the very north end of San Diego, it’s known for its family-friendly neighborhoods, great beaches, restaurants, golf courses, public schools and more.

The median home price in Carlsbad is just over $1.1 million.  A good rule of thumb when it comes to San Diego homes prices is that the closer you are to the beach, the more expensive it gets. The farther away from the coast you go, the land prices become slightly more affordable. 

As far as Carlsbad’s location goes, probably the only real negative is that it’s not in the center of San Diego County. We’re just south of Oceanside and just north of Encinitas, which is about 35 minutes to downtown. If you tend to work up in Orange County or Los Angeles, Carlsbad is a great choice because you’re going to save time on your commute by being further north. A lot of industries are located right in Carlsbad though so many people that live here commute locally to the office. There’s a ton of technology companies here. Upper Deck Baseball Cards has a headquarters here. Some video game companies including High Moon Studios which developed Call of Duty. They also have a lot of golf companies in the area, including Callaway and TaylorMade.

One of the best things about living in Carlsbad are the beaches. There’s Carlsbad City Beach, Tamarack Beach, Ponto Beach, and the Carlsbad State Beach as well. They also have some great lagoons where you can do things like paddleboard, jet ski, water ski, or just cruise around on a boat. 

Carlsbad has a very walkable village with lots of great coffee shops and restaurants. Campfire is really good, as is Blue Water Grill. Crackheads has a great outdoor patio. If you’re living in San Diego, you want to be able to eat outside all year round and Carlsbad has the most outdoor patios in all of San Diego. There’s also Park 101 which is one of the best restaurants in Carlsbad – love their lobster tacos. Speaking of food, they also have a great donut shop in Carlsbad! I really like the glazed donut at The Goods.

LEGOland is one of my kids’ favorite place to go visit and we’ve actually done a lot of staycations here. LEGOland hotel is awesome for the kids. In the bedrooms, they have this little treasure chest in there that you have to try to figure out the combination to it. When you open it, they have a LEGOs that kids can play with. The hotel and the park both are just very interactive in general. If you are a Costco member, you can get a great deal on an annual pass for around $100. So, if you go two times a year to LEGOland, it definitely pays for itself. 

Carlsbad offers residents and visitors tons of options when it comes to parks. Poinsettia Park is one the largest parks in the area, but there are other great ones like Alga Norte Park. Calvera Hills Park actually has a dead volcano, which I thought was kind of interesting. 

A few breweries with tasting rooms in the Carlsbad Village include Pure Project and Culture Brewing.  There’s also Burgeon Beer Company here. If you’re looking to move to Carlsbad or in San Diego, we’d love to help you find your next home. Click here to get in touch with us!

The Most Expensive San Diego Neighborhoods

The Most Expensive San Diego Neighborhoods

Today on Off the 56, we’re going to talk about the top five most expensive neighborhoods in San Diego!

Number one on the list is Rancho Santa Fe. This exclusive enclave was really up and coming in the twenties and thirties. You had people like Bing Crosby coming down from Hollywood and this is where they settled and put all their money and all their resources. Most of the homes here have big lot sizes, even acreage. So, a lot of people have horses at their homes or at one of the training centers in the area. In fact, several members of the US Olympic Equestrian teams actually live and train in this area. You also have a lot of other retired athletes in Rancho Santa Fe. Some great golfers live here and there are some excellent golf courses in the area. Rancho Santa Fe has a very walkable and quiet village. They do a weekend car show and an annual 4th of July parade. The Rancho Valencia Hotel is here, which is a great place for a staycation, an anniversary celebration, or even a wedding. It’s expensive so definitely the place for a special occasion. Median home prices here are about $2.7 Million.

Number two on the list is La Jolla, which means “the Jewel.” It truly is the jewel of San Diego and attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world, along with people who want to own a coastal home with ocean views. La Jolla is basically built up on the cliffs so many properties have great panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The median home price in La Jolla is about $2.4 Million. You know what they say, they better the view, the higher the price. There’s also a lot of things to do here, especially with kids. There’s Birch Aquarium, great beaches, and good surfing. Torrey Pines Golf Course is just north of La Jolla.

Third on the list is Coronado. The median home price here is about $2 Million. What makes this area significant, aside from the location, are the homes. There are a lot of different styles of homes here from Victorians to Cape Cod, bungalows, more modern homes – whatever you’re looking for, you can probably find it here. Coronado is also a great place for a staycation. There’s a very walkable village with restaurants, boutiques, all sorts of small businesses. A little touristy, but still very fun. Of course, you also have the famous Hotel Del Coronado which we’ve talked about before on Off the 56 – it’s apparently haunted!

Number four on our list is Del Mar, which brings us back to North County. Del Mar is only about four square miles so it’s very small and pricey. It’s bunched up along the coast, west of the I-5 freeway and south of Solana Beach. The median home price in Del Mar is just around $2 million, though it might even be higher now as the market here has been absolutely insane. Del Mar has a lot of famous residents including Drew Brees. Aaron Rodgers used to have a home here, maybe still does. There’s of cool stuff to do in Del Mar. Like many of the areas on this list, it also has a downtown village with lots of shops and eateries. Del Mar has some beautiful beaches, too, and great surfing. There’s Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach, Del Mar Beach, and the dog beach in the North of the city. The Del Mar racetrack is also here with a lot of the horses that race there either coming from Rancho Santa Fe or up in Bonsall or Temecula.  

The fifth spot on the list is also one of our favorites in San Diego – Solana Beach. It’s not a huge city, but a little bit bigger than Del Mar. There’s a train station that you can use to commute downtown on the Coaster. By car, it’s still only about 25 minutes from downtown. In general, Solana Beach is very centrally located. It also has its own design district called Cedros Avenue. have 85 different art galleries and the famous Belly Up. Really good restaurants and coffee shops. Beautiful beaches, family-friendly neighborhoods, great schools – all this for about $2 Million. 

If you want to buy a home in one of these neighborhoods or any others in San Diego, get in touch – we’d love to find you the perfect home! 

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