Welcome to one of the most upscale, yet laid back cities in Southern California….Carlsbad. Situated in the North County Coastal section of the San Diego metro, Carlsbad is lovely coastal community 35 short miles north of downtown San Diego and only about 90 miles south of Los Angeles. This tourism driven town has a population of just over 100,000 people who work and play in the area.
Although Carlsbad is also home to some of the best golf courses at posh resorts like Aviara Resort and La Costa Resort that cater to vacationers, it has a very close-knit community of full time residents that love where they live and enjoy all that Carlsbad has to offer in terms of community events, art galleries, and outdoor activities and festivals.
Where to Live in Carlsbad
Carlsbad is divided into four sections called “quadrants” – Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and Northwest. Within these areas is a tremendous variety of neighborhoods that feature homes of different styles and price points. One of the best qualities of Carlsbad is that the prices points of real estate run the gamut making it affordable for many people to buy here whether buyers are first-time buyers or buying a second or vacation home.
Many of the communities are very well laid out planned communities that incorporate community centers, lots of green space, trails and smaller neighborhoods like in La Costa, Aviara and Calavera Hills. Within these neighborhoods, there is a mix of single family homes, condominiums and townhomes. Activities are abundant as well with kids’ sports and events and summertime concerts.
Several smaller gated communities are spread out through the area like Harbor Pointe, Waters End and Mar Brisas. Other gated communities are situated within the larger areas of La Costa and Aviara such as La Costa Ridge, Aviara Point and Bella Lago. Homes within these communities are priced anywhere from the upper-$300s to low-$400s to over $1 million.
In terms of condominium and townhome communities, there are tons from which to choose. Because this is a resort area as well, many residents have second and vacation homes in Carlsbad some of which are in these communities. There are condominiums that start as low as the mid-$100s and climb into the millions depending on the location and the views.
On the lower end, units in the Grove start in the mid-$100s and are excellent choices for first time buyers. The resort community of La Costa also features smaller condominiums starting in the mid to upper-$100s which is ideal for retirees wanting to live in Carlsbad as well as those wanting a resort lifestyle near some of the best golf in the area.
In Olde Carlsbad and the Village, buyers can expect to pay anywhere from the mid-$300s to the mid-$900s for homes in condominium and townhome complexes. Some are even priced over $3 million, again, depending on the view and the location.
The Important Stuff -- Statistics of the Market
The real estate market in Carlsbad is finally beginning to see a slight turn especially with single family homes. The most recent average price of a home is about $650K which is up from previous months. As for the monthly number of sales, they continue to make substantial climbs as do the number of pending sales. Homes generally stay on the market for about 80 days (just over two months).
The average price for a condominium property is just over $300K which is down a tiny bit over previous months and from last year. In terms of the number of monthly sales, while they are down from the past months, they are up substantially from last year as are the number of pending properties. The average number of days on the market for condominiums is just under 90 days which is down substantially from previous months and year to year.
In a Nutshell
If you want a Southern California lifestyle near the coast line, Carlsbad is an excellent spot to consider. It encompasses, charm and elegance with a warm, friendly and laid back lifestyle in a way that is hard to beat. There is real estate at pretty much every price point which provides so many opportunities from first time buyers to real estate investors. Carlsbad has everything and more.