In the North County Coast region of San Diego County lies the affluent coastal community of Carlsbad.  This lovely resort town, situated about 85 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego, is known for its unique shopping, tourism and comfortable lifestyle.

Established in the late 1800s, it is said that Carlsbad came about when a sailor, John Frazier, dug a well to offer water at the local train stop.  After its popularity grew, another fresh-water well was dug as it was said to have “spa-worthy” water.  The town of Carlsbad was formed at this spot and named for the spa town, Karlsbad, in what is now the Czech Republic.

Although there is much development in Carlsbad, the residents and city government are devoted to protecting the integrity of the community.  A specified amount of land within the city is protected from development of any kind.  The city also spends a significant amount of money restoring habitats that have been destroyed by development.  In fact, Carlsbad was one of the first municipalities in the state to have ordinances protecting wildlife habitat.

What Makes Carlsbad Such a Great Place to Live?

Not only does the community care about the environment of Carlsbad, it is a very active town and plays host to so many activities and events. Annual events like the Carlsbad Beach Fest, the Carlsbad Music Festival and more draw out most residents and even more visitors.  Other exciting events like the Carlsbad Triathlon bring many athletes to the area.

Arts and culture plays a big role in Carlsbad with art galleries, museums and other activities.  Some of the most popular include the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden features exhibitions from different sculptors; the New Village Arts Theatre has become one of the most popular and revered theatre companies in the entire metro area; and, TGIF Jazz in the Park which plays host to some of the best jazz concert on Fridays throughout June, July and August.

As for major attractions around the area, the most popular is probably LEGOLAND of California, an entire amusement park created from giant Lego pieces.  Families from all over California and much of the western part of the country come to Carlsbad to visit this huge park. 

Outdoor activities are plentiful in Carlsbad.  From any of the lagoons to the perfect beaches, residents love to fish, surf, and swim.   There is a huge trail system that winds through the area neighborhoods as well for hikers and bikers to enjoy.  Finally, many of the golf courses here are some of the best in the country.

Why Do People Love Living in Carlsbad?

Although there is a diverse population in Carlsbad, many of the residents have retired here for the resort lifestyle or have moved here because they work in the area and want their kids in the schools here which are some of the best in the state.  There are several major and well-known companies that are headquartered in Carlsbad like Callaway Golf, Cobra Golf, Jenny Craig and No Fear Apparel.   

The population of Carlsbad is significant with over 105,000 people living here.   The area continues to grow in popularity which is reflected by the 35 percent growth in population since 2000.  The median age is about 40 years old and the median income is well over $100K. 

Finally, the best part of living in Carlsbad is the climate.  This subtropical paradise is perfect year round with lows in the mid-40s during the winter months and mid-60s during the summer months.  As for highs, they range between the mid-60s in the winter and mid-70s in the summer.  Weather cannot get much better than that!

Neighborhoods in Carlsbad

Carlsbad is pretty much divided into four sections.  Each has its own character as well as a nice mix of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes.    For the most part, the northwest section includes the downtown area, the Village, and Olde Carlsbad.  It is considered to be the oldest part of Carlsbad and is home to quaint cottages and bungalows as well as stately coastal mansions.  The northeast section is comprised mostly of single family homes and townhome communities with limited shopping.  As for the southeast section, this is the most newly developed area of Carlsbad with the largest number of homes.  It is also home to the La Costa Resort and Spa.  Lastly, the southwest section is situated along the coast and features the 90211 zip code, one of Forbes Magazine’s Most Expensive Zip Codes.  Aviara is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Carlsbad and is home to the Park Hyatt Resort and the Aviara Golf and Country Club.

Carlsbad Has It All

For those who want the best golf or those who have a strong pull to the ocean, Carlsbad has something for everyone.  With so many companies located in and around Carlsbad, families have settled here because of the schools as well.   This community is definitely the best of the best!