CARLSBAD - VILLAGE BY THE SEA
in Southern California
What an apt name for this charming seaside town located about 35 miles north of San Diego in Southern California. But a sleepy coastal village Carlsbad is not - there is lots going on in this growing community of 105,000.
CLICK on the SURFBOARD for the link to each virtual tour (or the adjacent highlighted link)
MY CARLSBAD TOUR will wet your appetite for more to come.
The housing market in Carlsbad is pretty robust, although like elsewhere in San Diego's North County, the community has experienced a slowing of appreciation, an increase in inventory from a year ago, and an overall shift from fast-moving seller's market to a more buyer-friendly one. Good news for buyers! Despite these changes, Carlsbad home prices, while less than other coastal communities to the south (e.g., Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla), remain high, and, at $771,250 for detached homes and $464,750 for attached (as of December 31, 2006), are well above the North County medians of $625,000 and $380,000 respectively. For more details, read about the overall health of the North County area housing market.
NOTE: Much has changed since this post was originally written. FOR MORE CURRENT INFORMATION ON PRICING AND SALES, SEE THE FEBRUARY 2017 MARKET REPORT FOR CARLSBAD
Carlsbad real estate covers a broad spectrum of styles, sizes and age, in a number of neighborhoods that will appeal to a diversity of needs. Aviara and La Costa are probably the best known. Whether you desire an apartment, new construction, a gated community of luxury homes, ocean front and ocean view living, retirement housing, assisted living or resort-style accommodations, Carlsbad probably offers what you are seeking, in a climate many residents refer to as "paradise."
Take a TOUR OF SOME OF THE HOUSING in the area for a small sampling of the different types of homes Carlsbad has to offer.
Of course choosing a home you like, in a neighborhood that appeals to your lifestyle, is just part of the task. You might be wondering what Carlsbad offers as far as leisure activities, shopping and dining.
UPDATE 2017 - Restaurants come and go, in some cases, and since this article was written a number of restaurants have closed but new ones have opened - here's a list of Carlsbad Restaurants I compiled in early 2016.
If eating out is your thing, TOUR SOME OF CARLSBAD RESTAURANTS (I only offer a small sampling here). But the BEST al fresco dining is on the beach at sunset!
THINGS TO DO
Perhaps you prefer shopping, the arts, and other outdoor activities - well, Carlsbad has that too. There's more information on things to do in the area on my other blog site, At Home in Carlsbad.
Are you a beach lover? You have come to the right place - Carlsbad is known for its 7 miles of gorgeous beaches, providing year-round enjoyment whether you simply prefer walking, enjoy sunning, collecting shells, chilling out, eating dinner on the beach while the sun sets, or surfing the waves.
BUYING AND SELLING
If you are buying a home there is lots to do - searching for a home, touring properties and open houses, deciding on your perfect home and making a proposal to the sellers, reviewing and approving lots of paperwork, and for many, getting a loan, until finally you walk in the door of your new home. If you are a first time buyer, you have much to learn.
Are you relocating and need to both sell a home and buy a new one? Wow - you have lots to juggle there. Need a moving checklist? Want to know more about the importance of pricing to sell? What about house hunting from a distance? It's all there for you...on Relocation A to Z.
And check my VIDEO SERIES - Relocation Tips and Advice - on my YouTube Channel.
Contemplating trying to sell your home on your own. Read on...before you make that decision to become a FSBO (for-sale-by-owner, or "unrepresented seller"), so you are fully informed.
Do you need to sell your home to move up to a larger house, or are you leaving the area? Becoming a knowledgeable seller is important to your success. And the right marketing, and right pricing based on current market conditions, will get you to your goal.
The BEST way to learn more is for us to sit down and talk about YOUR needs and plans for selling your home - we'll discuss the market conditions, my written marketing plan, pricing based on the curent market, preparing your home for photos and showings, and so much more. Give me a call today at (760) 840-1360 so we can plan a strategy for you.
Lastly, you might be looking to hire a real estate professional to help you along the way to finding your new home, and/or to help you sell your current one. I am committed to understanding the needs of my clients and helping them to achieve THEIR goals. I am proud of my referral business and look forward to assisting you with your real estate needs.
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Well, that's it.
Thanks for joining me for a tour of this wonderful community.
I hope you had a good time, and will decide to
make Carlsbad YOUR village by the sea!