There's a Lot for Sale in Carlsbad and in Surrounding Communities in North San Diego County

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Buyers in the Carlsbad real estate market will find there's a lot for sale in Carlsbad and the surround communities.

If you are interested in building your own home and have the time and the budget you will find many lots in the area in a wide range of prices, views and sizes. Of course it's important to determine if the lots ARE truly buildable and what you can put there (some may have restrictions either in the deed or from the town), any size limitations, access to utilities, and other matters.

It's also important to find about the building permit process - what approvals are needed, and how long you can expect to wait for approvals. And if you are building near the ocean and may block or change abutters' views, you can expect a lengthy approval process where your potential neighbors can attend the public hearing to air their concerns. C-Story poles will likely be used to show the dimensions of what is being built.

New construction in Carlsbad

If you plan to build on one of the few ocean-front lots you can expect a lengthy wait for all the approvals, in particular from the California Coastal Commission. Geologic and engineering reports will be important if you plan to build on the bluff or on a hillside as some areas may be prone to shifting ground and erosion.

Here's a summary of the available lots per the San Diego MLS (no representations are made here as to ability to build a home or any other issues related to purchasing land and developing it). Some of these are large enough for grand estates, or to subdivide if you are interested in development.

CARLSBAD - lots from 3,999 SF to 60 acres (occupants on one lot - rabbits. On another - Jack Rabbit), priced from $295,000 to $3.95 million

ENCINITAS - lots from 3,920 SF to 6 acres, priced from $155,900 to $4.695 million (an ocean bluff lot of about ½ acre is priced at $3.95 million)

CARDIFF - 3 lots, from $599,000 to $975,000, 5000 to 8062 SF

SOLANA BEACH - 7 lots priced from $599,000 to $2.7 million, with 9025 SF to 31,096 SF

DEL MAR - 7 lots priced from $450,000 to $76 million (the latter a large parcel of almost 6 acres on an oceanfront bluff with an existing house, and the priciest piece of property in San Diego), with 5141 SF up to almost 6 acres

SAN MARCOS - there are 27 lots available from $75,000 to $2.7 million, from 8900 SF to 25 acres

RANCHO SANTA FE - prices from $300,000 to $25.1 million for lots from .68 acres to about 30 acres

In San Diego County there are a total of 1752 lots available, 10 of which are priced at over $10 million. In contrast there are almost a dozen lots priced at less than $10,000 in some inland areas.


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Personally, I think one of the main reasons why real estate is so expensive in California is because there are so many third parties, such as the California Coastal Commission, that have to approve everything,

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Nov 29, 2009 02:27 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Rusel - well it certainly does complicate the process. Thanks for the well wishes = hope you did as well.


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