Why I Like Living in Carlsbad CA

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Why I Like Living in Carlsbad CA


It’s easy for me to help buyers who are moving to Carlsbad, because I know the community well.


But I also like living in Carlsbad, a lot, so it’s easy to be enthusiastic about all the great reasons to live here.


So that, in many ways, is at the basis of how I choose what to write about - to share what I love, the things I enjoy doing, and what I think others will find interesting, whether they live here or not. If you were considering moving to Carlsbad, wouldn't you want to know why people enjoy living there?


When I relocated from Boston to the West Coast in April 2005 we had lots of choices of where to live in coastal San Diego. After quite a bit of researching on line for a year, and touring around a couple of time we chose Carlsbad.


So here are my reasons why I like living in Carlsbad.


View of Carlsbad (La Costa area) from the hills overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon and the ocean



What else can I say about the weather except that it’s great – not too hot and not too cold. They don’t calling living here “paradise” for nothing.


Yes, it will get into the 40s at night in the winter, and on rare occasions even the high 30s. But you will get days of temps in the 60s or even 70s. And in the summer it’s rare to get over 80 except when the Santa Anna winds blow. We do get occasional, usually brief, heat waves in the 90s. While some complain about humidity from time to time I can say it does NOT compare to places I have lived - like Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.



There are 3 school districts for children living in Carlsbad depending on where you live. School rankings are high in general (check out SchoolDigger.com) with a number of award-winning schools – Carlsbad Unified School District, Encinitas Union/San Dieguito Union, and San Marcos Unified School District.


Check out the school district maps to see the areas they cover when searching for a home if a particular district, or school, is important to you. 



There are numerous dining options in Carlsbad...dozens and dozens...varying from budget and fast food to upscale/high-end restaurants, with a broad range of food types, and places with some great views and ambiance.


Restaurants come and go - the good ones tend to hang around - and in recent years we have seen a lot of new dining options in Carlsbad, especially in Carlsbad Village. We even now have a Michelin 1-star restaurant in the Village - Jeune et Jolie!


The famed La Costa Resort and Spa in South CarlsbadCATHINGS TO SEE AND DO

You likely won’t run out of things to do and see in Carlsbad. We have 7 miles of great beaches so you can enjoy all that beach life has to offer – surfing, boogie boarding, kite flying, swimming, building sand castles, beach volleyball, stand-up paddle boarding, walking, bird-watching, sunning yourself, and al fresco dining.


Like to hike and walk? There are about 67 miles of hiking trails in Carlsbad. Trails vary in distance and difficulty so you are sure to find the right one for you. Watch for rattlesnakes in the spring and summer, however.


Check out the 3 lagoons with visitor centers and walking trails - Agua Hedionda, Buena Vista and Batiquitos. There's a water sports equipment facility at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.


There are multiple arts and crafts fairs, multiple golf courses, world-famous Legoland, the Flower Fields, the Museum of Making Music, 2 terrific libraries, the city-owned Cannon Art Gallery with multiple exhibits each year, the free TGIF Jazz in the Parks 9-concert series in the summer, plentiful shopping, multiple art galleries, and the list goes on. You WON'T get bored



Carlsbad is on the coast with a major north-south freeway, the 5, providing access to San Diego (30 – 45 minutes, non-rush hour) and Los Angeles (about 2 hours). You can get to the California desert cities in about 2 – 2.5 hours, to Mammoth and Big Bear in less than 4 hours, and to Las Vegas in about 5 hours.



Car (with plenty of good commuting routes including easy access to the 5, 15 and 78 freeways); the Coaster commuter rail running between Oceanside and San Diego with 2 stops in Carlsbad; the Breeze, a public bus system; Amtrak (The Surfliner) to Los Angeles (the stop is in Oceanside). And of course you have your feet, surfboards, skateboards, in-line skates, bikes and e-bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, and even a few horses.



There is a wide range of housing in Carlsbad to suit every taste and budget, from bungalows to condos, and from townhomes to master planned communities to oceanfront homes. There are homes for seniors, too. The housing market is always shifting, and has done so in particular in recent years, and prices have changed dramatically from when this article was first written (especially in 2021 and into 2022).


For CURRENT information on inventory and housing pricing, please call or text me at (760) 840-1360. Or use the link below to search for Carlsbad homes for sale and learn more about pricing and availability. I'm here to help when you are ready to talk about buying a home and/or selling one.


Whether you want a primary home, a vacation home, or a rental/investment property, you are sure to find it here in Carlsbad, our paradise by the sea in Southern California. You can search the homes for sale in Carlsbad using this link, or call me to get on a customized home search emailing based on your specific criteria.






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Comments (36)

Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Jeff  = Very nice presentation of Carlsbad. I can see why you moved there. Looks heavenly. Nice job on the feature.

Jan 09, 2012 04:16 PM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Jeff - what a great post about living and loving Carlsbad - and I really like the video as well! Awesome!

Jan 09, 2012 04:54 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

These are some great reasons for loving life in Carlsbad, Jeff.  You know and love your area which makes you of extreme value to your clients.  And I love the video.

Jan 09, 2012 04:58 PM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Top 3 reasons are: beach, sunset, and beach.  :) 

Jan 09, 2012 07:52 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Jeff, Pretty good line up of reasons for Carlsbad living!  I know staying close to the beach is fantastic for controlling the weather....head inland and that thermometer seems to rapidly climb.  Your poor weathermen out there must get so bored! :)

Jan 09, 2012 10:19 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Jeff, you present Carlsbad so well all the time...well deserved feature...hmm, the warmth is so appealing!

Jan 09, 2012 10:20 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff, sounds like Carlsbad, CA is a great place to settle down. Nice weather! Very nice video of the area!

Jan 10, 2012 01:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Robert - you won't get any arguments from me

Michael - I lived in MN for 2 years a long time ago and liked it alot. BUt I have to say the cold got a bit tedious. How about a winter home on the Left Coast?

George - well I keep working on you. Sooner or later you will cave in . LOL

Rich - thanks. I like Animoto a lot.


Jan 10, 2012 01:23 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Jeff...this makes you the go to guy for the area...the passion and support for where we live and play is important when communicating in regards to Real Estate to others...

Jan 10, 2012 02:42 AM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jeff - Love it!  I've had a similar idea rolling around in my head and I think it's great to read exactly why you love Carlsbad so much.

Jan 10, 2012 03:17 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Jeff, great localism post with a lot of information. And what's not to like about Carlsbad? Great place!

Jan 10, 2012 05:31 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Everytime I am in Carlsbad, I am envious of the weather.  I only have one problem - that I don't visit often enough!

Jan 10, 2012 05:59 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Great blog selling your area. I must admit I knew little about your area and reading your blog makes me want to know more. Thanks for sharing.


Jan 10, 2012 12:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Endre - what a nice compliment. And you're right about the humidity. I have to chuckle when people here complain.

Susan - I DO consider myself lucky. And yes, the Carlsbad Inn is still there. I think they went through a major renovation and it is a popular place to stay in a great location - walk to everything and on the bluff overlooking the beach

Joan - oohhh, I feel for you. I would definitely not be looking forward to that. Time to head South or West

Kerry -the weather is great here at the moment! Chilly at night, however.

Thanks, William. Those are great ideas and I have some of my own.

Pat - well I no longer ever describe snow as fun. LOL

Tammie - I use it for relocation clients for that very reason

Susan - LOL. Are you sure it's not LA?

Bob and Lisa - I feel fortunate to have discovered it. We were not initially looking at Carlsbad as a place to live.

Sharon - I am creating similar ones for other communities I service and for particular neighborhoods.

Jane - I certainly enjoy learning all that I can, and experiencing it for myself.


Jan 10, 2012 12:40 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Jeff - This is a great post pointing out why Carlsbad is such a wonderful place to live.

Jan 10, 2012 02:20 PM
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Jeff - love the video. What did you use to create it in?

Jan 10, 2012 03:44 PM
Sherry Chastain
Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee - Hendersonville, TN
Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales

Great job on the post and video. Can't think of a reason not to live in Carlsbad.

Jan 10, 2012 03:52 PM
Momentum Realty
North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists - Yorba Linda, CA
Orange County CA Real Estate Agent

Hi Jeff,

Great local post! I have friends down your way & it's just beautiful! Carlsbad would definitely be on my list, if I ever planned on moving out of Orange County.

Looks like an Animoto video? I just love them- they make life so much easier! ; )

Have a great rest of the week & sunny California weekend!

Gina Lemos

Jan 11, 2012 01:43 PM
Anthony Pascale

Jeff and others on this post,

This post may just have made us make a last minute switch from 4S Ranch back to our original instinct, which was Carlsbad. We were under the impression that 4S Ranch may be better for our daughters which are all under the age of 7 (I know LEGOLAND win for Carlsbad).

Does anyone have thoughts on 4S Ranch VS Carlsbad over all for families?

We have lived in North NJ for 42 years and have seen all of NY/NJ it was great. Then We Fell in love with San Diego county. 07/25/14 were coming after 2 years of planning, fighting with Italian family and why in fact we can leave Jersey, saving money ETC.

Were just at last minute decision mode and need to sign a lease in Carlsbad or 4S ranch. We do think Carlsbad is more fun, closer to the ocean, and everything else pointed out in this blessing of a blog. Thoughts from all. be Well

Jun 20, 2014 07:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Well I live here so am a bit biased. But I explored alot of coastal communities before selecting Carlsbad, and as a REALTOR show a lot of property along the coast and inland.

The big issue could be the weather and it depends on what you prefer. The coastal weather is more temperate but there is the marine layer at different times. 4S Ranch just feels like one big planned community and I like the individual neighborhoods in Carlsbad

BTW thanks for your compliments


Jun 22, 2014 02:08 AM