Carlsbad Village by the Sea – A Community Profile and Tour (slideshows and videos)

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Carlsbad Village by the Sea – A Community Profile and Tour

Alt Karlsbad building in Carlsbad Village,Carlsbad CA


What an appropriate name for a charming seaside town about 35 miles north of San Diego and 2 hours south of Los Angeles in Southern California.


The California desert cities are a little over 2 hours away to the east and mountains for skiing not much farther.


Carlsbad is far from being a quiet coastal community, despite the relaxed atmosphere that is readily apparent. Indeed, visitors, and residents, are often surprised at how much there really is to do and see in this town of more than 100,000. Let’s take a quick overview tour.






Calavera Hills Master Planned Community - Carlsbad homes with views for saleCarlsbad real estate covers a broad spectrum of styles, sizes and ages, in a number of neighborhoods that will appeal to a broad range of needs. Aviara, La Costa (formerly a city of its own but annexed by Carlsbad), and Olde Carlsbad are probably the best known major areas of Carlsbad.


Whether you desire an apartment, new construction, a gated community of luxury homes, homes in one of the master planned communities (e.g., Bressi Ranch, La Costa Greens, La Costa Valley, Calavera Hills, The Foothills at Carlsbad, La Costa Ridge, Rancho Carrillo), waterfront homes just steps to the beaches, retirement house, assisted living, or resort-style condos, Carlsbad probably offers what you are seeking, in a climate most of us refer to as "paradise."


Interested in exploring what Carlsbad homes are for sale for you? Visit the link at the bottom to search for your Carlsbad home and check out the most recent Carlsbad real estate market reports.




As a self-professed foodie and chocoholic, I can tell you Carlsbad offers a wide range of dining options to suit most taste buds and budgets.


Places with views, character, charm, or just plain good eating and ambiance…Carlsbad has them, from very casual to high end. For a reference list of some of the places I like, simply visit my restaurants list (just be aware that I write about places I have dined at elsewhere – it’s not just Carlsbad!).


Dini’s by the Sea (great for brunch with views), Bluewater Grill, 264 Fresco, Campfire, Park 101 and Jeune et Jolie are just a few places to check out in the Village area.


The Park Hyatt Resort in Aviara offers some of the best high end dining in North County at Vivace. There is also dining at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.


And don’t miss the opportunity to dine al fresco at the beach watching the sunset…talk about views!! And for chocolate lovers – you must visit the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar in the heart of Carlsbad Village, at the corner of State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive




The Carlsbad Flower FieldsWhether you prefer shopping, the arts (theater, music, art galleries, museums, outdoor fairs and festivals), or outdoor activities (golf, bike riding, skate boarding, walking, tennis, swimming) you will not be at a loss of things to do.


The Flower Fields, Legoland, the Museum of Making Music, and multiple outdoor art fairs and festivals are very popular with residents and visitors.


The Carlsbad Village Faire, held twice a year, is the largest 1-day outdoor fair in the country. In the summer we have 9 FREE TGIF Concerts in the Parks on consecutive Friday nights that are tremendously popular. Need I say more?




Lifeguard Station at Carlsbad State BeachCarlsbad is known for its beaches, with about 7 miles of sandy coastline for you to enjoy.


Whether you are a beach lover, or simply like being near the coast, you can enjoy the Carlsbad beach life year-round - walking, sunning, collecting shells (they are pretty limited) and stones, chilling out, eating dinner on the beach while the sun sets, surfing, kite flying, and more.


Parking is free in most areas although you will find pay lots at the state beaches. Some beaches are near street level while others will require you to navigate some steps.




Carlsbad boundaries overlay 3 different school districts, so depending on where you live children will attend the Carlsbad Unified Schools, the San Marcos Schools, or the Encinitas Union and San Dieguito Union High School Districts. Do not assume your child will go to a particular school before you buy a home but be sure to verify with the school district.


Carlsbad home searchFor a full visual perspective on the Carlsbad Village by the Sea lifestyle, check out the slideshow below.


And please let me know if you have any questions about living in Carlsbad - you can reach out to me at any time at (760) 840-1360, call direct or text me.


Here's a link to a recent market report for Carlsbad (May 2019).


I live here, play here, and love it here. I have gotten to know it well and can probably tell you all that you need or want to know, or I will find out for you!



Are you relocating to Carlsbad or nearby? You might want to check out my videos on my YouTube channel on Relocation Tips and Advice.


Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your tour!!


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Comments (16)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Real videos rock!

Mar 24, 2012 01:21 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

This is an awesome post!  I'll be down in Carlsbad with my family (parents live in Aviara) this summer and we're looking for new ideas on what to do.  It would be great to meet you when I'm down there.  Cheers!


Mar 24, 2012 01:27 AM
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Jeff - You did a nice job in representing the quality of life that Carlsabad has to offer.  I love Carlsbad and miss living there!

Mar 24, 2012 04:29 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Jeff,  I enjoyed the slide show.  Carlsbad offers a lifestyle.  I'm looking forward to my next visit to the San Diego area. I have lots of family there! 

Mar 24, 2012 06:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Andrew - agreed. But I like slideshows, too!

Thanks, Bryan. ABSOLULTELY! Let me know when you are around and we WILL make it happen.

Nevin - you can always return.

Kathleen - let me know when you are in town if you have time. Would love to meet you F2F.


Mar 24, 2012 09:28 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff you live in a gorgous area, no wonder you love it out there.

Mar 24, 2012 11:40 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Hi Jefff, This is an excellent presentation for Carlsbad and it's many features, Of the many communities and cities that make up this countty, Carlsbad has always been a real standout.
Mar 24, 2012 11:42 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

WHat a comprehensive tour of the city of Carlsbad. You are the go-to guy there, that's for sure.

Mar 24, 2012 11:33 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Jeff - You have REALLY outdone yourself with this presentation! What a wonderfully informative post!

Mar 25, 2012 03:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

George - no arguments from me.

William - I continue to be impressed with all that Carlsbad offers and the manner in which the town is developing.

Thank you, Melissa. I appreciate the compliment.

Barbara-Jo  - how nice of you! I hope it will be helpful for those who need the information.


Mar 25, 2012 06:29 AM