Best Streets for Oceanfront Homes for Sale in Carlsbad CA and Beyond

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Best Streets for Oceanfront Homes for Sale in Carlsbad CA

and Beyond

 

Some Carlsbad buyers are particularly interested in living on the ocean, and have the budget to do so.

 

Are you looking for oceanfront homes for sale in Carlsbad?

 

Oceanfront homes in Carlsbad

 

While these properties are limited, there are currently some good opportunities for acquiring an ocean-front home for sale along the North San Diego County coast in Carlsbad, as well as in communities to the south including Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

 

Most buyers are aware of the costs of ocean front homes, but limited supply, and demand, can cause prices in some areas to far exceed what home buyers might expect or hope for, and what their budget will allow. The choice, then, is to be close to the beach, perhaps with views, for a much lesser price, and there are a number of homes in a range of prices with great ocean views.

 

RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS

 

Be aware that in addition to the City of Carlsbad, the California Coastal Commission weighs heavily on any modifications or enhancements to properties that fall within their jurisdiction, the coastal zone, along and near the beaches – improvements to the property, stairs, and seawalls, among other issues may be reglated. Environmental concerns and conservation are important in the coastal area and are usually strictly enforced, and permits take time! Other communities have their own restrictions regarding what can be done with ocean-front properties, including adding stairs to the beach…extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do these days.

 

Ocean-front homes in Carlsbad

 

OTHER OCEAN-FRONT LIVING ISSUES

 

In addition to restrictions that may be imposed by the City of Carlsbad, or other jurisdictions, and the Coastal Commission, buyers should be aware that ocean front living brings other potential issues and costs – erosion to the bluff or land from waves and wind; increased wear and tear and deterioration on the home exterior due to moisture, wind and blowing sand; increased home-owners insurance and property taxes; often more marine layer and ground fog, heavier winds, and cooler temperatures. Is ocean-front living worth it? From having had a home on the water back east, I can tell you that it is!!

 

Some homes will offer steps directly to the beach which enhances the value, and obviously provide great access to getting those toes in the sand. Buyers should be aware that beaches are public so you can expect people walking along the beach in front of your house, as well as possibly on the street the homes are located on to gain access to the ocean. Some areas may not offer public beach access (e.g., Terramar) which adds to the privacy.

 

Here's a list of some streets where you will find oceanfront homes in Carlsbad.

 

Ocean Street near Carlsbad Village (take a tour down this ocean frontage road)

 

 

Tierra del Oro (in Terramar) – small community with a section on the west side of the Coast Road which is ocean-front with a wonderful beach

 

Terramar Beach

Terramar Beach in Carlsbad

 

Shore Drive (also part of the Terramar neighborhood)

 

Carlsbad Boulevard (Coast Highway) – There are a few homes on the Coast Road (Terramar)  that offer direct beach-front living, but many homes along this stretch of road are on the east side of the road, so while they may have great views they are not true ocean front.

 

CURRENT CARLSBAD OCEAN-FRONT HOMES

Here are several current ocean-front single family detached offerings in Carlsbad that are sure to impress:

 

On Ocean Street – a 3,587 SF beauty with 6 bedrooms and 1 optional bedroom, 4 full baths and 2 half baths, with glorious views for $7,300,000.

 

On Carlsbad Boulevard (the Coast Road) – an 8,000 SF ocean-front gem with direct access to the sand, with 5 bedrooms, 1optional bedroom, 6 full baths and 2 half baths. Priced at $11,495,000

 

In Terramar – a 3,410 SF beach-front home (stairs to the breakwater) with 3 bedrooms, 1 optional bedroom, 3 full and 1 half bath, priced at $5,450,000.

 

OTHER OCEAN-FRONT PROPERTIES

 

Del Mar Beach Colony

 

Further south in Encinitas/Leucadia, Neptune Avenue offers some of the best ocean-front/bluff top living, with homes currently priced from $3.8M to $13,888,000 (a new custom built contemporary, next to another custom home at $12,900,000). Here’s a quick drive down Neptune Avenue (one-way street heading north); there are some terrific beaches in the area – Moonlight, Grandview, Stone Steps and Beacon’s.

 

 

Solana Beach bluff homes on Pacific Avenue right now range from $3,299,000 to $10,950,000

 

In Del Mar a coveted area is the Del Mar Beach Colony (Ocean Front Street) and the gated Sandy Lane community next door, with prices currently from $6,998,000 to $35,000,000. The most expensive MLS sale to date in San Diego County was in this community, at $48,150,000 in 2007.

 

Given the limited opportunities for ocean-front properties, and given how the MLS works, a custom search is likely the best way to find the right property at the beach.

 

If beach-front living is of interest, please reach out to me at (760) 840-1360 so we can further discuss your needs and interests, explore the inventory currently available, and start watching the market for ocean-front homes that fit your budget and lifestyle.

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This is very good information to share with families considering a move to the area.

Apr 24, 2017 04:58 PM #1
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Thanks Roy Kelley 

Lots of people are interested in being on or near the beach, but the prices make it tough. You can always visit even if you can't live nearby.

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Jeff, you've done a great job of outlining the pros and cons of home ownership along the coast. Anyone interesting in purchasing should contact you !

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Thanks for the kind words, Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate . Living at the beach is wonderful but there are costs.

Jeff

Apr 25, 2017 06:55 AM #4
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Hi Jeff -- first, what a great post title!   As always, your in-depth look at the options available as well as lots of local insight provides the ideal start for a North San Diego real estate search.  Of course -- contacting you is the most logical next step.  

Apr 25, 2017 06:59 AM #5
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Jeff, it must be amazing to live along the coast. While I'm sure price is a challenge for many for those who are able it sure looks like a slice of heaven. Very smart title and I am sure you will see a lot of traffic from this post. You're the go to agent in Carlsbad, your knowledge always shines.

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Thank you Michael Jacobs  - ocean-front property is a fairly diverse type of market, even given the limited options in this price range along our coast.

Jeff

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Hello Jeff Dowler,  Great blog and wow, the pictures, you must love to walk the beaches!  Make it a great day!

 

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Thanks for such a nice compliment Amanda S. Davidson I love living near the beach (yep these oceanfront prices are beyond my means!) and helping those who would like that lifestyle.

Jeff

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I have spent most of my life near the beach, except for 2 years when living in MN, and I can't imagine not being close and being able to enjoy that lifestyle Will Hamm , even if living on the ocean is not in my budget.

Jeff

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Hi Jeff - Thanks for that oceanfront tour. There's no substitute for local expertise, especially in this price range, and with the unique characteristics of oceanfront property.

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Jeff this is an awesome and very informative post! WOW!  I enjoyed the tour as well. Ocean front living would be awesome.  Home buyers looking to find their Carlsbad dream ocean front home would be very wise to call you as you are the local Carlsbad real estate guru - especially when it comes to ocean front homes.

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Hey Dick Greenberg  - thanks for stopping by. Being oceanfront is unique in many ways!

Thank you so much Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS ! There is something very special about living right at the beach and I enjoy helping those who want to live this lifestyle.

Jeff

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