In the 1880s, Captain John Frazier sunk a well on his farm only to discover mineral waters comparable to the premier spas of Europe and what would become the font of Carlsbad’s future growth
That tradition of high-end luxury continues to this day, and it’s just one of the reasons why 2020 | 2021 is a great time to set down your foundation in this oceanside community thirty-five miles north of downtown San Diego.
From high-end amenities to great schools, from a variety of homes to the great natural beauty, Carlsbad is a must-see spot for those in the high-end real estate market.
Here's a quick rundown of our list:
- Reason 1 - It’s a Great Time to Buy in Carlsbad
- Reason 2 - There’s a Variety of Available Housing.
- Reason 3 - Residents Can Enjoy Plenty of High-End Amenities.
- Reason 4 - Natural Wonders Abound!
- Reason 5 - A Number of Cultural and Amusement Amenities.
- Reason 6 - Home to a Number of Corporate Headquarters and High-End Industries.
Reason 1 - It’s a Great Time to Buy in Carlsbad
In 2017, National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner granted San Diego-Carlsbad the 23rd spot on his list of the 25 happiest places in the U.S. due to its natural beauty and the healthy living of its residents.
It’s no surprise, then, that this peace of mind comes at a price, yet the future continues to look bright for Carlsbad homeowners.
Currently, Trulia puts the median sales price of homes in Carlsbad at $815,000, with Redfin noting it’s seen a 2.4% increase over the last twelve months. Homes values have also appreciated 4.8% in the last year, so real estate purchases in this community are paying off for buyers.
Approximately three-quarters of current housing stock falls in the $666,000 and above range, so even those who aren’t in the market for a multimillion-dollar investment may find a deal amidst the various options available.
Reason 2 - There’s a Variety of Available Housing.
Potential buyers will be happy to know housing isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation when it comes to Carlsbad. The community is divided into four quadrants, each with its own character to suit your taste.
The Northwest quadrant was the first settled and includes the areas of the downtown “Village,” the Barrio, and “Old Carlsbad.” One can find home styles ranging from fifties-era cottages and bungalows to mansions with breathtaking ocean views. The Barrio was settled by Latinos in the early 1900s and boasts the Centro de Aprendizaje, the Spanish division of the Carlsbad City Library.
The Northeast quadrant consists primarily of single-family homes with larger lots in the Chestnut Hills neighborhood. Newer housing developments can be found in the Calavera Hills neighborhood.
Expensive planned communities, golf courses, spas, and plenty of open spaces characterize the Southeast quadrant, while the Southwest borders the Pacific and includes the Aviara neighborhood.
Most of Carlsbad’s housing stock was built after 1970, with 24% built since the beginning of the new millennium, and more than 60% of homes feature three or more bedrooms.
With such variety, it’s no wonder more than seventy percent of residents are homeowners.
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Reason 3 - Residents Can Enjoy Plenty of High-End Amenities.
Carlsbad is known as a tourist destination, but residents can enjoy its high-end amenities year-round.
Continuing this tradition, Carlsbad residents continue to enjoy the amenities offered by multiple spas, including one based on the Captain’s original well, The Carlsbad Mineral Spa. The spa is located near both the downtown area and the beach. If relaxation with a historical twist isn’t your thing, though, there are plenty of other options from which to choose.
Carlsbad is also home to a number of highly regarded golf courses, including the Aviara Golf Club, which combines the best of both worlds, spa and greens, plus so much more.
Shopaholics won’t want to miss the Carlsbad Premium Outlet stores and all the offerings of Carlsbad Village, from shops specializing in antiques to boutiques of all kinds. State Street in downtown also offers a farmer’s market full of great food, local crafts, and live entertainment every Wednesday.
Reason 4 - Natural Wonders Abound!
When it comes to opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, Carlsbad lacks for nothing.
Dubbed “The Village by the Sea,” residents obviously get the chance to enjoy the beach scene, easily accessible from downtown. That’s far from all there is to explore, though.
In fact, Carlsbad was the first community in California to protect sensitive wildlife habitat and has committed to having 40% of the city permanently set aside for open space.
The area boasts three lagoons covering over 1,000 acres — Buena Vista, Batiquitos, and Agua Hedionda — Hosp Grove Park, a relatively untouched grove of trees in the Northwest quadrant that also serves as a public recreation space, and the Lake Calavera Nature Preserve, which includes an extinct volcano and hiking trails with stunning ocean views.
Reason 5 - A Number of Cultural and Amusement Amenities.
Spas, golf courses, world-class parks, and beaches aren’t enough for you? No worries, because Carlsbad has even more to offer.
This community is also home to the first Legoland park outside of Europe, opened in 1999.
It also hosts an impressive arts and cultural scene, including a number of galleries and larger institutions such as the Carlsbad Historical Society Museum, the Museum of Making Music, the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, and The Flower Fields garden.
With so much to offer, you may never make a trip out of town or even to downtown San Diego, though if you must, Carlsbad also has its own airport, access to Amtrak and Coaster trains, and close proximity to Interstate 5 and State Route 78.
Reason 6 - Home to a Number of Corporate Headquarters and High-End Industries.
There’s far more to Carlsbad than simply leisure.
It boasts a number of corporate headquarters and was dubbed Digital Capital of California by Google in 2013, as well as the “Titanium Valley” for being the world’s pre-eminent golf manufacturing site.
Its core industries include IT, robotics, video game development, manufacturing, medical devices, and clean tech, as well as tourism, to name a few.
Suffice it to say, there’s a whole lot to love about Carlsbad.
If you have questions or would like to find out more information about the Carlsbad real estate market, please contact me, and I’ll be able to help.
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