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Carlsbad – resort-style living in charming coastal city

It's not the Pacific Ocean breeze alone that attracts homeowners to the North County coastal community of Carlsbad. Nestled about 30 minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad is a haven for locals and visitors alike. The 42-plus square miles of land encompassing the City of Carlsbad boasts a seven-mile-long stretch of coastline surrounded by mountains and lagoons such as Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Batiquitos Lagoon.

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Modern beach house to quaint cottages, new home developments and condominiums are all available in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad is comprised of four Zip codes 92008 (NW Carlsbad), 92009 (SE Carlsbad), 92010 (NE Carlsbad), and 92011 ( SW Carlsbad). The southern areas had the highest median prices in 2016 for a single-family home ($857,800). The northeast area had the lowest median price ($692,100). The northwest Zip median price was $774,400.

There are three school systems depending on student's home location in the city: Carlsbad Unified, San Marcos Unified (Northwest area) and in the South the Encinitas Union for elementary and the San Dieguito for junior high and high schools.

With a population of just over 100,000, Carlsbad is able to maintain 40 percent open space filled with state preserve, community parks and trails.

"Parks and Recreation helps create Carlsbad's small-town feel by connecting people at our events, on our trails, and through fun, quality programs for families, seniors, teens and adults," said John Coates, director of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation.

Charming Carlsbad Village, where businesses, artists and eateries are located, compliments the natural beauty of Carlsbad's coastal community. The Carlsbad Village Association supports the local community by developing relationships between a variety of business and property owners and local artists and members of the community. Monthly "Thursdays on the Coast" art walks allow patrons the opportunity to enjoy extended business hours for shopping, eating and a sampling of local art.

"Carlsbad Village is such a wonderful community to live, play and work in," said Robin Young, director of the Carlsbad Village Association. "It's a great mixture of a beautiful beach town and a fun and active business and entertainment district."

For many, Carlsbad is a destination point for family outings and extended weekend trips. Among the many attractions in the area, LEGOLAND California is located just east of I-5 in central Carlsbad.

The first of March yields a spring tradition in Carlsbad with the opening of The Flower Fields, some 50 acres of privately owned land located on Paseo del Norte in Carlsbad. The privately owned Flower Fields bloom a rainbow of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. This event lasts through early May and is one of nature's ways of announcing spring in San Diego.

For those looking for vacation accommodations, Carlsbad has 3,635 rooms available in hotels that range from five diamond luxury resorts to budget motels. Some of the largest hotels in the area are La Costa Resort and Spa, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Whether a local golf veteran, or a visitor, The Crossings Golf Course and Rancho Carlsbad Golf Courses are open to the public and feature 18 Holes - par 72 and par 56 respectively.

"Among the many gems dotting the San Diego-area coastline, Carlsbad's enduring profile as a charming beach town with a perennially robust economy stands out," said Ted Owen, president of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. "Carlsbad's beguiling beauty, which incorporates a storied Village and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, conceals a thriving business culture built not only on tourism and recreation, but on biotech, agriculture and varied small businesses."

As an incredibly desirable place to live, the market for single-family homes in Carlsbad is pretty good for new or resale homes priced $500,000-$750,000, according to Realtor and Broker Associate Tony Cannon of Keller Williams Realty Carlsbad.

"Builders have once again resumed construction and we don't see a flood of foreclosures affecting values. I think Carlsbad homes will continue to have reasonable inventory and steady price appreciation for the foreseeable future," said Cannon. "The median price statistic in Carlsbad can be misleading as it may show a downtrend if more homes of lesser value are being sold, which is the current trend. Yet, in reality the prices of those homes are going up."

"Residents of Carlsbad are well educated, informed and involved in their community. They appreciate the city's rich heritage and natural beauty. They have high expectations, and the City of Carlsbad is committed to meeting them," said Kristina Ray, communications manager for the City of Carlsbad.

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"Businesses in Carlsbad contribute to the excellent quality of life by providing diverse job opportunities, clean operations and a strong, diverse economy. Tourism, recreational and lifestyle companies, and cutting edge high tech and biotech industries form the backbone of our city's economy, while small and niche oriented businesses provide balance and variety to the business community," added Ray.

Walking along the coast at sunset with a warm ocean breeze, it's hard to imagine a nicer place to be. Carlsbad's beautiful location, combined with its diverse economy make this city in North County a wonderful place to live. The Carlsbad coast offers a serene environment for living, playing and relaxing.

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Homes perched among the coastal hills in Carlsbad.


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