Living in Carlsbad


Carlsbad, CA routinely earns the distinction of Best Places to Live in both San Diego and the country. That comes as no surprise to residents who absolutely love living in Carlsbad and enjoying everything this community has to offer.
$1,866,750 Median
$969,562 Median
Carlsbad Unified
5 Min to Beach
40 Min to Downtown
40 Min to Airport

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About Carlsbad

Carlsbad, CA routinely earns the distinction of Best Places to Live in both San Diego and the country. That comes as no surprise to residents who absolutely love living in Carlsbad and enjoying everything this community has to offer. With miles of sandy beaches, three lagoons, world-class golf resorts, a charming downtown, and acres of sprawling residential neighborhoods, if you’re looking for your next home in San Diego County, consider Carlsbad.

Carlsbad’s earliest days date back to the late 1800s. A sailor named John Frazier dug a well and began offering his water at the local train station, which was part of the Fallbrook, National City line on the California Southern Railway. This “whistle stop” station, meaning a train station with a very brief stop, became known as Frazier’s Station. When the well water was discovered to rival some of the best spas in Europe, the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was established. The town of Carlsbad, now named after the famous Bohemian spa town of Karlsbad (in present day Czech Republic), was on its way.

Carlsbad Schools

Carlsbad’s A+ rated schools on have earned it a spot on the list of the Cities with the Best Public Schools in America. Coastal Carlsbad comes in at #2! Schools in Carlsbad are part of either the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) or the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD). CUSD schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools, Blue Ribbon Schools, and Gold Ribbon Schools. CUSD has also had teachers recognized as a California Teacher of the Year! Notable SDUHSD schools serving Carlsbad students include La Costa Canyon High School, Oak Crest Middle School, and Diegueño Middle School.

Private schools and alternative schooling options in the Carlsbad area include Santa Fe Christian Schools, the Grauer School, and the Sanderling Waldorf School.

Carlsbad Real Estate

Carlsbad real estate is diverse. From condos and townhomes to large single-family homes to ocean-view coastal estates, Carlsbad has real estate options to suit every budget and lifestyle need. Some of the most desirable neighborhoods in San Diego are located within Carlsbad’s four zip codes. The 92009 zip code in particular is home to upscale La Costa Oaks, with expansive single family homes fetching a high price tag. Other popular micro communities in Carlsbad include Bressi Ranch, Aviara, and the beach area near downtown Carlsbad.

For a single family home in Carlsbad, the median home price is $1,866,750. For a condo or townhome it is $969,562.

Carlsbad Lifestyle

There’s so much to see and do within the bounds of Carlsbad, you’ll hardly find a reason to leave! Though if you need to commute for work or just want to get out an explore, Carlsbad offers easy access to Orange County and the rest of San Diego County via the I-5 freeway.

Golf is a huge part of the Carlsbad lifestyle. While there are many options to live either directly on the golf course or in a neighborhood that offers residents access to an outstanding course, there are many other award-winning golf courses in the area that will allow you to become a member. Some of Carlsbad’s top golf courses include the Omni La Costa, the Crossings at Carlsbad, the Park Hyatt Aviara, Rancho Carlsbad Golf Course, La Costa Golf Course, and more.

Carlsbad also has some of the best beaches in San Diego. Each beach offers its own advantages and amenities – as a Carlsbad resident, you will love exploring them all! Popular beaches include North Carlsbad Beach, Terramer Beach, Tamarack State Beach, South State Beach, and South Ponto Beach. From surfing to swimming and snorkeling, a day at the beach in Carlsbad offers fun for the whole family.

Did you know that Carlsbad often ranks on lists of the healthiest and happiest cities in the country? That’s partially because Carlsbad offers abundant recreation options. From public parks to the Carlsbad Rail Trail to boating and kayaking on the Carlsbad Lagoon, there’s no shortage of ways to get out and enjoy the San Diego sunshine.

Carlsbad Weather

Coastal Carlsbad offers milder weather than the more inland areas of the city, though no matter where you live in Carlsbad, the weather is rarely bad. San Diego as a whole offers a temperate, coastal Mediterranean climate characterized by mild weather, little rain, and lots of sunshine. Seasonal variances are common, but you expect to generally enjoy wonderful weather year-round when you live in Carlsbad, CA.

Carlsbad Shopping & Local Businesses

Carlsbad offers several shopping plazas and malls throughout the city. Some notable options include the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, which offer discounts from popular stores and brands, the Carlsbad Village, which is full of smaller shops, boutiques, and local businesses, and the Shoppes at Carlsbad, an upscale shopping mall.

Carlsbad offers all major grocery store chains, including Costco, along with a variety of restaurant and dining options. From high-end ocean view restaurants to casual eateries, you will love the variety of food options available in the local community. Carlsbad also has a Wednesday afternoon Farmer’s Market.

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