best places for retirement in san diego carlsbad california

Nicknamed “the village by the sea,” Carlsbad is a popular seaside tourist city in North County San Diego. With an estimated population of 112,299 people in the city is 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego.

Carlsbad’s Mediterranean climate averages 263 sunny days per year with mild winters and sees only occasional rain. Just over 39 square miles (101 km2) and located “west of the 5,” (Interstate 5) it’s right on the coast.

A Great Place for Families

According to 2011 census data, 67.5% of the population consists of families of which 30% have children under the age of 18 living with them. There’s a very low incidence of crime here also.

It’s a great place to live for many reasons. You can see evidence of this just from the population growth. As of the 2000 census there were 78,247 people living in Carlsbad. And since then, the population has grown by over 40% to an estimated 112,299 people as of 2014. The median age was 40.4 years and the population breakdown is as follows: 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% aged 18 to 24, 26.7% aged 25 to 44, people 28.8% aged 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older (source: trulia.com).

There’s a Lot Happening Here

The largest employers in Carlsbad include ViaSat Inc. (tele-communications company), Life Technologies Corporation, LEGOLAND California, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa and Taylor Made-Adidas Golf Company. Many major corporations are headquartered in Carlsbad as well, including Cobra Golf, Callaway Golf, No Fear apparel and Jenny Craig just to name a few.

Carlsbad still maintains quiet small town atmosphere. It’s charming downtown is filled with sidewalk cafés, boutique shops, and antique stores. Carlsbad Village is a great place to take an evening stroll, hit a few coffee shops, stop for dinner or catch some live music or other regular events.

This is a really relaxed place to live, ideal for experiencing the outdoors with great beaches, plenty of casual and active things to do (including LEGOLAND California resort and the Sea Life Aquarium as well as modern shopping centers).

Golf is another big attraction in Carlsbad with courses like Aviara at Park Hyatt Resort, the Crossings Golf Course, Omni La Costa Golf Course and Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club. In total there are over 20 courses within 10 miles of the center of Carlsbad.

With plenty of parks and public recreational activities along with active libraries and cultural arts programs you won’t have a hard time filling your schedule. Marathons, festivals, street fairs also enhance the attraction of Carlsbad. You’ll also find senior centers with fitness, dance and numerous other active programs for the young at heart.

And with 3 lagoons, a lake, and 7 miles of beaches, you have every chance to swim, surf, fish, dive or picnic, in a truly picturesque setting.

There are four different school districts in Carlsbad that also intertwine with neighboring cities. There are three public high schools, three public schools with independent study programs, 15 public elementary schools, and 7 private schools.

The Scripps Coastal Medical Center is located in Carlsbad and the Tri-city Medical Center in neighboring Oceanside is only 4.8 miles and the Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas is only 5.5 miles from the center. There are 18 total hospitals within 30 miles of Carlsbad.

Now we’ll take a look at the various retirement housing options in Carlsbad.

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Where to retire in Carlsbad, CA?

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$755,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,084
SQFT
1059 Chestnut Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$485,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,075
SQFT
2251 Altisma Way #101
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$379,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,022
SQFT
3463 Caminito Sierra #101
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$859,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,470
SQFT
1730 Cereus Court
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,179,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
3605 Harding
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$440,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,796
SQFT
2289 Lindsay Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$889,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,797
SQFT
4382 Shasta Place
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,769
SQFT
1320 Shorebird Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$620,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,121
SQFT
6748 Paseo Del Vista
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$249,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
7103 Santa Barbara #101
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$645,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,000
SQFT
6922 Pear Tree Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$3,149,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2924 Highland #Plus 3 vacant lots
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,329,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,700
SQFT
7034 Almaden
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,037
SQFT
2980 Avenida Ciruela
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
Open House 01/27 at 1PM
$425,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,445
SQFT
6550 Ponto Drive. #116
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$429,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,112
SQFT
2854 Andover
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$579,500
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
791
SQFT
2005 Costa Del Mar Road #639
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$320,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,493
SQFT
7328 San Bartolo St. #221
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$205,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
7222 San Lucas #187
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$189,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
7008 San Carlos #65
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$2,695,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,533
SQFT
2323 Ocean St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$139,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,100
SQFT
6550 Ponto Dr #140
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$2,310,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,966
SQFT
2359 Ocean St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$789,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,474
SQFT
7557 Caloma Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$475,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
791
SQFT
2003 Costa Del Mar #669
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$980,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,514
SQFT
4032 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$1,685,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,474
SQFT
3108 Afton Way
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$2,780,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,630
SQFT
165 Pine Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$419,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,225
SQFT
2308 Altisma Way #218
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$229,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
7217 San Luis #173
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$1,237,120
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,961
SQFT
4730 Chase Court
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
New Listing - 16 hours online
$749,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,210
SQFT
4807 Flying Cloud Way
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 12 hours online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,737
SQFT
3462 Corvallis Street
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 6 hours online
$599,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,369
SQFT
2548 Luciernaga Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,483
SQFT
3828 Highland Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$3,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
159 Tamarack
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,425
SQFT
3138 Del Rey Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,346
SQFT
3544 Celinda Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$149,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,020
SQFT
6550 Ponto Drive #52
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,278
SQFT
4747 Marina Dr #4
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$279,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,638
SQFT
7222 San Benito #348
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$679,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
948
SQFT
812 Skysail Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$529,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
935
SQFT
1064 Laguna Drive #19
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$310,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
690
SQFT
2380 Hosp Way #240
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$579,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,008
SQFT
916 Caminito Estrada #C
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$699,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,258
SQFT
4519 Cove Drive #5
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$820,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,322
SQFT
4825 Vigilant Way
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$159,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,120
SQFT
6550 Ponto Dr #SPC 104
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$199,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
6550 Ponto Drive #143
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$929,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,512
SQFT
7108 Mimosa Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$987,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,392
SQFT
1068 Goldeneye View
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,456
SQFT
6514 Oceanview Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$439,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
791
SQFT
2003 Costa Del Mar #679
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$1,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
3291 Highland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$299,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
7316 San Benito #363
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,345,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,133
SQFT
2041 Caracol Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,776
SQFT
331 Olive Ave #202
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
3776 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
2415 Tuttle St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,488,000
Condo For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,163
SQFT
3357 Madison Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 

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Open House 01/19 at 1PM
$1,424,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,225
SQFT
7344 Circulo Papayo
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
$1,245,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,663
SQFT
3407 Corte Aciano
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$3,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,561
SQFT
3240 Piragua St.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$2,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,700
SQFT
3220 Piragua St.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,005
SQFT
3012 Xana Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
6,250
SQFT
7173 Obelisco Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$3,825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,350
SQFT
7133 Obelisco Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,411
SQFT
6543 Corintia Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$824,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,411
SQFT
6543 Corintia Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,684
SQFT
2515 Luciernaga St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$485,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,075
SQFT
2251 Altisma Way #101
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$789,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,720
SQFT
1756 Verdin Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$999,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,104
SQFT
7251 Surfbird Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,225,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,704
SQFT
7580 Navigator Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,225
SQFT
7495 Mermaid Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,198,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,147
SQFT
2515 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,185,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,147
SQFT
2567 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,621
SQFT
1398 Nightshade Rd N
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
$610,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,435
SQFT
2959 Cape Cod Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
2955 Ocean St #11
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,286,125
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,285
SQFT
6693 Peregrine Place
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$1,349,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,348
SQFT
6637 Peregrine Place
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,629,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,203
SQFT
7060 Heron Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 16 hours online
$745,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,681
SQFT
7104 Linden Terrace
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,277
SQFT
7105 Whitewater Street
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,454
SQFT
3342 Donna Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,160,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,066
SQFT
2104 Linda Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$1,820,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,727
SQFT
4700 Borden Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
3291 Highland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$999,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,687
SQFT
3707 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$199,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
6550 Ponto Drive #109
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
Open House 01/27 at 1PM
$425,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,445
SQFT
6550 Ponto Drive. #116
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$945,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,435
SQFT
6759 Heath Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$6,296,600
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
4016 Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,483
SQFT
3828 Highland Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$579,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,008
SQFT
916 Caminito Estrada #C
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,776
SQFT
331 Olive Ave #202
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,069,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,336
SQFT
4643 Telescope Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,456
SQFT
6514 Oceanview Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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