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.

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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

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).

The Crossings Golf Course, Carlsbad, California

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?

Here are Real Estate Ideas on Where to Retire in Carlsbad, CA

New Listing - yesterday
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,132
SQFT
1735 Kirk Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,244
SQFT
1715 Tamarack Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$790,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,265
SQFT
7221 Linden Ter
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 10AM
$1,499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,033
SQFT
4526 Horizon Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Open House 07/20 at 1PM
$849,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,269
SQFT
7157 Linden Ter
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 1PM
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,959
SQFT
4035 Baldwin Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,570
SQFT
3983 Alder Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 1PM
$859,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
2415 Tuttle St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

Here are Real Estate Ideas on Where to Retire in Carlsbad, CA Condos with Ocean View

New Listing - yesterday
$540,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
2886 Luciernaga St.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 1PM
$555,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,460
SQFT
7460 Alicante Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,350
SQFT
167 Acacia Ave #3
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,150
SQFT
163 Acacia Ave #1
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$699,909
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,019
SQFT
3105 Calle Fuego
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
Open House 07/20 at 1PM
$559,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,306
SQFT
876 Marigold
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$599,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,304
SQFT
6993 Carnation Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 12PM
$604,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
702
SQFT
317 Pine Avenue #209
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

Here are Real Estate Ideas on Where to Retire in Carlsbad, CA Homes with Ocean View

Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,244
SQFT
1715 Tamarack Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$540,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
2886 Luciernaga St.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$790,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,265
SQFT
7221 Linden Ter
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 10AM
$1,499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,033
SQFT
4526 Horizon Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$1,099,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,640
SQFT
6785 Frenata Place
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,646
SQFT
6915 Goldstone Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,837
SQFT
5511 Los Robles
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,570
SQFT
3983 Alder Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

Here are Real Estate Ideas on Where to Retire in Carlsbad, CA in 55 and over communities

New Listing - 2 days online
$539,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
5227 Don Ricardo Drive #133
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$540,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,062
SQFT
5215 Don Ricardo Drive #134
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$419,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,636
SQFT
2293 Morgan Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 07/21 at 1PM
$529,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,726
SQFT
3452 Don Porfirio Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 7 days ago
$439,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,228
SQFT
2283 Lindsay Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$439,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
2292 Morgan Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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