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
$1,699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,396
SQFT
6403 Merlin Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,861
SQFT
4113 Park Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,150,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
1291 Las Flores Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$1,625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,466
SQFT
1801 High Ridge Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$2,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,636
SQFT
5172 Shore Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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

New Listing - 5 days online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,015
SQFT
144 Sequoia Avenue #4
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,499,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,800
SQFT
4059 Aidan Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$739,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
2874 Luciernaga Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,690,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,695
SQFT
2640 State Street #A
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Open House Fri, Oct 22, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,495,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,266
SQFT
2955 Ocean Street #8
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$4,750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,465
SQFT
2901 Ocean Street #1N
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$849,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
988
SQFT
2525 Jefferson #N
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$4,395,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,376
SQFT
191 Cherry Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,283
SQFT
911 Caminito Estrada #B
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 

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

New Listing - 12 hours online
$1,180,000
Land For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
3794 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Csbw Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Coming Soon
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,160
SQFT
1160 Cape Aire Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - yesterday
$850,000
Townhouse For Sale
Coming Soon
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,443
SQFT
6827 Briarwood Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,396
SQFT
6403 Merlin Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,015
SQFT
144 Sequoia Avenue #4
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$6,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,085
SQFT
4469 Adams St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,737
SQFT
3306 Donna Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,640
SQFT
6783 Palermi Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,499,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,800
SQFT
4059 Aidan Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Coming Soon
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,984
SQFT
2531 Wellspring Street
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$739,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
2874 Luciernaga Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 6 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,499,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,645
SQFT
295 Chinquapin Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,685,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
3481 Garfield St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,150,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
1291 Las Flores Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,690,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,695
SQFT
2640 State Street #A
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,561
SQFT
7193 Aviara Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
Open House Fri, Oct 22, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,495,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,266
SQFT
2955 Ocean Street #8
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$4,750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,465
SQFT
2901 Ocean Street #1N
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$849,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
988
SQFT
2525 Jefferson #N
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$6,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,638
SQFT
6479 Surfside Ln
Carlsbad, CA 92011
La Costa Subdivision
$4,395,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,376
SQFT
191 Cherry Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,283
SQFT
911 Caminito Estrada #B
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
$3,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,812
SQFT
3819 Skyline Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$3,100,000
Land For Sale
Active
5.5
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
Poinsettia
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
$3,999,999
Land For Sale
Active
0.29
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
5011 Tierra Del Oro
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Csbw Subdivision
Foreclosure
$5,696,600
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5,000
SQFT
4016 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 

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

New Listing - 15 hours online
$595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,872
SQFT
5410 Browning Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$510,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,536
SQFT
3405 Don Alvarez Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
Price Change - a week ago
$436,500
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
3390 Don Diablo Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 

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