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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New Listing - yesterday
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,842
SQFT
3381 Celinda Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$96,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,040
SQFT
6550 Ponto Drive #68
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,720
SQFT
7026 Estrella De Mar Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,599,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,427
SQFT
122 Acacia Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,075
SQFT
320 Hemlock Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$869,000
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 - 3 weeks online
$1,225,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,860
SQFT
6385 Paseo Descanso
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,989,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,374
SQFT
3203 Corte Bosque
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision

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New Listing - 5 days online
$578,888
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,739
SQFT
2984 Luciernaga #4
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,391,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,781
SQFT
2884 Trails Ln #Lot #13
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,406,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,781
SQFT
3155 Donna Dr #Lot #2
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,436,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,781
SQFT
3151 Donna Dr #Lot #1
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,436,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,781
SQFT
2888 Trails Ln #Lot #14
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$649,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,502
SQFT
4014 Aguila St #I
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$829,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,053
SQFT
2409 Sacada Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$749,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,828
SQFT
1140 Las Flores Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$488,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
897
SQFT
6575 Paseo Del Norte #B
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,650,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,414
SQFT
3726 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$734,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,694
SQFT
4525 Cove Dr. #12
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,005
SQFT
3458 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$998,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,174
SQFT
539 Laguna Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$674,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,460
SQFT
809 Kalpati Circle #124
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
3450 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$599,995
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,306
SQFT
876 Marigold
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$749,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,544
SQFT
2399 Jefferson Street #7
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$669,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,828
SQFT
1120 Las Flores
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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

New Listing - 3 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,006
SQFT
6639 Surf Crest
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$578,888
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,739
SQFT
2984 Luciernaga #4
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,672
SQFT
6537 Vispera Place
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,865,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,212
SQFT
3255 Sitio Oceano
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,000
SQFT
2910 Candil Place
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$3,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,447
SQFT
2731 Ocean St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,391,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,781
SQFT
2884 Trails Ln #Lot #13
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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New Listing - 2 weeks online
$579,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
3505 N Don Carlos Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$409,899
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,016
SQFT
2280 Morgan Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$529,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,040
SQFT
3421 Don Cota Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$430,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,688
SQFT
3443 Don Arturo Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$495,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,536
SQFT
3475 Don Lorenzo Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$479,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,702
SQFT
3452 Don Porfirio Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
$410,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
5245 Don Valdez Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$525,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,622
SQFT
5145 Don Miguel Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision

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