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 - 22 hours online
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,996
SQFT
3611 Haverhill St
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 24 hours online
$999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,771
SQFT
6460 Goldenbush Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,102
SQFT
2637 Davis Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,634
SQFT
3270 Avenida Anacapa
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$749,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,372
SQFT
3349 Del Rio Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,362
SQFT
7270 Ponto Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,275,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,922
SQFT
8066 Camino Montego
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$3,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2908 Highland #2 homes Plus 3 vacant ...
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,495,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,170
SQFT
2677 State Street #301
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,641
SQFT
545 Laguna Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 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
$745,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,201
SQFT
6757 Russelia Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$605,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,304
SQFT
6993 Carnation Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
$1,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,514
SQFT
4028 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$705,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,778
SQFT
801 Kalpati Cir #C
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,749
SQFT
4034 Garfield St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
3450 Garfield St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$624,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
980
SQFT
6034 Colt Pl #202
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$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
$2,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$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
$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

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New Listing - 18 hours online
$1,025,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,081
SQFT
7396 Escallonia Court
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - yesterday
$997,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,286
SQFT
2845 Torry Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,561
SQFT
3240 Piragua Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,179,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,253
SQFT
7427 Calle Nerja
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,033
SQFT
124 Breakwater
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,399,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.26
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
2380 Jefferson St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$6,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,085
SQFT
4469 Adams St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,699,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,437
SQFT
6711 Blue Point Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,495,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,170
SQFT
2677 State Street #301
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,087,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,705
SQFT
7035 Saltie Ct.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,771
SQFT
3550 Calle Palmito
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,641
SQFT
545 Laguna Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,525,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,199
SQFT
7083 Cordgrass Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,488,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,840
SQFT
7063 Rose Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,928,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
10
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
5,000
SQFT
4537 Cove Drive #A and B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 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 - 4 weeks online
$874,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,766
SQFT
6988 Whitecap Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,369,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,504
SQFT
4537 Cove Drive - A #A
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$745,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,201
SQFT
6757 Russelia Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,554,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,504
SQFT
4537 Cove Drive - B #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,210,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,126
SQFT
6780 Avena Ct.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$605,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,304
SQFT
6993 Carnation Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
$1,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,514
SQFT
4028 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,045
SQFT
3331 Venado
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
$995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,572
SQFT
2637 Abedul St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
$1,925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,791
SQFT
6512 Surfside Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$1,629,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,039
SQFT
7030 Heron Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$1,849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,376
SQFT
3820 Skyline Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$705,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,778
SQFT
801 Kalpati Cir #C
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,749
SQFT
4034 Garfield St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,725
SQFT
3464 Seacrest Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
3450 Garfield St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$8,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,599
SQFT
5195 Shore Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$2,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,200
SQFT
3570 Ridgecrest Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$624,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
980
SQFT
6034 Colt Pl #202
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$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
$2,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$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
$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
$5,696,600
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
4016 Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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New Listing - 24 hours online
$529,900
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,515
SQFT
3323 Don Tomaso Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$463,000
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
5245 Don Valdez Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$535,000
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,646
SQFT
5164 Don Rodolfo Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$485,000
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,472
SQFT
5141 Don Ricardo
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$479,000
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,536
SQFT
3475 Don Lorenzo Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$535,900
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
3530 Don Juan Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$379,900
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,344
SQFT
3340 Don Tomaso Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$535,000
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,569
SQFT
3422 Don Carlos Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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