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 - 3 days online
$885,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,158
SQFT
2814 La Costa Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$965,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,655
SQFT
2611 Sombrosa St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,684
SQFT
1224 Abelia Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$719,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,328
SQFT
2696 Olympia Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,099,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,644
SQFT
5340 El Arbol Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,124
SQFT
2015 Pintoresco Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,469
SQFT
7973 Amargosa Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$759,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,484
SQFT
3602 Laredo St
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision

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

New Listing - 5 days online
$749,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,828
SQFT
1108 Las Flores Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,290,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,500
SQFT
3330 Carlsbad Boulevard #101
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$879,000
Condo 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
$1,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
3450 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,575,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,987
SQFT
3317 Lincoln St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,495,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,749
SQFT
4046 Garfield St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,435
SQFT
6759 Heath Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$635,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,501
SQFT
6545 Via Barona
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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

New Listing - 5 days online
$749,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,828
SQFT
1108 Las Flores Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 1PM
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,964
SQFT
7085 Crystalline Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,290,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,500
SQFT
3330 Carlsbad Boulevard #101
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$879,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,684
SQFT
2515 Luciernaga St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,358,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,345
SQFT
2911 Rancho Cortes
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,455,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,300
SQFT
7089 Crystalline Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$5,000
Co-Op For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
564
SQFT
3075 Carlsbad Blvd Wk 11 Unit 219 #Week 11
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$4,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,278
SQFT
4410 Highland Dr
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 - yesterday
$467,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,646
SQFT
3461 Don Arturo
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$575,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,860
SQFT
5156 Don Rodolfo Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$429,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,636
SQFT
2293 Morgan Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$480,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,851
SQFT
3322 Don Quixote
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$498,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,740
SQFT
2287 Lindsay
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$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
$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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