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 - 13 hours online
$849,750
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,538
SQFT
7663 Galleon Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 14 hours online
$939,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,634
SQFT
3274 Camino Coronado
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$689,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,204
SQFT
6744 Camino Del Prado
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,249
SQFT
1754 Cape May Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,242
SQFT
7050 Estrella De Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - a week online
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
2412 Granada Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,225,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,825
SQFT
2435 Tuttle St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,199,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,531
SQFT
6445 Topmast Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 

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New Listing - 3 days online
$2,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$579,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,466
SQFT
4603 Cove #C
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - a week online
$574,995
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,346
SQFT
831 Kalpati Circle #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - a week online
$869,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,169
SQFT
1760 Verdin Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,099
SQFT
2533 State St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$2,365,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,170
SQFT
2677 State Street #301
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$679,831
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,566
SQFT
7331 Paseo Verde
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,339
SQFT
6723 Hyacinth Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$699,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,436
SQFT
4008 Aguila Street #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$4,395,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,386
SQFT
195 Cherry Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$2,170,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,171
SQFT
2385 Ocean Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,179,400
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,351
SQFT
2555 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,514
SQFT
4028 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,780,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
3450 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$624,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
980
SQFT
6034 Colt Pl #202
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad East Subdivision

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New Listing - 7 hours online
$1,385,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,612
SQFT
2606 Colibri Ln
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,597
SQFT
1226 Mariposa Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,126
SQFT
6747 Palermi Place
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,040,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,336
SQFT
1556 Sapphire Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$579,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,466
SQFT
4603 Cove #C
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - a week online
$574,995
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,346
SQFT
831 Kalpati Circle #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - a week online
$869,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,169
SQFT
1760 Verdin Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,897,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,476
SQFT
6211 Paseo Colina
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,095,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,757
SQFT
6929 Sitio Cordero
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
0.63
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
Urubu
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,605
SQFT
1493 Turquoise Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,791
SQFT
6512 Surfside Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,467
SQFT
4615 Sunburst Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Foreclosure
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,212
SQFT
7008 Corintia
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,824,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,225
SQFT
6676 Lemon Leaf Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,696,800
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
8
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,082
SQFT
6747 Barberry Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,278
SQFT
4410 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,099
SQFT
2533 State St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$26,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
10,000
SQFT
5305 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$799,876
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,553
SQFT
2928 Cliff Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$2,365,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,170
SQFT
2677 State Street #301
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$2,782,080
Land For Sale
Active
0.4731
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
334 Date Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$679,831
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,566
SQFT
7331 Paseo Verde
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$3,000,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.97
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,339
SQFT
6723 Hyacinth Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$699,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,436
SQFT
4008 Aguila Street #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$4,395,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,386
SQFT
195 Cherry Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$739,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,248
SQFT
4747 Marina Dr. #9
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,700,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,820
SQFT
3492 Carlsbad Boulevard
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$1,098,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
2744 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,793
SQFT
1308 Oak Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,190,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,946
SQFT
7491 Seashell Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,939,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,723
SQFT
2705 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$2,170,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,171
SQFT
2385 Ocean Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,179,400
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,351
SQFT
2555 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$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
$1,364,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,504
SQFT
4537 Cove Drive - A #A
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,569,999
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,504
SQFT
4537 Cove Drive - B #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,126
SQFT
6780 Avena Ct.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,514
SQFT
4028 Garfield St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,780,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
3450 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$8,400,000
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
$624,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
980
SQFT
6034 Colt Pl #202
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$5,696,600
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
4016 Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision

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New Listing - 4 days online
$545,000
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,668
SQFT
5135 Don Ricardo Drive #147
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$440,000
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,638
SQFT
5180 Don Rodolfo Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$489,900
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,344
SQFT
3547 Don Juan Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$444,000
Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
5245 Don Valdez Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$619,000
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,589
SQFT
204 Sea Breeze
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,851
SQFT
3439 Don Ortega Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$552,200
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,160
SQFT
3437 Don Alberto 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

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