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 - 2 days online
$2,285,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,105
SQFT
7151 Babilonia St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,418
SQFT
7929 Calle Posada
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,345
SQFT
4615 Buckingham Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Other (Othr) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,975
SQFT
1031 Daisy Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,466
SQFT
1801 High Ridge Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,489
SQFT
2208 Camino Robledo
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,149,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,542
SQFT
3007 Quebrada Cir
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,112
SQFT
2464 Jefferson Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 

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

New Listing - yesterday
$850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,450
SQFT
4021 Canario Street #336
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$844,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,194
SQFT
2525 Jefferson #I
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$5,000,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,465
SQFT
2901 Ocean Street #1N
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$657,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,060
SQFT
6571 Paseo Del Norte #C
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$665,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,030
SQFT
4065 Harrison Street #3
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,675,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,367
SQFT
2744 Carlsbad Blvd #203
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$3,999,999
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,679
SQFT
175 Pine Ave #(Penthouse)
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$1,899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,890
SQFT
3632 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 

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

New Listing - yesterday
$769,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.2507
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
Magnolia Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - yesterday
$850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,450
SQFT
4021 Canario Street #336
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$2,285,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,105
SQFT
7151 Babilonia St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$3,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,046
SQFT
2610 Acuna Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,204
SQFT
1320 Knowles
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,078
SQFT
1184 Abelia Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,899,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,301
SQFT
6652 Surf Crest Street
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,476
SQFT
2824 Rancho Costero
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$844,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,194
SQFT
2525 Jefferson #I
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$5,000,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,465
SQFT
2901 Ocean Street #1N
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,812
SQFT
2658 Peppertree Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,600
SQFT
2004 Subida Terrace
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,183
SQFT
4667 Park Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$657,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,060
SQFT
6571 Paseo Del Norte #C
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$665,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,030
SQFT
4065 Harrison Street #3
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,844,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,383
SQFT
4291 Skyline Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,695
SQFT
1839 Lotus Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$6,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,085
SQFT
4469 Adams St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,140
SQFT
2120 Saliente Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$4,999,999
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.16
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
3570 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,789,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,625
SQFT
1185 Tamarack Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$3,000,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.4
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
2684 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$1,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,700
SQFT
3870 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$3,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,728
SQFT
3955 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,460
SQFT
4123 Harrison Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$8,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,000
SQFT
1095 Hoover St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$1,675,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,367
SQFT
2744 Carlsbad Blvd #203
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$3,999,999
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,679
SQFT
175 Pine Ave #(Penthouse)
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$4,999,999
Land For Sale
Active
0.2875
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
5011 Tierra Del Oro
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Csbw Subdivision
Foreclosure
$5,496,600
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.17
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
4016 Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
$1,899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,890
SQFT
3632 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 

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New Listing - 6 days online
$459,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,586
SQFT
3472 Don Juan Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$605,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,792
SQFT
5431 Don Luis Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$549,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,493
SQFT
5109 Don Miguel Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$725,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,471
SQFT
3340 Don Tomaso Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 

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