Carlsbad Forum: Fine Shopping in Carlsbad

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by Roberta Murphy

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When Carlsbad real estate clients ask where to find good shopping in the Carlsbad, I offer one of two answers: If they are local, all I have to say is, “The Carlsbad Forum,“and most will know what I mean.

On the other hand,  if they are from out of town, the directions to the Carlsbad Forum sound like a field trip:

….As you approach from the freeway, you will note the ocean to your west. Exit Leucadia Boulevard and you will pass Encinitas Ranch Golf Course on your left and at the bottom of the hill at the light, you will turn left on Garden View and will see Home Expo on the right.

 Immediately after passing Home Expo, turn into The Carlsbad Forum on your right. Depending on the season and day of the week, you should be able to find a convenient parking place. Local residents are delighted to have so many of the shops, restaurants and stores situated there.

. Jimbo’s Market is an absolute favorite. Their produce and foods are organic, and their deli offers delicious alternatives to other carryouts.

.In the mood for Italian or Southwestern cuisine? Buca di Beppo offers casual family Italian; and The Yellow Coyote serves well-seasoned Southwestern fare. Want sandwiches, salad or soup? Panera Bread offers tasty selections for all three, along with outdoor seating.

.Shopping for clothes? At The Forum, you will find Chico’s, Talbots, Anthropologie, Victoria’s Secret, Draper & Damons, Jos A Bank, and other small and upscale boutiques.

.For the home? Shoppers love Z Galleries and Sur la Table, as well as design and flooring companies.

.For the body? There’s the Bali Salon and Spa, a med spa, slow exercise facility and shoe stores that cater to the athlete.

The Carlsbad Forum is a favorite with Carlsbad and North San Diego County residents–and has become a travel stop for many visitors to the area.

For additional research:

Carlsbad Real Estate

Below are homes for sale in La Costa Valley–which is so close to the Carlsbad Forum!

8026 Calle Pinon Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,300,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
2,987 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2102893
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Delightful La Costa Valley home with the best amenities La Costa has to offer! Curb appeal exudes from the perfectly maintained landscaping & the inviting walkway that meanders to the entry. Once inside the foyer w/ soaring high 2-story ceilings, take in the sight of the beautiful open floor plan w/ new interior paint throughout! Just off the main entry, find your formal living room and adjacent formal dining room w/ large windows & french doors leading to the backyard, making it the ideal space for formal entertaining. Conveniently located main-level bedroom w/ ensuite bath and additional half bath, perfect for overnight guests. The large eat-in kitchen w/ island & tons of cabinet space opens to the family room & backyard so you will never miss a moment. Entertain family & friends in the spacious family room w/ stone fireplace, built-in media center, and a wall of windows filling the space with natural light! Continue upstairs to the expansive master suite w/ dual vanities, make-up vanity, soaking tub, walk-in shower & dual walk-in closets w/ custom built-ins. Two additional upstairs bedrooms both w/ ensuite baths round out this desirable floor plan. Entertainer’s dream backyard features an outdoor kitchen w/ bbq, sink, & refrigeration, expansive hardscape, built-in fire pit w/ water feature & built-in seating, pergola w/ attached outdoor heater & lush low maintenance landscaping. 2 car garage & separate 1 car garage that has been partially converted into a 5th bedroom w/ closet space & ceiling fan. Desirable La Costa Valley Community offers resort style amenities with access to the prestigious La Costa Valley Club w/ clubhouse, exercise room, olympic lap pool, spa, tennis courts & outdoor BBQ area. Enjoy the convenience of numerous parks, walking, hiking and biking paths & playgrounds throughout the community. Close to award winning Encinitas Union/San Dieguito schools, shopping & dining options, with easy access to I-5 & just a few minutes drive to the beautif...

7832 Calle Pinabete Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,675,000
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,080 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210007141
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Back on the market!La Costa Valley Gem with expansive, private .25 acre corner lot! The possibilities for this lot are endless—ADU/casita, resort size pool, lavish garden beds and more! This 5 bedroom/3.5 bath home has been meticulously maintained by its original owners and truly shows like a model. During a 2017 first floor remodel, the sellers capitalized on a clever use of space creating a multi-purpose room separated by oversized double barn doors, offering flexibility for a family’s ever-changing needs. With this and the newly remodeled first floor bedroom and full bath with Newport Brass finishes, the option to create an in-law suite or nanny wing are well within reach. Delight in the cascading sunlight while you gaze out the leaded glass windows which adorn the formal dining room/lounge.In the morning sip your coffee on a 5-minute walk to El Camino Creek Elementary (Encinitas School District/San Dieguito Union H.S. District). In the afternoon, enjoy a a picnic at the tot lot right across the street. Later, find sanctuary in your luxurious master suite with upgraded retreat/office (5th bedroom option in this Shea home). Complete with his and hers vanities and cedar lined custom closets, this Master bathroom has leaded glass windows that face the grand soaking tub and overhead chandelier, providing elegance and privacy. There is no shortage of storage in this home with all custom closets in upstairs bedrooms, custom closet in the oversized laundry room and spacious three car garage. La Costa Valley HOA provides its residents with use of The Valley Club’s lovely community pool/jaccuzzi, gym, organized family events, clubhouse/venue for hosting private events, tennis courts, playground area with picnic tables/ BBQ stations and off-site RV/boat parking. Be close to everything! The Forum Shops, amazing restaurants, trails/biking, fantastic schools, world class beaches and more are all just minutes away! Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Washer Other Fees: 0...

7821 Sitio Tejo Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,349,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,351 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2103099
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Gorgeous La Costa Valley home is perfectly situated at the end of a friendly cul de sac and boasts a massive 12,000+ sq ft lot. Step inside to be greeted by gorgeous wood look tile floors and vaulted ceilings. The beautiful kitchen features upgraded granite counters, stylish subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen seamlessly flows into the breakfast area and expansive family room with cozy fireplace. The master suite overlooks the serene yard, and has a soaking tub, dual basins, and walk in closet. The upstairs also features two generously sized bedrooms, a hall bathroom, and a loft that could easily be converted to a 5th bedroom. The lushly landscaped backyard has a spacious covered patio, hot tub, and large grassy play area. Other features include downstairs bedroom and full bathroom, leased solar (owners average a low $107/month), and newer AC. Residents enjoy The Valley Club with junior Olympic size pool, spa, wading pool, lighted tennis courts, fitness center, and clubhouse. Students attend top rated schools including El Camino Creek Elementary which is just a few blocks away. Minutes to sandy beaches and world class golfing. Walk to great shops and restaurants at The Forum. Truly Southern California living at its best!

2190 Corte Acebo Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,325,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,349 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210007620
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
La Costa Valley~ Over $100K in recent kitchen and bath upgrades! Located on a private cul-de-sac street with no neighbors behind and views of the distant hills from upstairs. Convenient location only a few hundred yards from El Camino Creek E.S.! This amazing property features neutral paint and trim, French doors to the backyard, a cozy fireplace, and plank hard wood flooring throughout the downstairs living area. The floor plan includes a bedroom and full bathroom on entry level + a Bonus upstairs LOFT space which could be converted to an optional 5th bedroom! Integrated smart home technology features including Nest security cameras, thermostat, and a smart lock. Vaulted ceilings and large windows bask the home in an abundance of natural light. A beautifully appointed kitchen designed by people who love to cook boasting durable countertops, top of the line stainless steel appliances (Viking 6 burner range), a walk-in pantry, recessed lighting, and breakfast bar counter seating! There is a bedroom and a bathroom on the main floor. The remaining bedrooms are upstairs including a bonus loft space. The light and bright primary suite features vaulted ceilings, a custom sliding barn door, & views of the distant hills. The spa-like en-suite bathroom with shines with marble tile floors & shower, a Restoration Hardware vanity & dual sinks, sleek mirrors & light fixtures. The walk-in closet was re-designed with custom organization built-in's guaranteed to keep you tidy and organized. Two secondary bedrooms at the front of the home and another gorgeous remodeled hall bath round out the upstairs!....Outdoor living extends to a stamped concrete patio and green grass backyard, and low maintenance plants an trees. There is room for a pool out back, but it's really not necessary when you consider the resort-like community amenities: List includes a Heated Junior Olympic swimming pool, spa, tennis courts, fitness center, parks, playgrounds, and trails. Conveniently...

7937 Grado El Tupelo Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,399,000
5 Beds
3 Baths
2,622 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210008090
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome home to your gorgeous 5 bed, 3 bath estate in exclusive La Costa Valley! The fantastic floor plan features a spacious kitchen that opens into the family room, a bedroom & full bath downstairs and two sets of French doors leading out to your expansive back yard. This beautiful home has numerous upgrades including sumptuous Tiger Wood flooring in the entry and master bedroom, granite countertops, ceiling fans in every room, central vac, AC, cozy fireplace, built-in shelving, upstairs laundry, crown molding throughout and an oversized 3 car garage. All this on a 12,973sq/ft lot with numerous palm trees, two patio overhangs and a fire pit. La Costa Valley is a master planned community featuring the Valley Club with upscale clubhouse, Jr. Olympic pool, kids’ pool, spa, fitness center, 2 lighted tennis courts, parks, playgrounds, trails and community social events! Ideal location only 3 miles to the beach and walking distance to the Forum Shops, restaurants, golf and more! Award winning El Camino Creek Elementary School, Oakcrest Middle and La Costa Canyon High. Welcome Home! Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Public Sewer Topography: LL

2225 Vista La Nisa Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,495,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,356 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2102868
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
La Costa Valley largest floor-plan of the standard pacific collection with 2 stair cases and large chef kitchen. Pristine condition home only used part time by original home owner. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bath on favored street close to school. Home complete with pebble tec pool and jacuzzi. Dining room with coffered ceiling, stair case has wrought iron banister and wood stairs. Kitchen has neutral corrian counter tops and large eating area with tons of cabinets. 3 car garage and front yard outside sitting area make this a great value for the neighborhood. Be a part of La Costa Valley neighborhood and convenience of this community! This is a steal compared to the comps on the street!

2360 Avenida Helecho Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,649,000
6 Beds
3 Baths
2,802 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2103425
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This is the La Costa Valley lot and location that you’ve been waiting for! Ideally situated on a huge 12,000+ sq ft lot next to acres of preserve space, this stunning residence boasts one of the best yards in the neighborhood. The outdoor space has been thoughtfully designed to perfection with a saltwater pebble tec pool and spa, cozy firepit, BBQ island with fridge and kegerator, impressive outdoor stone fireplace, expansive grassy play area, and upper seating area with views. The beautifully terraced hillside boasts gorgeous flowers, garden beds, mandarin orange tree, lemon tree, bartender lime tree, five avocado trees, and two macadamia nut trees. The redone kitchen has beautiful white cabinetry, granite counters with full granite backsplash, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, and sunny breakfast nook. The open kitchen seamlessly flows into the fabulous family room with wonderful fireplace. The formal rooms have vaulted ceilings, and offer an elegant spot to host friends and family. Several French doors have been added downstairs to create an incredible indoor/outdoor flow. All three bathrooms have been stylishly remodeled with beautiful finishes and fixtures. The luxurious master suite has views to the lushly landscaped yard and a gorgeous master bathroom with dual basins and soaking tub. Four generously sized secondary bedrooms and a hall bathroom with dual basins complete the upstairs. There is also a bedroom and full bathroom conveniently located on the first floor. Other features of the home include luxury plank flooring, newer carpet, tall baseboards, fresh paint, and plantation shutters. Residents enjoy The Valley Club with junior Olympic size pool, spa, wading pool, lighted tennis courts, fitness center, and clubhouse. Students attend top rated schools including El Camino Creek Elementary which is just a few blocks away. Minutes to sandy beaches and world class golfing. Walk to great shops and restaurants at The Forum. This is the Southern Calif...

3004 Camino Serbal Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,400,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,915 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2103522
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful Light-filled Single-Level with a wonderful private back yard that backs up to the trails and sits next to a smaller community park. An ideal floor plan features 4 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms & an office with an easy traffic flow: the bedroom wing is set off privately. Big Family Room & Kitchen are surrounded in windows with a French Door that steps out to the back patio. Nice Master Suite with its Spa bath has a private walk-out to the back garden. This wonderful property is ideal for every lifestyle: it's spacious, an updated kitchen, high ceilings, a real gem! Solar less than 2 yrs old/owned. The property is tenant occupied, the lease runs through August 14, 2021; if purchased before its expiration, buyers will purchase subject to the lease. **Please Do Not Disturb tenants, all showings on 4/10**