Spotlight on Olde or Old Carlsbad, CA

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old carlsbadThough we deal day in and day out with Carlsbad real estate, we also spend much time exploring the different neighborhoods and communities within this coastal city. Here, we explore the charms of Olde or Old Carlsbad, located within the 92008 zip code.

To begin with, is it Olde or Old Carlsbad, CA? It’s probably a matter of style or taste. Locals can’t decide either!

Old Carlsbad is coastal ground zero, where Carlsbad had its start in the late 1800’s. Named after the Bohemian town of Karlsbad (because of healing alkaline water similarities–and which is still available today!), Carlsbad started off as an agricultural community where avocados, citrus fruits and olive trees flourished. Today, Old Carlsbad is broadly defined by its 92008 zip code and the many homes that were built before Carlsbad’s incorporation in the 1950’s. Some of Carlsbad’s most expensive real estate sits on its beaches, while other prime properties sit on nearby hillsides with stunning views of the ocean.

Old Carlsbad has a distinct beachy ambience that is relaxed, casually dressed and where much of life is spent outdoors–year round. This San Diego climate chart below  may help explain.

Central to Old Carlsbad is Carlsbad Village. which ranges several blocks along Carlsbad Blvd and which includes Carlsbad Village Drive, Grand Ave, State Street, Roosevelt Street, and various other cross streets. Here you can troll along tree-lined streets as you pass boutiques, antique shops, numerous restaurants and specialty stores. And if you are out and about on either Wednesday (1-5) or Sunday (9-1), you might want to visit the downtown Carlsbad Farmer’s Market held along Roosevelt Avenue.

Other notable downtown attractions might include:

  • Carlsbad Village Art & Antique Mall
    Over 100 Dealers and Artists, 15,000 Square Feet
    2752 State Street
  • Village Faire Shopping Centre
    Over 30 specialty boutiques, fine shops, galleries, salons and restaurants, as well as the Carlsbad Children’s Museum.
    300 Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Ocean House
    A restaurant featuring California cuisine, located in a 19th century Victorian building. The Ocean House is attached to the Twin Inns of Carlsbad.
    300 Carlsbad Village Drive
  • The Twin Inns of Carlsbad
    A restored Victorian hotel.
    300 Carlsbad Village Drive.
  • Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
    A peaceful, quaint resort one block from the beach.
    3075 Carlsbad Blvd
  • Historical Magee Park Museum
    Turn of the century style house, which depicts the life style of the early settlers of Carlsbad who had once owned the house. Includes beautiful rose garden.
    258 Beech Ave

And of course, there are Carlsbad’s world famous and beautiful beaches, which would include Tamarack Beach as well as neighboring:

  • Carlsbad State Beach
  • North Carlsbad beaches

(It might also be helpful to understand that while dogs are welcome in almost all parts of Carlsbad, they are not allowed on its beaches.)

Finally, we regularly receive requests for information about real estate and homes for sale in Old Carlsbad. Many are seeking Carlsbad beach homes, while most have simply fallen in love with its charm, beach location and easy-going lifestyle. Below are some current availabilities of homes for sale in Old Carlsbad–including homes and condos both east and west of I-5–and below that, schools that service Old Carlsbad neighborhoods.

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3570 Ridgecrest Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,400,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,200 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200007937
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Property was remodeled in 1999. A 1,800 sq ft master suite was added on the 2nd floor complete with a elevator, full bar, wood burning fireplace, office and sitting room. Except for the master suite the rest of the home is on the first floor. The property has over 6,000 sq ft of marble tile and 18 slabs of marble & granite in the house on the floor, walls, stairs & garage floors. There is lots of custom woodwork, 2 BBQ areas, outdoor fireplace, Pella windows & doors in the house with internal mini blinds. Property was remodeled in 1999. A 1,800 sq ft master suite was added on the 2nd floor complete with a elevator, full bar, wood burning fireplace, office and sitting room. Except for the master suite the rest of the home is on the first floor. The property has over 6,000 sq ft of marble tile and 18 slabs of marble & granite in the house on the floor, walls, stairs & garage floors. There is lots of custom woodwork, 2 BBQ areas, outdoor fireplace, Pella windows & doors in the house with internal mini blinds. It will take several trips through the house to begin to realize the detail.. Neighborhoods: Seacrest Estates Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Washer, Water Filtration Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL

3450 Garfield St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,780,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,035 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200008821
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Huge Price reduction at the beach! Wow! Bring your offer now. Bright and fresh contemporary ease. Beach close at Garfield you can see the ocean blue over morning coffee from your master bedroom or either south-west deck. Walk out and check out the surf or take a stroll for live music and great restaurants or the farmer's market in Carlsbad village. Private interior elevator, back yard, 3 decks and Great room, 2 large bedrooms and one small, can function as dual master with plenty of extra storage.. Neighborhoods: Carlsbad Village Beach Walking Dist Architectural Style: Custom Built View: Custom Built Equipment: Dryer, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected

5195 Shore Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$8,400,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
5,599 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC20037391
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to your exclusive contemporary (hints of art deco) beach front retreat, with panoramic ocean views throughout. The entire upper level includes an enormous master suite, complete with spa, twin sink, custom marble counter tops, a spacious shower with 3 functional shower heads, and a separate seated vanity mirror appointed with marble surfaces. An extensive and thoughtfully organized walk-in closet system, linen storage cabinets and privacy pocket door for the toilet provide luxury and comfort. A fireplace and and cozy conversation area are accented by a private white water ocean view balcony with views through to the kitchen and dining area below. The main (entry level) floor flows towards the ocean, featuring an office library immediately to the left and twin bedrooms (shared bath) to the right. One bedroom faces the ocean with access to the ocean front balcony and the other with pleasing tropical entry views. A creamy leather finish marble entry flows past a family room to a gourmet, ocean-facing kitchen and raised dining area, (master crafted solid African paduak wood flooring). A daylight basement opens out into a sun-drenched patio) occupies the 3rd, lower level - featuring solid cherry floors and two bedrooms, each with its own bath. A sauna, fully equipped fitness center and laundry with built in sinks occupy this level as well. Roof-mounted solar panels are owned outright. An oceanview spa (gazebo) and three quarter bath are outdoor/indoor accessible.

288 Chinquapin Ave Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$799,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,344 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200010577
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Living the Carlsbad Dream! Premium location - This amazing residence sits within 2 blocks of the water. Walk to beautiful Tamarack Beach! Fine dining and shopping centrally located. Charming Spanish/Mediterranean Beach Villas featuring a fully updated remodeled interior. Dual Masters. Private Patios/Balconies. Attached Garage. Community Pool. No unit above or below! 3D Matterport Virtual Tour Available. Kitchen offers elegant white cabinetry, granite counters, glass tile back splash, stainless appliances, and gas convection oven with stainless hood vent. Stainless refrigerator will convey. Heating system upgraded to radiant on central level. Private outdoor courtyard patio at entry and private deck/patio spanning kitchen and dining areas. Whirlpool bath in Master 1, custom marble shower and walk in closet in Master 2 - additionally, both suites offer private balconies. Upgraded fixtures throughout. Recessed energy efficient lighting. Wired audio with inset ceiling speakers in living. Ceiling fans in living and masters. Tankless hot water system. Whole home water filtration. Descaling system included on the plumbing. Dionizing system for the laundry. Front loading washer/dryer can convey with sale. Located in the prime 2 blocks and walking distance to the Carlsbad beaches. Turn-key and ready for summer!. Neighborhoods: Carlsbad North Beach Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Washer, Water Filtration Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

1652 Brady Circle Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,284,900
4 Beds
3 Baths
3,035 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200020186
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful home, prime location in Olde Carlsbad located just 1 mile to beach. This immaculate 2 story home boasts spacious kitchen, walk-in pantry, dining room, high ceilings, tons of windows, and gorgeous flooring. Huge master en suite, with extra room attached can be used as a gym, office, craft room. Bathroom with shower downstairs. Mature lush drought resistant landscaped backyard with outdoor fireplace. 3 car garage, no HOA or Mello Roos. Walking distance to Magnolia, Valley & Carlsbad High. Home is move in ready! Designer interior paint, crown molding, remodeled kitchen with new LG stainless refrigerator, and quartz countertops. Newer carpet upstairs, new fixtures in master bathroom, new top down bottom up Levolor blinds. New flooring in downstairs bathroom, high end ceiling fans. 3 car garage with new cabinets and bench counter. New drip irrigation system and water spigots, new connected gutter downspouts to drainage lines. Termite has been completed.. Neighborhoods: Olde Carlsbad Equipment: Dryer, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Public Sewer Topography: LL

4028 Garfield St. Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,200,000
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,514 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200022873
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Welcome home to PARADISE! Unobstructed Ocean, Lagoon & Coastline Views to La Jolla! Nestled on a peaceful CuldeSac, this renovated single story home is the epitome of Coastal Carlsbad Lifestlyle. Tons of natural light, 2 cozy fireplaces,open floorplan, master bd. offers Ocean Views, & opens to the expansive patio with 380 sf. of space! Entertain or relax, & watch the sunsets while whales swim by. No steps! Walk a few feet to your car..rare to find!! Seller to entertain offers between $1,199,000-$1,285,000 WOW!!! Talk about a slice of paradise!! This unit is special in so MANY ways! It is one of the few units that you can park directly in front of the unit, and easily walk to the patio door. No more lugging groceries up the steps! The underground secured parking spaces, are just a few steps to the elevator, if you do choose to park in the structure. Looking for the outdoor lifestyle? Look no further! The private patio offers 380 sf., nestled in privately and shielded from any wind, you can even have a party in the rain! Owners have also utilized the grassy are in front for parties and entertaining, even erecting an easy up for additional guests! This unit was THE desired gathering place, for other residents and cocktail parties. Imagine relaxing on your priate patio OR the master bedroom and soaking in the sunshine, while whale watching with a glass of wine or coffee. Forget eating inside...why would you want to miss an instant of the spectacular views and ocean air?? Come live the Coastal Lifestyle in Luxury!. Neighborhoods: Carlsbad Coastal Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Septic Installed Topography: LL

2683 State Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,865,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,601 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200023526
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Sophisticated Work/Live in the heart of Carlsbad Village! Rare, creative office space paired w/ upscale New York loft-style living. With separate secure entrances & high-end finishes throughout, the street side work space (1135 sf) features 10’ bi-fold doors, 2 private rooms, a full bath, beverage station & storage, while the 2nd level living features 17’ ceilings, white oak floors, dual masters, flooded natural light & elevator access. LEED Gold Certified Bldg unparalleled along the coast. #workathome Railyard Lofts represents an inspired vision for Urban Luxury Living. Prime WORK/LIVE unit in Carlsbad Village location with expansive feeling of New York to create spaces that are unparalleled along the coast. Fine custom home amenities masterfully delivered in a super energy efficient package. Ideal location just steps to award-winning restaurants, shops, Farmers’ Market, the beach and train station. Opportunities are endless when you have the ability to lease one space or the other or keep both for yourself. Use your work/home space as a significant tax write-off or a generous entertaining/living space. The perfect blend of location, luxury and lifestyle; live urban chic with a short work commute. This purchase is essential; don't wait.. Neighborhoods: Carlsbad Village Equipment: Fire Sprinklers,Garage Door Opener Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

4833 Argosy Lane Carlsbad, CA 92008

$799,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,426 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200024633
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Great single level home located in the highly desirable Laguna del Mar. Quiet cul-de-sac location with lagoon views. Light and bright open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen, skylight, fireplace in living room. Private courtyard with two car garage. Community Pool, Spa, Tennis Courts & Clubhouse. Close proximity to the beach, lagoon, shopping, Crossings Golf Course, Legoland and Carlsbad Village.. Neighborhoods: Laguna Del Mar Complex Features: ,,,, Equipment: Fire Sprinklers Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

4537 Cove Drive - B Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,569,999
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,504 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200025201
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
NEWLY REMODELED EUROPEAN STYLE WATERFRONT property with a private boat dock. This spacious 3-story 4 Bdrm 3.5 bath gem is rarely available and has been completely remodeled and is move-in ready. Find exquisite new flooring, bathrooms & marble countertops throughout. Enjoy sunsets on the 2 wraparound terraces overlooking the water or walk down to your boat from your private newly remodeled patio. Other features skylights, fireplace, french doors, boat lift, spa connection, soak tub/shower and much more. Neighborhoods: bristol cove Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Water Filtration Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected

4469 Adams St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$6,500,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
4,085 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200025627
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Brand new construction is underway on the ultimate waterfront retreat. Paddleboard & wakeboard in front of your own property with 75 ft. of frontage on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon – a coastline that very few residents get to call home. Crafted by Beach City Builders, this 4,085 sq. ft. home merges innovative architecture with organic & modern design elements and is purposely oriented so you never lose sight of the main attraction – the extraordinary, sweeping lagoon and ocean views. The open floor plan offers 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, an attached guest casita or office with separate entry, and a 3-car garage with additional parking. Floor to ceiling glass doors in the Great Room showcase the breathtaking views and create seamless indoor/outdoor living out to the large terrace. A harmonious composition of textures soothes the senses with wide plank white oak floors, beautiful granite counters, antique walnut cabinetry and gorgeous tiles. Top-of-the-line graphite appliances, large pantry, wine chiller and a spacious island will complement all of your cooking endeavors in the gourmet kitchen. The master suite offers private views from the Juliette balcony, stunning finishes in the bath, a spa-like wet room featuring a standalone tub and shower, and his and hers custom closets. Crafted for entertainment, downstairs features a second living room that can serve as a game room with a gorgeous full bar that opens seamlessly to the covered loggia and outdoor kitchen. Spend time soaking in your private, saltwater POOL and SPA while taking in the amazing views, sunsets and wildlife. Conveniently located close to the coast, Carlsbad Village, the Del Mar racetrack, LEGOLAND, Highway 101 and I-5, this rare offering is perfectly designed to enjoy the waterfront lifestyle on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.. Neighborhoods: Agua Hedionda Lagoon Equipment: Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,GSL

4537 Cove Drive - A Unit A Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,364,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,504 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200026372
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
Waterfront 4 Bedroom/3 Bath with Spectacular Views from Balconies on Every Level and private access to the lagoon from your very own dock. This property is part of a Twinhouse (seller will sell both units as a package deal). Newly remodeled back patio overlooking the water. Recently upgraded countertops and painted exterior. Currently occupied with tenants (do not disturb). Rare and absolute stunning property in Carlsbad.. Neighborhoods: bristol cove Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected

4807 Flying Cloud Way Carlsbad, CA 92008

$780,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,210 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # IV20115061
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Beautiful upgraded coastal close with view of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Single story in community of Laguna Del Mar. Walk to lagoon beach for kayaking and paddle boarding. Vaulted ceilings w/exposed beams and skylights. Large private patio for entertaining and view of sunsets. 2 car garage with lots of built-in cabinets. Community pool, spa, clubhouse and lighted tennis courts. Appliances include, refrigerator, range/oven, washer and gas dryer plus fire sprinklers. New HVAC system less than 1 year old.