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.

1308 Oak Ave Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,429,000
5 Beds
2 Baths
1,793 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 200035587
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
.73 of an acre 5 Bedroom 2 bath 1721 sqft 2 car garage. Needs some TLC. Lot is Splittable into 2 lots with 3 units allowed on each lot per City of Carlsbad Planning. Could possibly split into more lots. Lot fronts on Oak Ave and Carlsbad Village drive. New 200 amp service panel and new electrical wiring, outlets and lighting through out the home. 6 Blocks from the beach and 1/2 a block from the 5 freeway. Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Available, Sewer Connected Topography: LL

3624 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,299,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,089 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2000045
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
This single-level penthouse suite offers commanding views from your private corner balcony with panoramic frameless doors and peak views of the ocean and Carlsbad's world famous beach, just one block away. Sitting above the street creates a sense of privacy and sanctuary for those that want their beach-living to be more personal. Unique to the penthouse is an elevated ceiling in the master bedroom, private entry, and elevator access to underground parking. Designed and built with strict attention to detail and thoughtfully prepared spaces, a life well lived awaits those who call this home. Enjoy everything Carlsbad has to offer, one block from ocean and world famous beaches, amazing restaurants and nightlife in the village, Legoland and some of the best golf courses in Southern California. This is one of 3 units that will be available for sale.

3632 Garfield Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,899,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,890 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001411
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Check out this brand new designer townhouse that was recently completed in 2020. Designed and built with strict attention to detail and thoughtfully prepared spaces. Gourmet kitchen with custom maple and alder cabinets, Viking appliances and an open floor plan in the great room that is perfect for entertaining. Two patios off of the main floor with peak ocean views from the kitchen. Catch the sunset from your private roof top balcony. This unit also comes with a private elevator inside the unit and access to a private back yard. Enjoy everything Carlsbad has to offer, one block from ocean and world famous beaches, amazing restaurants and nightlife in the village, Legoland and some of the best golf courses in Southern California.

3628 Garfield Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,199,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,035 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2001533
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Buy this home and Impress your friends in this New Construction, Single level Beach Condo just completed. Open floor-plan and panoramic, frameless doors brings coastal living into your great room with custom maple cabinets and Viking appliances for the gourmet kitchen. Designed and built with strict attention to detail and thoughtfully prepared spaces. Relax your troubles away in the spa like master bath with oversized soaking tub. Elevator access to secured underground parking garage so you don't have to worry about stairs. Catch the sunset from your rooftop deck or just a short stroll down Cherry Street to the cross walk at the beach. Enjoy all the amenities Carlsbad has to offer with great dining and entertainment at the Village less than a mile away. Don't let this one pass you by.

2525 Jefferson St. Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$510,000
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
988 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2002049
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --

2292 Morgan Rd Carlsbad, CA 92008

$579,900
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,910 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 200052559
Property Type Manufactured On Land
Price Type --
Completely remodeled home! You own the land! located in the gated , 55+ community of Camino Hills. No space rent with a low HOA. A new 433(a) foundation makes this home eligible for VA, FHA, and Conv financing, The home has been completely remodeled including new AC/ Hvac system, new roof, flooring, recessed lighting, dual pane windows, fresh paint inside and out, All new stainless steel appliances. This is a must see home. Turnkey and easy to show. Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL

3729 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,050,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,585 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # PW20253986
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One block from the Beach! Rarely available Cape Cod style townhouse. The two bedroom townhome has a bright and open floor plan with wood flooring, two fireplaces, and a minibar. Enjoy partial ocean views from the kitchen and master bedroom both of which have their own balconies. The generously sized master bedroom features vaulted ceilings, its own private bathroom with oval shaped tub and standup shower, walk in closet and fireplace. You will be within walking distance from shops, restaurants and the train station in Carlsbad Village while the beach is one block away. The gated complex features a pool, spa and sauna.

857 Home Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,950,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,373 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2100522
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
One of the private enclave of 5 homes at Carlyle Carlsbad Village. Set on a private street, this home is newly completed in exquisite detail and ready for immediate occupancy. 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths set on 3 levels with private elevator & 2 car attached garage w/ epoxy floor. Enter to a bonus living space and downstairs bedroom and bath. The Great Room is on the main level with powder bath and gourmet kitchen with 6 burner gas Bertazzoni range+griddle & double oven, SubZero refrigerator, island with countertop dining & decorator selected cabinetry with quartz countertops and tile backsplash. Great Room opens onto spacious covered deck with wide sliding pocket doors for indoor/outdoor living. Generously-sized Master Suite has a vaulted ceiling, large shower with designer tiled walls & walk-in closet. A second bedroom with private bath & laundry room with included washer/dryer complete this floor. The 5 homes share the private pool & outdoor lounge with the Residences at Carlyle Carlsbad Village.

3445 Valley St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,350,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,450 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 210002254
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
LOCATION! LOCATION! Developers Gem. Rare opportunity in Old Carlsbad! 2 homes on HUGE 14,000 sq.ft. lot. Main house is 3 bed 2 bath 1450 Sq ft and second structure is 1 bed 1 bath 600 Sq.ft. Great additional rental income. This property has plenty of room for large house remodel, ADU, pool. Large private yard with tropical landscape, great for entertaining. Just a short bike ride to hip downtown Carlsbad Village, beaches, restaurants, shopping, terrific schools and much more! Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL Guest House Est. SQFT: 800

568 Laguna Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,495,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,651 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # PW21031573
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
LAGUNA ROW: New Construction! Enjoy VIEWS & NATURAL MODERN living in the beautiful & vibrant village of Carlsbad, CA. Walk to EVERYTHING: beach, restaurants, train, cafes, parks, trails and theaters. The best of town and country! Detached, cedar-clad home designed by multi-award winning Architect, Brett Farrow. Sustainable construction, high ceilings and oversized windows. Luxury kitchen appliances, home office option, 2 car garage with lift.

582 Laguna Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,195,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,569 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # PW21031514
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
New Construction! Enjoy NATURAL MODERN living in the beautiful & vibrant village of Carlsbad, California. Walk to EVERYTHING: beach, restaurants, train, cafes, parks, trails and theaters. The best of town and country! Detached, cedar-clad home designed by multi-award winning Architect, Brett Farrow. Sustainable construction, floor to ceiling windows, low HOA. Luxury kitchen appliances, home office option, two-car garage with lift, private garden

564 Laguna Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,425,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
1,651 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # PW21031650
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
LAGUNA ROW: New Construction! Enjoy NATURAL MODERN living in the beautiful & vibrant village of Carlsbad, California. Walk to EVERYTHING: beach, restaurants, train, cafes, parks, trails and theaters. The best of town and country! Detached, cedar-clad home designed by multi-award winning Architect. Sustainable construction, high ceilings and oversized windows. Luxury kitchen appliances, home office option, two-car garage with lift, private garden