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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2499 Jefferson Carlsbad, CA 92008

$3,300,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,545 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160023509
Property Type Detached
Rare 1 Acre Lot on Buena Vista Lagoon. Scenic ocean and lagoon views with breathtaking Carlsbad sunsets. Great development property for single family homes, family estate, condos, senior housing or luxury vacation home. All zoning and use request must be verified through city of Carlsbad. Current zoning is RDM and property falls under coastal commission jurisdiction. Seller's are motivated.

5319 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008

$11,495,000
5 Beds
8 Baths
8,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160035242
Property Type Detached
Enjoy Southern California in this custom built oceanfront estate with direct, private access to the sand. Catch surfers on the world class surf break or gaze at the waves breaking down the coastline towards La Jolla. The impressive property features 5 luxury en suite bedrooms, library/office, game room, formal living & dining, large oceanfront great room and gourmet kitchen. The oversized patio maximizes the outdoor experience and provides multiple vantage points to enjoy the Pacific Ocean Views.

1103 Oak Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008

$649,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,027 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160062446
Property Type Detached
Great opportunity! Rare starter home near the Village in Olde Carlsbad with site plans for new addition and new 2-car garage with unit above. Ample space for additional parking on a 7535 sq. ft. lot.

5395 El Arbol Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,600,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,492 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170021341
Property Type Detached
Enjoy your own private beach at this vintage single story in Carlsbad's coastal Terramar beach community. Relax at your gated beach club which includes BBQ, fire pit, benches, surfboard racks and showers. One of the few private beach properties in SOCAL. Located high on a .23 acre corner lot and features 2 separate driveways on each street. Potential for expansion. Zoning permits Granny flat or add on. Separate entrance to 3rd bedroom with full bath. Once in a lifetime opportunity!

3065 Ocean Carlsbad, CA 92008

$7,300,000
6 Beds
6 Baths
3,587 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170003477
Property Type Detached
Resting on the widest point of Carlsbad State Beach and steps to the Village, this iconic property is the epitome of beachfront living. Designed to capture the natural beauty of this landmark location this exquisite home features panoramic views in every direction. Graceful sweeping architectural lines provide for several walls of glass that open seamlessly to the magnificent expansive verandas, where the outdoor environment is enjoyed year round. Experience the ultimate California lifestyle.

4050 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,225,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,514 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170005732
Property Type Attached
This spectacular top floor penthouse boasts endless ocean & lagoon views. Features include 2 en suite bedrooms, an ocean view balcony, vaulted ceiling, skylights, vinyl windows, like new furnace, water heater & garbage disposal, recently painted & carpeted, 2 secure parking spaces & huge storage room. The complex has a pool & spa w/ocean & lagoon views and an elevator that services all levels. Close to Carlsbad Village Shops, dining & commuter rail. Great as a full-time residence or beach get-a-way.

4105 Highland Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$999,000 - $1,049,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,452 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170007315
Property Type Detached
Charming OCEAN VIEW single level home on private, gated .34 acre level lot on the coveted west side of Highland Drive in Olde Carlsbad. Beautifully remodeled with new cabinets and granite in kitchen and master bath. Hardwood floors throughout. Build a 2nd story to maximize the panoramic Ocean Views or enjoy the ease of single story living. Plenty of room for large pool, guest house or accessory unit. Enjoy the sunset views from the expansive trek deck.

3430 Highland Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,250,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,278 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170007483
Property Type Detached
Huge ocean view lot on one of the most desirable streets in Olde Carlsbad. Current single story home is large and in great condition with a very clean, open floorplan. Opportunity to build up! Create your dream second story with stunning, unobstructed views of the ocean from your bedroom, office, playroom, patio … the options are endless! Lot currently features a detached, oversized 2 car garage, yard with mature fruit trees. Build upon this charming setting, or start from scratch.

1258 Newland Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,299,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Newland Court Village, Carlsbad
Open House
$1,299,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,494 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170013776
Property Type Detached
Looking a luxury home, a mile away from Carlsbad Village, beaches, shopping, restaurants and schools with Ocean views from your Master Bedroom? Look no farther, this beautiful 5 Br 4 ½ bath 3494 Sqft home in Olde Carlsbad has it all. Grand entry way, vaulted ceiling, travertine floors, 3 fireplaces, huge master Br w/his and her closets, large eat in kitchen, formal dining rm, private patio w/fireplace on a 10,000 Sqft lot. You owe it to yourself to see this one. See Supplement

4525 Cove Drive #9 Carlsbad, CA 92008

$550,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,494 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170009693
Property Type Attached
*BRISTOL COVE*LAGOON & MARINA VIEWS*PRIVATE BOAT SLIP INCLUDED*COMMUNITY POOL/SPA, REC ROOM & FIRE PIT steps from your patio*DUAL PATIOS PLUS 12X8 room on upper patio*Gated complex & secure parking*CulDeSac*Travertine floors*Remodeled kitchen is OPEN to Living Room, custom cabinets w/soft-close drawers, SS appliances, tile backsplash, canned LED lights*Inside full-size Laundry Rm has pantry & storage cabinets*Plantation shutters*Master bathroom has dual sinks/new shower door*SEE SUPPLEMENT BELOW*

318 Juniper Ave 15 Carlsbad, CA 92008

$513,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
913 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170010143
Property Type Attached
Carlsbad beach condo, ground level no steps to entry, west of I-5, only a block & half to the beach, freshly painted move in ready. Quiet gated community, private patio, carport parking w/large storage area;plenty of room for surf boards, bikes, work bench, you name it. Walk to the beach, Carlsbad Village restaurants, shops and more.

4991 Crestview Carlsbad, CA 92008

$939,000
5 Beds
3 Baths
3,071 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170011898
Property Type Detached
You've never seen THIS house before! Brand new wood floors, cabinet updates throughout and A/C are just a few of the refreshing additions to this 3000+ square foot home with OWNED whole house solar. Open concept gourmet kitchen and crisp, spacious family space. Full bed and bath downstairs. Bedrooms 5&6 have been combined to create a perfect oversized teen or en suite guest room. Experience this fresh, bright, and inviting home for yourself and see why homes in Hidden Ridge don't often come available!

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