Spotlight on Olde or Old Carlsbad, CA


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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5201 Shore Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,087 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170052397
Property Type Detached
Stunning ocean views surround this great four bedroom Carlsbad home. Perched on the ocean bluff, this home offers its own seawall and private beach access. Resting on an expansive lot with endless ocean views, you will find yourself never wanting to leave the large entertaining patio and beautiful sunset views. Home is energy smart with Solar, purchased not leased. This is a must see!

3930 Park Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008

5 Beds
5 Baths
4,106 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180021288
Property Type Detached
LOCATION, LOCATION!!! Fantastic move-in ready, spacious family home with high ceilings, lots of natural light, travertine floors and new carpet. Large back yard with high tech sport court, regulation key and Double-Tier shock absorbing grid + room for a pool! It is a short few blocks for kids to walk to elementary through high school. Office space on 1st floor may be converted to a 5th bedroom. Guest unit inc in home sq ft/bed/bath total (624 1 bedroom, full kitchen and bathroom).

5305 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008

5 Beds
9 Baths
10,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180008860
Property Type Detached
The stunning allure of the ocean combined with the aesthetic beauty of this estate will redefine Luxury Oceanfront living. Undoubtedly a trophy property this Californian paradise offers the best of the best. Set on 1.5 meticulously landscaped acres with 166 feet of ocean frontage and 10,000 square feet of living space the residence provides endless entertainment opportunities and public spaces which are positioned to experience headland ocean views. See Supp...

2741 Monroe Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$850,000 - $875,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
2,815 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180012509
Property Type Detached
Turnkey Multi Generational Home, 5 min. drive to beach & Carlsbad Village. On Monroe & Carlsbad Village Dr, close to the Mall. Main house has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, office (could be 4th bedroom), formal living room & dining room, large family room, remodeled kitchen, indoor laundry, beautiful redwood deck backs up to the Hosp Grove Park, 2 car garage. Attached apartment has a bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining area, laundry closet and private patio. Best priced home in Carlsbad per square feet!!

4032 Garfield Carlsbad, CA 92008

$899,000 - $959,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,514 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180013709
Property Type Attached
A front row seat to the most stunning ocean & sunset views Carlsbad has to offer. This single level, 1500 sf townhome is one of only 15 units in a private, secured building. Kitchen and baths have been remodeled with the latest finishes that reflect a light, airy, beach-like feel. Easy flowing floor plan with poolside/ocean view balcony to enjoy sunbathing, a good book or al fresco dining. This unit comes with 2 elevator accessed parking spaces and spacious storage room.

295 Chinquapin Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008

3 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,630 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180015399
Property Type Detached
295 Chinquapin Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008 Custom designed home built in 2016, one owner. Designed to capture the ocean feel and beauty of this iconic location within the Carlsbad community.  This exquisite property features a full top floor loft with panoramic views in every direction.  Graceful sweeping architectural lines provide for two large accordion doors which open seamlessly throughout the first floor for a year around beach feel.  Perfect for entertaining.  Close to downtown Carlsbad.

4985 Eucalyptus Carlsbad, CA 92008

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,230 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180016177
Property Type Detached
Hidden Ridge Beauty! Great value! Recent upgrades include over $30K in air conditioning and whole house (paid for) solar. Lush green landscape, dramatic soaring ceilings, welcoming interior, window blinds, sweeping stairway to second level, ceiling fans, and neutral tile floor in all the right places. Gorgeous chefs kitchen features center island, granite counters, tiled backsplash, breakfast bar, upgraded SS appliances, and stunning wood cabinetry. Wine bar in family room + cozy fireplace.

2943 Jefferson Carlsbad, CA 92008

3 Beds
1 Bath
1,288 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180022741
Property Type Detached
Prime location in Carlsbad Village. 5 unit development opportunity or owner user opportunity in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Great walkability to shopping, restaurants and beach. 6936 sq ft lot with 1288 sq ft of office space or residential living. Property sits directly across from Union Bank and also directly behind the new Grand Ave project which will contain 11 luxury condos over retail space.

3900 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

4 Beds
3 Baths
1,647 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180022933
Property Type Detached
Investor's dream - Multi-unit rental potential! There's two now and it could easily be three! This is a rare opportunity to acquire 2 newly remodeled homes on 1 lot, with ability to add a 3rd unit (Zoned RD-M). Ocean view corner property, already permitted as a vacation rental, only 1 block to the beach. Featuring two detached homes, a 3br/2bath and a 1br/1bath, four fenced-in outdoor seating areas, an upgraded 1 car garage, two separate driveways & private parking for 7 cars.

4444 Adams Carlsbad, CA 92008

3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,238 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180022960
Property Type Detached
World Class View and Location. Ocean View Lagoon Front Home in Carlsbad This 4,238 square ft. 1/3 acre gated Carlsbad Ocean View Estate on Adams Street rests above the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon on a mountain of finely landscaped and terraced grounds. There is a priceless and unobstructed panoramic Pacific Ocean view to the horizon from just about any window in the home.

4984 Eucalyptus Lane Carlsbad, CA 92008

4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,664 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180023067
Property Type Detached
Unique Opportunity! Large stunning 3662 sq. foot single story home on a 31,189 sq. ft lot. Totally rebuilt from top to bottom in 2007. Dramatic entry with soaring 15 foot ceilings with 4 skylights in great room. Beautiful polished marble flooring in foyer, living room and family room. Two master suites both with fireplaces, and large walk in closets. Chef's kitchen with cherry wood cabinets, granite floors and counters. New interior and exterior paint. New carpeting. Recent front landscaping.

5430 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,695,000 - $2,995,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,133 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180023435
Property Type Detached
Live at the beach in this magnificent 5133 SF oceanfront stately residence. This home features multiple separate suites for comfort and luxurious living. The common living areas include a grand entry, formal living and dining rooms, an executive office, a huge chef's kitchen...WOW, and a family friendly media room. Oceanfront and beach views can be seen from all levels of the home.

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