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.

5195 Shore Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$7,500,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
5,599 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # OC20037391
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to your exclusive contemporary 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 ocean view spa (gazebo) and three quarter bath are outdoor/indoor accessible.

4537 Cove Drive - B Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,554,000
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,504 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200025201
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Back on the Market and priced to sell! NEWLY REMODELED EUROPEAN STYLE WATERFRONT property with a private boat dock nestled in Carlsbad's Brtistol Cove. Enjoy sunsets and views on the 2 wraparound terraces overlooking the water or walk down to your boat from your private newly remodeled patio.This 3-story 4 Bdrm 3.5 bath gem is rarely available and has been completely remodeled and is move-in ready. Exquisite new flooring, bathrooms & marble countertops throughout. Video can be found at 4537cove(.) com. Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Water Filtration Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected

1308 Oak Ave Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,429,000
5 Beds
2 Baths
1,793 SqFt
Status Active
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

195 Cherry Ave Carlsbad, CA 92008

$4,395,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,386 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200038933
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired residences just completed! Legacy built luxury new construction no expense spared 1/2 block off the Sand. Sunset ocean views hosted on the private roof deck and entertainment levels. Great room flows to its own view balcony w/15' Fireplace, Full Casement Hardwood windows & Bi-Fold doors. Chef’s kitchen features Wolf/SubZero appls., Walnut and Birdseye Maple Millworks abound, Wired smart home(Cat 6) built in speakers, master w/custom fireplace, Elevator, 2 Car garage+2 spaces. The first of three Frank Lloyd Wright inspired coastal residences near completion. Iconic masterpiece built as a luxury legacy to last a lifetime. Setting the standard in detail and finish, the quality goes beyond what the eye can see. Construction features a steel frame, hardwood windows with powder coated aluminum and coastal exterior package, oversized footings, counterflashing pans on every door. Sound matting, 1 1/2 of concrete, and R-30 insulation on each floor provides superior privacy and maximum sound mitigation between walls and floors. A private entrance to a brownstone staircase leads you to handmade mahogany doors surrounded within real stone on the exterior. Traditional Walnut and Birdseye Maple sweeps through every floor of this Fung Shui four-story home. An extravagant great room with soaring 15’ ceilings provides the modern open concept with the warmth of a traditional home thanks to Birdseye Maple encircling the interior. The floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace made of Italian Travertine is a stunning centerpiece for this grand room. Custom folding doors extends your living space onto spacious balcony with a gorgeous pre-stained and coated mahogany ceiling. Well-appointed chef’s kitchen features Wolf range, dual oven, Subzero refrigerator, walk in pantry, Cove dishwasher, oversized center prep island. The master suite features a raised hearth fireplace with remote controlled settings and blower fan, custom lighting, and built-in storage. La...

5305 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008

$26,950,000
5 Beds
9 Baths
10,000 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 200041742
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Take a peak of Summer Scenes The magic of 166 feet of uninterrupted Ocean Frontage on 1.5 private estate acres, makes this beach property a true Santuary. 5 bedrooms, Detached Guest home, Fully gated & hidden, Walls of glass disappear into pockets for seamless indoor/outdoor living, private Gym, Professional theater, 10,000SF of luxurious living, over-sized garages and motor court.

3349 Tyler Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,129,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,082 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2101156
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
A MUST SEE VIDEO!! Agents- cut/paste and email to your buyers!! https://vimeo.com/modelimage/review/477488872/0281441f29 **WE ARE OPEN AND SHOWING BUNGALOWS 8. There are 8 units total, 3 still available-SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR TODAY!- agents and buyers must follow COVID protocols, but call us for a showing!!**At Bungalows 8 in Carlsbad Village buyers will find tasteful features meticulously chosen to add value and distinction to each home. Each new luxury townhome has approx. 2,100 SF, a private 2 car garage with storage, 3+ bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, bonus room, skylights, private individual patios, decks and balconies. Gated serene landscaped courtyard with common BBQ and Firepit. A short walk to the beach and Carlsbad Village make Bungalows 8 a great place to live and invest. Urban beach living at its finest! Quiet Location. Contact agents for floorplans, full amenities, and end unit pricing. Units include high-end kitchen appliances including wine fridge. Located within Carlsbad's Master Plan Revitalization Area. Master Plan Map included in Associated Documents, contact City of Carlsbad for more information. Room sizes are approximate and vary by unit. Photos are representative but may depict different Bungalows 8 townhome. Buyer to verify all information before close of escrow.

2399 Jefferson Unit 19 Carlsbad, CA 92008

$850,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,475 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 200044710
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One-of-a-kind town home condo with luxurious, unobstructed westerly water views. Located on a Carlsbad Lagoon and a most tranquil and private setting. Called THE SANCTUARY. Tasteful and beautiful interior with great natural lighting, very upscale kitchen and flooring. Dual pane windows and Trex decking. Water views from the kitchen, dining area, living room and master bedroom. Walking distance to: commuter train, Carlsbad Village Farmer's Market, businesses, restaurants and THE BEACH. [Supplement]: Solatubes throughout, stainless steel appliances, two exterior storage closets, 2nd bedroom has a small office, two assigned parking spaces in the gated garage

3345 Tyler Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,149,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,126 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 200044728
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
A MUST SEE VIDEO!! Agents, cut/paste & send to you buyers!! https://vimeo.com/modelimage/review/477488872/0281441f29.** WE ARE OPEN AND SHOWING BUNGALOWS 8, buyers and agents must follow Covid protocals, but call us for a showing!** At Bungalows 8 in Carlsbad Village buyers will find tasteful features meticulously chosen to add value and distinction to each home. Each new luxury townhome has approx. 2,100 SF, a private 2 car garage with storage, 3+ bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, bonus room, skylights, private individual patios, decks and balconies. Gated serene landscaped courtyard with common BBQ and Firepit. A short walk to the beach and Carlsbad Village make Bungalows 8 a great place to live and invest. Urban beach living at its finest! [Supplement]: Quiet location. Now Selling! Contact agents for floorplans, full amenities, and to schedule a tour. Units include high-end kitchen appliances including wine fridge. Located within Carlsbad's Master Plan Revitalization Area. Master Plan Map included in Associated Documents, contact City of Carlsbad for more information. Room sizes are approximate and vary by unit. Buyer to verify all information before close of escrow.

3341 Tyler Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,099,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,082 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 200044729
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
A MUST SEE VIDEO!! Agents- cut/paste and email to your buyers!! https://vimeo.com/modelimage/review/477488872/0281441f29 **WE ARE OPEN AND SHOWING BUNGALOWS 8- agents and buyers must follow COVID protocols, but call us for a showing!!**At Bungalows 8 in Carlsbad Village buyers will find tasteful features meticulously chosen to add value and distinction to each home. Each new luxury townhome has approx. 2,100 SF, a private 2 car garage with storage, 3+ bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, bonus room, skylights, private individual patios, decks and balconies. Gated serene landscaped courtyard with common BBQ and Firepit. A short walk to the beach and Carlsbad Village make Bungalows 8 a great place to live and invest. Urban beach living at its finest! [Supplement]: Quiet Location. Now Selling! Contact agents for floorplans, full amenities, and to schedule a tour. Units include high-end kitchen appliances including wine fridge. Located within Carlsbad's Master Plan Revitalization Area. Master Plan Map included in Associated Documents, contact City of Carlsbad for more information. Room sizes are approximate and vary by unit. Photos are representative but may depict different Bungalows 8 townhome. Buyer to verify all information before close of escrow.

3624 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,299,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,089 SqFt
Status Active
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 the secured 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.

2518 Jefferson Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,450,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
864 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2000658
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Development opportunity west of the 5 in the heart of Carlsbad. Close proximity to beach, lagoon, 5 fwy, Carlsbad Village shops and restaurants, and all amenities. Located in the highly rated Carlsbad School District. Zoned R-3, allowing for 8-15 dwelling units per acre (this property is .27 acres). The property has a 864 sq ft structure that was previously operating as a daycare. Structure is habitable. Value is in the land and the unique zoning for this area.

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.