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.

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. This is one of 3 units that will be available for sale.

3628 Garfield Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,199,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,035 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001533
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
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. Elevator access to secured underground parking garage.

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

5195 Shore Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

$8,200,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
5,599 SqFt
Status Active
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.

2756 Carlsbad Blvd Unit 102 Carlsbad, CA 92008

$980,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,558 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200026632
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Back on Market, Buyer could not perform. Highly Sought after Interior Unit! Location, Location, Location. 1 block walk to Beach access. The train station is one block away for an easy commute or visiting your favorite areas of San Diego! Only 4 units in this building. Best location of this small complex. 2 Car garage with extra storage and direct access. No one above or below you. This 3 bedroom with 2 bathrooms can also live as 3 bedroom plus office area. Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

4537 Cove Drive - B Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,565,000
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,504 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200025201
Property Type Single Family Residence
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 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

$1,361,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,504 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200026372
Property Type Single Family Residence
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. Equipment: Dryer,Garage Door Opener Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected

2518 Jefferson Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,650,000
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.

1308 Oak Ave Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,399,000
5 Beds
2 Baths
1,793 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200035587
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Very RARE Large Lot and Home Located 7 Blocks from Beautiful Carlsbad Beach. It’s a fixer upper with plenty of potential. Can be remodeled and add a second dwelling unit. can be split into 4 lots. Home can be torn down and build a huge family compound! Most of its frontage on Carlsbad Village allowing it the possibility of rezoning to commercial and tripling the Value. This one will sell quickly!! Carlsbad is running out of Large Lots! Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Available, Sewer Connected Topography: LL

4021 Layang Layang Circle Unit G Carlsbad, CA 92008

$585,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,463 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SW20152637
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Beautiful 2 story condo in excellent condition. Walk in to a large living room with an efficient kitchen and dining area. Two large upstairs master suites. Both bedrooms have dedicated full size bathrooms. Enviable location only a few minutes from the Village. Washer/Dryer hookups upstairs. Beautiful landscaped common area just outside the living room.

800 Grand Avenue Unit #208 Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,169,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,636 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 200037980
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Carlyle Carlsbad Village-Models Open & building complete for immediate move-ins! Luxury, single-level condominiums in The Village. Spacious 2 & 3 bdrm homes with 2-3.5 baths. Wide open spaces w/exquisite finishes. Great room & both bdrms open to an expansive deck. Dramatic kitchens w/islands, built-in Sub-Zero & wine frig, 6 burner gas Bertazzoni range w/dbl oven. The homes share a private pool & cabanas & each includes 2 pkg spaces in the secured garage with EV charging available in 1 space. In the interest of safety, Carlyle has adopted the C.A.R Best Practices for Showing Real Estate. All sales staff and visitors must agree to follow the terms. Visitors will be required to sign a PEAD form. Both are attached. Thank you.. Neighborhoods: The Village Complex Features: , Equipment: Dryer,Fire Sprinklers,Garage Door Opener, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL