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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2499 Jefferson Carlsbad, CA 92008

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.

1863 W Point Carlsbad, CA 92008

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,216 SqFt
Status Contingent
MLS # 170005126
Property Type Detached
Contractor special but opportunity knocks in Telescope Point.

3664 Maria Lane Carlsbad, CA 92008

5 Beds
4.5 Baths
8,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160033753
Property Type Detached
Located at the absolute pinnacle of Carlsbad on what is believed to be the highest point in this coveted coastal community. This is truly a special opportunity to own one of the showpiece properties in all of Carlsbad. This one of a kind location is afforded with unsurpassed panoramic ocean views to La Jolla and beyond to the south and Dana Point to the north. This estate is located on just under an acre and is extremely private with mature and manicured professional landscaping.

5319 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008

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.

2649 Ocean Carlsbad, CA 92008

5 Beds
6.5 Baths
6,358 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160043452
Property Type Detached
Welcome to one of the premier oceanfront estates in the world, where no expense was spared. One floor alone underwent a $2M renovation in 2015. Among the luxurious features on the Oceanfront are an Italian glass tile pool with Olympic swim jet and unique champagne glass spa overflowing to the pool beneath, as well as an extremely rare oceanfront professional music studio. All three levels have massive glass doors which fully open to invite in the Pacific coastline.

3333 Highland Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,898 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160047538
Property Type Detached
Spectacular Ocean View Contemporary home! Architectural details abound in this work of Art – Soaring Ceilings and Walls of Glass frame Endless Ocean Views! Unsurpassed Construction Quality and Attention to Detail. Gomolka Art Glass, Hydraulic “soft-close” Cabinetry & European Fixtures, Slab Granite Counters, Beautiful Custom Tile Work, Bamboo, Maple & Ash Floors, Pella Doors, built-in 400+ bottle wine storage, Professional Gas Viking Range, Stunning Master with Coved Venetian Plaster Ceiling...

2605 Madison St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,000,000 - $1,095,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,170 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160048026
Property Type Detached
Seller Will Entertain Offers Between $1,000,000 and $1,095,000. 7,317 square foot corner lot in the Village! West of I-5. Extraordinary potential. Zoned V-R: Village Review, District 8 (Residential Support). Per City, maximum allowable density is 23 dwellings per acre. The 3BR/2BA dwelling is habitable. Large enclosed patio with fireplace not included in square footage. Updated bathrooms, hardwood floors. Property has been in the same family for over 60 years! Carlsbad schools.

2339 Ocean St. 13 Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,235,990 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Beach, Carlsbad
Open House
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,697 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160050197
Property Type Attached
Brand New Luxury Single Level Condo so close to the sand you can hear the waves. Sunny and bright corner unit with view of lagoon and Oceanside Pier in the distance. This is a must see for anyone who wants to live the resort beach life style. Ready for move in. Gorgeous designer appointments throughout with wood floors, fabulous wrap around lanai off of great room, La Cantina Doors, stylish neutral beach modern gray décor. Photos are of model and do not depict actual unit.

2573 State St Carlsbad, CA 92008

2 Beds
4 Baths
2,099 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160050284
Property Type Attached
Welcome to Seagrove! This is your last chance to make Seagrove your new home! Living in Carlsbad Village, you have so many choices; dining around the clock, live music, exciting shopping and walk to a quiet beach with azure blue water, or just relax on your over-sized rooftop deck!

3601 Seaview Way Carlsbad, CA 92008

5 Beds
5.5 Baths
4,369 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160051073
Property Type Detached
This beautiful custom estate with sweeping ocean views has been completely remodeled and has it all!! Hardwood floors, top of the line kitchen appliances, LED lighting, newly installed solar panels that practically eliminate your electricity bill, new landscape, electric security gate, dumbwaiter, laundry shoot, garage monkey bar system All 5 bdrms with en suites! 1 Bdrm & bath with separate entrance. Located on a cul de sac in the heart of Carlsbad. This is truly a unique property and won't last long!

1726 Tamarack Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,710 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160062413
Property Type Detached
Close to lagoon and beach. Great neighborhood and schools. Needs upgrades.

809 Kalpati Circle 220 Carlsbad, CA 92008

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,660 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160054104
Property Type Attached
Reduced! Gorgeous Ocean Pointe 2 bedroom/2 bath unit with million dollar panoramic ocean and Agua Hedionda Lagoon views! Enjoy sunsets from your own private ocean view deck. Custom window coverings and built-ins throughout. Ceramic and wood flooring. Unit is on corner of top floor in building, so no one above or on one side! Granite countertops in kitchen. True resort lifestyle at this incredible property!

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