Carlsbad is among the nation's top 20 wealthiest communities, but with its laid-back coastal vibe, it is far from being the stereotypical exclusive Southern California beach city. The houses are beautiful, and the weather makes for a beach day nearly every day of the year, but the community has developed an appreciation for this town that shows itself in abundant hospitality and kindness.
Founded in the late 1950's, Carlsbad has grown steadily over the years in both population and community offerings. The developers involved in urban planning had a keen respect for nature, however, and made it a point to work within the environmental considerations of the area. There are four distinct quadrants of the town, each with a unique feel.
Known across California for its award-winning public schools, Carlsbad has become one of the most coveted neighborhoods in which to raise a family. In addition to exceptional education, athletic programs are both well funded and well supported by the community as a whole.
From surfing the swells to strolling the sand, Carlsbad has a variety of offerings to suit all lifestyles. If you are looking for your new Southern California home, this town is one of the best in the state!
~ South Carlsbad State Beach
~ Carlsbad Village
~ The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
~ Batiquitos Lagoon
~ The Crossings Golf Course at Carlsbad
~ LEGOLAND California
~ Aviara Golf Club
~ Mini Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
~ Pedego Carlsbad
~ Museum of Making Music
~ Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
~ Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Area Feel: Dense Suburban
Median Home Value: $770,100
Carlsbad’s community and its schools have roots as far back as 1872, when ‘Carlsbad by the Sea’ began to burgeon as an agricultural community and resort destination. As true with many California districts, CUSD boundaries are older than most of the cities that it serves. Today, the District covers approximately 42 square miles, serving a population of over 110,000, as well as the communities of Oceanside and San Marcos. CUSD is recognized as one of the highest achieving school districts in the County, with many of its organizations being recognized as Distinguished Schools at the Federal and State levels.
Aviara Oaks Elementary School
Buena Vista Elementary School
Calavera Hills Elementary School
Carlsbad Seaside Academy
El Camino Creek Elementary School
Magnolia Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
La Costa Heighs Elementary School
La Costa Meadows Elementary School
Pointsettia Elementary School
Carillo Elementary School
Diegueno Middle School
Oak Crest Middle School
Aviara Oaks Middle School
San Elijo Middle School
Valley Middle School
Calavera Hills Middle School
Guajome Park Academy
Vista Magnet Middle School
Vista Visions Academy
San Marcos Middle School
Madison Middle School
Vista Innovation & Design School
Carlsbad High School
La Costa Canyon High School
Canyon Crest Academy
Sage Creek High School
San Dieguito High Academy
Mission Vista High School
San Marcos High School
Guajome Park Academy Charter
Rancho Buena Vista High School
Sunset High School
Twin Oaks High School
Carlsbad Seaside Academy
Foothills High School
Carlsbad spans a total of 7 miles of Coastline, and is 39 square miles in total. The I-5 Freeway runs down the left center of the city, and is the most widely used for commuting in or out of the town.
The 78 Freeway borders the north end of Carlsbad, and will take commuters to San Marcos, Escondido, and the I-15 Freeway.
Carlsbad is roughly 70 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, and 65 miles from Downtown San Diego. It is located 10 minutes from the South end of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, and one can reach Orange County in 20 minutes.
Placement of main thoroughfares within the city makes for easy travel, and the public transportation system is more comprehensive than many other parts of San Diego County.
#4 "Cities with the Best Public Schools in America"
#14 "Healthiest Cities in America"
#17 "Best Places to Live in California"
Numerous Community Parks & Playgrounds
Most Residents own their Homes
Given an A Rating by Niche
Great for Families, Children of all Ages
Low Crime Rates and Active Neighborhood Watch
“A wonderful, friendly coastal city! Plenty to do and beautiful oceanfront views. Attractions like Legoland and beach bluffs make it a little bit of a tourist destination during the summer, but if you're lucky enough to live here, you can enjoy its atmosphere year round!”
“I’ve lived in Carlsbad since I was 4. Growing up here has been great, I can't really imagine having lived anywhere else. It’s such a well-rounded city, it has something for everyone. Development and growth are constantly prospering here. Life's rad in Carlsbad!”
“The weather is always sunny in Carlsbad, San Diego. Being so close to the beaches makes for many fun surf sessions and walks on the beaches. As Carlsbad is located within the middle of San Diego, it make commutes fast and easy. Not only is the commute easy, the people are amazing. With lots of diversity, there is a wide variety of people that you will meet in the community.”
“Neighbors are very friendly and very willing to introduce you to the community and make you feel at home. The first day our family moved in, we were greeted by our neighbors with homemade goodies…just like in the movies! The neighborhoods are quiet, it’s rare to hear anything but the birds chirping and the occasional cars driving by.”
“Carlsbad is a lovely little coastal town at the top of North County. It's the perfect place to raise a family and there is always something to do. Landmarks like the Batiquitos Lagoon and the Flower Fields make this town especially unique and an overall great place to live!”