Life in Carlsbad offers its residents seaside resort-style living, some of San Diego’s finest dining, and stunning views all along its seven miles of inviting beaches and breath-taking coastline. With miles of trails winding through the city and plenty of options for tennis, golf, and relaxation (check out the La Costa Resort and Spa!), Carlsbad is a destination worthy of any buyer’s attention. When you add into the mix the well-paying jobs, high property values, and higher levels of education, Carlsbad presents a compelling list of reasons for why it is the best resort-style city to live in or visit. When considering Carlsbad, buyers have four quadrants with 19 distinct neighborhoods to explore. With so many pockets and each one offering its own unique feel, there is something for everyone in this affluent seaside city. For more information on the neighborhoods in Carlsbad, please click on the adjacent Community Details tab.
CARLSBAD COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Daytime from ~62° F – 71° F
~ 263 days of sunshine per year
NW, NE, SE, & SW
Carlsbad is divided into four distinct quadrants for the purpose of effective city planning and growth management.
The northwest quadrant of Carlsbad (ZIP code 92008) includes the downtown "Village," the Barrio, and "Old Carlsbad." It was the first part of Carlsbad to be settled; homes range from 1950s cottages and bungalows to elegant mansions on the hill overlooking the ocean. It is also home to Hosp Grove Park, a grove of trees relatively untouched by development and now designated by the city for recreational use, in addition to the Buena Vista and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. It is located west of El Camino Real and north of Palomar Airport Road. "The Barrio" area is near downtown Carlsbad bordered by Carlsbad Village Drive to the north, Tamarack Avenue to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the railroad tracks to the west. It was settled by Latinos in the early 20th century. It is the site of the Centro de Aprendizaje, a Spanish division of the Carlsbad City Library.
This quadrant (ZIP code 92010) consists mostly of single-family homes, with larger lots found in the older area known as Chestnut Hills. It is located east of El Camino Real and north of Palomar Airport Road.
The southeast quadrant (ZIP code 92009) features several newer master-planned communities set among rolling hillsides, golf courses, and open space. Residents here are served by the award-winning Carlsbad Unified School District. It is located east of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road. It includes the La Costa neighborhood, which in 1965 gave its name to the Gold Medal Golf Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa, now known as the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.
This quadrant (ZIP code 92011) extends along the Pacific Ocean to the south of the center of Carlsbad. It includes the Aviara neighborhood. It is located west of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road.
*This information is from Wikipedia.org
Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Buena Vista Lagoon
Aviara Oaks Elementary School
Buena Vista Elementary School
Calavera Hills Elementary School
Carlsbad Seaside Academy (K-6 Alternative Education)
El Camino Creek Elementary School
Hope Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Kelly Elementary School
La Costa Heights Elementary School
La Costa Meadows Elementary School
Magnolia Elementary School
Pacific Rim Elementary School
Poinsettia Elementary School
Mission Estancia Elementary School
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School
Aviara Oaks Middle School
Calavera Hills Middle School
Valley Middle School
Carlsbad High School
La Costa Canyon High School
Sage Creek High School
Army and Navy Academy: Military Prep
Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Elementary School
Montessori Arts and Sciences School
Pacific Ridge School
Palisades Point Christian Academy
St. Patrick School
The Academy by the Sea: Camp Pacific
Carlsbad Unified School District
Encinitas Union School District - for Elementary schools in South Carlsbad
San Dieguito Union High School District - for Junior High and High schools in South Carlsbad
San Marcos Unified School District - for schools in southeast Carlsbad
TAXES & FEES
The property tax rate is 1%, plus any bonds, fees, or special charges, which adds up to approximately 1.2% of the total purchase price. (In general, you can calculate your monthly tax payment by dividing the purchase price by 1000.) The tax rates in Carlsbad are fairly similar to most cities in California and increase only 2% a year, for as long as you own the home (unlike other states where your home can be reassessed and rates increased as needed).
Most new neighborhoods in San Diego County have Mello-Roos fees. These fees help cover the costs for new roads, schools, parks, libraries, and other community services in developing areas. Local governments and developers create Community Facilities Districts in order to sell tax-exempt bonds, which homeowners then pay back through a supplemental tax bill. Each home/lot’s Mello-Roos fees differ due to the fact that every home is assessed when it is sold for the first time. The Mello-Roos information for a home is available from the tax assessor and is typically published in the MLS as well.