Carlsbad Real Estate
One of the most desired living spaces in San Diego County is Carlsbad, located in North County. Incorporated in 1952, the city currently has a population of over 100,000, and includes a wide range of housing opportunities, from affordable rental properties to one of the richest neighborhoods in the county. Carlsbad is a vibrant, active community that takes pride in its origins and reputation as a resort area, and is business-friendly for both central offices and small businesses.
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The outdoor life is particularly important to Carlsbad, and because of the ocean and lagoons adding to the ambience of the town, Carlsbad puts environmental concerns to the front and has drafted ordinances protecting wildlife habitat, one of the first such pieces of legislation in California. The city has also promised to protect some of the land within city limits from over-development in order to retain a high quality of life for residents and visitors.
Originally the location of a large village of the Luiseño Indian tribe, Carlsbad was developed in the late 1880s when a former sea captain, John Frazier, dug a well and offered water to the coastal train. The stop became known as Frazier’s Station. The Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was founded to establish the area as a spa, claiming that the local fresh water was similar to the springs found in the famous Carlsbad spa in Europe. The marketing campaign was a success and the area experienced rapid growth of homes and businesses, including farms of citrus, avocadoes, and olives. To this day, Carlsbad retains a European feel, with twenty percent of residents German-American, and much of the downtown architecture based on German architecture such as the Hanseatic House on Carlsbad Boulevard.
Carlsbad has retained its history as a resort area with two world class resorts, La Costa and Aviara. La Costa, founded in 1965 is both a residential community and a golf and tennis resort and spa, and includes shopping centers, upscale boutiques and fine dining restaurants. Since 1999, La Costa Resort & Spa has hosted the Accenture Match Play Championship, which pits the top golfers against each other, and the Acura Classic, also held at La Costa, which is the largest professional women’s tennis tournament in the world. The Aviara Resort includes golf and tennis, as well as a five-star resort hotel.
The Carlsbad Unified School District is considered some of the best in the county and includes Carlsbad High School and La Costa Canyon High School. Elementary and middle schools in Carlsbad are award-winners and there are private schools as well, such as the Army-Navy Academy, one of the finest military prep schools in the country.
Carlsbad is also home of extreme sports heroes like skateboarding pioneer Tony Hawk and Olympic gold-medalist snowboarder Shaun White. And the annual Carlsbad 5000 is one of the nation’s premier 5K races, attracting professional runners as well as weekend athletes. The event includes a Junior Carlsbad which allows kids under 12 to get a feel for the running life. Other things to do in Carlsbad include going to Legoland, touring the Museum of Making Music, visiting the flower fields of Carlsbad Ranch, and enjoying the beaches.