6 Reasons People Love Living in Carlsbad

6 Reasons People Love Living in Carlsbad

  • Jim Klinge
  • 05/27/20

Get to Know Carlsbad

Carlsbad, California is a city located 87 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego.

Nestled along the Pacific coastline, the population is around 115,000, and the average income is $100,000+, making it one of the more affluent cities in the state of California.  The city enjoys crystalline ocean views, towering palm trees, and year-round sunshine - the average daily temperature is 68 degrees! Carlsbad is also known for its white-sand beaches, stunning flower fields, and vibrant lifestyle centered around the hip downtown area filled with restaurants and bistros.  This welcoming community makes everyone feel at home, so it’s no surprise that people love living here!

6 Reasons People Love Living in Carlsbad

1. Best in the West

Carlsbad is considered one of the top cities in America for healthy living, great schools (ranked #4 in USA), raising a family, and retiring near the beach - yes, this city has a little bit of everything.
Young professionals will find life-changing opportunities here. North County is considered one of the best places in Southern California for upcoming innovators, particularly in the field of technology. Carlsbad’s economy includes robotics, biotechnology, clean technology, software design, satellites (ViaSat) and is the worldwide hub for golf-equipment manufacturing with Callaway, Cobra, Taylor-Made and Titleist all being headquartered in Carlsbad. We also have the nation’s largest desalination plant; the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant purifies 50 million gallons of Pacific Ocean water daily, turning it from saltwater into usable freshwater.
Families love living in Carlsbad. The iconic LEGOLAND theme park is fun for all ages, and their SEA LIFE Aquarium allows children to get up close to marine wildlife. If you’re not in the mood for a kids' theme park, there are plenty of other ways to spend time with your family here in Carlsbad, whether it’s picnicking in one of the city parks, touring the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, taking a helicopter or biplane ride over the city or paddleboarding on the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon.
Retirees in Carlsbad will have all the amenities they could dream of. Spend your days relaxing at the many spas, playing golf at the Crossings, Aviara Golf Club, or The Omni La Costa Resort, or walking the 67 miles of dedicated city trails which are dog-friendly!

2. Feels Like Paradise

Carlsbad’s balmy temperatures are perfect for those hoping to escape frigid winters or blistering summers. Carlsbad boasts a semi-arid Mediterranean climate that averages 263 sunny days a year. Santa Ana winds sweep warm air over Carlsbad in the fall, and fog may roll in from the ocean on summer mornings. The weather is so inviting that every day in Carlsbad feels like a vacation, which is part of what makes living here so much fun.
One of Carlsbad’s most popular tourist attractions only happens once a year and is a celebration of our city’s pristine beauty. Each spring, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch burst with vivid blooms. This limited spectacle is only open from March 1st through May 10th annually, so you’ll want to make sure you mark your calendars for this breathtaking experience.

3. Arts, History, and Culture

This city cherishes our history and supports arts education, and we’re fortunate to have access to many great outlets for absorbing and interacting with both.
The City of Carlsbad sponsors the Cannon Art Gallery, which brings museum-quality exhibitions to the public with an emphasis on regional art. Browse the masterpieces of Southern California artists, let your family get hands-on with art at one of their kids’ events, and attend lectures to learn more.
For over 30 years, the city of Carlsbad has sponsored their summertime TGIF Concerts in the Park series, which celebrates live music. All concerts are free to attend and held outdoors at sunset. The show starts at 6 P.M. and ends at 9 P.M., and it’s an excellent way to start your weekend.
The Museum of Making Music was established by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and curates a history of music, from the creation of instruments to how they’ve become a staple in modern homes. NAMM works to promote music education in our community and around the world.  Young and old will love a tour of the museum!
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world's leading authority and educator on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls - known for its renowned educational programs and gem & jewelry exhibits.  Their headquarters is next to Legoland.
The 1887 craftsman-style Magee House gives visitors a glimpse into 19th-century life in Southern California. This historical house and its impressive rose gardens have been carefully tended to in order to preserve the spirit of life in Carlsbad’s early history. This peek into history allows visitors to reconnect with Carlsbad’s past.

4. Top-Ranking Education

We know how valuable an outstanding education is, and Carlsbad schools have consistently been ranked high in comparison to other cities across America. Served by the Carlsbad Unified School District, Carlsbad students receive a top-tier education at any of the local public schools, including Pacific Rim Elementary School, Aviara Oaks Middle School, and Sage Creek High School. Excellent private schools include the Army and Navy Academy, Pacific Ridge School, and St. Patrick School.  With an overall graduation rate of 95%, Carlsbad teens are well prepared for further education or entering the workforce.
There are plenty of ways for children to learn outside of the classroom as well. Enroll in any of the City of Carlsbad’s engaging summer camps, good for kids of all ages! Hands-On Technology offers a variety of tech-related camps, with classes on robotics, YouTube content creation, app design, and more. Capitol Debate is a local academic camp that aims to help students develop professional voices and stature with a focus on public speaking, legal communication, and debate. There is a multitude of resources available for families with school-age children in Carlsbad. 

5. Active Living

Carlsbad’s weather makes it the perfect place to lead an active lifestyle. With plenty of outdoor sports to choose from and even more sunny days a year, you’ll always have something fun to do. Whether you’re a diehard surfer or prefer to splash in the waves, there is plenty of open ocean for everyone. Carlsbad State Beach is easily accessible and a fantastic place for a dip in the water. Swim, scuba dive, paddleboard, or fish in the deep blue waters. Nearby, the Batiquitos Lagoon is a protected wetland area known for its stunning landscape as well as its dedication to preserving natural wildlife. It is also an excellent place for an early morning nature walk through any of the winding trails surrounding the lagoon.
Home to one of the nation’s first modern skateparks, Carlsbad is also known for its legendary skate scene. Although the original 1976-built Carlsbad SkatePark was demolished in 2005, two other skateparks have opened in the city to keep the sport alive. Professional skater Tony Hawk was raised in Carlsbad, and the famous Alga Norte SkatePark remains a popular place for skaters of all skill levels today.
Run for the last 34 years, the Carlsbad 5000 is the world's fastest 5K race and welcomes runners of all ages and paces to a fast oceanfront course with beautiful views and an energetic atmosphere.
For fans of a more tranquil exercise, yoga is a popular pastime. Peace, Love, & Yoga leads heated vinyasa yoga classes for adults and non-heated kids courses to get the whole family moving. Mantra Yoga offers both beginner and advanced classes, as well as an on-site juice bar where you can grab a cold-pressed juice right after class. 

6. Have Your Home and Own It, Too 

More Carlsbad residents own their homes than rent, which is great news for anyone looking for real estate. Our residents anticipate building a life in this beautiful city, and you can too. This suburban neighborhood is a hotbed of impressive custom estates, tasteful and well-planned tract neighborhoods all mixed in with some of the more original houses from the 1950s and 1960s. The city’s layout is somewhat walkable, but typical households own two cars, which is on par with the nation’s average. Carlsbad is also served by Amtrak and the North County Transit bus system, so it is easy to get to other employment centers.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can call a Carlsbad home, contact us today for more information on Carlsbad real estate and homes for sale in Carlsbad, CA.  We've been selling homes here since 1988!

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