Carlsbad is a beach town located in the North County San Diego California.
The population was estimated in 2009 by the California Dept. of Finance to be 104,652. It is one of the highest-income places in the United States. Carlsbad joined the city of San Diego in 1952, in large part to make a large sum of money to connect with the water pipeline running through San Diego County, and also to avoid being joined with Oceanside.
The city made a law protecting sensitive wildlife habitat, being one of the first cities in California to do so. Carlsbad also pledged to protect a huge amount of land within the city from ever being developed on any kind of significant funds to fix and make new habitats destroyed by newer building projects.
Northwestern quadrant is Carlsbad’s most oldest part of town. The quadrant is situated north of Palomar Airport Road, west of El Camino Real it is joined with ZIP code 92008. The area has many established properties, and in cases, apartments and condos. The truth is that in areas of this quadrant existed many years ago is visible by the fact that many streets don’t have sidewalks or street lights.
The Hosp Grove is a grove of trees pretty much unchanged by new construction and now belongs to the city for recreational use and activities, it is located in the northwest quadrant side, with the Buena Vista and Agua Hedionda Lagoons.
Carlsbad Village, is located in Carlsbad Village Drive, locals call it “Elm St.”, east of Carlsbad Boulevard, and west of the 5 freeway. It is in a process of changing re-development, it will have many custom shops, clothing stores, and restaurants. The Village Street Faire is the largest single day street faire in North America with almost 1,000 vendors and well over 100,000 people in attendance. Reoccurring events in the village supported by the Carlsbad Village Association will have a farmers market on every Saturday and Wednesday from 1-5pm, also sponsored is an Annual Art Street Fair , “Art in the Village” on every second Sunday in August from 9am – 5pm, Thursdays on the Coast Art Walk, an reoccurring event with opening night receptions on the last Thursday of each month, Flavors of the Village Restaurant Week, and Carlsbad Village Clothes Show draw many people from throughout the region to downtown Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has two street fairs a year, called the Carlsbad Village Street Fair, on the first Sunday in May and November.
The Barrio is the first Carlsbad community, established in the 1920s. It is heavy populated by Hispanics and it is the site of the city’s Center of Information or Centro de Información, a Spanish division of the City Library, Old Carlsbad is in the area south of the Buena Vista Lagoon, west of El Camino Real and north of Cannon Road. These are the first city limits of the city of Carlsbad. The area has many historical buildings. It is the most socioeconomically blended area of town, where homes range from huge mansions and properties to small one story homes. Architectural taste in the area changes largely as well.
A sum of elementary schools are in within the area, as well as Carlsbad High School and the site of Carlsbad Seaside Academy, Magnolia Elementary School. Carlsbad’s only historic museum, the Magee House, is in this area as well, it is the place of the Carlsbad Historical Society.
Southeast quadrant is in the south of Palomar Airport Rd and east of El Camino Real. It is the youngest part of Carlsbad and also one of the highest priced. It has many planned communities and million dollar mansions. Some high end communities in this area include La Costa Greens, Bressi Ranch, La Costa Ridge, the Villages of La Costa, which also has the planned community of La Costa Oaks and La Costa Valley. The ZIP code of this quadrant is 92009.
Bressi Ranch is a luxury, award-winning 623 homes planned community south of Palomar Airport Rd. and east of El Camino Real. Homes can come as large as 6,280 sq. ft. and many have views of the Pacific Ocean, hillsides, and city. Atop 585 acres in the heart of Carlsbad, Carlsbad’s Garden District is made of an entirely new construction and is the community in the region to follow the smart growth concept . Bressi Ranch is home to several premiere neighborhoods with properties in price from $700,000 to over $2 million. In the middle of the community is Bressi Commons, executive homes, tree-lined streets, full with a private clubhouse, wading pool, over-sized spa, Olympic size swimming pool, beautiful landscaping, and terrace covered walk-ways. Architectural mixture, upscale amenities, barbecue and picnic areas, flower beds that bloom year round, a convenient location, shopping, offices, and the consolidation of schools, and neighborhoods have made Bressi Ranch a high desired community. The community has a shopping center called Bressi Village, it has a higher vacancy rate. In the Village is Carlsbad’s Stater Bros. supermarket and Trader Joe’s grocery store, which both opened in February 2009. Bressi Ranch Center is a 132 acre corporate business park and one of the largest and newest in San Diego County. Carlsbad has an award-winning Unified School District. Bressi Ranch is also the site of the prestigious Pacific Ridge School, Poinsettia Elementary school, and an upscale, fully-integrated fitness and medical facility known as Tri-City Wellness Center. Bressi Ranch Self Storage is a 144,000 square foot state-of-the-art storage complex, which sits on the corner of Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real. Currently under construction is a new $7 million, 18,600 square foot Boys & Girls Clubs of America clubhouse. Also planned for construction are a 32-acre mega park, various restaurants, a pharmacy, an assisted living facility, and a financial institution. La Costa Greens is a new residential development built on the hillsides east of the La Costa Resort North Golf Course between the future Alga Norte Park and Alga Road. Many homes in the La Costa Greens have spectacular views of the ocean and the famous La Costa golf course. The neighborhood is anchored by The Presidio Club, which touts of providing a spa-like experience with a concierge on staff. The community amenities include a pool, spa, workout gym, tot lot and two tennis courts. The homes being built here are between 3,000 to 5,000 square feet (500 m²) large and the project is over halfway built out as of April 2006. With the exception of 24 houses in La Costa Greens, the community is served by the La Costa Meadows Elementary School, the newer San Elijo Hills Middle School and the newly-renovated San Marcos High School. La Costa Oaks is the second in the Villages of La Costa and is located mostly east of Rancho Santa Fe Road at the end of La Costa Avenue. It is an affluent planned community with home sizes ranging in size from 3,000 to 5,000 square feet (500 m²) that were built between 2003 and 2006. La Costa Ridge is the final phase of the Villages of La Costa. The top of a local mountain was shaved flat to enable construction of large ocean-view homes in this private gated community to be served by the La Costa Meadows Elementary School.
The newer San Elijo Hills Middle School and the newly-renovated San Marcos High School. La Costa Valley is a planned community that was built between 1998 and 2001 near the Carlsbad-Encinitas border. The first of the Villages of La Costa was planned and built by master developer Arbuckle Development. The builders included Kaufman and Broad Homes (later to become KB Home), Shea Homes, Standard Pacific Homes, Greystone Homes (later acquired by Lennar), K. Hovnanian and Centex Homes. The Valley Club is the centerpiece to La Costa Valley that was sold with the slogan, “Beverly Hills meets Mayberry”, and is home to mostly upper-middle class families. The Valley Club has social activities, a large swimming pool and two tennis courts. The El Camino Creek Elementary School is located in La Costa Valley. The middle school is Oak Crest Middle located in central Encinitas and older students are served by La Costa Canyon High School and San Dieguito Academy. Rancho Carrillo is a community centered on a picturesque canyon surrounding the historic Leo Carrillo Ranch Park. Over half of the canyon and hillsides are dedicated as preserved open space and a yearround stream flows through the canyon. Rancho Carrillo offers a balanced mix of about 1,500 residences from condominiums and townhouses to large estates. Rancho Carrillo was designed in the theme of ‘Old California’ to match the park and is densely landscaped and laced with walking trails. There is an active social activities calendar with clubs and events offered in all seasons. The development has the Carrillo Elementary School in the neighborhood and is part of the San Marcos Unified School District.
La Costa refers to both a residential community of Carlsbad and the world-class golf and tennis resort and spa that thrives at its center. The community is located primarily south of Alga Road, east of El Camino Real, north of Olivenhain Road. and west of the north-south portion of Rancho Santa Fe Blvd. The La Costa Resort and Spa consists of two 18-hole golf courses, resort hotel and condominium units, 19 tennis courts and related retail businesses. Dr. Deepak Chopra operates the Chopra Center located at the resort. La Costa the community is mostly residential, with shopping centers, upscale boutiques and fine dining restaurants. Because of over lapping district lines, schools within the community may be located in one of four school districts. La Costa Canyon High School and San Dieguito Academy serve residents of Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe and other surrounding communities, along with the southernmost portion of Carlsbad. The popular San Elijo Middle School and San Marcos High School serve students on the north side of the golf course. Real estate in La Costa is priced well above the average for both California and San Diego County.
La Costa’s development began in 1965, when Irv Roston and a partner of the Desert Inn hotel in Las Vegas purchased 3,500 acres of the scenic area. A golf course was developed and homes began to be sold. The 90-room Rancho La Costa Inn was built to accommodate the visitors. Then, the Spa was added and ultimately, another 2,000 acres were purchased as the Inn grew in size. Sports Shinko, a Japanese company, bought the Resort in 1987. After years of decline, it was purchased in 2001 by KSL Resorts, a California resort hotel group, who totally revamped the La Costa Resort, spending over $140 million.
Aviara is a resort community in the hills of southern Carlsbad, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Batiquitos Lagoon. The community has a total area of 1.6 miles² and is just north of Encinitas and west of La Costa. Just outside of Aviara at El Camino Real lies a movie theater, restaurants, jewelry boutiques, a branch of the Carlsbad City library, U.S. Post Office, and several salons.
At the heart of the 1,000 acre Aviara community is the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, a 331-room, five-star hotel. Guests enjoy great views, famous nice tropical grounds, a popular Lobby Bar, personal services, shops, a beautiful spa area and a world class golf course. Southwest quadrant.
The southwestern quadrant is located south of Palomar Airport Road and west of El Camino Real. The area is a mixture of business and residential communities. Because of the city’s increasing population, the area was recently assigned the ZIP code 92011 by the U.S. Postal Service.
Ponto is a single family and mobile home residential community. While the mobile homes are quite established, the homes located in the neighborhood are new. A plan to develop a portion of the area is currently awaiting approval, although the plan is drawing opposition by concerned citizens. Among the new community types proposed
for the area are live-work units, where a business owner is able to live one story above an establishment, eliminating the need for a commute. However, the proposed development directly abuts a protected wetland bird breeding ground. It is located near the city’s southern border with Encinitas, west of Carlsbad Boulevard.