Homebodies who enjoy a night out every now and then but prefer working on a home decor project or settling in to catch up on Netflix shows. Most residents have left their days of condos and nightlife and replaced it with gated housing and afternoons spent in the backyard. Additionally, North County is beginning to see more traction for the tech and creative industries, which is good news for those who no longer want to do the Coaster commute.
Family attractions and wellness centers are what make up this area of San Diego. It’s home to Legoland California, the famed Flower Fields, strawberry patches, and plenty of posh day spas where you can relax, meditate, and embrace the Zen of the steady stream of sunshine. You’ll experience the suburban sprawl of other North County neighborhoods with the same health-conscious focus (similar to Del Mar and Solana Beach), which means you’ll have the choice of Whole Foods and other organic, specialty shops to get your groceries and daily essentials.
Many of the favorite restaurants of central San Diego also have a location in Carlsbad, such as Swami’s Cafe, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill. There are also trendy, independent options like Campfire, which has a separate kid-friendly menu (yes, there are s’mores!), and an area for them to play; The Land and Water Co., known for its sustainable seafood; plus, impressive eats from hotel restaurants 20 | Twenty Grill inside the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Vivace at Park Hyatt.
Get ready to enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. Whether that means teeing up for a round of golf, spending the day at a street fair, getting pampered at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, or strolling through Carlsbad Village, time doesn’t feel as rushed here. For families, a day on the rides at Legoland or racing go-karts at K1 Speed Go Kart Track are likely at the top of the list. And for your retail therapy needs, you have a wide selection of shops at the Carlsbad Outlets.
The neighborhoods are quaint and quiet, the scenery is out of a Southern California storybook, and there is still plenty to do without making the drive further south. Where many choose to vacation, you get to live. What’s not to love?
Median Age 42.3
Median HH Income $97,145
Walk Score 31
Median Home Price $858,200
Median Rental Price $3,458