Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: The Terramar Neighborhood – The Ultimate Beach Life in Carlsbad

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The Terramar Neighborhood – The Ultimate Beach Life in Carlsbad

The Terramar Community in Carlsbad

Live the Beach Life


The community of Terramar is a pretty special neighborhood in Carlsbad, where Cannon Road meets the Coast Highway/Route 101 and south of the Encinas Power Plant.


Second Home tipsIf you want to live at the beach in Carlsbad, and especially to have an ocean-front home, this may be the place for you, provided you have the budget.


Ocean-front living is not inexpensive, and true beach front homes are limited (you will find other ocean-view homes in Carlsbad but a number of them are on the east of the Coast Road and not true beach-front although the views may be quite good).


If you are considering a beach or vacation homes rather than a primary residence, you might want to read 10 Essential Things to Know about Buying a Vacation Home – Part 1 and Part 2.


Terramar is a small community, with homes on both the east (some fronting the Coast Road) and west (Tierra del Oro and Shore Drive) sides of the Coast Road (Carlsbad Boulevard). While the community is not gated, there is no public access in the community to the beautiful beach below the bluff.


But Terramar Beach is accessible, via stairs, at the south end of the community by the light at Cerezo Road, or by walking south from Carlsbad State Beach in front of the power plant by the Warm Jetties to the north. It's a popular beach especially with surfers but does not get crowded...amd you can park along the coast road and across the street for free.


Some homes in Terramar were built beginning in the 1950’s although there are a number that have undergone significant changes since then, or were built much later. Some fortunate homeowners have their own stairs to the beach, and some have seawalls, and there is a locked gate for access by other Terramar homeowners. Anyone living directly on the bluff facing the ocean is assured of spectacular views – the beach, the ocean, sunsets, sea life, and of course beach lovers!


As one might expect having a beach front home at Terramar comes at a price (homes on the other side of Carlsbad Village Drive are less expensive). And given the small community Terramar homes, ocean-front or otherwise, do not come up for sale often.


Terramar oceanfront homes


Currently there is an ocean-front home in Terramar for sale, priced between $5.5M and about $5.9M with 4 bedrooms and 2087 SF, and of course spectacular views. On the same street another ocean-front home is pending, priced at $7.695M with 3 bedrooms (plus 2 optional ) and 5215 SF of living space with amazing views. Another home sold last year in the community on the ocean for $5.45M.


There is a $2.499M home directly on the Coast Road (east side) with some ocean views (3 BR 3 BA and 2336 SF of living space) and another home further to the east with 1492 SF priced at $1.495M.


If you are interested in homes in the Terramar community, please contact me at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your needs and budget. Consider that there may also be other wonderful ocean-view properties in Carlsbad but not directly on the beach in other areas.


Seach Carlsbad homes for saleYou can search the complete Carlsbad inventory of homes for sale by clicking on the photo to the right.


Other beach-front homes (detached single family homes as well as condos, town homes and twin homes) can be found in Oceanside and in to the south in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla, with prices from $5 million to more than $20,000,000.


I would be happy to provide a customized list of the available beach-front or ocean-view properties that meet your needs, as well as show you homes that fit your requirements and budget.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • January 29 2018 12:46AM


At those prices about all I can afford is a photo. I would take with my smart phone.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 11 months ago

Here....which of course is lake front not ocean...if people have to walk stairs to get the beach  they are not soooo inclined to buy as quickly....they want to be as level as possible.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 11 months ago

We almost bought on the ocean because of views in Jupiter but chose a lower price about a five minute walk. Salt water does add to ther assessments so be prepared. If you have the money for the location it is certainly worth it.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 11 months ago

Ha ha James Dray  That's true for many. And these prices are nothing compared to places in Del Mar and La Jolla!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

I get that. There are no options like that in Carlsbad for oceanfront - stairs, public or private, will be needed to access because of the bluffs, even in the Village. Having private stairs adds significant value. It's very difficult to get approvals these days to add stairs if they are not already in some areas impossible.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

Hi Joe Pryor 

Moisture and salt air are definitely issues when living on the coast, along with insurance costs, erosion, differences in the weather, and restrictions on what you can and cannot do (here, the California Coastal Commission). But it can be worth it if you have the money.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

Jeff views of those Terramar homes are amazing, but so are the prices.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 11 months ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, sounds like a beautiful area to live in, I wouldn't mind the stairs to have the amazing views. Just out of curiosity, if it's difficult to get permits for private stairs, how would one access the beach if they don't have the stairs?

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 11 months ago

Ocean front homes would be very appealing to many but they need deep pockets to take the plunge. This is a beautiful area, Jeff.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 11 months ago

Carlsbad looks like a good place to be in the real estate busines. Nice post

Posted by Mike & Cindy Jones, Real Estate - (904) 874-0422 - Jacksonville, Fl (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage) 10 months ago