Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: The Hip and Artsy Area of North State in Carlsbad Village

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The Hip and Artsy Area of North State in Carlsbad Village

The North State Area of Carlsbad Village

Growing and Changing Urban Living


The North State area of Carlsbad Village is gaining quite the reputation as a hip and artsy place to enjoy, with some fine dining to boot. NOTE - there have been a number of changes since this article was written in April 2019.


And you can live right there, too! More on that later. Meanwhile, here's a quick tour!


North State in Carlsbad Village



Street view in North State in Carlsbad VillageIt’s been fascinating to watch the transformation of this area of the Village over the years…State Street north of Grand Avenue up to Laguna Drive and the small Maxton Brown Park overlooking the lagoon.


The area spans less than ½ mile, but there’s a lot crammed in there…and it’s growing and changing in positive ways, and is an exciting and interesting extension of the already-vibrant State Street block between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village briming with shops and restaurants!!



So where do you start?



The eclectic nature of North State, with remnants of older days, is immediately obvious, especially at the far north, with several automotive repair shops, including Carlsbad British Motorcars, one of the largest British car repair shops in North County (Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls), and a nearby do-it-yourself car wash.


North State businessesThe area has grown and changed in so many ways it even now has its own name, as so often happens with urban areas undergoing changes.


Need a salon? Got ‘em. A spa? Yep, that too! Woven We Are is a yoga and wellness center in the heart of it all.


The Carlsbad Design Collective is here, offering a full range of design, print and marketing services for businesses.


The Carlsbad Village lifestyle by the beach is diverse, offering a myriad of activities, things to see, dining, shopping and the arts, and North State offers a wonderful slice of that lifestyle.


And you can readily explore beyond the North State area to the south, along the Coast Road and Carlsbad Village Drive, and of course enjoy being close to our beautiful beaches. There are multiple arts and crafts fairs in the Village just down the street, holiday happenings at the Carlsbad Village Faire Shopping Center, musical events, and free Flicks at the Fountain in the summer on Thursday evenings.



Bloc and Jeune et Jolie in North StateDining options have grown dramatically in the last few years, with the innovative Campfire opening in 2016, the recently opened Jeune et Jolie (by the owners of Campfire) which I have yet to try, Baba Coffee, a wonderful dessert place, Handel’s Ice Cream, that just opened, and Mas Fina Cantina bar and grill (NOTE 1/17/2020 - This Cafe will be closing due to renovations to the building and the adjacent Art and Antiques Mall, to make room for State Street Commons).


The Steady State Roasting Company is here, too, a small roastery offering some unique coffees to taste or brew at home, as well as merchandise


Carruth Cellars Urban Winery and Tasting Room is tucked away off the main drag down a short alley adjacent to Campfire, and another newer entry to the dining scene, Shorehouse Kitchen, is just north of Grand Avenue. Apologies to any I am forgetting, and no doubt there will be more.


The art scene is alive on North State, with the New Village Arts Theater, the State Street Artists Collective, and The Foundry Artist Studios at New Village Arts, also an artists’ haven with resident artists and regular artist receptions. An early adopter is there, Evrbottle (bottles recycled into floor, shelf and table vases and practical art), too, now part of the State Street Artist Collective. No doubt there is more to be discovered, and more changes ahead.


So what can you buy in the North State area? Wine, liquor, artwork, antiques, furniture, surfboards, tires, jewelry and exotic gems, massage, hair cuts, home furnishings, crafts, collectibles, and the list goes on. The Village Rock Shop is there, and the Carlsbad Village Art and Antique Mall offers multiple vendors selling everything second or third-hand you can imagine.


The weekly State Street Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive just south of North State. The block is closed down for the market and you can enjoy several dozen vendors of fresh produce and so much more, as well as all the eateries and shops in this area of State Street.


Carlsbad Village Train StationPublic transportation is nearby, too, with the Carlsbad Village Train Station just off State at the corner of Grand Avenue. 


The station serves the commuter rail to San Diego and points in between, and Amtrak, which makes several stops in San Diego County south of Carlsbad on the way to San Diego, or you can take the train north to Union Station in LA and coastal cities on the way. Buses are nearby as well.


Want to have professional office space in the Village? BLOC may have just what you are looking for with a variety of office space types/membership options including private (for up to 1-person teams), flexible use desks, and dedicated. They offer meeting spaces that can be scheduled, art work, and cold brew coffee and Kefir Soda on tap, in the heart of all North State offers. There’s something for every budget.


And of course North State has real estate for sale, too.



The North State area was certainly not known as a place to live, with only a few houses and the Carlsbad Trailer Plaza. But that has changed in the last 4+ years. You can live in a stylish 2002 sf New York-style loft at the Railyard Lofts built in 2015 (a 4-unit LEED Gold Certified complex), currently priced at $1,429,000 about mid-way down State. One similar unit sold for $1,450,000 and the 2988 sf single-level penthouse unit with elevator sold for over $2.2M, both in 2018.


Seagrove town homes in North State Carlsbad VillageAt the north end of State a new complex of town homes with roof decks offering a variety of views including the lagoon and ocean, Seagrove, was built in 2016. These homes sold quickly and we are now seeing resales – there are currently 3 on the market, priced from $1,000,000 to $1,165,000. One of these 3-story town homes( one of the largest units at 2351 SF), sold for $1,147,000 last month.


Obviously living in this area provides a different style of lifestyle than a more suburban residential area. But it would work well for those wanting the close proximity to beaches and all that the Village has to offer right outside your door – you can even leave your car in the garage – or those who are seeking a lock-and-go vacation home.


If you are interested in learning more about the North State area and the housing opportunities, please reach out to me at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your needs, lifestyle preferences and budget. I can provide you a list of the homes that could work for you.



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Comment balloon 25 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • April 07 2019 11:50PM


Good morning Jeff. This is so interesting to me. Funny how the area has changed and how expensive it is.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 12 months ago

Hi Sheila Anderson 

It really has changed quite a bit. There didn't used to be much to attract people further north. Certainly part of the cost is the close proximity to the beach. And the town homes are a pretty good size.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago


You made me want to get in the car or take the train down your way.  It has been many years since we were in Carlsbad.  What a wonderful town!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 12 months ago

We have a couple of areas like this in Oklahoma City and the homes around them are going up significantly in value.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 12 months ago

Hi Jeff... Northstate sounds like a "must" for what to see in Carlsbad for visitors. And it seems even Carlsbad residents can enjoy, as well.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 12 months ago

Good morning, Jeff - it's been years, err decades since I lived in North County so your post title intrigued me as this neighborhood area was previously unknown to me.  More evidence that local real estate is hyper-local and that makes a big difference.  Thank you for the education.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 12 months ago

Hi Jeff - this looks like an upwardly mobile and trendy area.  Nice treatment of the area.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 12 months ago

Jeff sounds like the Carlsbad is going through a transformation, and a place to spend quality time at.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 12 months ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I love all the links. There is much to see and do in the North State area of Carlsbad Village. I can see why some may want this urban style of living in Seagrove... 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 12 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS Very nice post about North State area of Carlsbad Village 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 12 months ago

Isn't it fun to go to what almost seems like another country and it's just a collection of different kinds of people...shops...we have that here too..Unique !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 12 months ago

What a nice compliment Ron and Alexandra Seigel . You would notice many changes for sure. No doubt the economy has helped a great deal.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Hi Joe Pryor 

It's interesting to see how areas change over time, in both good and some bad ways I guess.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Hi Nina Hollander 

The area is getting a lot of attention, even if people don't realize it's been nicknamed North State. The new businesses, especially places to eat, bring in plenty of people. And thankfully all of our parking in town, for now, is FREE.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS hi Jeff... as a girl from NYC I can attest to the fact that there are few things in life better than free parking!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 12 months ago

Hi Michael Jacobs 

Well I actually had not heard the name until recently, although I have certainly been in the area a number of times. It's been interesting to see how much it has changed in the years I have lived here, and no doubt will continue to grow. Glad you enjoyed it!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Hi Grant Schneider  Thanks so much. It's definitely becoming a destination area of the Village, and I think most people, and businesses, are excited about the changes and that the area is becoming more popular.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Hi George Souto 

I continue to be impressed with all that our community offers, and there is more all the time. But of course that also means it is getting more crowded at different times of the year.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Thanks Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !

Hopefully links won't change too often - I hate when that happens but it's helpful to have the information for readers.

It's definitely a more urban lifestyle, plus there are some other less expensive housing options in the Village, too.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Hannah Williams  - thank you for the kind words, and the inspiration!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  - I always enjoy discovering the diversity that exists in so many areas.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Ha ha Nina Hollander Well I get that. Living in Boston was bad enough! I love our free parking in the town AND at the beaches (unless you park in one of the small state parking lots).


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Cool area and post, Jeff. My son and his family were visiting Legoland last week - he totally is smitten with Carlsbad. :)  I guess he started doing job searches while they were there. Ha. His wife says they can vacation there, but she is still missing Oregon and doesn't want to be any farther from home than the SF bay area. They just moved in January, so she may change her mind. They sent me lots of pictures and it really is so beautiful with the beaches and water. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 12 months ago

Thanks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  - I get being smitten with Carlsbad. Guess I am, too!

But I also get not wanting to be so far away from family. But a vacation now and then sounds good, and helps to keep the memories alive!



Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 12 months ago

Jeff, that first photo is reminiscent of Cannon Beach OR, my favorite beach to take all of our family from back east when they come to visit. Artsy places are right up my alley and you never disappoint with your photos!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) 12 months ago

Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate 

So nice to see you!! Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy these areas myself...the artsier the better. Just hoping the area will not become TOO gentrified.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 6 months ago