Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: The Changing Face of Carlsbad Village - Housing, Dining, Commercial

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The Changing Face of Carlsbad Village - Housing, Dining, Commercial

The Changing Face of Carlsbad Village


Carlsbad Village has been changing since we moved here in April 2005. We didn’t get to the Village then as much as we do these days since we lived further away than we do now, but it’s always been fun to visit and explore all that the Village offers, and enjoy the dining, shopping and art, and of course the beaches.


And Carlsbad Village keeps changing - even the Carlsbad sign is fairly recent, installed December 2014!


During the recession, as in other communities, there were some businesses that closed, and it was not unusual to see vacant office or retail space scattered around town. There was no new construction either.


All that has shifted with the improved economy and the residential housing and commercial markets have blossomed, and Carlsbad Village has continued to change.



Jeune at JolieMultiple new restaurants (recently Jeune et Jolie, Shorehouse Kitchen, Eureka!, Barrel Republic, Park 101, Bluewater Grill, Crackheads) and shops (check out the Carlsbad Village Faire) have opened in the last 1 to 2 years. 


With the new growth and lots of activities and things to do, Carlsbad Village has become even more of a destination than in the past – of course our beaches have always been popular with residents and visitors, especially in the summer and at holiday time.


One area of the Village that has changed fairly substantially with commercial and residential development is North State, a hip and artsy area of State Street north of Grand Avenue. It even has its own name.



Summerhouse in Carlsbad VillageResidential housing has grown fairly dramatically in the last 3 or 4 years. 2 major town home communities were built beginning in 2015, SummerHouse and Seagrove, adding 35 and 47 town homes respectively.


Resales in these communities are in the $1M - $2M range currently.


There have been several other small clusters of town home construction, too, with at multiple new construction town homes and single-level condos for sale, some very close to the beach, ranging from the low $600s to about $3.25M. Let me know if you have an interest in learning more about this inventory for your beach home in Carlsbad.


Carlyle Carlsbad Village under constructionCurrently Carlyle Carlsbad Village is being built on Grand Avenue not far from the heart of town. When completed Carlyle will have 33 single-level condo residences, 2 town homes, and 3 detached single family homes.


Pricing has not yet been released but I will be sure to share it, and photos, when available.


Grand Madison is another new residential community in the Village, now selling, offering 11 single-level luxury condo residences in an elevator mid-rise building with a garage and commercial space on the first floor. Interested in learning more? Give me a call at (760) 840-1360.


Denny’s restaurant off Carlsbad Village Drive just west of the I-5 freeway is going to be razed to make way for a multi-purpose complex, Carlsbad Village Lofts, recently approved by the City of Carlsbad. Carlsbad Village Lofts will include 106 apartments (some will be affordable housing) in a 4-story building, retail and office space, a rooftop garden and barbecue area, and an underground garage. The construction fencing is up and things will be moving along soon!



Carlsbad Art and Antique Mall in the VillageI just heard very recently about plans for another major change in Carlsbad Village in the North State area.


I understand that the Carlsbad Art and Antique Mall, in the Village for 30 years, and the adjacent Mas Fina Cantina are either to be torn down or reformatted into new retail/restaurant space called State Street Commons, somewhere in the 2020 or 2021 time frame depending on the permit process. You can read more about that here.

I’ll share as I learn more, but there’s plenty of grumbling about this proposed retail and restaurant space, as well as support for addition of this commercial space.


Of course it means tenants of the various businesses will need to find new space, or move out of the Village. It will be interesting to see what the building finally looks like, and perhaps (hopefully) some of the historic architecture will be preserved. I hope so!


The new SpringHills Suites hotel by Marriott has been under construction on Carlsbad Boulevard since 2017, across the street from the beach at the site of the former Surf Motel Carlsbad and the Armenian Cafe.


Not all proposed projects get voted in - a recent proposal for a 4-story multipurpose complex at State and Carlsbad Village Drive was denied after a legthy process. And in general projects can take even years before approval is granted given due diligence, community input, traffic studies, and so on.


Carlsbad home searchIf you are interested in living in or near Carlsbad Village you can explore the current inventory of detached single family and attached homes (condos, town homes) in the 92008 area using the link below.


Or check out the complete inventory of Carlsbad homes for sale by clicking on the photo to the right.


Why not give me a call at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your particular housing needs, wants, lifestyle and budget. I am happy to provide you with a customized list of homes that fit your criteria, and help you with your purchase OR sale.




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Comment balloon 16 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • June 09 2019 04:01PM



What an interesting post on the Carlsbad evolution.  It sounds like it is making the area more desirable than ever.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 3 months ago

Thank you for the tour Jeff Dowler, CRS ...we too would vote for preservation of some of the old while making progress for the new.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 3 months ago

HI Jeff... time stands still for no man (or woman) and obviously not for Carlsbad Village either. Enjoyed reading this post and maybe one day I'll get to see it for myself.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 3 months ago

Hello Jeff - not quite in the blink of an eye but it's interesting to see the changes taking place in our communities as your post on Carlsbad Village shows us.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 3 months ago

Jeff: You can always tell when an economy is doing well...businesses open/re-open and construction begins again. Good to hear Carlsbad Village is prospering again.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 3 months ago

Thanks Ron and Alexandra Seigel  There is, of course, more to talk about too - the growing business community, the expanding arts (public and otherwise) and so on, and a couple other smaller projects I did not even mention.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Towns do change, grow, change some more. No matter how much some people resist inevitable change, not many want to see a town stagnate. Hope your changes in Carlsbad Village are managed well.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 3 months ago

Good afternoon Jeff Dowler, CRS - I love your description of how your home town of Carlsbad Village is evolving.   Change is good if it is well thought out.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

HI Jeff Dowler, CRS - Carlsbad has found the right formula to continue to grow while retaining elements fo the past and only you can help clients navigate that formula to take advantage of some savings.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 3 months ago

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

There are certainly ways to combine the new with the old. I'm glad to see change, and that the City is prospering, one just wants to see things done in a planful way that does not destroy the charm.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Hi Nina Hollander 

Well, you never know - I hope so!!

I enjoy living here alot.  It's been interesting ti think back over all that has happened since we moved to Carlsbad, in the Village and in general.



Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Hi Michael Jacobs 

The improved economy has no doubt had a big impact on all the change, with more to come. Some times it DOES seem like it happens pretty quickly.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Thanks for stopping by Anita Clark .

It's been wonderful to see the growth since the downturn. We did not suffer as much as some other nearby communities did, but the impact was definitely there in terms of commercial/retail and housing, not to mention jobs and services. Hopefully the City will continue to plan wisely for further growth and manage it appropriately as they have done.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Jeff loved this post and now I am intrigued by Jeune et Jolie, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 3 months ago

Hi Jeff... I know just how you feel... that's how I feel watching Charlotte grow and change over the past 21 years.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 3 months ago

I always hope that I will hear of someone wanting to move to Carlsbad so that I can refer them to you!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 3 months ago