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.
RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING
Multiple 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.
Residential 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.
Currently 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!
MORE NEW COMMERCIAL SPACE
I 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.
If 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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