Carlsbad, California

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Carlsbad is a city located in Northern San Diego County, California. According to the state Department of Finance, the city had a total population of 90,271 in 2003. Together with Oceanside and Vista, it makes up the "Tri-City" area, Carlsbad being the most expensive. Carlsbad was incorporated in 1952, in large part to generate sufficient funding to connect with the water pipeline running through San Diego County, but also to avoid being annexed by Oceanside.

Real estate in Carlsbad is very expensive when compared to the national average.

Carlsbad is divided into two zip codes. Areas within city limits north of Palomar Airport Road are designated as 92008, while areas south of Palomar Airport Road are designated as 92009.

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Communities

Carlsbad is divided into many communties. They vary in size, origin, and history.

Northwest Quadrant

The northwestern quadrant is Carlsbad's oldest and most densely populated region. The quadrant is located north of Palomar Airport Road and west of El Camino Real. Though there are some newer devolpments, the area features many more established single family homes, and in some cases, apartments and condominiums.

Carlsbad High School and Legoland are located in the northwest quadrant.

  • The village, or downtown Carlsbad, is generally located along Carlsbad Village Drive east of Carlsbad Boulevard (also Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 101) and west of Interstate 5. It is currently in a process of ongoing redevelopment, and features many antique shops, clothing stores, and restaurants.
  • Canterbury is a planned community south of the recently built Cannon Road extension. It features newer single family residential homes.

Northeast Quadrant

The northeastern quadrant is located north of Palomar Airport Road and east of El Camino Real.

  • Calavera Hills is a planned community located around the intersection of College Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive. The western portion (phase I) was constructed mostly in the 1980s and the eastern portion (phase II) is currently under construction. Calavera Hills features two elementary schools, one middle school, a very large community park, numerous pocket parks, trails, an artificial lake, and single family, attached, and apartment units. Calavera Hills is subdivided into neighborhoods, each of which are maintained by a homeowners association. Some feature community pools.
  • Tanglewood is an apartment and condominium complex located northwest of El Camino Real and Carlsbad Village Drive. Homes and a community pool are maintained by a homeowners association.
  • Robertson Ranch is a proposed development bordered by Tamarack Avenue, College Boulevard, and El Camino Real. Development is anticipated through 2010. It will most likely be the site of three schools.
  • Sunny Creek is a smaller single family development southeast of El Camino Real and College Boulevard. A shopping center is proposed for the area.

Southeast Quadrant

The southeastern quadrant is located east of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road.

  • Bressi Ranch is a very large development northeast of the intersection of El Camino Real and Palomar Airport Road. It will feature numerous residential, industrial, and commercial subdivisions. It is currently under construction and a significant of amount of homes are expected to be sold by fall, 2005.

La Costa

La Costa is a resort and residential community, which lies just east of El Camino Real. At the center of the community lies an 18-hole golf course, the La Costa Resort & Spa and the La Costa Country Club. La Costa is mostly residental, with a few shopping centers, most of which feature upscale boutiques and fine dining restaurants. It features multiple schools, including La Costa Canyon High School, which actually serves residents of Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe and other surrounding communities, along with southernmost portion of Carlsbad.

La Costa's development began in 1965, when a partner of the Desert Inn hotel in Las Vegas purchased 3,500 acres of the scenic area. A golf course was developed and homes began to be sold. The 90-room Rancho La Costa Inn was built to accommodate the visitors. Then, the Spa was added and ultimately, another 2,000 acres were purchased as the Inn grew in size. Sports Shinko, a Japanese company, bought the Resort in 1987. After years of decline, it was purchased in 2001 by KSL, a California resort hotel group.

Each February, the La Costa Resort and Spa hosts the World Golf Championships.

Real estate in La Costa is considered to be very expensive.

  • La Costa Greens is a proposed development east of El Camino Real which straddles a newer portion of Poinsettia Lane. It mostly consists of residential, single family homes.
  • Rancho Carrillo is a single family development near the San Marcos city limits, typically west of Melrose Drive.

Southwest Quadrant

The southwestern quadrant is located west of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road.

  • Ponto is a single family and mobile home residential community. While the mobile homes are quite established, the homes located in the neighborhood are very new. A plan to redevelop the older portion of the city is currently awaiting approval. It is located near the city's southern border with Encinitas, west of Carlsbad Boulevard.

Aviara

Aviara is a resort community in the hills of southern Carlsbad, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Batiquitos Lagoon. The community is just north of Encinitas and west of La Costa. Just outside of Aviara lies a movie theater, restraunts, jewelry boutiques, a library and a slew of saloons.

At the heart of the 1,000-acre Aviara community is the Four Seasons Aviara Resort, a 331-room, five-star hotel. Guests enjoy spectacular views, famous lush tropical grounds, a popular Lobby Bar, personal services, shops, a renovated spa area and a world-class golf course.

Aviara features a championship 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course, which is open to the public as well as to hotel guests. The golf course meanders through the Aviara neighborhoods offering views to visitors of Aviara homes. Gated communities feature large estates.

Aviara is characterized by miles of sidewalks and tree-lined streets. Hikers, runners and bicyclists use the Batiquitos Nature Trail. It overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon and the Aviara Golf Course.

In 2004, the city received large media attention, when a resident of Aviara scamed $144 million dollars from the elderly scattered across the United States. He and his wife were arrested and each have a set bail of the stolen amount.

Well known residents of the area include the Pulitzer family.

Geography

Carlsbad is located at 33°7'19" North, 117°17'49" West (33.121990, -117.296811)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 105.6 km² (40.8 mi²). 97.0 km² (37.4 mi²) of it is land and 8.7 km² (3.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 8.24% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 78,247 people, 31,521 households, and 20,898 families residing in the city. The population density is 806.9/km² (2,090.2/mi²). There are 33,798 housing units at an average density of 348.5/km² (902.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.55% White, 0.96% African American, 0.42% Native American, 4.24% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 4.65% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. 11.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 31,521 households out of which 30.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% are married couples living together, 8.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% are non-families. 24.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 2.96.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $65,145, and the median income for a family is $77,151. Males have a median income of $54,826 versus $39,415 for females. The per capita income for the city is $34,863. 5.9% of the population and 3.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.3% of those under the age of 18 and 3.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Current estimates

According to estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments, the median household income of Carlsbad in 2004 was $80,655 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data above), the median household income was $72,230.

Aviara Demographics

  • Population: 5,050
  • Area: 1.6 sq. mi.
  • Median Age: 42.8 years
  • Median Family Income: $105,899
  • Total Housing Units: 2,025
  • SFD Average Price: $960,635
  • Zip Code: 92009

La Costa Demographics

  • Total Housing Units: 14,489
  • Population: 27,445
  • Area: 3 sq. mi.
  • Median Age: 41.2 years
  • Median Family Income: $104,850
  • SFD Average Price: $910,371
  • Zip Code: 92009

History

Carlsbad's history begins with the Luiseņo people who located one of their villages, Palamai, near what is today Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Modern-day Carlsbad came about when in the 1880s a former sea captain named John Frazier dug a well for water. He began offering his water at the train station and the soon the whistlestop became known as Frazier's Station. A test done on a second fresh-water well found the water to be chemically similar to one of the most famous spas in Europe located in Carlsbad, Czech Republic.

To take advantage of this find, a partnership named the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was founded. It was founded by a German-born merchant from the Midwest named Gerhard Schutte,Samuel Church Smith, D.D.Wadsworth and Henry Nelson. The naming of the town followed soon-after along with a major marketing campaign to attract visitors. The area experienced a period of growth, with homes and businesses appearing.

But by the end of 1887, the real estate bubble had burst and land prices slid all throughout San Diego County. The community survived though, due to the agricultural opportunities available. The site of John Frazier's original well can still be found at Alt Karlsbad, a replica of a German Hanseatic house, located on Carlsbad Boulevard.

  • Carlsbad also serves as the filming location for the FOX original series Point Pleasant.
  • Gary Hardwick, Guinness World Record holder for "Fastest Skateboarder" makes his residence in Carlsbad.

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