Carlsbad, California

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What's it like to live in Carlsbad?

can anyone tell me what it’s like living in carlsbad/oceanside area? do u like it, how are the schools, etc? thanks!

I lived in Carlsbad so can give you my 2¢.

Carlsbad is clean, well built, and posh (not quite La Jolla posh but still posh). Has an upper middle class suburb feel that's right next to the beach. Very family friendly. Downtown Carlsbad is pretty fun for night life too.

Oceanside is few degrees grittier, def more younger people. Seems like lots of coffee shops and restaurants are opening there as of late, so seems more dynamic too.

Can't comment on schools but I'd imagine Carlsbad High is solid given the affluent neighborhood.

Moving to Carlsbad! Any advice?

Traffic is not bad, unless you are accessing the I-5 during rush hour. If you live and work in Carlsbad, it's not bad.

I don't think there are any bad neighborhoods in Carlsbad. It's a fairly rich city with a large retiree population. Montecito and Windsor are two apartments I can think of off the top of my head that I've heavily considered. It won't be a huge deal if you're just here for the summer.

California lacks proper public transportation. The roads in Carlsbad are very bike friendly though. On a sunny weekend you'll see dozens if not hundreds of bike riders roaming the city, especially near the coast.

Very safe community. Quite the rich suburbia. The best way to describe the community is Beach Town. If you like the beach, you'll fit right in to the vibe. Downtown Carlsbad is the main night life spot. It's a really nice place by the coast, but not very hardcore. There are bars and restaurants, but nothing's really open past 8. I stand corrected (to my pleasure).

Summer - to die for. Fall too. Incredible sunsets over the ocean that make you feel lucky to exist here. If I ever need a mood booster after work I take a drive along the coast.

People are generally reasonable and vaxxed. The pandemic is still a thing but SD county is very lax about it compared with the rest of California. You could almost forget we're in a pandemic. Bars and everything are open. It helps that much of the recreation here is outdoors.

There are cool events that happen though you'll need to look out for them. We're a stone's toss and a half away from San Diego proper, and you can certainly find events there. The public rail infrastructure for getting there should be decent. I'm trying to figure it out myself.

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Carlsbad vs Encinitas?

Answer 1: Wow what a coincidence. My wife and I just moved to Carlsbad from Santa Monica last year. We bought a house in La Costa (south Carlsbad), so we feel like we get the best of both worlds. We do tend to spend more time in and around Encinitas than Carlsbad Village, but both are easy to access from our place.

We have a young son, so the schools were a big reason we settled in La Costa (they're supposed to be some of the best around). Our neighborhood is perfect for young kids. They are everywhere!

Answer 2: La Costa is the correct answer if you can't decided between Carlsbad and Encinitas. It's the best of both worlds. Carlsbad parks, libraries, etc. can't be beat, and you'll be far enough south that most of Encinitas is within a ten minute drive.

Answer 3: This is it! I also live in La Costa, and I agree with another poster that Encinitas is older and crunchier, and Carlsbad feels more like a planned community. La Costa is full of planned neighborhoods with quiet residential streets. The kids can actually go out and run around with other neighborhood kids, and there are a ton of kids! Carlsbad is a great place to raise kids. But Encinitas is a lot of fun for shopping, and they have a lot of specialty shops, so I love living nearby.

Living in Carlsbad California (Tour of San Diego's TOP SUBURB)