Carlsbad, CA Real Estate News

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Wordless Wednesday: Fragrant Beauty at the Front Door  We gave my Mom a beautiful pink, and very fragrant, rose in a pot for Mother's Day, which she enjoyed immensely for a few months. Recently, for some reason it started to not thrive at her condo, perhaps due to the light on the patio and her not being able to take care of it. In any case we brought it to our house a couple weeks ago and set it outside our front door where it is, once again, thriving and providing a beautiful, fragrant entrance to our home. 
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2020 Housing Market for Carlsbad Aug. 25Condos & Town Homes Carlsbad buyers often are interested in buying a condo, townhome or twin-home (in our MLS these are referred to as attached homes) for a variety of reasons. Pricing and budget may be a big issue, or it might be the community itself, or the desired lifestyle. While many attached homes for sale in Carlsbad are resales, there are a fair number of options for those interested in new construction including The Preserve, Carlyle Carlsbad Village, Kensington at the Square, The Trails, and 11 West, with more projects planned. If you are interested the market conditions for single family detached homes for sale in Carlsbad check out this recent market report, and search for homes, too!  For this report we look at housing activity for Ca...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
3-Bedroom Homes for Sale in Carlsbad – August 23, 2020 Update Often Carlsbad home buyers are searching for 3-bedroom detached single family homes when it’s time to buy a new home, whether they are first time buyers, moving up or downsizing. Some buyers are in the market for a Carlsbad beach home, near or on the ocean, and are willing to settle for a 3-bedroom home when options are limited due to inventory and budget. Read about the 10 essential things to consider when buying a second home The inventory of single family detached homes has shifted in Carlsbad since the beginning of the year, and with the pandemic we have seen sales shifting as well. Overall, because of demand, the Carlsbad housing market is very competitive. The housing market continues favor sellers due to supply and buy...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
A Not So Wordless Wednesday: A Passion for Art, and Sharing We started collecting art soon after we were married, with young kids and a rather limited budget. But that didn't matter. Our passion for art not only takes us to museums and galleries wherever we travel, but also results in having far more works of art that we can hang in our house...by far. Somehow the passion for collecting took over although we have slowed in our purchases in recent years.  That passion also led to being gallery owners for 3 years in Cambridge, MA across the river from Boston prior to our relocation here to Carlsbad. Would we be gallery owners again? Possibly...who knows. We certainly have enough of our own art!! Both our daughters and their husbands enjoy art as well, and their personal collections have g...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Sometimes Beauty is Fleeting   We have a small pot of Morning Glories on our patio which have not prospered as we would have liked, although who knows why. Poor soil? Too much sun? Pot too small? What a surprise the other morning to see this beautiful flower perched on top of the plant...the only one but treasured nonetheless. True to the name it opened in the morning and 10 hours later looked like this. "Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!"~ Alice Morse Earle ~
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home? Carlsbad Market Report for July 2020 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with some significant shifts from last month and 1 year ago. These data do not include private sales or manufactured/mobile/multi-family housing (the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time they are reported but are not guaranteed). Media reports speak in general terms, and do not reflect our local Carlsbad housing market. Current data, and knowledge, about the local market conditions benefit you so you can make well-informed purchase and sale decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale.  READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 209 homes sold in Carlsbad in July (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), up 11% from July and a...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Wordless Wednesday: Thanks USPS!!  It's always nice to get a thank you. And we have heard lots of thank yous, and seen plenty of thank you signs in our area during the pandemic...not doubt you have noticed, too. I pick up my Mom's mail for her daily at her condo complex and on Mnday spied this artfully painted rock and thank you at the cluster mailboxes. I thought it was a nice touch, and hopefully USPS appreciated it as well.
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Happy Swallowtail Butterfly  I was in between several inspections at a house in Carlsbad last Friday, and was out in the front yard enjoying the views of the canyon and the hills beyond this flowering hedge. A yellow swallowtail butterfly came along and was having a great time with the whole hedge and lots of flowers all to itself.
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
August 2 - 8 is National Farmers’ Market Week 2020Win a Prize in Carlsbad via Instragram August 2nd through the 8th is National Farmers' Market Week. And you could win a terrific prize here in Carlsbad. Read on to learn how. Having lived in New England for many years, moving to Carlsbad in 2005, I have truly appreciated being able to buy fresh produce and more at local farmers' markets weekly, and year round.  We certainly had farmers’ market in the Boston area, but they were not as prevalent as they are where I live in SoCal, as least when we lived there, and were only held for a few months during the year…for obvious reasons!! STATE STREET FARMERS' MARKET - CARLSBAD The State Street Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday on State Street in Carlsbad Village, from 3 to 6 pm (to 7 p...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Wordless Wednesday:  Just Hangin' Out  We live adjacent to a small canyon which means a fair amount of wildlife, some of which visits the yard from time to time. I was looking out the rear window over the patio the other morning and spied this ground squirrel hangin' out. He was perched on his haunches, on top of the bushes, taking in the scenery...and perhaps keeping an eye out for predators, like the coyote we have been seeing regularly. Better this squirrel stays where he is instead of raiding our birdfeeders or digging in the gardens!
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Why You Should Drive by a Home Before You Decide to See it for Real! Most buyers use the Internet to search for homes these days, and there are plenty of good reasons for doing so. You get to see lots of photos…hopefully plenty of good ones…plus you can read details about the home, including features, size, bedrooms and baths, garage and parking spaces, fees (if there is an HOA), and the list goes on. Usually there is a map, and you can explore the area online, too. And in these days of the pandemic there are virtual tours, Matterport 3D tours, and plenty of videos so you can really explore the homes that interest you, inside and out, and safely from the comfort of your home or office. All before you decide the home looks like a great fit for your needs and budget and take the plunge an...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home?A Big Surprise for Carlsbad Home Sales in June 2020 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with some significant shifts from last month and 1 year ago. These data do not include private sales or manufactured/mobile/multi-family housing (the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time they are reported but are not guaranteed). Media reports speak in general terms, and do not reflect our local Carlsbad housing market. Current data, and knowledge, about the local market conditions benefit you so you can make well-informed purchase and sale decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale.  READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 189 homes sold in Carlsbad in June (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), more tha...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Homes for Sale without HOA FeesUpdate as of July 2, 2020 Carlsbad home buyers often have strong feelings about buying a Carlsbad home in a Home Ownership Association (HOA) community.  Some prefer living in such a community, while others are adamant about avoiding them. Some are OK either way, with finding the right house being a more important factor. There are a number of things home buyers need to know about HOAs in Carlsbad, including the additional monthly fees; certain issues result in buyers deciding an HOA community is not for them (e.g., rules and regulations, monthly fees).  If you are unsure about having an HOA, it’s important to do your due diligence regarding HOAs and understand the general issues so you can make an informed decision before you start your search.  I...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
New Price - Coastal Life & Urban Living in Carlsbad Village Life by the Carlsbad beaches, a spacious home office/den or exercise space, and urban amenities outside your door make for a great combination in Carlsbad Village. Then add in a large private roof deck with westerly, sunset and ocean views and a new price and it gets even better.  This townhome at 2555 State Street offers a chic urban lifestyle, for a primary or second/vacation home, in the North State area of Carlsbad Village. Nearby you’ll find multiple restaurants, the weekly State Street Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 pm, art galleries, shopping, a performing arts theater, movie theater, public transportation (take the Coaster to San Diego or head north on Amtrak to Los Angeles), holiday events, and miles of beaut...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
 Carlsbad 4-Bedroom Homes for SaleMarket Update June 29, 2020 Carlsbad home buyers often need more space than a 3-bedroom single family detached home offers, possibly due to an expanding household or for multigenerational living.  Sometimes one of more family members needs a home office, or additional living space might be desirable for guests.  The inventory of single family detached homes remains limited in Carlsbad compared to demand, although the supply has increased since the beginning of the year overall; take a look at the most recent market report for Carlsbad at What’s My Carlsbad Home Worth - Carlsbad Home Sales for May 2020 for an update on the Carlsbad housing market including sales and prices.  At of this report we have 2.2 months of inventory of 4-bedroom single family det...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Single Story Homes for Sale in Carlsbad   Market Update as of June 27, 2020 A good number of Carlsbad home buyers prefer a single story detached home versus a 2-story when searching for a new home.  Some Carlsbad home buyers just prefer a single floor layout, but there are buyers that prefer no stairs, or who have a medical need necessitating single story living.  Other buyers are willing to purchase a 2-story provided there is a master bedroom on the main floor – these are limited in supply. The overall Carlsbad inventory has improved since the beginning of the year but remains limited. If a detached single story home is preferred, home buyers do have options, but they are almost all resales - there is 1 new construction home available, along with a home in Robertson Ranch built in 201...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
A Morning Visitor Today in Carlsbad  Our house backs up to a canyon which offers pleasant views as opposed to looking at houses, and abundant wildlife and birds. We don't often see coyotes during the day but hear them at night on a fairly regular basis. This one was about 50 feet beyond our back fence this morning and didn't seem particular troubled that I was nearby.
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Gelato & More Delivered to Your DoorFrom GelatoLove in Carlsbad GelatoLove was original founded as Gaia Gelato, in early 2015, at the Village Faire in Carlsbad Village, at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive just past the railroad tracks.  I discovered them soon after they opened and have been a loyal fan since, given the wide range of flavors available in several sizes – the pints are great for taking home!! It always makes me think of Italy and the gelato I’ve enjoyed there on multiple occasions. My fave is the Chocolate Sorbet - it's intense!! Business has been pretty good and they have expanded their offerings to include other desserts. There have been a number of classes to learn how to make gelato (before Covid-19 of course) at the lab and tasting room they opened at 5661 Palmer Way close ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Last Evening of Spring 2020A Normal Night in Carlsbad It sure appeared to be your typical, almost-summer evening in Carlsbad.  I had to drop off some Covid-19 materials at my townhome listing in Carlsbad Village at 4:30 and decided to take a tour around town. It looked like a normal summer Friday night (well, Summer starts tomorrow). There was almost no parking on the streets or in the parking lots, traffic was heavy, pedestrians were everywhere in the Village and on the "boardwalk" by the beach, the shops were open, hotels were advertising rooms available, all the restaurants looked busy - if relatively full patio dining was any indication - and the beach was fairly crowded. People seemed to be pretty spaced out on the beach but at 5 PM you wouldn't expect a huge crowd any way. It look...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad to Enforce Parking Beginning June 25, 2020 Carlsbad, including Carlsbad Village, has a fair amount of parking, on streets and in multiple parking lots.  Parking, however, may be a bit of a trial on a holiday, when there is a special event (like the Carlsbad Triathlon), or on a busy summer weekend, especially near the beaches. The good thing about our parking is that for the most part it’s free, even at the train station; some exceptions include the parking lots along the beach in the state park areas (South Ponto Beach just north of La Costa Avenue, the lot at the end of Tamarack). And some lots are limited to the shoppers at that location, such as the Village Faire Shopping Center in the Village. In the past I've heard the free parking issue is being looked at in the Village b...
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