Carlsbad, CA Real Estate News

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 May 2022 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with shifts from last month and 1 year ago. The statistics do not include private sales, mobile homes or multi-family housing (the numbers are derived from the MLS and believed to be accurate when reported but are not guaranteed). Media reports speak in general terms, and do not reflect our local Carlsbad housing market conditions. Up-to-date information, and analysis, about the local market conditions benefit you so you can make informed selling and/or buying decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale. READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 119 homes sold in Carlsbad in May (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), 6% fewer than in April! Here are the details:...
Comments 12
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Buyers It’s Time to Communicate You achieved that very coveted goal…getting your offer accepted by the sellers. The listing is pending on the MLS and you are on your way, heading to closing. Now it’s get ready, get set, and be prepared to communicate. A lot! Buyers are often surprised at how much communication there is in a real estate transaction. The first several weeks after the contract is agreed on by both parties can be pretty intense. This can vary depending on the closing time frame agreed on, if you are a cash buyer or getting a loan, the general process in your state, and possible problems that may arise. And some agents, and lenders, communicate more than others. What communication method do you prefer? I’ve found people vary in their communication preferences – it may be ema...
Comments 45
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Band UpdatesCarlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks 2022 Many no doubt now know, and are pleased, the annual TGIF Concerts in the Parks series is back for 2022. The concerts were canceled in 2020 and were virtual last year. These free TGIF Concerts in the Parks are a highlight of our Carlsbad summers, and have been for several decades. In fact this concert series could be the best summer entertainment available in North San Diego County!  The bands were just announced for 2022, with some crowd favorites returning: Stagecoach Community ParkJune 24 – Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas & the Bayou BrothersJuly 1 – The Corvelles Poinsettia Community ParkJuly 8 – The Mighty UntouchablesJuly 15 – Phat Cat Swinger Calavera Hills Community ParkJuly 22 – High Tide SocietyJuly 29 – The Ryan Hiller Band Alga ...
Comments 21
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Village Flicks at the Fountain for 2022 Summer is not far off, which means a number of popular events in Carlsbad are headed our way. One favorite is the annual Flicks at the Fountain series hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association.  This year the Flicks at the Fountain will be on 5 consecutive Thursday nights, not Fridays as in the past. The series starts July 7th and ends on August 4th. Movies were decided by popular vote, but the formal schedule has not been announced. Movies are all rated PG.EncantoGooniesSing 2The Princess BrideThe Greatest Showman The Flicks at the Fountain are held on a big screen in the parking lot by the Fountain. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the parking lot is at the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue. Seating begins at 6 pm and movies ...
Comments 14
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Taking the Kids Out for a Bite to Eat We have a fair amount of wildlife, including birds, where we live, many of whom hang out in the canyon south of our house. The quail are always fun to watch although there are periods of time when we don't see or hear them. I saw a pair the other day with all the kids for the first time (about a dozen), and spied them again today out for a bite to eat. That's a lot of little ones to keep track of, but they were pretty good about staying near Mom and Dad. They were pretty far away so it was tough getting a decent photo, but you get the idea. 
Comments 23
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Makers Market is June 4, 2022Carlsbad Village The 3rd of 4 Makers Markets for 2022 takes place Saturday June 4 from 9 am until 4 pm., once again hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association. This is the 6th year for the Carlsbad Village Makers Markets with multiple events each year. As in the past, the Carlsbad Village Makers Market will be held on the campus of St. Michael’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church. St. Michael’s Church is at 2775 Carlsbad Boulevard just south of McGee Park. Attendance is free, and 50 or so artisans will showcase their creations. Don’t forget those credit cards and/or plenty of cash for shopping!   The Makers Market Crafter’s Showcase is a wonderful shopping opportunity, with self-designed and handcrafted items from local and regional artisans. With Father’s Day comi...
Comments 13
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Colorful Pots at Armstrong Garden Center Armstrong Garden Center is a popular nursery and landscape vendor in Carlsbad near the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Mall. It's also conveniently located by the Carlsbad Flower Fields off Palomar AIrport Road and the 5. We've spent plenty of money there and at the store in Encinitas over the years. We stopped by today for some flowers for the pots on our patio and the place was quite busy. In addition to shoppers, the Flower Fields were open for their final day and plenty of people were likely biding their time while they waited to enter the Fields. I thought these blue pots (my favorite color) were quite striking and would certainly brighten up anyone's yard, garden or patio, with flowers or without.Or perhaps these?  
Comments 5
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
 2022 Carlsbad 5000 is May 21 and 22 There are several premier athletic events held during the year in Carlsbad. The Carlsbad 5000, on May 22 and presented by National University, is reported to be the world’s fastest 5K race. Several world and US records have been set, and broken, over the years, and runners will likely attempt this again! [photo is of runners from a different event in Carlsbad] There’s still some time to register online for the 5K and the Junior Carlsbad. The All Day 20K, consisting of four 5-K races, has sold out! There are multiple races on Sunday the 22nd. Junior Carlsbad race for kids ages 4 to 12; either a ½ mile (ages 4 to 6) or 1 mile (ages 7 to 12).The big race, the Carlsbad 5000 (5K).The All Day 20K (four 5-K races) with 4 categories of runners.The Elite Invi...
Comments 18
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Quail on the Lookout We have lots of birds at our house which backs up to a canyon - some are around all year (finches, hummingbirds, scrub jays, mockingbirds, thrashers, hawks, warblers, woodpeckers, mourning doves, towhees, vireos), while others are migratory (orioles, grosbeaks and others).  We particularly enjoy seeing the quail...sometimes as many as 10, and on rare occasions with little ones. They make a variety of different sounds which the grandkids enjoy mimicking.  Sometimes they make it up to our yard, but they are pretty skittish and the slightest noise sends them flying back to the safety of the bushes in the canyon. This one was out the other day apparently keeping on the lookout for danger, and enjoying our beautiful spring weather.
Comments 17
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 April 2022 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with shifts from last month and 1 year ago. These statistics do not include private sales, mobile homes or multi-family housing (the numbers are taken 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 local Carlsbad housing market conditions. Current data, and analysis, about the local market conditions will benefit you so you can make educated buying and/or selling decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale. READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the SeaWhy I Like Living in Carlsbad 127 homes sold in Carlsbad in April (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), 2...
Comments 10
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Jacarandas are Blooming in Carlsbad One of the prettiest blossoming trees (my opinion) is now blooming in Carlsbad, adding a bright violet amidst the greenery. Jacarandas are a semi-tropical tree from south-central South America that typically bloom in late April into May.  While pretty as a stand-alone, I like the clusters of trees we see...the Plaza Real Shopping Center in South Carlsbad (corner of El Camino Real and Aviara Parkway) has a particularly nice collection. They are pretty to look at, but falling blossoms can be kinda messy on the ground - don't park your car underneath if you can help it.  I thought these views with the Flag were interesting. 
Comments 19
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
April 2022 Carlsbad Art Wall The 2nd mural of 2022 for the Carlsbad art wall, now in its 8th year, is up and it’s a beauty. Plus it’s interactive…more on that in a moment.  The most recent Carlsbad Art Wall was completed recently by children’s writer/illustrator/artist Janell Cannon. Ms. Cannon may be best known for her award-winning children’s book, “Stellaluna (1993).” The book is about a young fruit bat who is separated from her Mother and finds her way to a nest of birds. They adopt her and she learns some bird behavior, yet retains some of her bat tendencies. It’s a very clever book and beautifully illustrated. Cannon’s mural is called Hang with the Bats, for obvious reasons.  Now for the interactive part! Viewers are invited to have their photo taken while standing in front of the...
Comments 12
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
4-Bedroom Homes for Sale in CarlsbadMarket Update 4/29/2022  Some Carlsbad home buyers desire, or need, more space than a 3-bedroom single family detached home can provide. This could be for a variety of reasons - a growing household, multi-generational living, need for an at-home office, or extra room for regular guests. A 4-bedroom (or more) home can provide that much needed space.  Here’s the most recent market report for Carlsbad at What’s My Carlsbad Home Worth - Carlsbad Home Sales for March 2022 for a summary of the market conditions including recent sales, inventory, and average/median sales prices. As of this report, there are 20 days of inventory of 4-bedroom single family detached homes, based on the rate of sales for the last 3 months, a very strong sellers’ market. 4-bedroo...
Comments 8
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Alley Art Wall in Carlsbad Village Carlsbad’s public art scene has a new, and special, addition in our community. The Carlsbad Alley Art Wall, conceived and curated by well-known Carlsbad artist Bryan Snyder, was recently dedicated in the Village.  You’ll find the Carlsbad Alley Art Wall at 550 Grand Avenue, on the Tyler street alley wall adjacent to the former Café Ground Up. The Café has closed and a new restaurant, the Village Kabob Mediterranean Grill, will be taking over the space.  This public art wall consists of 17 murals by different artists, the latest completed in January 2022. There is also a large Recreation Mural Space where aspiring muralists…mainly kids…can practice their painting. It’s ever-changing space, so stop by to see what’s been created, or to watch kids...
Comments 14
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Art in the Village 2022  Carlsbad art lovers will be pleased the 24th Annual Art in the Village Fair is back for 2022. The fair was canceled in 2020 and was virtual last year. This annual and popular fine art event showcases local and regional artists, and takes place Sunday June 26th.  The fair runs from 9 am until 5 pm and is free. Art in the Village takes place along State Street and Grand Avenue covering about 4 blocks. [photo is from a prior art fair].  Art in the Village is sponsored by the Carlsbad Village Association, and you’ll find both new and returning artists. Artists are jury-selected so you can expect high quality, and all artwork is handcrafted and unique. Carlsbad is well known for its 1-day art fairs. Whether you are an art lover and collector, or not, strolli...
Comments 22
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Single Story Homes for Sale in Carlsbad  April 20, 2022 Market Update Carlsbad home buyers often prefer a 1-story single family house when looking for a new home.  It may even be a requirement, and the reasons vary from person to person. Some buyers are OK with buying a 2-story home, provided there is a master bedroom with full bath on the main floor. But that type of floor plan is harder to find; often the 1st floor bedroom is a smaller guest bedroom and the bath is a half bath. The overall Carlsbad inventory remains limited, homes are selling quickly in many cases, and often sales prices exceed asking price. Here’s the March 2022 Housing Market Report for Carlsbad. At the time this report was written there is only an 18-day supply of single story detached homes, based on rate of sales...
Comments 9
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Village Faire May 1, 2022 One of the favorite arts and craft fairs returns to Carlsbad Village on Sunday May 1. Supposedly, the Carlsbad Village Street Faire is the largest outdoor 1-day fair in the US (other than perhaps its counter-part, the November Carlsbad Village Faire). The Carlsbad Village Faire takes place from 8 am until 5 pm, so you have plenty of time to enjoy hundreds of vendors and shop all you want. The Carlsbad Village Faire is in the heart of town, along Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson. The Faire will spill over onto side streets, including State Street over to Carlsbad Village Drive. [note - photo is from a different art fair in the Village]  Signs are already out warning everyone about this special event, since much of the parking will not b...
Comments 16
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Flower Bed 4/16/2022  We were heading out to run some errands this morning and I spied this brilliantly-colored flower bed at a house along Carlsbad Village Drive. The bed was huge, about the size of 2 cars parked side by side. On the way home I had to stop and grab a photo. While we have lots of beautiful flowers right now, these really stood out, particular on a rather gray, gloomy morning. “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank
Comments 25
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
There’s a New Beach Chair in CarlsbadDo You Know Where? Carlsbad now has another beach chair added to the growing collection of public art around the city. And our reputation as an arts community continues to grow. The imagery is perfect for our Village by the Sea.  The new chair was installed in the recently-completed gateway to the Calavera Hills Community Park in Carlsbad, at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive at 2997 Glasgow Drive. This 1-acre entry-way to the park offers a shaded picnic area, several pieces of exercise equipment (also shaded), and plenty of grass and flowers. It’s a very appealing access point to this popular park (also the site for 3 concerts in the annual TGIF Concerts in the Parks series). The colorful and whimsical imagery, “The Island of Christopher P.,” is ...
Comments 25
By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Village Clean-Up April 16 Come celebrate Earth Month 2022 and join in the Carlsbad Village Clean-Up on April 16th. The Carlsbad Village Association (CVA) joins members Pure Project Carlsbad and Handel’s Ice Cream in sponsoring a tobacco waste-focused clean-up focused. Think cigarette butts and e-cigarettes. The clean-up takes place from 9 am to 11 am on Saturday April 16th. Those who wish to help out should meet on the front patio at the Pure Project Carlsbad. Pure Project is a local brewery and taproom at 2825 State Street by the Carlsbad Train Station and adjacent to Handel's Ice Cream.  The clean-up sponsors will provide participants with gloves, burlap bags, buckets and grabbers, while the supplies last. You are welcome to bring your own supplies, too. There are gift certif...
Comments 7
Explore Carlsbad, CA