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  • Writer's pictureDiana Truax

Life After 55 in Carlsbad

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

Carlsbad, California is a desirable retirement destination for active adults for many reasons. This beach town allows adult homebuyers to live near the beach in affordable active communities.

The city of Carlsbad is especially suited for active adults looking for art and culture and fun activities. There are many events including shopping, theatre, music and the farmers market each Wednesday.

The average temperature is 55 – 70 degrees which is a great climate for our active year-round lifestyle. There is a local library, on Dove Lane, offering many resources and hosting fun events. There is also a Senior Center in Carlsbad that offers a daily lunch, classes, bingo and fun activities.

Active adult home buyers interested in retirement communities in Carlsbad have a few different options to choose from. There are four unique 55+ communities. See below for a snapshot of what these communities have to offer.

Lakeshore Gardens $150,000-$350,00

Located off Avenida Encinas, with 383 mobile and manufactured homes, lakes, ducks and turtles. Lakeshore Gardens is a gated community and has many amenities like a gym, heated pool, sauna, clubhouse, library, card room, billiards and ping pong. Residents can participate in many activities from Mahjong, Tai Chi, water aerobics, dominoes, and painting to a monthly pancake breakfast. This wonderful community is located right across from the Ralphs shopping center where locals drive their golf carts to dine and shop.

Lakeshore Gardens is conveniently located close to everyday shopping as well as medical centers and walking distance to the beach. The community has a social activities committee who plan many great events like the recent Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration, which had over 140 people enjoying a live band. Homes are priced well, and owners pay a land lease each month.

Rancho Carlsbad $400,000 – $600,000

Located off El Camino Real near Rancho Carlsbad Golf Course. This beautiful gated community has many amenities like a gym, heated pool, sauna, clubhouse, library, card room, billiards, and offers lots of opportunity to join in activities from Mahjong, arts & crafts, quilt club, movies, poker, and more. Owners in Rancho Carlsbad own the land and pay an HOA of $286.00 per month.

Rancho Carlsbad has lots of shopping within five miles and bus transportation at the entrance of the park. It is a quick ten-minute drive to our local beaches.

Camino Hills $479,000 – $650,000.

Located off El Camino Real this community has 145 mobile and manufactured homes. The community offers a pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, exercise room, tennis courts, and RV parking. Homes in this community are on owned land and they pay an HOA of $308.00 per month.

Solamar Mobile Estates $889,000- $1,200,000$

The smallest community in the Carlsbad area with just 108 mobile and manufactured homes. This gated 55+ community is ideal for active adult homebuyers looking for a more relaxed retirement in California. Solamar is located just steps from the Pacific Ocean and many of the homes have ocean views. Amenities include clubhouse, pool, spa, pickle ball and weekly social activities. Homes in this community are land owned and owners pay an HOA of $216.00 per month.

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