January 2023

Don’t Play On The Carlsbad Cliffs

by The Editors on January 23, 2023

A little reminder from Black’s Beach (January 20, 2023) on why it’s never a good idea to climb over the Terramar fence so you can get a better photo from the cliffs, nor to EVER play beneath the cliffs anywhere between the Terramar Stairs and Palomar Airport Rd. Yes, we’re scolding you right now!

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Carlsbad Bargain Home of the Week

by Eero Lloyd Neutra on January 19, 2023

This week’s bargain $2.6 million dollar home is located in Olde Carlsbad on Oak Street. And what a delight it is. The freshly remodeled 1,900 square foot cottage features four bedrooms and three baths–all updated in the latest modern farmhouse style that photographs perfectly for posting to Redfin, Airbnb, VRBO, or Pinterest? (Do people still use that?)

Aside from the bedrooms, all the interior walls in this home have been artfully removed to allow for one flowing living space that includes entry way, living room, dining room, kitchen, and breakfast nook with a stunning brick fireplace as its center piece. The entire house features “White oak floors” that look just as good as the always popular vinyl flooring featured in so many homes for sale in the area.

The largest of the “bedrooms” (or what was previously the garage) could also be rented out as separate living quarters (to help pay the mortgage). The open-beam garage ceiling was left and painted white, as one does when flipping houses. The garage floor appears to have been covered in the same durable flooring used throughout the home and the old garage door was at some time in the distant past replaced with an expansive picture window offering stunning views of the multi-textured driveway and festive retaining wall. For the eco-minded buyer the bespoke, aged asphalt and concrete driveway also features decorative cracks with organic grass growing through out for a delightful mixed surfaces look.

The asking price for the property rolls in at $1,366 a square foot (or about two times the median selling price for a home in the zip code). But remember, this includes an enormous 1/3 acre lot of unimproved, flat, brush land that only needs your dreams to turn it into a garden haven, an ADU, or the perfect place to park all your cars, as there is no longer a garage. It appears that land on two sides of the property is about to be “developed,” so the time to buy is now before the lot gets ringed by three-story condominium complexes.

And best of all. . . free bird house.

[Link: Redfin.com]

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