History of Carlsbad

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The Village by the Sea

Carlsbad has always been tied to water. This seaside resort community occupies a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in north San Diego County. It is located 35 miles north of downtown San Diego and 87 miles south of Los Angeles. More than 110,000 people call it home. It has the distinction of being among the nation’s top wealthiest communities.

Carlsbad’s history was first recorded by native Americans who each had a tribe near a reliable freshwater creek. During the Spanish expedition of 1769, explorers met native villagers while camped on Buena Vista Creek. It was the first European land exploration of Alta California.

Sometime during the 1880s a former sailor named John Frazier dug a water well in the area and began offering his water at the train station. Water tests run on the whistle-stop now known as Frazier’s Station showed the water to be similar to some of the most renowned spas in the world. One of those spas was in the Bohemian town of Karlsbad, which is now called Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. So several civic leaders joined together and incorporated the town, naming it Carlsbad. With an assertive marketing campaign, visitors were attracted to the area. Businesses and homes were built, and agriculture developed with the production of avocados, citrus fruits and olives. The landscape was changing quickly. While land prices were falling in the region, Carlsbad remained strong, surviving on the fertile agriculture industry. We mentioned John Frazier’s well. The original well can still be found at Alt Karlsbad, located on Carlsbad Boulevard.

Moving Forward

Carlsbad incorporated in 1952, to avoid annexation by its neighbor Oceanside. The area of just more than 39 square miles has enjoyed prosperous growth through the decades.

March 1999 brought a big change to Carlsbad as Legoland California opened, becoming the first Legoland theme park outside of Europe. It is a theme park, water park, miniature park and aquarium. The resort also has several hotels on the property.

Can We Talk Weather?

You know where avocados, olives and citrus thrive, you will thrive also. We enjoy a Mediterranean climate here, with an average of 263 sunny days a year. Our winters are very mild and frost is rare along the coastline. It is a perfect environment for outdoor living and exercising year-round.

Let’s Explore: What is Going on in Carlsbad?

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

It is 50 glorious acres of extraordinary color. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is in full bloom right now on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It just does not get much better than this! It’s a perfect place for adults to snap some pics, and kids to run.

State Street Farmers’ Market

Located in Carlsbad Village, at the State Street Farmers’ Market you can enjoy fresh organic produce, locally prepared foods, live entertainment and artists’ crafts. We are now in the summertime hours, which means they are open every Wednesday on State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. Hours are 3:00–7:00PM.

Petal to Plate

As we mentioned, Carlsbad is covered with colorful blooms this time of year, so be sure and visit the 10-day Petal to Plate celebration of flowers, food and drink from April 5-April 15. Guests can tour the flower fields and taste the best spring has to offer at local bars and restaurants.

We love the San Diego area, and know you will love Carlsbad as much as we do. At Richard Realty, we would love to show you around and see if you want to call Carlsbad…home!