Neighborhood with world-famous resort
La Costa is a world-famous community in the City of Carlsbad. Located just east of the Batiquitos Lagoon, La Costa residents enjoy picturesque rolling hills, lush canyons and scenic views that stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean. La Costa takes up most of the 92009 ZIP code and has a population of over 35,000.
The main draw to live in this area is the easy access to shopping, beaches and great schools. Located a short 30-minute drive from downtown San Diego and 30 miles south of Orange County, La Costa residents enjoy all the convenience and wonderful things that Southern California has to offer. The natural beauty of this area along with the televised golf and tennis events at the resort will continue to attract to visitors to La Costa. The local beauty and lifestyle made famous from televised sporting events, is enjoyed by its residents all year long.
La Costa Resort was the genesis of the area. The resort attracts visitors from around the world for prestigious tennis and golf tournaments. Each year the resort hosts a woman's professional tennis tournament, now known as the Southern California Open. It has also served as the home of two professional golf events. For thirty years, starting in 1969, La Costa Resort hosted the Mercedes Championships (originally called the Tournament of Champions), and the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship from 1999-2006. In March 2010, the resort hosted the LPGA tour with an estimated attendance of 43,000. Through the years, millions of golf and tennis enthusiasts around the world have seen the beauty of La Costa through television coverage of these prestigious events.
Many of the homes here were built in the 1970s and 1980s. There are many large single-family homes as well as condominiums. The median price of a single-family home was $660,000 in November, 2011. The median price of condominiums that sold was $265,000. There are large homes, 3,000 square-foot and up, that sell for more than $1.5 million. Luxury hillside homes enjoy beautiful views to the Pacific Ocean. At the high end, a 9,835 square foot, six-bedroom home was recently listed for over $3.7 million.
Residents and visitors have a myriad of options for dining and entertainment. The pristine beaches of Carlsbad are minutes away or you can spend your afternoons shopping at nearby outlet malls. Legoland offers hands-on adventure for young fun seekers to climb, explore and play on over 50 thrilling rides and attractions made out of Lego bricks. Aviara Four Season Resort as well as the La Costa Resort and Spa offer great golf, tennis, dining and live music entertainment. From fast food restaurants to fine dining at restaurants like Ignite and Tuscany, there is something to satisfy every taste.
The Batiquitos Lagoon is a great area for hiking and bird watching. There is a nature trail on the north side of the lagoon where you can spot rare and endangered species of birds including the re-necked phalarope, elegant tern, marbled godwit, yellow warbler, California least tern, and Snowy plover. The lagoon is working at restoring sites for many of these endangered species, which can be seen diving and skimming for fish along the shores. The lagoon's primary freshwater tributaries are the San Marcos Creek from the east and Encinitas Creek that flows north along Green Valley, entering the lagoon under El Camino Real and La Costa Ave., respectively.