Aviara is a small family community in southern San Diego, an in the Carlsbad hills, with a view of the Pacific Ocean. It was developed in 1989 and incorporated shortly after to nearby Carlsbad. With just over 65,050 residents, it is basically an affluent resort community ranked by Forbes magazine among one of the most expensive zip codes in the nation. It is located about 25 minutes from Downtown San Diego.
It is characterized by the private residences, but also by the presence of luxurious hotel complexes such as the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa (formerly the Four Seasons Hotel), and the Aviara Golf & Country Club. It is one of the most expensive residential areas in the nation, and during the housing crisis of 2008, Aviara was the only community that wasn't affected.
To preserve a standard and quality of living, the homeowners association keeps a set of norms and rules that regulate everything from the architecture of the houses to the presence of brown lawn in the gardens, and any remodeling plans must first be submitted to the community, which will be then discussed in a lengthy process, until consent from the neighbors is achieved and the city authorizes the construction rights.
Aviara has over 24,000 homes, most of which are family homes. There are no multihomes allowed in Aviara, with the exception of the Mirabella community. Aviara has excellent public and private schools, most of the residents have access to higher education. As a fun fact, it is the residence of many members of the Pulitzer family.
By far the bigges attraction in Aviara, are the golfing courses. One of the best in the country is the Aviara Golf Club extended through 7007 yards, rolling along the Carlsbad hills, with 18 holes and a 72 par.