Carlsbad Mills Act Homes

Posted by Sam Smith on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 3:56pm.

The Mills Act is a federally run program that offers huge discounts on property taxes for those who own historic homes.  We have received several inquiries from clients who are looking for a home that is covered by the Mills Act in the city of Carlsbad.  When looking on the Internet for properties you will often find two designations when it comes to the Mills Act.  The first are properties that are "eligible" for the Mills Act but have not gone through the application process.  Some clients don't want these kind of properties since the application process can take up to 9 months and there is no guarantee the property will be accepted.  The second set of advertised properties are those that already have the Mills Act designation.  This is a huge selling point since the application process has already been done and the property accepted into the program.  This allows the new buyer to take over the property and continue with the Mills Act program.  It's actually a pretty easy transfer to the new buyer with the Mills Act asking the buyer to submit new exterior photos of the property and sign an agreement that they will not do any major exterior renovation without going through them first.  

The tax savings for being in the Mills Act can be HUGE.  I've seen some properties where the annual tax should be $10,000 a year and the Mills Act rate is discounted to $2,000 a year.  it's important to note that each property is different and will have different rates but the bottom line is that the savings can be significant.  Taxes in California are always 1% of the purchase price plus and additional taxes that the city may charge.  The biggest hurdle when looking in North San Diego county is that there is a limited number of historic properties that come on the market.  Then finding a home within that limited number of properties that have the Mills Act makes it very difficult to find in the Oceanside & Carlsbad beach communities.  We always recommend expanding the search as there are many Mills Act homes in the south San Diego county area like La Jolla and the Mission Hills area.  There are also historic properties in Orange County that also have the Mills Act designation.  For more information on this subject please contact our Carlsbad Real Estate agents at 760-710-0268.

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Rancho Santa Fe 17538 El Vuelo

This amazing Cliff May is designated under the Mills Act, which gives any owner a massive discount in property taxes. A truly masterful representation of May’s work, the home was originally commissioned in 1974 and current sellers have been very thoughtful in the total and complete restoration. This extraordinary opportunity has been published in Architectural Digest and used by Oscar winning actress Diane Keaton for research in writing her books. see supplement$6,450,000

4 Beds
5 Baths
5,740 SqFt
125 Days On Market

La Jolla 7933 Prospect Pl 2

Completely renovated by Island Architects, this amazing single level unit in a private, gated 4-unit ocean bluff top complex features expansive ocean views up the coastline, ocean view master suite, gourmet kitchen with central island, large ocean view balcony and a 2-car detached garage. Recently renovated common area has lap pool, spa and BBQ area. Russell Forrester designed complex is exploring a Mills Act designation and is a short walk to all of The Village of La Jolla's shops and rest...$5,900,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
2,295 SqFt
4 Days On Market

Point Loma 541 Silvergate Avenue

***Rock Star Once In A Lifetime Iconic Mid Century Modern***Mills Act*** Significant Tax Savings*** Over $500,000 Half A Million Dollars Of Value @5% Cap Rate***Over One Acre 49,658 Sq Ft Flat Level Usable Lot***Detached Guest Quarters***Parking For 12 Cars***RV Parking Potential***Single Story Living***4BR/5BA, ***4,335 Sq Ft***1958 William Stephenson Timeless Masterpiece***11 1/2 Ft Ceilings***Floor To Ceiling Windows & Sliding Glass Doors***Coveted Wooded Area***Airport, Downtown, SDYC in...$4,500,000

4 Beds
5 Baths
4,042 SqFt
47 Days On Market

La Jolla 7210 La Jolla Blvd

Variance Granted for SFD. A unique opportunity to own a collection of 3 meticulously restored, award-winning historic homes that offer modern day amenities that seamlessly merge with their classic architectural styles. Surrounded by professionally landscaped grounds that span a block of land near the beach in La Jolla's, Barber Tract, these rare homes come with the Mills Act property tax savings. Currently used as vacation rentals, the detached homes also offer a variety of use options. See...$4,350,000

8 Beds
7 Baths
5,000 SqFt
484 Days On Market

La Jolla 464 Prospect Street 501

Stunning & extremely spacious, rarely lived-in luxury villa in the posh & historic 464 Prospect. Unit has the tax benefits of The Mills Act. Sophisticated living at its best, an elegant & active lifestyle in the Heart of the Village. Concierge service, wine & recreation rooms plus an amazing rooftop deck to enjoy pano ocean views. Features include high ceilings, bountiful kitchen, open living & dining room concept, & ocean views from the large covered patio. 2 Master suites + main floor bedr...$3,990,000

3 Beds
4 Baths
4,986 SqFt
58 Days On Market

Coronado Village 631 A Avenue

An incredible opportunity to own one of Coronado's most coveted and private estates located within Herreshoff Court. Designed and built by Charles Herreshoff in 1925, this Spanish Moderne style residence is a historic masterpiece offering incredible history, function and character. Boasting over 3,400 sq.ft and situated on a 6,945sq.ft lot centered on a stunning courtyard. Mills Act Approved. Adjacent 4,392sq.ft parcel opens to Adella Lane and is also available for purchase.$3,900,000

3 Beds
5 Baths
3,422 SqFt
54 Days On Market

Coronado Village 300 1st St

Lovely Historic Hawaiian-style Home. MILLS ACT FUNDED with current taxes $7,674. Lot is over 10,000 sf! Completely renovated in 2008 with new kitchen, baths, electrical, plumbing and 2nd story addition. Spacious master suite upstairs includes office and large balcony with sweeping views of the San Diego Bay! Tropical landscaping enhances all the outdoor entertaining areas with a waterfall feature and bamboo fencing. Large side yard has an above ground spa. Original redwood interiors and woo...$3,456,789

5 Beds
5 Baths
3,379 SqFt
37 Days On Market

Southeast Escondido 700 S Juniper Street

The "Beach House" (c. 1896), one of San Diego's cherished, architectural treasures on the National Registry of Historical Places & part of the Mills Act. The Victorian estate sits atop a private, .5+ acre knoll, surrounded by exquisite gardens, mature trees, Swiss Victorian gazebo, two porches & rear patio. The interior is a romantic, articulately planned turn-of-the-century masterpiece with one of the most intricate collections of hand-printed Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper in the country. Id...$3,300,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
3,300 SqFt
176 Days On Market

Coronado Village 800 A Ave

Rare Opportunity! This unique and historic craftsman home is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years. Classic exterior in excellent village location; inside, high ceilings ringed with clerestory windows light up beautiful maple floors and fir wainscoting. Property sits on 7,125 sq.ft. corner lot, and also includes detached 2BR/1BA guest house. Great candidate for historic designation and Mills Act tax relief.$3,100,000

5 Beds
2 Baths
3,221 SqFt
106 Days On Market

Rancho Santa Fe 6126 Paseo Delicias

Truly romantic historical Lilian Rice row home. Exceptional details and quality materials used in full remodel. Main house w/master bedroom and den/workout room. Back guest unit has 2 bedrooms w/2 bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings, oak flooring, custom cabinetry, fabulous kitchen! Beautifully landscaped w/outdoor living areas. Live w/in the heart of the village with total privacy. The property is registered on the historical Mills Act, offering close to a 75% annual savings on property taxes...a HU...$2,995,000

4 Beds
4 Baths
2,814 SqFt
100 Days On Market

Mission Hills 4744 Panorama Drive

** MILLS ACT APPROVED ** The Hawley Residence c. 1908 by Master Architects William S. Hebbard & Irving J. Gill. Available for the 1st time in 58+ years this Historically Designated (soon to be Mills Act funded) exquisite Prairie rests on an exceedingly private 3+ acre Canyon Rim site. Enjoy the Grace & Elegance of a bygone era minutes to the City Center! $200,000+ in recent Improvements. Walk to hip Restaurants, Boutiques & Summer Concerts in the Park. Certainly an opportunity not to be missed!$2,200,000

5 Beds
3 Baths
3,486 SqFt
284 Days On Market

Point Loma 3640 Dudley Street

***Great Street***Great Lot***The Prestigious Coveted Wooded Area*** Sim Bruce Richards***Mills Act Candidate***5 Car Garage**Paved Alley Access***RV Parking ***14,000 Sq Ft Flat Level Lot ***Guest Quarters***Car Port***5BR/3BA ***Over 4,000 Sq Ft Single Story Living*** Mature Trees and Landscaping provide the backdrop for a Quieter, Private, Simpler Way of Life Reminiscent of Days Gone Bye*** One Third of an Acre (.This is the one you have been waiting for! If you have been looking in "The W...$2,200,000

5 Beds
3 Baths
3,906 SqFt
41 Days On Market

La Jolla 464 Prospect St 402

Spacious single story layout on garden level. Charming breakfast nook opens up to lush central courtyard with tranquil fountain. Copious storage incorporated into Master Bedroom Suite, with two large walk-in closets. Semi-private elevator with direct lobby access. Two deeded parking spaces in underground garage. This historic property has established Mills Act approval. See Supplement for on site amenities.$2,120,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
2,585 SqFt
1 Days On Market

Coronado 718 B Avenue

Charming 1471 Sq Ft Coronado Craftsman Bungalow, with a concrete 610 Sq Ft basement, in desirable village location! Including a legal 535 Sq Ft rear dwelling on separate meter; this property has a high walkability score in Coronado. Total developed living space is 2006 Sq Ft. Newly renovated with plenty of charm this home has potential to add a second story and the possibility to participate in the Mills Act for significant reduction in property tax. Enjoy outdoor living on the 439 Sq Ft rear...$2,090,000

3 Beds
3 Baths
2,006 SqFt
66 Days On Market

Hillcrest 3543 3rd Avenue

Impeccably Remodeled, Professionally Designed, 4,041 sq. ft. - 1913 Craftsman Style Home. Strong Mills Act Candidate. Open Floor Plan, Thermador Appliances, 48" Pro Series Range w/griddle, Wine Fridge, Custom Cabinets, Quartz Counter-tops. Exquisite Hardwood Floors, Glass Doorknobs & Fine Architectural Detail throughout. Lg. Spa like Master Bedroom/Bath retreat w/huge Walk-In Closet. Ample Off Street parking w/ a 2 car garage+2 carport spaces. City Approved Plans for Additional Unit & 4 c...$1,895,000

5 Beds
5 Baths
4,041 SqFt
62 Days On Market

La Jolla 552 Rushville

Spanish Bungalow La Jolla built in 1928 is ready to be submitted to MILLS ACT READY. This single level Spanish charmer has been thoughtfully upgraded to still maintain its 1920’s charm. Upgrades include hardwood floors, beam ceilings, plantation shutters, all re-plastered walls, all doors refinished, New appliances, upgraded bathrooms, paved front courtyard, rear patio, cozy patio fireplace, landscaping, new garage door and a new sprinkler system. SEE SUPPLEMENT$1,849,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,429 SqFt
79 Days On Market

Hillcrest 435 W Thorn St

Historic Landmark in Bankers Hill with Mills Act status. Kitchen features granite counters and Viking appliances. Other features include main level bedroom and hardwood floors throughout most of the home Guest house features 1 bedroom, 1 bath and kitchenette. Great location close to downtown, beaches, restaurants, gas lamp district, Petco Field and downtown.$1,781,300

7 Beds
4 Baths
4,320 SqFt
13 Days On Market

Mission Hills 4330 Witherby St.

Prime North Mission Hills location; Canyon home on a large parcel; Four bedrooms, updated kitchen with Granite counter-tops; with Mills Act in place for extra property tax savings. Amazing backyard, almost resort-like. Front of the home is deceiving, a hidden oasis awaits. Needs some TLC, an opportunity awaits. Close to Downtown, Presidio Park, and Historic Old Town San Diego.$1,595,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
2,350 SqFt
34 Days On Market

San Diego 1528 Granada Ave

HISTORICAL HOME - The Edward Quayle Residence! Save thousands with Mills Act! Arts & Craft style in the heart of South Park! Walking distance to shops/restaurants/parks/schools. Stunning custom original wood architectural details & built-ins, 3 spacious bdrms & 3 baths in the main home & 1 bdrm/1 bath attached to the garage with separate entrance. Features a library. The master bdrm features an en-suite with large walk-in closet. Lrg balcony with new custom railing. Private backyard with buil...$1,450,000

4 Beds
4 Baths
2,374 SqFt
9 Days On Market

La Jolla 464 Prospect St 507

Elegant single level end unit with private elevator entry in iconic 464 Prospect. 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath home with high ceilings, crown mouldings, entry foyer. Open floor plan includes a large eat-in kitchen and generous living room with magnificent African mahogany built in and fireplace. Gleaming hard wood floors throughout. Spacious master bath with dual sinks, spa tub and separate shower. Laundry in, pets allowed, 2 parking places, 24 hour concierge and valet. Mills Act tax savings comp...$1,395,000

1 Beds
2 Baths
1,665 SqFt
64 Days On Market

Hillcrest 1284 Brookes Terrace

Classic Marston Hills/Hillcrest Colonial Revival home! A prime candidate for Mills Act & a rare chance to own a piece of San Diego history. This home has it all: large entertaining spaces, 3 fireplaces, updated kitchen w/ built-in banquette, lots of storage & views. Large terraced, canyon lot w/ multi-level decks & patio spaces. Studio above garage has it's own private balcony. The entire home is flooded w/ natural light & the charm of a time gone by. The owners have respected the original ar...$1,320,000

5 Beds
4 Baths
2,530 SqFt
91 Days On Market

Point Loma 3279 Homer St

Historically designated Craftsman Home w/ Mills Act tax savings. Impeccably Maintained, Prairie style home Restored to its Original Splendor! Kitchen Boasts Cherry Cabinets, Double Bull-Nose Granite Counters, Farm-Style Sink, 6 Brn Range. Authentic Hardware Showcasing Craftsmen Period. Italian Blown Pendant Lights. Private Sanctuary Yard w/ Meticulously Maintained Landscaping, Enchanting Patios, Arbors & Fountain. Detached Office/Granny Flat QUIETER HOME PROGRAM Complete. Act fast!$1,320,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,212 SqFt
11 Days On Market

San Diego 3200 6th Avenue 303 (3c)

On the park. Meticulously and thoughtfully refined, this sub-penthouse, one level corner unit residence is perfectly positioned directly across from world famous Balboa Park. A spacious floor-plan offers privacy and ease, while floor-to-ceiling windows provide the perfect invitation to reconnect with nature and the beauty we call San Diego. Mills Act designation offers significant tax savings. This Henry Hester designed landmark is truly one of the “crown jewels” of mid-century modern archit...$1,275,000

3 Beds
3 Baths
1,513 SqFt
21 Days On Market

Mount Helix 9633 El Granito

The William Gross House, built in 1910. Historically designated compound with 3 separate living quarters. Main house is 2 bdrm 2bath. Guest cottage has 2 suites. Artist Studio is expansive and can seat 50 for a music recital. Breezes and views abound on this verdant .83-acre spread with tall palm trees & privacy on 2 parcels. This is the 1st home constructed in the "Colony for Artists" on Mt. Helix that attracted famous actors & singers of the era. Mills Act! Property taxes paid in 2018...$1,225,000

5 Beds
4 Baths
3,200 SqFt
5 Days On Market

Hillcrest 666 Upas Street 1201

ENVIABLE LOCATION, HIGHLY DESIRABLE VIEWS, PRESTIGIOUS, HISTORICALLY DESIGNATED BUILDING, MILLS ACT AVAILABLE - COMBINES FOR THE VERY DEFINITION OF VALUE! This unit is the much sought, rarely available east end layout with exposure on three sides. Photos are from previous staged 2018 listing. The long time home of a gracious lady, it's now ready to be owned, loved and re-imagined by someone new who sees its potential. Clearly one of those, 'I'll know it when I see it' opportunities.$1,175,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,768 SqFt
39 Days On Market

Ocean Beach 4405 Voltaire St

Beautiful colonial craftsman home. Possible Mills Act eligible. Features large bedrooms with two baths and 1819 sq feet. Amazing, huge kitchen is to die for. A chef’s dream with brand new appliances including 5 burner slide in range and custom vent hood and pot filler. The farmhouse sink is set in a magnificent quartz counter-top with translucent-like qualities and huge peninsula. Cabinets are brand new custom shaker style with soft close doors/drawers and beautiful brushed brass hardware.$995,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,819 SqFt
55 Days On Market

North Park 3503 Ray Street

Prominently positioned on a corner in a coveted North Park locale, this charming Craftsman Bungalow was deemed Historical Landmark #493 in 2001 and may come with the added benefit of the Mills Act property tax reduction. Providing a timeless appeal throughout its single-level interior, the home boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood and slate flooring, an updated cook’s kitchen, and large formal living areas with a fireplace, wainscoting and coffered ceilings. Tranquil outdoor spaces include a ...$948,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,423 SqFt
112 Days On Market

San Diego 3200 6th Avenue 206 (2f)

Seller will entertain offers from $799,000 to $849,000. A rare offering perfectly positioned within the iconic Colonel Irving Salomon / Henry Hester Apartments Historical Landmark #801, this one-level residence offers private dual master suites, wonderful natural light, breezes, two-car parking, and Mills Act providing huge property tax savings to the owner. Located directly across from world-famous Balboa Park with ease of access to the San Diego Zoo, museums, restaurants and more! See supp...$849,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,129 SqFt
68 Days On Market

La Mesa 9353 Lemon Ave.

Charming Mid Century Modern single level custom home built as builder/developer's personal home. Warm wood accents with a wall of glass opening to the lush grassy lawn & detached office. Covered & open patios. Large private rear yard for outdoor entertaining & relaxation.Owned solar panels. RV parking. Western slope of Mt. Helix location is convenient to downtown La Mesa & CA State Highways 125 & 8. Accessory Dwelling Unit friendly property. Candidate for Historic Property (Mills Act)-low pr...$775,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,802 SqFt
103 Days On Market

Chula Vista 462 E St

One of a kind Registered Historical home in MINT condition, Mills Act in Place, low taxes on property transfer. Polished hardwood flooring through out this home. Beautiful updated kitchen, formal dining room plus breakfast room, inside laundry room, 2 bedrooms and den on 1st floor. Large Bedroom and 1/2 bath+walk in closet on 2nd floor. Newer Central AC. Detached GUEST HOUSE offers full kitchen, living room, bedroom with fireplace, dining area , enclosed porch and large bedroom. View the virt...$740,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,900 SqFt
8 Days On Market

Southeast Escondido 221 W 8th Ave

RARE Opportuntiy. 1st time for sale in more than 21 yrs. Prop under the Mills Act (supplement); save a lot in property taxes! So much charm & character. Closed-in front porches downstairs & upstairs. Unique property, much preserved. 3bed/2bath: 2beds/1bath upstairs; 1bed/1bath downstairs. Lg back porch. Original hardwood floors. Extra large lot. Central heat & A/C. Solar panels. Casita in back is on concrete slab: heat & a/c. Roof in good shape! Solar: SAVE! Fenced-in completely. Mature lands...$625,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,685 SqFt
99 Days On Market

San Diego 3242 Isla Vista Dr

Beautifully maintained 3BD/2BA Mills Act Historic home is move in ready. Tastefully restored while keeping aspects of its original charm such as eye catching wood beam ceilings, redwood walls and mahogany beveled floors in living and dining room, warming grand brick fireplace, built in shelves, oak floors in bedrooms and hallway. Home also features , crown molding, recessed lighting, ceiling fans in all bedrooms, large attic for additional storage space and detached 2 car garage. See suppleme...$599,900

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,434 SqFt
10 Days On Market

South Escondido 208 W 7th Ave

Restored 1911 Craftsman Home on the Mills Act (tax break) with granny flat rental unit. Front porch with All original Cement pillars. Every wall on this home was scrapped and smooth troweled. All floors sanded, stained and sealed. All trim was painted and rebuilt to bring this home back to life. Both baths in the main house have new tile and fixtures, all time period appropriate. Exposed brick in the kitchen with modern equipment. Rear unit is a airbnb income producing rental.$595,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,100 SqFt
17 Days On Market

Mount Helix 4871 Bancroft

Built in 1935, This Historical home is part of "the MILLS ACT TAX BREAK" 2 bedroom, 2 bath charmer is built with Craftsman-style qualities. Upon entering, you will find high ceilings, archways, and custom-wood constructed double hung windows. The beautiful maple flooring was repurposed from the Hotel del Coronado’s ballroom in the 1930s. Sit and relax while enjoying the wood-burning fireplace. A charming kitchen with a breakfast nook is right off of the dining room. See supplement below....$565,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,341 SqFt
29 Days On Market

Downtown 515 17th Street

Charming single family home in East Village newly updated and featuring west-facing views of the Downtown skyline. Enjoy fresh interior and exterior paint, new laminate and ceramic tile floors, a large laundry room, front porch, and a fully remodeled eat-in kitchen with brand new appliances, cabinetry, and lighting. Fully-fenced, this property offers enclosed driveway parking and is perfect for pet owners. Due to the home’s historical nature, it may qualify for the Mills Act offering tax inc...$549,900

3 Beds
1 Baths
844 SqFt
44 Days On Market

Downtown 702 Ash Street 407

The ultimate urban lifestyle awaits from this chic, corner-unit condominium in the iconic El Cortez. Light-filled and lovely, the beautifully remodeled interior includes 1 generously-sized bedroom, 1 bath, city views, new carpet, in-unit laundry, and a gorgeous granite kitchen with new vinyl flooring and stainless appliances. El Cortez is a historically designated building whereby owners can benefit from the Mills Act property tax reduction. Community amenities include: 24-hour parking attend...$399,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
782 SqFt
40 Days On Market

Downtown 702 Ash Street 301

This prime one bed/one bath gem in the fabulous El Cortez features a great layout and huge southwest-facing windows offering gorgeous city views and cool breezes off the Bay. Built in 1927, the iconic El Cortez is a nationally registered Spanish Revival landmark whose elegant halls have hosted showbiz legends like Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and several US Presidents! Unparalleled glamour, timeless details in the perfect walkable downtown location. Mills Act tax savings in place to help offse...$387,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
677 SqFt
47 Days On Market

Hillcrest 1740 Upas St 21

Unique opportunity! Mid-century modern style complex was designed by innovative Master Architects Lloyd Ruocco & Homer Delawie. Recently designated a Historic Landmark, it is one of very few condominium buildings to have the designation! Owners can apply for Mills Act approval for substantial reduction of property taxes. Prime location - walking distance to the Zoo & Balboa Park, great Hillcrest, restaurants, coffee shops, and more! Add washer/dryer connections - with HOA approval.$359,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
576 SqFt
21 Days On Market

Downtown 702 Ash Street 202

Embrace the coveted urban lifestyle from this beautifully remodeled, corner-unit condominium in the iconic El Cortez. The open, light-infused interior offers 1 bedroom, 1 bath, city views, wood flooring throughout, a sleek granite kitchen with stainless appliances, and French doors opening onto a sprawling common area terrace perfect for entertaining or relaxing with friends & family. El Cortez is a historically designated building whereby owners can benefit from the Mills Act property tax re...$340,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
628 SqFt
82 Days On Market

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Listing information last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 9:46am PDT.