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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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...$5,495,000

$5,495,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,295 SqFt
61 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

$4,500,000
4 Beds
5 Baths
4,042 SqFt
104 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. See Supplement..........$4,350,000

$4,350,000
8 Beds
7 Baths
5,000 SqFt
531 Days On Market

La Jolla 347 Dunemere

The Charles D. and Laura K. Larkins House of 1930 is San Diego Historical Site No. 830 with Mills Act Agreement. Located in a prime Barber Tract location in La Jolla, it has 4BRs, 2 full and 2 half baths, a surprisingly open and modern floorplan, a private pool, yard, and more charm than you could possibly imagine. An enclosed sunroom looks out over a private patio, there is an attached 2 car garage and all of the curb appeal in the world.$3,495,000

$3,495,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
2,373 SqFt
10 Days On Market

La Jolla 1288 Silverado St.

A short walk to the Cove, downtown shops & restaurants from this unique & beautifully remodeled Spanish home in the heart of La Jolla Village. Home features large living areas, including the master BR, formal living, dining & family rooms & kitchen, as well as 3 outdoor patios, making this home an entertainer’s delight. 2012 remodel was done in keeping w/ original style. Built in 1928, designated historic 2011, transferable Mills Act offers partial property tax relief. Teapot chandelier does ...$3,400,000

$3,400,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,568 SqFt
14 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

$3,300,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
3,300 SqFt
233 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...$3,250,000

$3,250,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
3,379 SqFt
94 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

$3,100,000
5 Beds
2 Baths
3,221 SqFt
163 Days On Market

Mission Hills 1433 Puterbaugh St

Be amazed by one of San Diego's most unique homes. This historically designated mid-century modern home by architect Lloyd Ruocco has Mills Act transfers to a deep propety tax discount. Only the third time on the market since 1947, this stunning home is extensively renovated for a modern lifestyle, but retains so many of Ruocco's original design features. SEE SUPPLEMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION.$2,900,000

$2,900,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
3,300 SqFt
7 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

$2,120,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
2,585 SqFt
58 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

$2,090,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,006 SqFt
123 Days On Market

Rancho Santa Fe 16341 Via Del Alba

Beautifully preserved Lilian Rice estate! This historic home features a main residence with Casita! The peaceful, gently sloping grounds have an array of Palm and Fruit Trees. The main home is a spacious 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath plus bonus room. The back house is 916 sqft with a full kitchen, living, bedroom and bonus room. Beautiful patio seperates the two homes. Both homes are original 1928 Lilian Rice builds and may be eligible for the Mills Act enabling special tax savings and historic dist...$1,995,000

$1,995,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
3,562 SqFt
8 Days On Market

La Jolla 552 Rushville

REFRESHED! 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

$1,849,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,429 SqFt
34 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...$1,795,000

$1,795,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
4,041 SqFt
35 Days On Market

Kensington 4343 Adams Avenue

Kensington Spanish with Mills Act in place! Enjoy substantial property tax savings in this stunning 4br 3.5 bath two story home with detached studio and full bath over garage. Front entrance leads to a beamed and vaulted formal LR with fireplace. Formal dining and a newer kitchen with six burner Viking range, stainless appliances and a wine captain. Lots of useable counter space! Lower bedroom and ensuite bath could function as a master. Under the stairs...a charming half bath! See supplement...$1,779,000

$1,779,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
2,841 SqFt
8 Days On Market

Point Loma 3545 Inez St

This marvelous wood and glass home was designed by Modernist Architect Ken Kellogg - it is one-of-a kind! Its beauty comes from the extensive use of mahogany walls, quarry tile floors, and overall high quality design; ideal proportions set on a quiet ridge looking down at San Diego and the Bay. For buyers seeking a genuine masterpiece, do not miss this home. Separate 1 BR guest quarters below main house is 900SF with patio. Seller has filed for historic designation and Mills Act can follow.$1,749,000

$1,749,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,611 SqFt
80 Days On Market

Coronado Village 350 D Ave.

Own a piece of history & enjoy the benefits of this historically designated Mills Act home-2018 annual property taxes were $$4,657 ! Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home (one bedroom on 1st floor) with oak flooring, tile kitchen & baths, two car detached garage with alley access, & the first roof top deck constructed in Coronado. The original owner of this home - Alfred Jaeger - was a classically trained European horticulturist. This 7000+ sq.ft. lot reflects a beautiful variety of trees, plants &...$1,595,000

$1,595,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,559 SqFt
7 Days On Market

Mission Hills 4119 Lark St

San Diego Historic Landmark No. 657 built 1911. Designed by Master Architect Emmor Brooke Weaver for Frank Sessions, famous Horticulturist Kate Sessions’ brother. On prime Mission Hills street near renowned Francis Parker School, this Classic Craftsman has been maintained & upgraded over time. Features incl. Butler's Pantry & Maple floors. Triple lot w/large porch opening out to oversized yd. Storage shed conveys. Home is fully fenced & has remote operated sliding gate. Eligible for Mills Act...$1,500,000

$1,500,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,186 SqFt
9 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.$1,475,000

$1,475,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
2,350 SqFt
7 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

$1,450,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
2,374 SqFt
9 Days On Market

Chula Vista 681 Del Mar Ave

This Triplex features a stunning 3 story Victorian home and sits on over one-half acre in a quiet neighborhood among several historical homes. With the finished attic space the "Mary Francisco House" has Mills Act potential and was built in 1888. The original carriage house has been converted into a workshop and game room with a 640 sf. rental. The property also has a 1300 sf. Guesthouse tucked behind the beautiful pool area! This is the perfect property for a multigenerational family or inve...$1,300,000

$1,300,000
7 Beds
7 Baths
3,650 SqFt

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...$1,295,000

$1,295,000
1 Beds
2 Baths
1,665 SqFt
121 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 Bnr Range. Authentic Hardware Showcasing Craftsmen Period. Italian Blown Pendant Lights. Private Sanctuary Yard w/ Meticulously Maintained Landscaping, Enchanting Patios, Arbors & Fountain. Detached Office/Granny Ste can be RENTAL INCOME. QUIETER HOME PROGRAM Complete...$1,295,000

$1,295,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
2,212 SqFt
11 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...$1,190,000

$1,190,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
3,200 SqFt
62 Days On Market

Hillcrest 1208 Myrtle Ave

Incredible opportunity to live on one of the most desired streets in all of San Diego! Located in the exclusive Marston Hills District, Residence 1208 Myrtle Ave is situated on a beautiful canyon lot w/expansive views. Embracing its original architectural design & touches, the floor plan offers endless potential to customize the home with your very own ideas & designs, while maintaining the possibility of the Mills Act. The home preserves a perfect setting for entertaining or enjoying its tra...$1,095,000

$1,095,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,604 SqFt
13 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

$995,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,819 SqFt
87 Days On Market

North Park 3015 Kalmia Street

Beautiful Craftsman Bungalow with gleaming wood floors, just remodeled custom kitchen (with quartz & stainless appliances), huge patio for entertaining, garage is potential granny flat (with utility connections in the right spots). Peaceful front porch with refreshing coastal breezes is perfect for morning coffee. Original gum wood details in living and dining rooms. This home is Designated Historically with the Mills Act in place...significant tax savings for new owner. Burlingame is a great...$899,000

$899,000
2 Beds
1 Baths
1,068 SqFt
7 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 ...$888,000

$888,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,423 SqFt
169 Days On Market

Talmadge 4825 Adams Ave

RARE OPPORTUNITY IN IDYLLIC TALMADGE...Set upon a level & fully useable 8600esf lot in the heart of this sought after community sits this single level, potentially HISTORIC* home. 4 bedrooms PLUS DETACHED 200esf office (possible future granny flat?) & 2 car garage provides all the space you need!Flooded with natural light, with a beautiful indoor/outdoor flow (5 sets of French Doors leading to the backyard!), RV parking, SOLAR PANELS, newer A/C & Heat!Possibly eligible for Mills Act (property...$869,000

$869,000
5 Beds
2 Baths
1,728 SqFt
13 Days On Market

Ocean Beach 4746 Brighton Ave

Mills Act -Classic OB Craftsman exudes charm and character. Built-ins, hardwood floors & a fireplace that's been restored. So much potential with this 1923 beauty on a family friendly street just blocks from the beach. Close enough for beach access yet just far enough away for the quiet. Front half of the detached garage was converted to a guest room w/ garage storage remaining in back half. Tankless water heater, water filtration system, nice size lot & private yard w/ alley access. Did I me...$849,000

$849,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,340 SqFt
11 Days On Market

North Park 3620 Pershing Avenue

VRM: 799,000-839,000! North park craftsman opportunity in the famed Dryden Historic District w/ potential for Mills act tax savings! Oversized front porch to greet your guests. Well maintained gum wood, hardwood floors & original built ins throughout. Modernize w/o losing the vintage charm left in the home. Separate laundry room for added convenience. Spacious, private backyard is a unique find in this area with alley access and detached one car garage. Walk to Morley Field, amazing eater...$839,000

$839,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,249 SqFt
3 Days On Market

San Diego 3200 6th Avenue 206 (2f)

Price improvement! 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 supplement!$795,000

$795,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,129 SqFt
35 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...$705,000

$705,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,802 SqFt
160 Days On Market

South Escondido 208 W 7th Ave

Taking backup offers. 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 granny flat or rental.$595,000

$595,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,100 SqFt
24 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...$499,900

$499,900
3 Beds
1 Baths
844 SqFt
65 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

$399,000
1 Beds
1 Baths
782 SqFt
97 Days On Market

Downtown 702 Ash St 301

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 San Diego 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 a perfect walkable downtown location. Mills Act tax savings in place to help offset ...$387,000

$387,000
1 Beds
1 Baths
677 SqFt
10 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

$340,000
1 Beds
1 Baths
628 SqFt
139 Days On Market

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Listing information last updated on August 23rd, 2019 at 12:01am PDT.