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
61 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
420 Days On Market

Rancho Santa Fe 16161 Puerta Del Sol

On the westside of the Rancho Santa Fe “Covenant”, this historic Spanish Colonial Revival property of just over three acres of tranquil outdoor space is perfectly located for secluded living, yet in close proximity to the California coast and its breathtaking scenery and activities. Built in 1928, the home was designed by legendary architect, Lilian Rice, which allowed it to be placed on the Historic Registry and, thus, financially benefits from Mills Act treatment. With living space of a...$4,200,000

7 Beds
8 Baths
7,000 SqFt
99 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
112 Days On Market

Coronado Village 800 A Ave

Rare Opportunity! This unique and historic craftsman home-- a past home of former U.S. Senator John McCain-- is coming 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
42 Days On Market

Rancho Santa Fe 17845 Via De Fortuna

Once in a lifetime offering, this Thomas Shepherd 4BR, 1 story is classic in design, proportion and style. This gracious home features an elegant living room & dining room w/ high ceilings, crown moldings, and tall window walls. Built in 1966 on one of RSF's premier TROPHY LOTS offering 3.66 spectacular view acres on the northwest side of the Covenant filled w/ mature trees & manicured landscaping. A true historic architectural treasure which might qualify for a historic designation & the Mil...$2,995,000

4 Beds
4 Baths
4,591 SqFt
36 Days On Market

Rancho Santa Fe 6126 Paseo Delicias

Truly romantic historical Lilian Rice rowhome. Exceptional details and quality materials used in the remodel. Main house with master bedroom and den/workout room. Back guest unit has 2 separate bedrooms w/2 bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings, oak flooring, custom cabinetry, fabulous kitchen! Beautifully landscaped with outdoor living areas. Live within the heart of the village with total privacy. The property is registered on the historical Mills Act, offering close to a 80% savings in property tax....$2,995,000

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

La Jolla 464 Prospect St Ph 7

Secluded single story corner penthouse in elegant 464 Prospect with wrap around large windows,featuring high ceilings, crown moldings, spectacular great room with wet bar and open floor plan Floor to ceiling stone clad fireplace is the centerpiece! Master bath features a soaking tub and a separate steam shower,dual sinks The renowned common areas and amenities, include; valet parking, onsite management, gym, pool, sauna, magnificent roof deck and party room. Mills Act for property tax relief...$2,248,000

2 Beds
3 Baths
2,173 SqFt
48 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 approved) 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 mis...$2,200,000

5 Beds
3 Baths
3,486 SqFt
220 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. 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 deck and the quaint 131 sq ft front porch. ...$2,190,000

3 Beds
3 Baths
1,471 SqFt
2 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
15 Days On Market

Hillcrest 1284 Brookes Terrace

Classic Marston Hills Colonial Revival home! A prime candidate for Mills Act and 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 the garage has it's own private balcony. The entire home is flooded with natural light & the charm of a time gone by. The owners have respected the original arc...$1,350,000

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

Downtown 950 6th Ave 432

DESIGNED TO ENTERTAIN! Exclusive modern loft-style condo in a historic building located in the heart of Downtown Gaslamp district. Fourteen feet-high drop ceilings and giant full length windows let tons of light in. High-end finishes include hardwood floors throughout, onyx illuminating countertops, built-in appliances, heated floor in the master bath, and many more. Comes with 3 parking spaces and a storage unit. Pending Mills Act application - property tax reduction when approved.$1,299,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
2,680 SqFt
118 Days On Market

Mount Helix 9633 El Granito Ave

$1,050,000-$1,250,000. Incredibly Rare Opportunity To Own The 1st House Built on Grossmont's Artist Colony. 1910 Historic "William Gross" House w/Mills Act Designation. Of Special Note: Stained Glass Windows/Doors Designed by James Hubbell, Artisian Built Solid Walnut Spiral Staircase & Architecture That Reflects the Craftsman Stye in it's Original Detail. MAIN DWELLING - 2 Bed/2 Bath/2,000 Sq Ft GUEST HOUSE - 2 Bed/1 Bath/480 Sq Ft (Seller's Previously Used as a Rental) ART STUDIO 700+Sq Ft ...$1,250,000

4 Beds
4 Baths
3,200 SqFt
13 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
5 Days On Market

North Park 3049 Palm Street

Seller will entertain offers btwn $999k-1.049m. Historically designated, 3BD/2BA Dryden Craftsman with Mills Act=PROP TAX SAVINGS. Gorgeous curb appeal w/ wide porch, oversized square tapered columns, staggered shingle siding with contrasting stucco finish, and heavy beam/cross-gable roof illustrate true Dryden style. Box-beamed ceiling, wood floors and built-ins further the charm. Spacious master with French doors to elevated deck, forced air/heat epitomize the modernization. 6400 esf lot.$1,049,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,570 SqFt
57 Days On Market

Hillcrest 1208 Myrtle Ave

Rare opportunity in the coveted historic Marston Hills neighborhood. Prime residential Canyon lot w/ exceptional potential to revive the story of this sought after Spanish Revival residence. First time to market in 7 decades. Mills Act Potential having been originally built in 1926 this timeless home retains architectural significance, including coved ceilings, arched doorways, original hardwood floors & Batchelder styled fireplace tiles. Optional 3rd bedroom in detached casita with full bath...$1,019,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,604 SqFt
30 Days On Market

San Diego 2138 Front St

NEW REMODEL of amazing VICTORIAN inspired home. This home is in the process of being renovated. Gorgeous restored staircase as a focal point to the entry. Large designer kitchen, custom baths and fireplace in living room attached to kitchen. Attention to detail by this builder. Fantastic location within walking distance to Little Italy, close to downtown San Diego and Balboa Park. Home is historical and can apply for lower tax assessment pursuant to a Mills Act Application.$998,000

3 Beds
3 Baths
1,776 SqFt
76 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
48 Days On Market

Kensington 5001 Canterbury Dr

Mills Act Tax Reduction!!!! Ask me how and why the Mills Act will reduce your payments. This beautifully restored home has a large kitchen with high end appliances--Kenmore Elite and Bosch. The centerpiece island allows the "chef in you" to spread out comfortably while entertaining family and friends. The kitchen and bath floors are finished with Batchelder historical replica tiles, which further enhance the historical feel of your new home. MORE below in Supplement)$919,950

2 Beds
1 Baths
1,210 SqFt
122 Days On Market

Mission Hills 3200 6th Avenue 206

A rare offering perfectly positioned within the iconic Colonel Irving Salomon / Henry Hester Apartments Historical Landmark #801, this one-level residence offers a private floor plan with dual master suites, two-car parking, and Mills Act designation providing significant property tax savings to the owner. Conveniently located directly across from world-famous Balboa Park with ease of access to the San Diego Zoo, museums, restaurants and more! An opportunity to own a piece of curated mid-cen...$849,000

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

Chula Vista 470 E St

Here is your 2nd opportunity to live here - do not miss out again! This home is eligible for Mills Act tax breaks & comes with a PAID-OFF SOLAR SYSTEM! You will save thousands of dollars on taxes & utility bills every year. The home also comes with a studio-garage conversion for income potential or use as an in-law suite. There are over $200K in upgrades including: viking appliances, water softener, den & more.This is a rarity - act now$775,000

5 Beds
4 Baths
2,055 SqFt
52 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 v...$740,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,900 SqFt
19 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
49 Days On Market

San Diego 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...$574,900

3 Beds
1 Baths
844 SqFt
49 Days On Market

Hillcrest 1740 Upas Street 14

Own a piece of San Diego history!  This mid-century modern style complex was designed by innovative Master Architects Lloyd Ruocco and Homer Delawie.  Recently designated historic, and Mills Act approved!  Upas Park is one of only a few residential buildings in San Diego that are Mills Act approved, allowing for a substantial reduction in annual property taxes.  Meticulously and thoughtfully refined, this top floor, corner unit residence overlooks world famous Balboa Park.$379,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
567 SqFt
5 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 apply for the Mills Act property tax reduc...$350,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
628 SqFt
18 Days On Market

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Listing information last updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 7:31pm PDT.