The Carlsbad, California commercial property market is a microcosm of the American commercial property market as a whole. Like most of the United States, many large real estate firms purchased a large number of used lots and properties in hopes of cashing in on the real estate boom of the late 90s and early 2000s. While many succeeded in reaping large profits, those who were left holding property during the recession in 2008 found themselves owning property which was now worth much less than they had paid for it. There were also fewer companies willing or able to rent or purchase such properties, leaving many property holders paying property taxes on buildings or lots from which they drew no rent or lease payments. This has continued until very recently, when it appears that the value of commercial property has bottomed out, thus making it an excellent time to buy.The commercial property market of Carlsbad has always been dependent on the prices and economic strength found in San Diego, Carlsbad’s close neighbor. For decades this city has been seen as the cheaper alternative for small businesses or residential properties that want the economic strength and large customer base provided by San Diego without the high property cost. Carlsbad is known for having a large beach and competitive commercial property rates, which is why it is home to many typical beachfront commercial entities such as surf shops, restaurants and souvenir depots. It is also home to a number of office complexes due to the wide availability of high-level office workers who live in San Diego and the surrounding area. The location of Camp Pendleton within a few miles of Carlsbad also makes it a hot spot for military contractors, especially those dealing with information technology and logistics.The bottoming-out of the Carlsbad commercial property has once again made it attractive to investors, who feel that it will increase in value due to the strength of the economies that surround it. The lower property costs when compared to San Diego allow Carlsbad to be competitive by allowing businesses to tap into the large population and economy of southern California without being in a place where real estate is at too much of a premium. While certainly not inexpensive, commercial properties in Carlsbad are at their lowest prices in years and look poised to rise in value as the economy recovers. This means that now is an excellent time for businesses to lock in low-rent leases, and for developers and speculators to purchase properties and begin marketing them to new and growing businesses.