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In 2019, the San Diego-Carlsbad metro area was ranked the fifth most expensive city to move to by USA Today. Because Carlsbad is located along Cali’s sandy coastline, the city’s cost of living is 115% more expensive than that of other cities in the U.S. And it’s no surprise why. Carlsbad offers homeowners an exciting coastal and suburban lifestyle, and residents have public access to the city’s two beaches, feel safer because of the city’s low crime rates, and enjoy rising property values.


If you’re considering building a new or first home in Carlsbad, then you’ll need our list of the best custom home builders in the area. These contractors have built some of the city’s most beautiful homes, which have been featured in several design and industry publications. The firms were selected and ranked based on their accolades, customer service, and quality of work.

R.A. Booker Builders

2240 Encinitas Blvd., Suite D, Encinitas, CA  92024

RA Booker Builders was founded in 2008 by Robert Booker, an expert remodeler and home builder from Encinitas. With Booker at the helm, the company efficiently delivers projects that exceed clients’ expectations. Its excellent customer service has helped the firm maintain its position as one of the most highly rated builders in the area.

The company has built both traditional and modern homes in various styles, including Craftsman, Contemporary, Mediterranean, and Spanish. It has also built luxury residences with high-end features, including home theaters, gyms, infinity pools, and outdoor bar areas.