Carbonear presents a variety of pleasant neighbourhoods with safe and affordable housing in a wide variety of price ranges. Water and sewer services are available in all areas of town, garbage collection is on a weekly basis, and the town offers has a very effective Volunteer Fire Department. The town has the lastest in Internet connections through service providors, as well cable service. Excellent electrical services are provided through Newfoundland Power, and there are a variety of companies that provide heating oil and natural gas. Home heating sources include wood, electric, oil, and propane.

In addition to the provincially recognized heritage homes, there are other older properties that can make treasured homes for families. There are a number of new subdivisions which easily accessible and near schools, shopping, churches, the hospital and other services.