Carmel Valley embodies the most attractive aspects of North County San Diego living. Named as one of the top three up-and-coming areas for high-end real estate, Carmel Valley has been growing steadily since its official construction commencement in the early 1980's.
The signature wide, sweeping roads are an indication of the easy commutability of the town, complemented by its convenient location aside the Interstate 5, 805, and 56 freeways.
Carmel Valley is a suburban planned community that boasts newly developed shopping centers, large business complexes, and friendly neighborhoods. With abundant parks and a very low crime rate, it's a perfect area for raising a family.
~ Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
~ Garland Ranch Regional Park
~ Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
~ Ridgemar Equestrian Center
~ Torrey Pines State Beach
~ Grand Del Mar Court
~ Powerhouse Park
~ Carmel Mountain Preserve
~ Ocean Air Community Park
~ Highlands Town Center Sky Deck
~ One Paseo (Coming Soon!)
Area Feel: Dense Suburban
Median Home Value: $939,074
An overlay of various school districts are found in Carmel Valley; the northern section is part of Solana Beach School District, the southern section is managed by the Del Mar Union School District, and many residents of Carmel Valley attend schools in the bordering communities of Pacific Highlands Ranch and Torrey Pines.
Solana Highlands Elementary School
Carmel Creek Elementary School
Solana Beach Elementary School
Solana Pacific Elementary School
Carmel Del Mar Elementary School
Del Mar Heights Elementary School
Del Mar Hills Elementary School
Ashley Falls Elementary School
Carmel Valley Middle School
Pacific Trails Middle School
Earl Warren Middle School
Torrey Pines High School
Canyon Crest Academy
San Dieguito High Academy
Sunset High School
Notre Dame Academy
San Diego Jewish Academy
Del Mar Pines School
Located North of the 56 and East of the I-5 freeways, Carmel Valley is situated 10 minutes from the coast, 30 minutes from Downtown San Diego, and 35 minutes from Orange County.
A number of large thoroughfares run through the city, which leads to easy access to all major business parks, shopping centers, and community facilities.
The neighborhoods are set apart from the larger streets and have low levels of noise and traffic activity.
#5 "Best Neighborhood to Live in San Diego"
#5 "Best Neighborhood to Raise a Family in San Diego"
Ranked #29 of "Best Places to Live in California"
Numerous Community Parks & Playgrounds
Most Residents own their Homes
Given an A+ Rating by Niche
Senior & Retirement Community Friendly
Ranked among SoCal's Cleanest Beaches
"Carmel Valley is a very family-oriented community. You constantly see families around the neighborhood, and it's a safe area. You can get to know your neighbors well, and there are so many restaurants and stores within walking distance. There are also many parks for children, and most schools are within a 10 minute commute. If you are planning to start a family, this would be a great place to do it."
"I love Carmel Valley. We moved here 4 years ago when my wife was relocated for work. Coming from Arizona, the weather is certainly a nice break. We looked at several different neighborhoods in Northern San Diego county, but Carmel Valley was the winner when it came to convenience, easy access to freeways, schools, and safety. It definitely seems like a newer part of San Diego - the commercial buildings were all constructed recently, and the houses are very nice."
"This community is amazing, especially if you have a family. The high schools in our district are some of the best in California; our kids went to Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy, and both had wonderful experiences. My husband and I are avid cyclers and there is rarely a weekend we aren't able to get out for a few hours and enjoy the sunshine while we ride around the neighborhood, or head to the coast. The fact that we are a little ways inland means we get to enjoy all of the great parts about Southern California...just without the crowds!"
"Strong suburban vibe in this town. I grew up here, so I've seen some of the changes that this community has gone through, but it has all been for the better in my opinion. There's something for everyone to do. Whether you like shopping, skateboarding, rock climbing, or painting ceramics - you can find it in Carmel Valley. And the ocean is about 10 minutes away, which is obviously an awesome perk."
"Great hiking trails in and around Carmel Valley. I spend time outside, and I like to explore the area. I've lived here 8 years so I've seen many of the different parts of San Diego County - Carmel is my favorite. It's not on the water, but that's part of its appeal to me. Beach on one side, mountains to hike on the other. Win, win."