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Neighborhood Spotlight: Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley is a beautiful, clean and affluent neighborhood located in San Diego. This newer suburban community is located in the north-western corner of San Diego and offers easy (central) access to some of the most popular areas in San Diego. 
Rated an A+ and Ranked #5 best places to live in San Diego (as per niche.com). Carmel Valley offers a warm and family-friendly atmosphere, perfect weather, low crime rates, plenty of trails and natural terrain for dog owners and bike enthusiasts, and excellent school districts, making it the ideal place to live for young families or singles. 
About Carmel Valley
While Carmel Valley is considered one of the newer neighborhoods in San Diego, California. It was originally formed in 1975 with most of its construction beginning in 1983. 
Its name comes from the “Carmelite Sisters of Mercy”, who established a dairy farm and monastery in the area circa 1905. 
Locals called the community Carmel Valley which later became known as “North City West” (in the 70s).
It was officially named “Carmel Valley” again in the 90s. 
The area served as a home for Native American tribes, Spanish ranchers, gold miners, and dairy farmers during its growth, development, and expansion.
Today this affluent neighborhood has grown beyond what anyone could have imagined with a population over 50,500 as of 2018 as per point2homes.com.

Carmel Valley Real Estate Market

Carmel Valley features a variety of real estate including custom homes, condominiums, single-family homes (Quail Meadows and Carmel Valley Ranch), ranch-style homes, working ranches, horse properties, vineyards, luxury homes, and a new low-income housing project next to Canyon Crest Academy.
The Median Home Value in Carmel Valley is $859,000 as per niche.com with a majority of properties listed between $1.1m - $1.6m via realtor.com.
There is a strong buyers market here with over 64.7% of residents in Carmel Valley own their own homes as opposed to renting.
AMENITIES IN Carmel Valley
Nestled between lush green mountains just beyond the “fog line” of San Diego is Carmel Valley, where you'll find beautiful views, vineyards, golf courses, wonderful parks, and plenty of open spaces with hiking and equestrian trails alike. You’ll also find commercial offices, residential units, hotels, retail stores and restaurants and a recreation center which are just a few of the many things to experience in this flourishing community. 
There's a lot going on here regarding growth and development as well. Plenty of local jobs (many local restaurants and shops are hiring part-time and full time) and lots of work opportunities in the medical and science field exist here due to its growth.
As far as shopping goes there’s a lot of variety to be found here: Rite Aid, Walgreens, Vons, Ralphs, Ben and Jerry's, Starbucks, and much more. Most of the businesses in Carmel Valley are upscale larger chains and franchises (compared to privately owned small businesses). A few of the major shopping centers include Mid Valley Shopping Center, The Crossroads Carmel and The Barnyard Shopping Village.
Carmel Valley is known for its nationally-recognized schools–which are some of the best in the state:
Elementary schools to the north are part of the Solana Beach School District (K-6). The southern area is managed by the Del Mar Union School District (K-6). Overlaying the entire community is the San Dieguito Union High School District. (which manages the middle schools and high schools). Some Carmel Valley residents attend schools in the bordering communities of Pacific Highlands RanchTorrey Hills, and Torrey Pines
Carmel Valley schools are known for outstanding education and rigorous academics.
Nearby Areas Include
  • Del Mar Mesa
  • Pacific Highlands Ranch
  • Torrey Hills
  • Torrey Highlands
  • Rancho Peñasquitos
  • Lansdale Estates
  • Del Mar Heights
  • Sorrento Valley


Carmel Valley has an Ideal Central location which is easily accessed from much of San Diego County.
80.9% of residents in Carmel Valley drive with less than 1% of its population relying on public transportation. 
For residents looking for a more spectacular mode of private/shuttle or airport travel here are the top 5 options in Carmel Valley:
Carmel Valley is also just a minute's drive from the Del Mar Racetrack and Torrey Pines Golf course.

Top Things To See & Do Nearby 

Moto Talbott Specialty Museum - Moto Talbott museum in Carmel, California, features more than 170 iconic motorcycles from 16 countries and is located on one of Northern California’s most beautiful motorcycle roads.
Plenty of Wineries & Vineyards (Georis Winery, Folktale Winery & Vineyard, Cowgirl Winery, Holman Ranch, Boekenoogen Winery Tasting Room and the Talbott Vineyards and Heller Estate Organic Vineyards). 
Garland Ranch Regional Park - This park is the “ granddaddy” of the MPRPD properties. home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply where you will experience spectacular views. Throughout the park there are reminders of Carmel Valley's past: Rumsen Indian habitation sites; homestead, hunting and logging remains; livestock trails, ponds and springs; and Rancho Don Juan.

Overall Impression

Overall, Carmel Valley is the ideal neighborhood to live in San Diego if you can afford it. It’s beautiful, clean, safe, and central and offers plenty of variety for kids and adults alike. Rated an A+ and ranked #5 best places to live in San Diego (as per niche.com), there is little doubt as to why there is such a strong demand for real estate in this prime location.

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