Welcome to Carmel Valley
Planned suburban retreat with a booming commercial landscape
Verdant mountains flank the affluent Carmel Valley, a relatively new planned community appealing to many for the diverse lifestyles it affords. Locals are drawn in for the pristine beaches, woodsy landscape, and pleasant weather, but what makes them stay are the friendly, welcoming neighbors that nourish the community’s spirit. Lush parks enrich the setting, creating an excellent place for residents to relax.
The town’s name originates from the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy, who ran a dairy farm and monastery in the area in the early 1900s, and today Carmel Valley radiates in the beauty of its eventual transformation into a most sought-after residential enclave, centrally located to shopping, dining, and the freeway. Actively retaining its natural allure, Carmel Valley is also home to commercial offices, retail stores, and restaurants alongside golf courses and miles of trails. With a mix of custom-built homes, horse properties, and luxury condominiums, this attractive town offers a little bit of everything.
What to Love
- Family-oriented town
- Outdoor activities galore
- Excellent parks
- Top-rated academic institutions
- Centrally located
Peaceful and family-friendly, residents of Carmel Valley enjoy convenient ease to daily life with the neighborhood’s central location to necessary destinations. Childcare options abound in town, along with excellent schools that prioritize student well-being situated close to home—this is really a place for your child to grow. Several parks are strewn across the neighborhood, boasting great picnic spots and ball fields.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Carmel Valley is home to several shopping spots, from the Carmen Valley Village Service Center to Center Street Marketplace, Mid Valley Shopping Center, and the Valley Hills Center as well as others. Bring your kids to Nick’s Del Mar for savory family meal kits featuring whipped mashed potatoes, fried chicken breasts, and butter cake. You can treat yourself to sizzling, butter-topped ribeye steak at Ruth’s Chris, not to mention the lobster mac and cheese, creme brulee, and calamari. Stop into North Italia for modern yet authentic dishes of squid ink mafaldine, white truffle garlic bread, and chicken presto among others.
At the luxurious One Paseo, a mecca of alfresco dining, boutique shopping, and outdoor fitness classes comes to life. Meet up with friends and stop into Soulcycle for a transformative fitness experience or dine at Mizukiyama Sushi and finish off your meal with beer or sake.
Things to Do
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a five-star Mediterranean-style hotel boasting a spa, heated pools, a Tom Fazio-designed 18-holes golf course plus even an equestrian center. The golf course is awash in sunshine, crafted against the Los Penasquitos Canyon and sporting lush fairways and dramatic elevations. The clubhouse lies just beyond the waterfalls marking the end of the golf course’s eighteenth hole, and reserved for members and resort guests.
Stroll past enticing stores and shop your heart out at the Del Mar Highlands. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, satiate your cravings for entertainment with a visit to the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas or a stop into one of the many live music venues in the area.
Carmen Valley is served by the prestigious San Dieguito Union High School District, home to some really high-performing schools. A few of the neighborhood’s top educational opportunities include:
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