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  • Writer's pictureBrant Lee


Updated: Feb 7, 2023

San Diego, California has grown almost exponentially over the past 50 years and continues to be one of the best places in America to live. The weather, people, culture, attractions and quality of live has helped make it "America's Finest City."

San Diego County is filled with a number of planned communities. Among the most prized and desirables being Carmel Valley which sits near the coast on the southern end of what residents call North County San Diego, near La Jolla and Del Mar.

Carmel Valley was created in 1975, taking its name from the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy who operated a dairy farm in the vicinity. As the community was being developed it was known as North City West. The name Carmel Valley was formally adopted in 1991.

Some reasons why Carmel Valley is a place you should consider living.

By the Numbers

Most of the houses, townhomes and condominiums in Carmel Valley were built between 2000 and today, so you're looking at a community with relatively new homes. The community has some of the highest rated schools in America across all grades (K-12, Middle School, High School).

Est. Population: 56,000

Est. Households: 19,908

Metro Area: San Diego Area

City: San Diego

ZIP Codes: 92014, 92121, 92130

Unified School Districts: Poway, San Diego

Elementary School Districts: Del Mar, Solana Beach

Secondary School District: San Dieguito

Congressional Districts: CA-49, CA-52

State Senate District: CA-39

Assembly Districts: CA-77, CA-78

​* Source: The Statistical Atlas (U.S. Census Bureau Data). August, 2022.

Carmel Valley is a Vibrant Family Community

Carmel Valley is ranked #5 in the Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego. The overall perception by most residents is extremely positive.

“Carmel Valley is clean, safe, family and dog friendly. I have a short 15 minute commute to work in La Jolla or the beach at Torrey Pines. There are plenty of childcare options in the area and plenty of recreational activities for young children and families. The schools are excellent with teachers who care, and the Del Mar school district puts children’s well-being first… Police are present in the area, so we feel safe walking through the neighborhood at night. The neighborhood is diverse, and the people are friendly and welcoming.”

“There are plenty of restaurants in Carmel Valley. The neighborhood is very close to the beach. The beach has several surfing locations, swimming locations, and parks. The neighborhoods also have several parks with large fields and playgrounds.”

“Excellent community! Great schools, beautiful parks, and friendly residents. Incredibly grateful to live in such a fine community that supports its residents and their families.”

High Quality Education

The high quality of education is one of the top reasons people want to live and raise a family in Carmel Valley The public schools throughout all grade levels are considered some of the highest rated in America. Learn more.

Close Proximity to the Outdoors

Carmel Valley is conveniently located near San Diego's top outdoor attractions - which include: Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and the various parks, mountains and beaches within a short drive. Some Carmel Valley community parks worth mentioning include:

Excellent Employers In and Near Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley and the surrounding areas (University City, La Jolla, Sorrento Mesa/Sorrento Valley, Torrey Pines, Del Mar) are a major center for employment and innovation in the San Diego County. Some of the most notable employers include:

  • Amazon (e-Commerce/Retail)

  • Blue Shield of California (Insurance)

  • Chevron (Oil & Gas)

  • General Dynamics (Aerospace & Defense)

  • Oracle (Technology)

  • Intuit (Software/Technology)

  • Jack in the Box (Restaurant)

  • Kyocera Mobile (Communications/Technology)

  • Petco (Retail)

  • Sempra Energy (Utilities)

  • Scripps Health (Medical)

  • Sharp Healthcare (Medical)

  • Siemens (Medical/Technology)

  • Sony (Electronics)

  • UCSD (Education)

  • Qualcomm (Technology)

  • ViaSat (Technology)

Contact us to learn more about Carmel Valley and the surrounding areas in North San Diego County.

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