Welcome to Carmel Valley
Excellent schools and a family-centric community in a centrally located San Diego suburb
Carmel Valley is a relatively young city, with initial construction beginning in 1983, back when the area was known as North West City. Renamed in the early 1990s, for the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy, who maintained a dairy farm and monastery in the area in the early 20th century, Carmel Valley is a master-planned community just east of Del Mar. With a well-developed trail system and ample open spaces, Carmel Valley is known today as a residential oasis with a family-centric atmosphere and top-rated schools.
Picturesque and peaceful, Carmel Valley is frequently named as one of the best places to live in San Diego. While primarily a residential area, Carmel Valley offers an incredible network of hiking trails and dog-friendly parks for residents to enjoy. Horseback riding is a popular pastime here, and you'll find equestrian trails winding through the rolling hills. Homes here are extraordinarily beautiful, with new construction estates designed to capture the stunning vista views and balmy California weather.
What to Love
- Stunning views
- Extensive hiking and equestrian trails
- Gorgeous nearby beaches
- Top-ranked for liveability
People & Lifestyle
A picturesque and quiet area, Carmel Valley is the ideal home for families and young professionals. This affluent community is highly educated and tends to work for private companies or as entrepreneurs, and top employers include Blue Shield of California, Chevron, and Tiffany and Co.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Carmel Valley, though peaceful and quiet, is also home to the dynamic One Paseo, a premier destination for boutiques and restaurants. This breezy complex features five-star dining, like Nick's Del Mar and Mizukiyama Sushi, and low-key options, like Shake Shack. This is where you can get your hair and nails done, fit in a workout, and shop for your new home, all in one convenient and pretty shopping center.
Dining in Carmel Valley is an exquisite experience and Death By Tequila is at the top of the list. This Baja bistro and tequila bar showcases colorful and experimental flavors from a stunning menu of seafood and taco dishes, as well as craft cocktails. The casual Pacific Social excels at New American cuisine and signature homemade pies. Try the Mediterranean avocado toast or spicy chicken and waffles for Sunday brunch, and the six-cheese oven-baked mac or garlic parmesan fettuccine for dinner and you’ll be very pleased you did.
Things to Do
In a place this beautiful, residents love to get out in the fresh air and see the sights, and Carmel Valley offers plenty of opportunities to do just that. The Carmel Mountain Preserve is home to some of the most endangered and unique habitats in San Diego, and hikers can explore this scenery on the Carmel Mountain Preserve Loop. Suitable for all skill levels, this trail is accessible year-round and welcomes hikers, runners, and dogs. The Shaw Valley Trail was made for horses and residents who love to explore this scenic area with their equestrian friends. For outdoor recreation a little closer to home, visit the Carmel Valley Recreation Center. Featuring an expansive playground, picnic areas, a multi-purpose athletic field, tennis courts, a full-size gymnasium, a meeting room, a game room, and a craft room, this is the perfect gathering place for families, children’s events, or parties.
Carmel Valley offers excellent educational opportunities, including: