Carmel Valley is located in the North County coastal area, 15 miles north of downtown San Diego and just east of I-5 and Del Mar. The community is based on a master plan created in 1974, allowing the planned development of residential neighborhoods on the mesa, while leaving the canyons and valleys as open space. Building began in 1983, and there are now a variety of luxury homes, condominiums, townhouses and apartments available.
By the mid-1990s, Carmel Valley became one of San Diego's most popular neighborhoods with shopping centers, movie theaters, and business centers. Served by one of California's best school districts, Carmel Valley is a top choice for families alike. Executives and professionals appreciate the proximity to nearby Sorrento Valley and easy access to the inland corridor by SR-56.
Carmel Valley offers a great deal of open space for outdoor activities and is located less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean. Build-out of the area continues, with an increasing number of homes from estates to apartments, making the area attractive to a wide variety of buyers. Communities include Torrey View, Torrey Hills, The Highlands and Pacific Highland Ranch to name a few.
Elementary schools are split between the Del Mar and Solana Beach districts of which both upper class neighborhoods feel parental attention is core. The middle and high schools (including the highly respected Torrey Pines High School) are part of the San Dieguito school district. A strong support for education is shown by 80th - 90th percentile rankings in state scores, ranking among the top 3% in the state.
CARMEL VALLEY 92130
We've witnessed, firsthand, Carmel Valley's incredible growth since we first moved here in 1988 to raise our family. The 92130 zip code, collectively referred to as Carmel Valley, has expanded exponentially to become a cluster of five distinct communities and three smaller neighborhoods.Communities
- Carmel Valley Core
- Carmel Country Highlands
- Del Mar Mesa
- Pacific Highlands Ranch
- Torrey Del Mar
- Rancho Pacifica
The history of Carmel Valley dates back to 1899 when the Sisters of Mercy established Mount Carmel Ranch, a 1,000-acre working farm to support what is now Scripps Mercy Hospital, located over eighteen miles from the farm. Around 1905, the nuns designed the farm's main residence, a two-story, 3,500-square-foot home inspired by Greek Revival architecture that still stands today as a reminder of an area prized for its mild climate and central location.
In 1983, builders introduced traditional, single-family homes in Carmel Valley, with apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and luxury properties arriving later. For residents seeking warmer weather, lower prices, and easier access to regional shopping than coastal communities can offer, Carmel Valley is the ideal location. With its outstanding schools, restaurants, movie theaters, bike paths, recreation centers, skate park, and its proximity to some of San Diego's most beautiful natural resources, Carmel Valley's mix of amenities offers residents a lifestyle unmatched by any other community in San Diego.
Carmel Valley is home to active families who value coastal living, convenience, and access to natural resources, like Torrey Pines State Park, Los Penasquitos Canyon, Gonzalez Canyon, and the beaches of Del Mar and Solana Beach. Many residents here are academics, executives, or professionals, who work nearby for the University of California, Scripps Health, Qualcomm, or for the many high-tech and biotech companies in and around Sorrento Valley and La Jolla. More than two dozen law firms have offices in Carmel Valley's growing business hub along High Bluff Drive and El Camino Real.