Welcome to Carmel Valley
A dreamy, family-friendly neighborhood outside of San Diego.
Carmel Valley is known for its luscious rolling green hills, a multitude of parks, and a tight-knit sense of community. Located only 16 miles from San Diego, Carmel Valley is the perfect escape from city life. Living here allows you to fully embrace a suburban lifestyle with San Diego just a quick drive (or five-minute train ride) away.
One of the newer neighborhoods surrounding San Diego, Carmel Valley was formed in early 1975. The construction of this well-thought community began later in 1983. The town was given its name after the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy, who once owned and operated a dairy farm and monastery in the area.
The home styles in this master-planned community primarily consist of modern and contemporary residences. The typical home value is $1.1 million. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder why the Carmel Valley housing market is extremely competitive.
What to Love
- A strong sense of community
- Convenient location
- Year-round Mediterranean climate
People & Lifestyle
There’s a reason why Carmel Valley is ranked as one of the best neighborhoods to live around San Diego. The atmosphere and lifestyle here are unlike any other, offering residents a truly unique experience. Carmel Valley is made up of beautiful properties that are close to the ocean, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in nature. It’s no wonder why residents in this serene community are known for being friendly and neighborly.
With top-notch schools, engaged libraries, and plenty of parks, Carmel Valley is known for being a family-oriented community. It is also extremely walkable, safe, and family-friendly. Located only 30 minutes north of Downtown San Diego, residents often commute to the city but appreciate living in Carmel Valley for its tranquil lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
is the place to be when it comes to shopping. This neighborhood retail center has an assortment of retailers—from local boutiques to high-end designer stores. After shopping ‘til you drop, take advantage of the relaxing, sun-soaked patio areas while sipping wine or refueling with coffee. The Merge is also home to fitness studios, beauty boutiques, coffee shops, and cafés.
If you want to dine on some decadent Italian food, head over to Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant
. Here, you can enjoy an authentic Italian experience on your special night out. Wokou Ramen & Yakitori
is another great spot that locals frequent. With a vibrant atmosphere and a creative menu, this hotspot offers a unique culinary menu.
Things to Do
Carmel Valley is home to Bay Club
, an elite fitness club. This resort-style property comes with a plethora of fantastic amenities, outdoor recreation, a full-service day spa, and access to eight outdoor tennis courts and three swimming pools. Its outdoor fire pits make it a cozy and welcoming spot to gather.
Nestled within nature, living here is great for outdoor enthusiasts. Carmel Mountain Preserve
has two main trails: a 2.7-mile trail and a 5.3-mile trail if you’re up for something a bit more intense. These trails allow you to enjoy scenic ocean views and wildlife. To the south of Carmel Valley is Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, where you can stroll through the woods along a creek.
Carmel Valley prioritizes education and is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Ocean Air Elementary School, K-6
- Del Mar Hills Elementary School, K-6
- Carmel Valley Middle School, 7-8
- Canyon Crest High School, 9-12