carmel valley real estate spotlight


Today’s Carmel Valley real estate spotlight features an affluent planned community in San Diego’s northwest side.

Do not confuse this community with the Carmel Valley Village in Monterey County, California.

The Carmel Valley neighborhood consists of residential units, commercial offices, hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. Everything a new resident needs in one community.


Carmel Valley Real Estate Spotight Location


Carmel Valley bordered to the south by the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and to the north by the Pacific Highlands Ranch. Interstate 5 borders its west side.

The area located in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The 92130 zip code refers to the entire area along with a few other communities.


Carmel Valley Neighborhood History


Formed in 1975, by the City of San Diego, Carmel Valley is a new community. The Carmel Valley name originates from the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy who in 1905 established a monastery and a dairy farm in the vicinity.

In 1974, the community began with the name “North City West” due to its location with San Diego. Not until the 1990s was it renamed Carmel Valley.


Carmel Valley Real Estate Spotlight Demographics


The population of the 92130 zip code community in 2016 ranged around 51,500.

The San Diego County Assessor’s Office estimated in 2006 that 42,000 people resided in the neighborhood consisting of 70% white, 18% Asian, 7% Hispanic, and 1% African American.

The age diversity of this neighborhood ranges from 30% under 18 and 6.6% over 65. The median age ranged around 36. The estimated median household was $120,900.

A very low crime rate with no homeless population.

The vast majority of residents own their homes.



Niche Site Reviews of Carmel Valley gave the following ratings about Carmel Valley:

  • Public Schools = A+;
  • Good for Families = A+;
  • Diversity = A;
  • Crime & Safety = B+
  • Housing = B
  • Nightlife = B-
  • Best Places to Live in the San Diego Area = 5th out of 89.
  • The Best Neighborhoods in San Diego = 5th out of 49.
  • Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego = 5th out of 89.

In addition, Niche demographics reveals:

  • Median Household Income = $148,000; and
  • 49% of the residents obtained a Master’s Degree or higher.

Niche describes Carmel Valley as “a very family oriented community”. Within a 10-minute commute, you find safe schools and many parks. A great place to plan to start a family.  

Of the many reviews, most raved about the great schools, especially the two high schools. For instance, one reviewer claimed: “The neighborhood of Carmel Valley is surrounded by million dollar homes, luxurious vehicles, and high performing schools”.


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Restaurants and Things to do in Carmel Valley


Yelp recommends the following Carmel Valley attraction:

Torrey Pines State Reserve 4.5 Stars from 1,229 reviews. Many liked the Guy Fleming Trail for a rigorous hike. Also, the Razor Point view received many good reviews.


Yelp also recommends the following Carmel Valley restaurants:

Cedar Grill & Cafe in Carmel Valley received 4.5 Stars (out of 5) from 147 reviews who liked their Greek foods like Greek Salad, Gyros, and Feta Chicken Wrap.

Mendocino Farms a salad and sandwich spot in Carmel Valley earned 4.5 Stars from 190 reviews for their Carnitas Snack Shack, Curried Couscous, and Green Goddess Turkey Avocado Toast.

Gami Sushi received 4 Stars for their sushis like the Protein Roll and desserts like the Green Tea Ice Cream.

Royal India also received 4 Stars for their Indian and vegetarian cuisines. Reviewers especially liked their Samosas, Korma, and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Urban Plates in Carmel Valley got 4 Stars from 1,434 reviews for their New American foods like Grilled Steak Salad, Local Mixed Beet Salad, and Chicken Cobb Salad.

West End Kitchen earned 4 Stars for their traditional American foods like their Flatbread Pizza and a large selection of hot dogs.

Near Carmel Valley

Beeside Balcony in nearby Del Mar received a 4.5 Star rating for their New American and Mediterranean cuisines from 372 reviews. Most liked their Roast Lamb, Artichoke Hummus, and Baklava Ice Cream Cake.

Seasurf Fish Company in nearby Torrey Pines got 4.5 Stars from 214 reviewers for their North Shore Garlic Shrimp, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and Fisherman’s Wharf Clam Chowder.

Bushfire Kitchen in nearby Del Mar received 4 Stars from 323 reviews for their traditional American foods like Rustic Green Salad and Panang Chicken Curry.


Carmel Valley Economy


Carmel Valley’s economy boosted by the following companies with neighborhood offices:


Carmel Valley Healthcare


The Carmel Valley neighborhood contains the following healthcare facilities:


Carmel Valley Shopping


According to Yelp, the best shopping center in Carmel Valley is the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center located at 3810 Valley Centre Drive. Contains 12 restaurants and 43 retail stores.

Other shopping places in and near Carmel Valley include:                                              


Carmel Valley Schools


Carmel Valley stretches into two school districts. The southern section includes the Del Mar Union School District while the northern section includes the Solano Beach School District. These cover the elementary school of grades kindergarten through the 6th grade.

In addition, the San Dieguito Union High School District oversees the high schools and middle schools.

The Carmel Valley schools enjoy a reputation as a rigorous academic environment offering an outstanding education.


 List of Carmel Valley schools in the Del Mar Union School District include:

Elementary Schools


Carmel Valley schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District include:

Middle Schools

High Schools

 Private Schools

Private religious schools exist in Carmel Valley including:


Carmel Valley Real Estate Spotlight Conclusion


Carmel Valley real estate spotlight showcased an affluent neighborhood on San Diego’s northwest side.

An ideal place to raise a family as it boasts highly rated schools and a safe neighborhood.

A strong local economy with the presence of big named companies.      

Of its 51,000 residents, most own their homes and earned a Master’s Degree or higher.

Great local restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.      

Plenty of fine shopping centers and markets in and near Carmel Valley.

Contact Us to find out more of what Carmel Valley offers you and your family along with available condo units and homes.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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