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Carmel Valley – upscale community in beautiful coastal valley

The sound of boards grinding against rails did not distract Carmel Valley resident Margo Turner from working on homework with her ten-year-old son Blake while local youths rallied for an afternoon at the Carmel Valley Skate Park. Turner, along with other local residents, was enjoying the reminiscence of summer while her younger son Drew took advantage of his time at the park.

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The Del Mar Highlands Town Center is anchored by Ralph"s Fresh Fare, Rite Aid, Ultra Star Cinemas, and Jimbo"s…Naturally. Restaurants include Rimmel's, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, Urban Plate and the Champagne French Bakery Cafe.

Carmel Valley is a newer, master-planned community with a population of nearly 40,000. Families with children are attracted by the large houses and good schools according to the San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce. Area amenities and easy access to much of San Diego County make the commercial center of Carmel Valley ideal for corporate offices, hotels, shopping and restaurants. The median sales price for homes in Carmel Valley in May 2015 was $1.2M. Homes prices range from $300,000 to over $2 million.

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Homes range from the $500,000s to

"This," Turner said gesturing toward the recent encounter, "is a perfect example of exactly what makes (Carmel Valley) so neat. The fact that you have a community of people and families willing to extend themselves and help one another when needed, is truly amazing."

A former Del Mar and Solana Beach resident, Turner speaks about her newfound home with a smile. Having moved to Carmel Valley in May 2010, Turner emphasized the importance of finding a quality home for an affordable price.

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Edwin Smith developed much of Del Mar Terrace in the 1960s. He selected this prime lot to build his house and lived here with his wife for nearly 50 years.

"After selling my property in Del Mar, I was looking for a home that had integrity in the way it was built and maintained the quality I was accustomed to while still keeping within my budget. With such criteria, I searched high-and-low throughout Del Mar and Solana Beach, coming up empty-handed. When I extended my search to Carmel Valley, I found a property that met my needs as well as those of my boys."

Recreational options include many neighborhood parks, a community recreation center, athletic clubs, golf and the nearby beaches at Torrey Pines and Del Mar. An early experimenter in smart growth, Carmel Valley includes open space areas and an extensive trail system.

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Sunset view of the lagoon and Torrey Pines beach.

"Everything is very centrally located and accessible," Turner said. "It was a very well thought-out community to say the least."

Located on Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center provides a plethora of boutique shops, Ralphs grocery and Jimbo's...Naturally!, fitness and dance studios, financial institutions, Ultra Star Del Mar Highlands 8 Cinema and eateries galore.

The Town Center is offset by Piazza Carmel, a plaza with alternative shopping choices located on the corner of Valley Centre Drive and Carmel Creek Road. The plaza, accessible from Highway 56, provides a selection of retail shops, health and beauty and service stores along with restaurants and a VONS grocery.
The community's amenities make the commercial center of Carmel Valley ideal for corporate offices, hotels, shopping and restaurants, according to San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

Based on feedback from local residents, one of the most touted resources in the community is the Carmel Valley Community Park & Recreation Center located at 3777 Townsgate Drive. The Recreation Center features outdoor courts, a tot lot, playgrounds, picnic areas, a multi purpose athletic field, tennis courts, a full size gymnasium, meeting room, game room, a craft room, full size kitchen and a swimming pool. The center offers programs for adults and children each season with athletic activities, leagues and classes available such as acting, art, flag football, basketball, soccer, softball, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, tumbling and self defense. For more information, visit

The neighborhood parks are a mainstay for families and members of the community. Carmel Valley parks include Ashley Falls Park, Carmel Creek Park, Carmel Del Mar Park, Solana Highlands Park and Torrey Highlands Park.

"The parks in Carmel Valley are incredibly beneficial for the community as most of the properties are small, making the need for well-maintained public outdoor areas much greater," community volunteer and Recreation Council member Ginny Barnes said. "The parks are integrated throughout the community and conveniently located for residents."
Carmel Valley is bordered by Pacific Highlands Ranch to the north, Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and Torrey Hills to the south, Pacific Highlands Ranch and Del Mar Mesa to the east and Torrey Pines to the west. Although the community is tucked away from the coast, its rolling hills, plethora of amenities and green foliage is a found treasure for its residents.


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