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Del Mar – upscale beach town with famous throroughbred track

Pictured as a seaside resort for the rich and famous in 1885, Del Mar has grown into a unique destination point for visitors and remains one of the most desirable places to live in Southern California. Defined by calm salt water lagoons on each end, this charming, laid back town is best known for its exceptional weather, thoroughbred racetrack, the county fair, fabulous beaches, haute cuisine and unique shopping, according to Mayor Richard Earnest. With a population of approximately 4,500 in the 2.1 square mile coastal area, Del Mar offers an oasis of unhurried, yet civilized, living.

Del Mar beach cottages
Private coastal homes in south Del Mar overlook the Pacific Ocean.

"It's a small town and community, so when you invest in a property here, you are not just buying a home in Del Mar, you are buying what the city has to offer," said John Wingate, owner of En Fuego. "Del Mar is a vibrant, unique and walkable community."

In August, 2017 the median price of a single family home in Del Mar was $2,158,000. An increase of 4.5% over the past year.

Del Mar Village features a plethora of boutiques and apparel shops, home décor and art stores, a florist, the Harvest Ranch Market and specialty stores such as Dexter's Deli for Dogs and Cats, Earth Song Bookstore and Hillside Artisans Children's Boutique. Dining options include Sbicca Bistro, Bully's Del Mar, Pacifica Del Mar, En Fuego and Sushi Japone.

Del Mar Plaza at 15th Street and Coast Hwy. 1 in Del Mar, California
The Village in Del Mar has dozens of shops, restaurants and specialty boutiques for residents and visitors alike.

The Del Mar Village Association works in conjunction with local businesses in Del Mar to support the community. "We are made up of business owners, merchants and residents who are basically all working together to help with the vitality of the downtown area," said Jen Grove, Executive Director of the Del Mar Village Association. In addition to Del Mar's eclectic downtown village, Flower Hill Promenade, located on Via de la Valle, is frequented by residents and neighboring community members. The local plaza features dozens of shops and restaurants such as Pangaea Outpost, Book Works, Sweetpea Children's Shop, Pannikin Coffee & Tea, Venissimo Cheese, The Wine Connection, Paradise Grill and Ultra Star Cinemas.

"After I left Del Mar, I went to undergraduate at UCLA and ended up in Northern California," "I tried to recreate living in Del Mar throughout the other cities and walkable communities in California I have lived and I have to say, there's no place like home. Del Mar is one of the few places I can think of where you can live this close to the ocean, a downtown village shopping area and have the feeling of how things used to be, pre-strip malls," said Grove. "The fact that I can give the gift of living in Del Mar to my kids is huge."

Stratford Square - historic building in Del Mar, California
Historic Stratford Square in Del Mar is a common meeting place for residents of the city.

Stratford Square - historic building in Del Mar, California
Great dining and live music is available at venues along the Coast Hwy.

Recognizing it's obviously ideal coastal location, the city of Del Mar takes efforts to maintain an environmentally-friendly community. Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park boast gorgeous ocean views and access to some of the community's favorite surf spots such as 15th street, 17th street and 8th street. Del Mar's beaches stretch over two miles, bordering Torrey Pines State Park in La Jolla to the south and Solana Beach to the north. Local residents are often found running or walking the coastal trails on the bluffs and taking advantage of low-tide conditions at the beach.

Del Mar's North Beach at the rivermouth, referred to by local residents as Dog Beach, is a favorite spot for dog lovers, volleyball players and surfers. These areas provide a unique vantage point to enjoy wildlife and the natural surroundings.

Powerhouse Park
The Powerhouse Community Center is a popular location for weddings and events in Del Mar. Photo courtesy of the City of Del Mar.

"I am a dog lover and Del Mar is a great dog community," long-time Del Mar resident Mary Lou Amen said. "I have two golden retrievers and I've actually met quite a few people while walking my dogs on the bluff and at the beach."

"The majority of residents are very concerned about the environment and have a vested interest in maintaining the community and in making sure the neighborhoods remain unique, not just for Del Mar residents to enjoy, but for everybody," Amen said.

Design Review Ordinances exist in the city to protect the community neighborhoods by fostering and encouraging good design, which encompasses the use of harmonious materials and colors, compatible proportional relationships and appropriate use of landscaping, according to Deputy Mayor Don Mosier.

"I grew up in San Diego and have seen how this community has grown over time," said Walt Beerle, vice president of Union Bank in Del Mar. "One of the things that struck me about the community is the active participation of citizens and residents within Del Mar."

Ocean view homes in Del Mar, California
At the south end of Del Mar, the Torrey Pines Park offers serene hiking trails with ocean views.


Map link - Del Mar California in San Diego County


Del Mar Heights Elementary
13555 Boquita Dr.

Del Mar Hills Elementary
14085 Mango Dr.


Zel's Del Mar
1247 Camino Del Mar

Arterra Lounge - Marriott
11966 El Camino Real

Del Mar Plaza
1555 Camino Del Mar

1540 Camino Del Mar


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Del Mar neighborhood profile blip
Del Mar Fair - Thriller Flash Mob
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