4 Reasons Carmel Valley San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2021
If you’re in the market for a high-end community with all the amenities and natural beauty to boot, Carmel Valley is a must-see neighborhood in the San Diego region.
Known as North West City until the 1990's, when it was renamed Carmel Valley in honor of the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy who established a religious community and dairy farm in the area back in 1905, this master-planned community is one of San Diego’s newer neighborhoods with plenty of character all its own.
Discover why Carmel Valley could be the place to establish your happily-ever-after home with these four reasons why it’s a great place to buy.
Here's a quick rundown of our list:
- Reason 1 - Convenient Location
- Reason 2 - Excellent Educational Opportunities
- Reason 3 - Built to Take Advantage of The Area’s Natural Beauty
- Reason 4 - A solid Real Estate Market for High-End Buyers
Reason 1 - Convenient Location
It’s no wonder so many businesses, hotels, and retail establishments call Carmel Valley home; located in the northwest corner of San Diego, its access to Interstate 5 and State Route 56 provide convenience to residents and commuters.
Of course, you could be one of the lucky biotech workers taking the short commute to jobs in Sorrento Valley or Torrey Pines Mesa or another nearby business, making the most important trips within a reasonable distance.
Carmel Valley is one of those places where it’s possible for residents to work, live, and play, all close to home. Shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, and other amenities are all within reach, meaning more time to enjoy home rather than trying to get to and from it.
Reason 2 - Excellent Educational Opportunities
One of the reasons the family set loves Carmel Valley is its array of quality educational options and affordability compared to nearby areas.
For reference, its public grade schools fall within the Solana Beach School District in the north and Del Mar Union School District in the south, while its middle and high schools come under the San Dieguito Union High School District. Torrey Pines High School was named one of the top 100 high schools in the nation, but it is far from the only one to receive educational accolades.
Private alternatives include Catholic school Notre Dame Academy, private Del Mar Pines School and High Bluff Academy, as well as the San Diego Jewish Academy, ranked the third for Jewish schools in the state of California.
Carmel Valley also boasts one of the busiest libraries in San Diego County, serving Carmel Valley in addition to the nearby communities of Del Mar and Torrey Hills. Not only does it offer the usual computer access and literary selection, there’s also an outdoor seating area, community areas available for local residents to rent for meetings and events, public art on display, and a weekly music series to enjoy.
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Reason 3 - Built to Take Advantage of The Area’s Natural Beauty
From its very beginnings, Carmel Valley was intended to take advantage of its exceptionally beautiful setting.
The master-planned community intentionally confined development to the mesas upon which it sits in order to leave the canyon land in its natural state. For residents, this translates into a trail system, neighborhood parks, and plenty of open space to relish during the year-round good weather. Carmel Valley also brags easy access to the Torrey Pines and Del Mar beach areas.
For those who crave even more of a retreat, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is also nearby and features the endangered Torrey Pine and ocean views, as well as a glimpse of what the San Diego region looked like in the days before it was settled.
To the south of Carmel Valley lies the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, where locals can stroll through the woods along the creek on twelve miles of picturesque trails.
Suffice it to say, those who crave an outdoor experience have plenty of opportunities with a distinctly San Diego twist from which to choose.
Reason 4 - A solid Real Estate Market for High-End Buyers
Carmel Valley’s excellent educational opportunities almost guarantee its attraction for families, and the fact its real estate market is more affordable than nearby Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe is also a plus. A quick look at listings of what’s currently available, though, means preparing to spend between $1 million and $2 million for a 4+ bedroom home.
Homes are newer thanks to the relative youth of the community and quite spacious. According to Trulia, the median home sales price is $1,080,000 and has increased one percent in the last year. 76% of residents are homeowners, meaning a majority of the population has a stake in maintaining the value of the community and the majority are in their forties or fifties with a considerable youth population.
Demand is also growing, as it has been in so much of San Diego County in recent years, although not with the speed once predicted. Since 2006, the area has grown by approximately 3,000 residents to a total of over just over 44,000.
If you have questions or would like to find out more information about Carmel Valley’s real estate market, please contact me, and I’ll be able to help.
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