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Carmel Valley Real Estate

Carmel Valley, located in the North County of San Diego, east of Del Mar, south of Rancho Santa Fe, west of Pacific Highlands Ranch, and north of Torrey Hills development, is one of the most desired residential communities in the city.

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With more than 42,000 residents, mostly living in single-family homes, this master-planned community is an attractive place for families and young people because of its easy access to the beach, shopping, hotels, restaurants, great schools, recreational centers, and designated areas for corporate offices. Carmel Valley also includes open spaces and a trail system to allow residents to enjoy the natural scenery and climate of San Diego.

The area was originally home to the Ipai Indian people and was, during the Spanish era, known as Rancho Cordero. After the Gold Rush, many homesteaders made there way to the mesas and canyons and started horse farms and agricultural businesses—McConigle Canyon is named after one of these early settlers.

In 1905, the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy built a dairy farm and monastery on the south side of Carmel Creek. A bridge across the creek connected the farm to St. William of York Church, whose cemetery still includes the graves of some of the nuns and priests. The area, including Carmel Mountain, took its present name from this Carmelite monastery.

The present planned community was established and developed in 1974, originally intending to go by the name of “North City West” but the older name Carmel Valley stuck and was officially adopted in the early 1990s. Today, Carmel Valley government consists of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board which advises the City of San Diego on development and land use, and the Carmel Valley Recreation Council which provides input on parks and recreation. City of San Diego facilities include a fire station, library, and a new police station on El Camino Real, which opened in early 2007, that can respond to emergency calls in a matter of seconds.

Carmel Valley is known as one of the best areas for schools in San Diego County. Elementary schools such as Ashley Falls, Carmel Creek, Carmel Del Mar, and Solana Highlands are evenly divided between the Del Mar Union School District and the Solana Beach School District, and have won numerous awards for quality of education. Carmel Valley Middle School is in the San Dieguito Union High School District, as are the major high schools Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy, a relatively newer school. Both of the high schools are nationally recognized for their academic and athletic excellence.

The University of Phoenix also has a campus on the main thoroughfare, El Camino Real, and there are several corporate offices located here such as Oracle Corporation, US Bank, Scripps Health, The Allen Group, and Neurocrine Biosciences.

Carmel Valley maintains a high quality of life in a family-oriented environment that includes sports leagues for kids, public and private recreational centers that include pools and workout areas, and parks and trails that makes the area one of the most desired living communities in the San Diego region.


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