Located in the northwestern corner of San Diego, Carmel Valley is a wealthy, master-planned coastal community, full of commercial office buildings, residential units, hotels, retail stores, and restaurants. Carmel Valley is bordered to the north by the North City Future Urbanizing Area and Pacific Highlands Ranch, to the east by Del Mar Mesa, to the west by the I-5 freeway and Torrey Pines, and to the south by Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Torrey Hills.
• Carmel Valley is named for the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy who established a dairy farm and monastery in the area around 1905.
• Carmel Valley was master planned and formed on February 1, 1975, though construction did not start until 1983.
• The area was home to about 42,000 people in 2006.
• The average listing price for homes in Carmel Valley is about $830,000, but
• The median selling price is around $670,000.
• Schools in the area include Ocean Air School, Sycamore Ridge School, and Sage Canyon School (all public, K-6).
Area Home Renovation and Remodeling Projects
Because Carmel Valley is such a new area, it has a wide variety of home designs and styles. Many homes draw off of older Spanish design elements. Others mix the laidback Californian style with the new, modern trends of today. Some parts of the area are still in development allowing for the construction of modern, contemporary-style homes. Carmel Valley home owners can create their ideal home design—whether it’s traditional Spanish style or a breezy, modern dwelling with all the latest eco-advancements. As the median household income is over $120,000, residents can afford higher-end updates, such as the popular kitchen remodels and bathroom remodels.