Carmel Valley San Diego Community Information
Carmel Valley is bordered to the north by the North City Future Urbanizing Area (NCFUA) and Pacific Highlands Ranch; to the south by Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Torrey Hills; to the east by Pacific Highlands Ranch and Del Mar Mesa; and to the west by Interstate 5 and Torrey Pines. Nearby is the Torrey Pines State Preserve, where one of two stands of the endangered Torrey Pine is found to occur.
City of San Diego
Carmel Valley History
Carmel Valley is one of the newer neighborhoods of the City of San Diego, California. It is a master planned community that was formed by the City of San Diego on February 1, 1975, but construction did not start until 1983. The name Carmel Valley comes from the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy, who established a dairy farm and monastery in the area circa 1905. Although the area was known locally as Carmel Valley, in 1974 the area was given the institutional name North City West in the master plan. The name Carmel Valley was readopted in the early 1990s.
The earliest known inhabitants of Carmel Valley were the La Jolla and subsequent Ipai peoples, who left cultural artifacts along the banks of Carmel Creek. During the Rancho period, the area was known as Cordero, after a Spanish "leather jacket" soldier. Following the California Gold Rush, miners drifted south and established homesteads here. McGonigle Canyon was named after an early settler. An old adobe Butterfield pony express and stagecoach stop sat next to a spring along old El Camino Real until the late 1970s. Later, the area was largely used for horse farms and agriculture, focusing on drought tolerant crops such as lima beans, which were grown on the property that later became The Grand Del Mar golf course.
Around 1905 the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy established a dairy farm and monastery in the area. The site, on the south side of Carmel Creek, was connected by a bridge to the St. William of York Church, whose cemetery includes the graves of some of the nuns and priests. Among other things, the nuns raised pigs, and even now local animal-keeping provisions say, "except for swine." Carmel Mountain, the last undeveloped coastal mesa in Southern California, takes its name from these nuns.
While the area has long been known to local residents as Carmel Valley, the master plan commissioned in 1974, adopted the name "North City West." This plan, inspired by Kevin Lynch, attempted to reduce sprawl by confining development to the mesa tops, leaving the canyons untouched. Planned development centered around an urban core surrounded by decreasing residential densities, where higher density residential areas were traded for increased community open space.
Carmel Creek, now largely marked by SR-56 and the CVREP corridor, was intended to meander freely to the sea, allowing water to return to the ground and providing residents with natural open space and recreational opportunities. The first houses in the planned community were built in 1983 and the local Planning Board brought back the name "Carmel Valley" in the early 1990s.
While many people in the area are now referring to the entire 92130 zip codo as Carmel Valley, the actual boundaries of the community remain unchanged from the original community plan. The remainder of the 92130 zip code is filled by the surrounding communities of Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, and Torrey Hills. Torrey Highlands, the easternmost section of Del Mar Mesa, is considered to be a part of Carmel Valley and the boundary between Carmel Valley and Rancho Peñasquitos.
Carmel Valley Shoping Information
Carmel Valley is a newer, master-planned community that has matured into a place where people can live, work and play. Families with children are attracted by the large houses and award winning schools. 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.
Browse stores by shopping center:
- Carmel Country Plaza
- Carmel Valley Road
- Del Mar
- Del Mar Center (Via de la Valle Albertsons)
- Del Mar Heights Village
- Del Mar Highlands Town Center (or, visit the Official Center Website)
- Del Mar Plaza (or, visit the Official Center Website)
- Flower Hill Promenade (or, visit the Official Center Website)
- Other Locations
- Piazza Carmel (or, visit the Official Center Website)
- Solana Beach
- Torrey Corner Center
- Torrey Hills Center (or, visit the Official Center Website)
Carmel Valley Activities and Sports Information
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.
For information on any Carmel Valley sports league, contact the Rec Center staff at 858-552-1616 or come to the Park & Rec Council meetings at the Rec Center, 1st Tuesday of each month, 7 pm.
The Carmel Valley Recreation Center Program Guide lists these contact numbers for the various youth sports groups:
- Carmel Valley Lacrosse (email@example.com)
- Carmel Valley Manchester Soccer (www.manchestersoccer.net)
- Del Mar Little League (www.dmll.org)
- DMCV Sharks Soccer (www.dmcvsharks.com)
- North Shore Girls Softball (www.northshoregirlssoftball.com)
- San Diego Youth Rugby (www.sandiegoyouthrugby.org)
- Solana Beach Little League (www.solanabeachlittleleague.com)
- Torrey Pines Pop Warner/Cheer (www.torreypinespw.com)
- North Coast Saints (youth football) (www.northcoastsaints.com)
See the Rec Center page for information on Rec Center programs.
North Shore Girls Softball: registration info, please contact the registrar at 858-643-9790. Registration in December.
Carmel Valley Real Estate Information
The following is a summary for Carmel Valley Real Estate activity (closed sales) for 2012:
The following is a summary for Carmel Valley Real Estate activity (closed sales) for 2013:
Carmel Valley Government
Local Carmel Valley government advising boards consist of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board which advises the City on development and land use, and the Carmel Valley Recreation Council which provides community input on parks and recreation. City facilities include a fire station, and library. A police station is being constructed along El Camino Real.
Carmel Valley School Information
Carmel Valley has an overlay of various school districts. For the elementary schools, the northern section is part of the Solana Beach School District (K-6). The southern section is managed by the Del Mar Union School District (K-6). Overlaying the entire community, the San Dieguito Union High School District manages the middle schools and high schools. Some Carmel Valley residents attend schools in the bordering communities of Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, and Torrey Pines.
- Ashley Falls (Del Mar Union School District)
- Carmel Creek (Solana Beach School District)
- Carmel Del Mar (Del Mar Union School District)
- Del Mar Pines (private, nonsectarian)
- Ocean Air (Del Mar Union School District)
- Sage Canyon (Del Mar Union School District)
- Solana Highlands (Solana Beach School District)
- Solana Pacific (Solana Beach School District)
- Sycamore Ridge (Del Mar Union School District); actually in Pacific Highlands Ranch
- Torrey Hills (Del Mar Union School District); actually in Torrey Hills
Middle schools and junior high schools
K through 8
- Torrey Pines High School (San Dieguito Union High School District)
- Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)
- Cathedral Catholic High School (Catholic)
- Westview High School (Poway Unified School District)
K through 12
Colleges and universities
Carmel Valley Churh Information
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