Carmel Valley

San Diego encompasses more than 350 square miles in southern California, including an expansive area in the North County of San Diego. The laid-back California vibe blends with an upscale lifestyle that flourishes along the rugged coastline and adjacent interior. Carmel Valley has attractions and activities for everyone, making it an ideal vacation destination or a quick escape from the city’s bustling energy.

Carmel Valley was known as North City West until the 1990s. The newly renamed community is located approximately 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, just off the I-5. This scenic, affluent neighborhood exudes old-world charm and has conveniently placed modern amenities that make it an attractive location to
visitors and residents.

Carmel Valley is a master-planned community located along the Interstate 5 corridor. The community contains corporate offices, hotels, shopping, and restaurants. Recreational options include neighborhood parks and a community recreation center. Carmel Valley includes open space areas and an extensive trail system. City facilities include a fire station, police station, and library.

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.
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San Diego, CA 92130
$829,000
944
sqft
2
Baths
2
Beds
This fully remodeled ground-floor condo is a corner end unit featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 944 square feet of living space.
San Diego, CA 92130
$1,050,000
1231
sqft
3
Baths
2
Beds
Welcome to your new home! This stunning unit boasts a bright and airy ambiance with natural light streaming through large windows.
San Diego, CA 92130
$3,097,000
3798
sqft
4
Baths
5
Beds
Discover luxury living in this stunning Davidson Plan 1 home nestled within the coveted Private Collection neighborhood of Ashley Falls.
San Diego, CA 92130
$999,000
1178
sqft
3
Baths
2
Beds
Welcome home to this end unit townhome located in the highly sought-after Elysian complex in Carmel Valley.
San Diego, CA 92130
$2,950,000
3305
sqft
4
Baths
5
Beds
Nestled on an elevated lot in the heart of Carmel Valley, this meticulously designed home offers unparalleled luxury and comfort.
San Diego, CA 92130
$869,000
1034
sqft
3
Baths
2
Beds
This stunning two level townhome located in the highly sought-after, Elysian complex in Carmel Valley.
San Diego, CA 92130
$2,875,000
3413
sqft
5
Baths
5
Beds
Discover a private oasis in the sought-after Promontory community of Carmel Valley! This remarkable home boasts five spacious bedrooms and three elegant fireplaces, exuding luxury at every corner.
San Diego, CA 92130
$1,150,000
1217
sqft
3
Baths
3
Beds
Prestigious Palermo Plan 5 in the heart of Carmel Valley featuring 3 bedrooms and 2.
San Diego, CA 92130
$2,215,000
2182
sqft
4
Baths
4
Beds
Come live your best life in this magnificent ocean view residence situated in a secluded cul-de-sac on a small enclave of homes in Carmel Valley.
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