Kathy Huang | REALTOR®, CPA

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley is one of the most desirable areas in San Diego due to its convenient coastal location and its award-winning schools.

Carmel Valley, positioned roughly half-way up the San Diego County coastline, is convenient to almost everything. To the immediate south lie Sorrento Valley, University of California- San Diego (UCSD) and La Jolla’s Golden Triangle, which are large employment centers complete with shopping malls and many fine restaurants. A quick twenty minute drive south brings you to Mission Bay, Sea World, Balboa Park, the Zoo, the airport and downtown San Diego. To the west are the beautiful Torrey Pines Reserve with its lovely beach and the quaint village of Del Mar. To the north is the upscale community of Rancho Santa Fe with its polo fields and golf courses.

One of the newest communities in San Diego, Carmel Valley is a master planned community composed of residential neighborhoods, commercial offices, retail, restaurants and hotels. The housing in Carmel Valley consists of a wide variety of single-family residences from starter homes from $700,000 to luxury homes over $3 million, condominiums starting from $300,000 and rental apartment complexes. Carmel Valley is conveniently located near the intersection of Interstate-5 and SR-56 highways with easy access to beaches, business parks and excellent hospitals. The area was originally called “North City West” as it is the northwestern-most part of the City of San Diego.


People move to Carmel Valley in North County San Diego for the schools, which are some of the best in the nation. It may surprise new residents that there are several school districts that serve Carmel Valley.

The Solana Beach School District covers the elementary schools in the northern part of Carmel Valley. Currently operating Solana Pacific for 5th & 6th grade only, and Solana Highlands and Carmel Creek Elementary Schools in Carmel Valley (as well as other schools in the surrounding cities), the district has plans to open 2 more elementary schools in the future. The Del Mar School District covers the elementary schools in the southern part of Carmel Valley. This district has 2 elementary schools in Del Mar just west of I-5, and 6 elementary schools in Carmel Valley, including Sage Canyon, Torrey Hills, Ocean Air, Carmel Del Mar, Ashley Falls, and Sycamore Ridge.

The middle school and high schools for Carmel Valley are Carmel Valley Middle School, Canyon Crest Academy and Torrey Pines High School, all operated by the San Dieguito Union High School District.

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