Del Mar is an affluent beach city in San Diego’s North County. Del Mar is Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea”, because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous. The United States Navy operated a Naval Auxiliary Air Facility for blimps in Del Mar during World War ll.
Del Mar is known for its infamous “Dog Beach” and gorgeous long stretch of sandy beach that is ideal for walking, jogging or sunbathing. There are a limited number of oceanfront homes along this exclusive beach, while above the Village of Del Mar, are contemporary and traditional ocean view homes set amongst the trees on narrow winding roads. The heart of the town is Seagrove Park on 15th Street, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is popular for its summer concerts, as well as being a gathering place for parties, picnics and weddings. The Del Mar Plaza offers a multitude of restaurants, retail shops and a boutique grocery store, plus ocean and sunset views. Across the street is the luxurious L’Auberge Del Mar Spa & Resort. The population of this charming, historic coastal town is approximately 4,200. The 2 week Del Mar Fair and 2 month Del Mar Horse Race season are hosted at the Del Mar Fairgrounds/Race Track every summer.
East Del Mar, also known as Carmel Valley, is one of the newer neighborhoods in San Diego and is located just East of Interstate 5. It is a master planned community that was formed by the City of San Diego in 1975, but construction did not commence 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.
Carmel Valley has become one of the most desireable family neighborhoods in San Diego, with its power house of public elementary schools, middle school, high school and a variety of respected private schools. Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center and the Carmel Valley Community Center are the heart of the community, additionally, there are several more shopping centers, dozens of local parks, The Pacific Athletic Center, The Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa (Old World Charm with ultimate privacy), law & office buildings, Scripps medical center and real estate that ranges from executive apartments to multi-million dollar ocean view and equestrian estates.
Scott and Kerry Appleby both purchased their first single family homes in the beach community of Del Mar and later moved to Carmel Valley for new, larger homes. New home construction continues today in Carmel Valley on the final few parcels of undeveloped land on both sides of Hwy 56.
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