Carmel Valley (East Del Mar, CA) is an upscale San Diego neighborhood, in zip code 92130. Carmel Valley real estate consists of mostly newer homes, houses and condos, developed in well-planned communities. Carmel Valley homes sell at a premium because of the top school district and proximity to Del Mar and the beaches. Home building began on a large scale in Carmel Valley in the late 1980’s, accelerating through the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Carmel Valley houses and condos are at the high end of San Diego home prices.
With some exceptions, Carmel Valley real estate consists of homes on small lots relative to parcels in the older surrounding neighborhoods of La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe. The typical 4-Bedroom 3-Bathroom home will range in Size from 2,700 to 3,500 square feet on a 7,000 to 10,000 square foot lot. The average Carmel Valley homes have ample space for outdoor patios and barbeques, with limited yard space for lawns and swimming pools. Carmel Valley houses on large lots (over a quarter acre) are a rare and valuable asset. As in most San Diego neighborhoods, homes with even distant or “peek views” of the ocean also sell at premium prices. All unobstructed views, canyon lots, and elevated home sites are in higher demand, resulting in higher sale prices for homes with views and privacy.
Carmel Valley Homes For Sale
These are some of the top neighborhoods in Carmel Valley:
- Collins Ranch
- Costa Del Sol
- Fairbanks Highlands
- Hampton Lane
- Manzanita Trail
- Rancho Glens Estates
- Rancho Pacifica
- San Raphael
- San Remo
- The Pines
Carmel Valley Homes
Building of Carmel Valley homes began just East of the Del Mar Heights exit on Interstate 5. These homes were built in the 1980’s, but the neighborhoods have remained charming and many home owners have remodeled the houses over the years. And because the neighborhoods are now more than 20 years old, there are little or no monthly Mello-Roos Fees or Home Owner’s Fees assessed on these older houses. The monthly savings is attractive to today’s home buyers. All of the newer Carmel Valley homes have mid-to-high Mello Roos fees.
Carmel Valley real estate development started just East of I-5 and proceeded East along Del Mar Heights Road. The Carmel Highlands shopping center provides the bulk of the services in the area. The award-winning Torrey Pines High School just a block up and across the street from the shopping center. The majority of the houses, condominiums, and apartments surrounding Torrey Pines High School were built in the 1990’s. These homes are newer construction with more modern floorplans, with some of the largest lot sizes in the area. Home building continued in the late 1990’s pushing south toward the (then-under-construction) 56 Expressway eventually crossing south of the 56, moving closer toward Sorrento Valley. Homes are still being built in Carmel Valley South of the 56 Expressway and on the East side of Carmel Valley near Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe / Fairbanks Ranch / Santa Luz.
We have been the top Carmel Valley Realtors for more than 20 years. We’ve watched the Carmel Valley community evolve into one of the best neighborhoods in San Diego County, and we’re proud to be a part of it. Among our other roles, we serve as the market experts for Carmel Valley and Del Mar on the New Homes Directory (linked here). So if you are interested in new homes in Carmel Valley, we can help you identify properties and negotiate the very best deals. Contact us for all your Carmel Valley real estate needs and San Diego real estate questions in general. Call Geoff Schiering, Broker/Realtor at eXp Realty: (619) 200-7612.