Welcome to Carmel Valley. The community known as Carmel Valley,or East Del Mar, is located at the northwestern tip of the City of San Diego. This community is made up of several smaller master planned neighborhoods known to locals as the neighborhoods of Del Mar Heights, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Rancho Pacifica - Rancho Santa Fe, Torrey Del Mar, Del Mar Mesa, Carmel Country Highlands and Torrey Hills. Carmel Valley has grown considerably over the years as undeveloped land became more accessible once the 56 Freeway was built. With its close proximity to both the 5 Freeway and the Pacific Ocean, Carmel Valley has become a hot spot for professionals seeking the combination of family friendly neighborhoods, great schools and coastal living, all while being less than 20 minutes to downtown San Diego. Residents enjoy the active southern California lifestyle as Carmel Valley has many parks and trails to bike, walk or jog. The famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and Torrey Pines State Reserve are only a few miles away. And with the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar Beach in close proximity, swimming, surfing and beach activies are at your fingertips all year long.