On this week’s episode of “Did You Know – San Diego?” we are touring the streets of Carmel Valley! Did you know Carmel Valley was established by the “Carmelite Sisters of Mercy”, who established a dairy farm and monastery in the area, way back - more than 100 years ago - in 1905? Locals called the community Carmel Valley, which later became known as “North City West” because that is where it is located within the city limits of San Diego proper. Prior to being developed, in 1974, as one of the first communities with a master plan, it was largely tomato and strawberry fields mixed in with horse farms, as evidenced by the still existing Clew’s Ranch property. Did you know that?
This suburban community, part of the City of San Diego, designated by zip code 92130, is now composed of commercial offices, residential properties of all styles, hotels, retail stores and restaurants – all centrally located with close proximity to freeway access! With all that, how can you not want to live there?
The master planned communities feature: outstanding, award winning schools; paved streets; sidewalks; street lights; small lots, most of which have Home Owners Associations (HOAs) of varying degrees and monthly costs. Some of the more luxurious, upscale HOA neighborhoods offer resort amenities that will blow your mind! For example, one of the neighborhood communities we toured has: two pools, two hot tubs, four tennis courts, a gym, a club house, basketball court, hiking trail, horse trail and a yoga studio! Even better this particular community offers UNLIMITED, FREE, ON-SITE GOLF, which you can walk to from your home – with no greens fees, no starter and no tee time appointment required!
Did you know Carmel Valley is also home to the world famous, uber fancy, The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Hotel? It is also home to Addison - the only Michelin five-star rated restaurant in Southern California! This hotel built by the Manchester family, is luxurious and breathtaking from the minute you enter the property along the tree lined boulevard, passing the security gate, to the moment you arrive at valet parking! Every detail is marvelous and carefully considered. It is the perfect place for a stay-cation or day out! Among its many amenities you will find: sumptuous hotel and villa accommodations, two tennis courts, a pool, golf, driving range, putting green and my very favorite - a winter wonderland! Winter wonderland begins right after Thanksgiving, until New Year’s, and comes complete with high tea, caroling, a children’s area with amusement rides, and several events featuring the man himself – Santa Claus! Did you know that San Diego? In closing, if you have not been to Carmel Valley, come out, and take a drive around to explore!
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