Why you'd want to live in Carmel Valley
The North County neighborhood of Carmel Valley is an upscale community located in northwestern San Diego. While homes and businesses have San Diego addresses, this centrally located community allows easy access to attractions in both downtown San Diego and North County and offers residents the coveted North County lifestyle. The neighboring communities of Pacific Highlands Ranch, Del Mar Mesa, Torrey Highlands and Fairbanks Highlands are often considered part of Carmel Valley. Together, Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Fairbanks Highlands and Torrey Hills make up most of the 92130 zip code. Within this affluent zip code, more than 77% of residents have at least a bachelors degree and more than 41% of residents have a graduate degree. The estimated median household income in 2011 was $124,229, which is more than double the estimated median household income of $57,287 across the state that year. Carmel Valley is located minutes from the beach, country clubs, boutique shopping, fine dining, La Jolla’s Golden Triangle, Sorrento Valley and University of California, San Diego, as well as some of the most popular attractions in North County. Large employment centers, including employers in the biotechnology and communications industries, are just a short drive away, and arts and culture can be found nearby.