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Carmel Valley, while affluent like neighboring Del Mar, is the new kid on the block. While the Carmel Valley community formed in the mid-1970s, construction didn’t begin until the mid-’80s. Ranked as one of the top five best places to live in the San Diego area, this safety-conscious area offers a nice mix of housing options ranging from Spanish style villas to modern construction. Check out the Highland Shopping Center and Pacific Highland Ranch for shopping and restaurant. Most families are moving in for the school districts.
Del Mar, founded in 1885 by Colonel Jacob Taylor, is rooted in visions of an upscale seaside resort for the world’s rich and famous. Today, the area lives up to its founder’s aspirations, as Del Mar continues to host society events like the Del Mar Horse Races, and its housing inventory is some of the most expensive in the County, along side Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla. We also have the Annual San Diego Fair in Del Mar. Downtown Del Mar also has a lot to offer, far as restaurants, hotels, and shopping.
Solana Beach is South Coast’s relaxed beach town. Residents praise this tight-knit community as an area united by a strong desire to maintain the quality of life for all families and individuals for generations to come. Check out shopping at Cedros and go dancing at the Belly UP Tavern. Definitely, stop by Fletcher's cove park, which is a walking distance to the beach.
Encinitas has the strip of eccentric shops, taverns, restaurants, and Swamy's meditation center. The equestrian friendly Olivenhain, and quirky residential Leucadia are two communities in Encinitas.
Recently named among the 20 best surf towns in the world by National Geographic, Encinitas wears its surf history proudly. Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, Encinitas is an unspoiled reminder of the historic Highway 101 beach culture that thrived in the mid-1900s.
Cardiff by the Sea, is named after Cardiff, Wales is beach community. The coastline is renowned for wide open sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs and great surfing. There’s even camping, in a spectacular oceanfront setting—a favorite spot for many San Diego locals and visitors.
Cardiff starts at the river mouth, flanked by San Elijo State Beach and Cardiff State Beach, and extends north to Swami’s Point in Encinitas. Definitely stop by Seaside market for some delicious ready made food.
Rancho Peñasquitos is a suburban community in just inland from Carmel Valley. It is named after the first Mexican land grant in the county, Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos. Peñasquitos means "little cliffs" in Spanish.
Rancho Bernardo is a neighborhood covering Del Sur and Carmel Mountain area. Rancho Bernaro is located n inland San Diego County and has a lot to offer. Many families and retirees live in Rancho Bernardo.
Scripps Ranch is a fast growing bedroom community, located east of Interstate 15, north of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Scripps Ranch is also close to Mira Mesa, which has many restaurants and businesses.
Rancho Santa Fe is a history lover’s paradise. Home to the original “Bing Crosby Clambake” (yes, it really was hosted by Bing himself!), many California Historical Landmarks, and the notorious Heaven’s Gate Cult, Rancho Santa Fe is brimming with character.
Officially recognized as “The Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe,” the homes in this neighborhood are among some of the most beautiful and exclusive in North San Diego County.
Old town is the historic heart of San Diego and a must for tourists. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort.
Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance.
Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872.
Old Town is just across the street from the San Diego Trolley Old Town Transit Center.
Bordering Banker’s Hill, Hillcrest, Old Town, and Middletown/Little Italy, Mission Hills is an affluent neighborhood filled with charming houses in a variety of styles with fantastic views of the San Diego Bay and Downtown San Diego.
Mission Hills is primarily a residential neighborhood with a handful of boutique shops, restaurants, and parks. It also features a beautiful topiaru garden.
Homes in Mission hills are so beautiful and unique, there's even an Annual Historic Home Tour where Private homes open up for tour guests.
Oceanside is a coastal city in California. It's known for palm-dotted Harbor Beach and nearby Oceanside Harbor, with its marina and shops. To the south, the long Oceanside Pier juts into the Pacific Ocean.
The California Surf Museum traces the sport's history with a surfboard collection and exhibits on famous surfers. Sculptures, paintings and drawings from the region are on display at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Downtown Oceanside has definitely changed a lot past 5 years with new restaurants and businesses.
Carlsbad Just north of Encinitas, Carlsbad offers residents a world of entertainment. There’s a thriving beach scene, with bustling Tamarack Surf Beach and secluded South Carlsbad State Beach.
And for visitors, Carlsbad’s tourist claims to fame include the Legoland California theme park, the seasonal Flower Fields, and California’s unofficial home of the peacocks, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. With median home values that amount to nearly half of estate costs in South Coast, Carlsbad is a more affordable, family-friendly neighborhood option.
San Marcos is a north suburb of San Dieg San Diego County. Living in San Marcos offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In San Marcos there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Cal State San Marcos is also located here.
San Elijo Hills community in San Marcos, has drawn people to it with its focus on a 'small-town' feel; hosting concerts in the town square, an Oktoberfest celebration, nature hikes and movie-nights, where projection screens show family movies in the park to hundreds.
University City (UC) is an active community that encompasses the University of California, San Diego, recently renovated Westfield University Towne Centre shopping center, and many of the high-tech, bio-tech, and clean-tech businesses and research institutes that have become San Diego's economic engine. Sometimes referred to as the "Golden Triangle," UC is roughly bordered by La Jolla on the west, State Route 52 on the south, and Interstate 805 on the east. Famous fo Torrey Pines Golf Course and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve .
La Jolla in Spanish means "Jewel" and it is a probably the most well known seaside community in San Diego. La Jolla has some of the most beautiful homes on the hill with amazingly breathtaking views. Known for its rugged coastline and many tourist come to see our seals suntanning in the summer and visit the Mount Soledad Memorial. Some of the areas in La Jolla include Birdrock, Wind and Sea, and La Jolla Cove has sweeping ocean views, and the Shell Beach tide pools are home to anemones and crabs. Posh boutiques, art galleries, and many waterfront restaurants. .
Sorrento Valley is known as a center for high tech, biotech and scientific research, aided by its close proximity to the University of California San Diego. Centrally located between Carmel Valley and Mira Mesa, minutes to shopping at University Town Centre, torrey pines hiking trail and all the beaches along the coast.
Hillcrest is the center of San Diego’s LGBT scene, with buzzing gay bars and the city’s massive annual Pride parade. University Avenue is lined with restaurants serving global cuisines like Vietnamese, Himalayan and Thai, while the mix of cafes, brunch spots and second-hand clothes shops on Fifth Avenue make it a popular weekend destination. The weekly Hillcrest Farmers Market sells produce, flowers and cooked food.
The Gaslamp Quarter is a lively downtown neighborhood, known for its nightlife. Clubs, dive bars and cocktail lounges draw a young crowd, while the Spreckels and Balboa theaters have diverse programs of music, comedy and drama. There's a mix of chain and independent restaurants in the area, with many global options. Downtown has the home of San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Banker's Hill, East Village, Marina, Little Italy, Horton Plaza and Seaport Village. Not to mention, the Embarcadero, which is a busy cruise-ship hub, restored planes and life-at-sea exhibits are the draws at the USS Midway Museum, a former naval aircraft carrier and even locals often go on the Hornblower cruise ship for brunch, dinner, and dancing.
Little Italy is a chic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, packed with trendy cocktail bars, brewpubs and restaurants with bustling patios. Upscale clothing boutiques, indie music venues and quaint piazzas dot the area, while the weekly Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws crowds to its mix of produce, gourmet food and craft stalls. The green lawns of Waterfront Park have fountains, and offer views of the bay.