North San Diego Countyâ€™s South Coast is a mecca of affluence and old-world luxury. And the secretâ€™s out: frequented by Hollywood celebrities for decades, the districtâ€™s beautiful beaches and old-growth trails are some of the West Coastâ€™s finest. Choice cities in South Coast includeÂ Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe.
Del Mar, founded in 1885 by Colonel Jacob Taylor, is rooted in visions of an upscale seaside resort for the worldâ€™s rich and famous. Today, the area lives up to its founderâ€™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.
Carmel Valley, while affluent like neighboring Del Mar, is the new kid on South Coastâ€™s block. While the Carmel Valley community formed in the mid-1970s, construction didnâ€™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.
Solana BeachÂ is South Coastâ€™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. Though Solana Beachâ€™s average home cost is higher than nearby Carmel Valley, the block or two walk to the ocean canâ€™t be beat.
Rancho Santa Fe is a history loverâ€™s paradise. Home to the original “Bing Crosby Clambakeâ€ť (yes, it really was hosted by Bing himself!), many California Historical Landmarks, and the notorious Heavenâ€™s Gate Cult, Rancho Santa Fe is brimming with character. Officially recognized as â€śThe Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe,â€ť the homes in this neighborhood are among some of the most beautiful and exclusive in North San Diego County.