The master-planned community of Carmel Valley is located in the northwestern corner of San Diego as a part of the North County Coastal area of San Diego County. Comprised of a number of commercial offices and warehouses, residential units and hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. The diverse community is devoted to comfortable living in one of the nicest parts of Southern California. Oracle Corporation, US Bank, Scripps Health, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Fish & Richardson, Morrison & Foerster, and The Allen Group all have offices in Carmel Valley. Accordingly, a large percentage of the Carmel Valley population is employed at these large companies. Neurocrine Biosciences’ headquarters are located in Carmel Valley as well.
The I-5 interstate forms the community’s western boundary and is bisected by a state highway. This efficient transportation network can whisk residents into downtown San Diego within a few minutes and up to Los Angeles in just a short while. Carmel Valley is often confused with a town of the same name in Northern California known for its vineyards and winemaking.
As one of the newer neighborhoods in San Diego, Carmel Valley was only formed in 1975 with its name coming from the Carmelite Sisters of Mercy who established a dairy farm and monastery in the area in the early 1900s. The name wasn’t adopted until the 1990s and was previously known as North City West.
Education is taken very seriously within the community. Due to its recent development, Carmel Valley actually has an overlay of various school districts. The northern section is part of the Solana Beach School District while the southern section is managed by the Del Mar Union School District. The San Dieguito Union High School District manages all of the middle and high schools in Carmel Valley and students are also permtted to attend campuses in the neighboring communities of Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, and Torrey Pines. Ten elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools serve the students of Carmel Valley in addition to a few private and parochial schools The University of Phoenix also has a campus in Carmel Valley.