If youíre looking for crystal-clear ocean views, a short commute to downtown, excellent schools and a quaint downtown filled with one-of-a-kind boutiques and eateries, your next San Diego home should be in Del Mar.
Del Mar is two square miles along the coastline north of downtown San Diego, best known for its beaches, fairgrounds and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, "where the turf meets the surf."
Once a secluded getaway resort for Hollywood celebrities, Del Mar flourished when Bing Crosby and friendsí launched the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and racetrack back in the 1930s. The racing season runs until just past Labor Day and attracts top horses and fans. Prior to that is the annual Del Mar County Fair, mid-June thru early July, complete with livestock competitions, carnival games and dizzying rides. The fair draws crowds from all over Southern California.
Downtown via Pacific Coast Highway (aka: Camino Del Mar in these parts) is the center for shopping and dining, with the luxurious L'Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa, Del Mar Plazaís three terraced levels of haute couture and ocean view dining, and blocks of one-of-a-kind eateries and shops.
Private homes with terrific beach views line both sides of PCH, climbing the hills. Further inland up Via De La Valle you'll pass Del Mar's invisible boundary dividing town and country. In the open river valley to the right are farmland and polo fields; in the tree-covered hills to the left are sprawling horse ranches and palatial residential estates.
Del Marís 4,500 residents are sprawled from the bluffs overlooking the ocean and up into the tree-lined hills. Homes in this beach colony were built primarily between 1940s and 1980s, and many have Pacific views. Median home prices average $2.4 million, with condos starting from the high $200s and single-family three-bedroom homes from $1 million.
Adjacent to Del Marís southern border is Torrey Pines State Reserve, with 2,000 undeveloped acres giving visitors a glimpse of what San Diego looked like before development. Rare Torrey pines, sandstone cliffs, pristine beaches and a lagoon for migrating birds are the major attractions.