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Del Mar Area Information

Del Mar Real Estate Agent

Pete Middleton and the Pete Knows Team have been serving homebuyers and home sellers in the Del Mar area of San Diego for nearly 20 years.  Pete himself calls Del Mar home.  Known around the world for its famous race track, Del Mar is ideally situated just over 20 miles north of downtown San Diego.  Its 92014 zip code is one of San Diego’s most sought after communities to live in.

With coastal views and a charming stretch of local shops and restaurants, Del Mar is a luxury community with homes often priced over $2,000,000.  English-inspired architecture as well as Cape Cod and Spanish colonial influences abound in the home styles of the area.  Our clients who target Del Mar value exclusivity, design, modern décor and a short walk or drive to the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  In Del Mar, you can be within 2-3 blocks of the water or right there on the sand. 

As of 2017, Del Mar real estate prices are slightly higher than the average real estate prices we see in San Diego.  The average home value is just under $3 million, which compares with nearby communities like Rancho Sante Fe and La Jolla to the south.  No matter your budget, it is our job at the Pete Knows Real Estate Team to work with you to understand your wants and needs in finding a dream home in Del Mar.  Since 1992, we have collectively sold nearly $400 million in San Diego real estate, and much of it right in Del Mar.

Most of Del Mar consists of large single-family homes.  “Tear downs” have become a trend in recent years, with homebuyers purchasing existing homes primarily for their land and location, and then building a new home on the property.  Plans for new home builds typically must clear the California Coastal Commission’s guidelines. 

The Del Mar Community

Del Mar is a small, seaside hideaway approximately 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Defined by calm salt water lagoons on each end, this charming, laid back town is best known for its exceptional weather, world famous thoroughbred racetrack, the San Diego County fair, fabulous beaches, cuisine and unique shopping.

Del Mar is roughly 20 miles north of downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport.  Bordered on the east by Interstate 5, on the south by the Torrey Pines State Park and Reserve, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and to the north by Via de la Valle Road, Del Mar and the adjacent Del Mar Heights share the 92014 zip code.

Several corporate offices adorn the eastern side of Del Mar near Interstate 5, making up a small pocket of new development of both retail and office space.  Among the tenants are Latham and Watkins LLP, Procopio, Huya Bioscience International, Charles Schwab, Black Mountain Systems and American Mobile Healthcare.  The city of San Diego has recently had numerous ballots proposing expansion of public transportation up into this area to support additional development of retail and multifamily properties, and to lessen the traffic congestion on both I-5 and CA-56 from commuters and visitors alike.

Del Mar Living at its Best

To live in Del Mar is to live in paradise.  Stroll down the 101 amongst the cottage-style shopping district, with women’s boutiques, local fare, artisan coffee shops and the occasional surf store.  With the Mediterranean climate providing year-round weather in the 60’s and 70’s, you’ll never have to arrange your plans around inclement weather.

With a population of approximately 4,500 in the 2.1 square mile coastal area, Del Mar offers an oasis of unhurried, yet civilized, living. Visitors can enjoy many of the pleasures of the Village without ever needing a car. The historic downtown village dates back to 1880s. Today it is lined with over 60 shops offering everything from high-end apparel to one-of-a-kind specialty shops. The village hosts 25 restaurants, many providing outside patios overlooking the ocean. 

Stop in at one of California’s best luxury heritage hotel properties at L’Auberge Luxury Hotel & Spa, grab a drink at the bar and then continue out to the coast for a dinner at Jake’s Del Mar or Poseidon.  Both restaurants boast incredible views and sit up against the sand. 

When the season is in, the Del Mar Racetrack and Thoroughbred Club attracts visitors (and horses) from around the world.  Opening Day in July often sees over 40,000 attendees flock to Del Mar for the racing and festivities.  A brainchild of Hollywood stars like Bing Crosby, “where the surf meets the turf” is one of the most renowned horsing venues in all the world.  And if you are a fan of horses, shoot across I-5 during the summer months and catch a match at the San Diego Polo Club.

Of course, in June the San Diego County fair comes to Del Mar, bringing carnival rides, games, food trucks and top-end entertainers putting on concerts and fireworks shows.  It is practically a San Diego rite of passage to trek up to “the Fair” every June season.

Other popular restaurants and stores in Del Mar include Board & Brew sandwich shop, Rendezvous Asian bistro, Jimmy O’s, the Frustrated Cowboy retail shop, and Sbicca restaurant.  The greater Del Mar area is also home to world-class resorts in the form of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and Rancho Valencia, which was recently named one of the top resorts in the United States.

Del Mar Schools and Neighborhoods

Del Mar is served by the Del Mar Union School district.  Nearby elementary schools include Carmel Del Mar School, Del Mar Heights Schools, Del Mar Hills School, Sage Canyon School, Ashley Falls School, Ocean Air School, Sycamore Ridge School and Torrey Hills School.  Del Mar joins Solana Beach to the north in sending students into Carmel Valley Middle School and Torrey Pines High School.  Private schools in the area include the Winston School, while many parents also send students to private schools like La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s School La Jolla. 

Although technically located in nearby Rancho Sante Fe, the Del Mar Country Club is an exclusive members-only club with a world-class golf course, tennis and fitness facilities, and dining and social events to match.  Other nearby clubs include Fairbanks Ranch and The Bridges at Rancho Sante Fe.


More on the Del Mar Real Estate Market

With our 20 years of experience helping clients buy and sell homes in Del Mar, we’ve come to know what to expect.  No matter if the overall real estate market is “up” or “down”, prices and competition for homes in Del Mar is always going to be high.  There is very little new development in the area – save for the recent expansion of nearby communities like Carmel Valley – but Del Mar proper is a market with primarily older, moderately-sized, and extremely expensive homes relative to the greater San Diego area.  In short, Del Mar is exclusive and beautiful.  Nestled away from any semblance of suburban strip malls, large chains or big parking lots, Del Mar holds true to its feel of a small community huddled up against the coast.

Probably the only noise or disturbance that comes through Del Mar is the local Coaster and Amtrak trains, which share a line that cuts along the coast along the backside of the main commercial district on the 101.  The nearest station is in the adjoining community of Solana Beach, just north of the Cedros Avenue shopping district.  The train lines are primarily for commuters, although in the busy summer months when the fair and race track are in season, revelers will train to the Solana Beach station and then make their way down to the fairground and race track property.

Current listings with the Pete Knows Team in Del Mar vary from $609,000 for a 2-bedroom townhouse up to the $3,000,000 price point for a 5 bedroom, 4 bath estate with a beautiful pool and proximity to the coast. 

In your search for a new home in Del Mar, or the best Del Mar real estate agent team to help sell your home, we’d like to think you’ve found your match here with Pete Middleton and the Pete Knows Team.  $400 million in local sales does not happen by accident.  We have built a reputation as the firm to work with in Del Mar if you want to get the best price for your home in the current market, or if you want to a tough negotiator on your side with all the right connections in town.  Del Mar is a hyper-competitive market for single family homes, primarily because it is so small and so desirable for families and wealthy empty nesters alike.  We invite you to browse our listings here on our website, or to contact any member of the Pete Knows Team via the contact form.  If you would like to speak with someone immediately about your pending real estate deal, or to simply learn more about how we can help you navigate this market in Del Mar, call us at 858-764-4808.

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Listing information last updated on August 19th, 2018 at 12:31am CDT.