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North County San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Del Mar Heights


Del Mar Heights is an upscale, wealthy neighborhood located just minutes from the beach. With a 2010 Census population of 8,390 and an area of just over two square miles, this small, prestigious community is home to most of Del Mar’s residents.


Del Mar was designed to be an upscale, beachfront resort destination where the rich and famous in California and beyond would come to play. Officially becoming a city in 1959, this is the smallest city in San Diego County and continues to drawn in celebrities, socialites and the wealthy seeking a temporary beachfront retreat or a permanent residence in this prestigious area.


Walking Path on Bluffs in Del Mar

This upscale Del Mar neighborhood primarily consists of single-family homes, but also offers townhouses, apartments and condominiums for those who want to live in this high-status area, but do not quite have the budget for a multi-million dollar estate. The average estimated value of detached homes in Del Mar Heights was just over $1.1 million in 2010, nearly double the average estimated value of detached homes throughout California.

Most residences in Del Mar Heights are owner-occupied homes built since 1970.

Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment


Del Mar Heights is primarily a residential neighborhood, but Carmel Valley Road, running along the southern and western borders of this community, is home to many eateries and shopping opportunities. A few restaurants and businesses can also be found on Del Mar Heights Road.

Parks & Recreation

Del Mar Dog Beach

Del Mar Heights is home to the Crest Canyon Open Space Park and Torrey Pines State Reserve, as well as smaller community parks scattered throughout. Due to its close proximity to Del Mar’s popular shoreline, any home in this neighborhood is just minutes from the beach, including North Beach (aka Dog Beach), where pet owners take their pooches to play in the surf.

Residents also enjoy close proximity to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the Del Mar Racetrack.


Residents of Del Mar Heights are served by the Del Mar Union School District. Del Mar Hills Elementary and Del Mar Heights Elementary, both of which enjoy excellent school quality ratings, are the primary public schools in this neighborhood. Carmel Valley Middle School serves the public education needs of middle school students. According to census data, more than half of the school-age population living in this neighborhood is enrolled in private schools.



The Del Mar Heights neighborhood is located on the eastern side of Del Mar and is bordered by the I-5 freeway to the east, Carmel Valley Road and the Torrey Preserve to the south, Carmel Valley to the east and Solana Beach to the north.

Good to Know/Additional Information

Del Mar Lifestyle

If spending an afternoon at the racetrack, weekends at the beach or an evening shopping in upscale boutiques is the lifestyle you are looking for, the Del Mar Heights neighborhood is the perfect place to live and is just minutes away from all that Del Mar has to offer.


[ Photo credits via Wikipedia]

AJ Davis-Varela: AJ is a freelance writer and blogger at Articles by AJ specializing in travel, real estate, natural wellness and green living. She is a magazine columnist, a former San Diego newspaper columnist, has been published in a variety of print and online publications, and regularly contributes to several websites and blogs. You can connect with AJ on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+