Palermo Carmel Valley North County Neighborhood Guide

Palermo Carmel Valley

Palermo is a fantastic choice for potential homebuyers who want to live in a walkable community. Students here can walk to public elementary, middle and high schools, families can take a quick stroll across the street to enjoy the nearest park, and you can even ride your bike to the beach. You can also walk to an upscale movie theater, library, several dining options, salons, shopping, the local recreation center and more.

This North County condominium complex has lower homeowners’ association fees than most communities in Carmel Valley, is in a great location for commuters who need access to Interstate 5, and offers housing prices that are more affordable than most areas of North County San Diego.

Palermo History

Palermo was constructed by Baldwin between 1994 and 2002.

Palermo Housing

Palermo is home to just under 200 condominiums. Units have two to three bedrooms, one to 2.5 bathrooms, patios and two-car garages. Floor plans range in size from about 960 square feet to about 1,322 square feet, and some units have an additional covered parking space. Homeowners’ association dues ($165 per month at the time of this writing) go towards managing and maintaining the community, including the swimming pool, spa, barbecue area and tennis court.

Palermo homes sold in 2016 include:

A three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 1,308-square-foot unit sold at $630,000
A two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 1,146-square-foot unit sold for $540,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,162-square-foot unit sold at $535,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,102-square-foot unit sold for $525,500

As is common among San Diego County communities, residents in Palermo pay Mello-Roos.

Palermo Condos

Palermo Shopping & Dining

One of the many appealing aspects of living in Palermo is that residents can walk or bike to nearby shopping centers to pick up everyday essentials, grab their morning coffee or meet friends for dinner. The plaza in closest proximity is Del Mar Highlands Town Center, which is home to Ralphs, The UPS Store, Rite Aid, FedEx Office, Starbucks, Unleashed by Petco, Bath & Body Works, other shops, salons, Jamba Juice, restaurants and Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas.

In the neighboring shopping center, there is also Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, Oggi’s, Katana Sushi and VCA Pacific Petcare.

Also nearby is Piazza Carmel, which is where you will find Vons, a hardware store, PostalAnnex+, a golf school, Royal India, Spices Thai Café, Souplantation, Nico’s Taco Shop and Gami Sushi. Just across Valley Centre Drive, you will also find a Starbucks and Chipotle.

Palermo Parks & Recreation

Palermo residents enjoy access to a community swimming pool, spa, tennis court and barbecue area. They also enjoy being just steps away from Carmel Creek Neighborhood Park, which is just across Carmel Creek Road, and being within walking distance of the local branch of the Boys & Girls Club, Youth Arts Academy and the Carmel Valley Community Park & Recreation Center.

At the Youth Arts Academy, children and teens can explore their interest in dance, acting, music or photography. At the Boys & Girls Club, they can benefit from after school programs, tutoring, martial arts and gymnastics classes, and other fitness classes.

The Carmel Valley Community Park & Recreation Center offers a game room, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, an amphitheater and an indoor multipurpose court. Programs offered at the rec center include yoga classes, fitness classes and sports leagues for adults, as well as sports, dance, martial arts and gymnastics classes for children and teens.

Other nearby parks include Carmel Grove Park, Carmel Del Mar Park, Del Mar Trails Park, Carmel Mission Park, Carmel Knolls Park and Solana Highlands Park. There are also the beautiful beaches of Del Mar, La Jolla and Torrey Pines, as well as the hiking trails in Torrey Pines State Reserve, Deer Canyon, Del Mar Mesa Preserve, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Black Mountain Open Space Park.

For those who prefer a more formal setting for their outdoor recreation, there are several options within a short drive, including The Grand Golf Club, Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Farms Golf Club, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Morgan Run Club & Resort, Del Mar Country Club, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and Rancho Valencia Tennis Resort & Spa.

Horse lovers will enjoy the close proximity to Del Mar Horsepark, Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego Polo Club, and several boarding and training stables.

Carmel Creek Elementary School and Carmel Creek Neighborhood Park

Palermo Schools

Palermo public school students are served by top-rated North County schools, including Carmel Creek Elementary School, Solana Pacific Elementary School, Carmel Valley Middle School, Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy. Carmel Creek Elementary School is just across the street from the complex, and Solana Pacific Elementary School, Carmel Valley Middle School and Torrey Pines High School are all within walking distance.

Private schools within a short drive of the neighborhood include Del Mar Montessori Elementary and Junior High School, San Diego Jewish Academy, Del Mar Pines School, Winston School of San Diego, Notre Dame Academy and Cathedral Catholic High School.

Palermo Boundaries

The Palermo condominium complex is located between Carmel Country Road and Carmel Creek Road south of McGuire Drive. It is bordered by the Montemar townhouse community to the south and Halcyon to the north.

Homes here are located on Via Candidiz and Via Nieve, and the neighborhood can be accessed by Via Candidiz from Carmel Creek Road or by Via Nieve from the Montemar community.

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