Carmel Valley is a newer, master-planned community located in the north-western corner of San Diego, CA. It’s boundaries remain unchanged from the original community plan, and the 92130 zip code does not belong entire to Carmel Valley like many people believe. The truth is that remainder of the 92130 zip code is filled by the surrounding communities of Del Mar, Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch and Torrey Hills.
The “North City West” master plan was inspired by Kevin Lynch who wanted to reduce sprawl by confining development to the mesa tops, leaving the canyons untouched. The planned development is basically centered around an urban core surrounded by decreasing residential densities. Crowded residential areas were traded for more open space.
According to the City’s webpage, Carmel Creek, now largely marked by SR-56 and the CVREP corridor, was intended to meander freely to the sea, allowing water to return to the ground and providing residents with natural open space and recreational opportunities.
The North City Future Urbanizing Area (NCFUA) and Pacific Highlands Ranch border Carmel Valley to the north; while Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Torrey Hills border the community to the south; Pacific Highlands Ranch and Del Mar Mesa to the east, and Interstate 5 and Torrey Pines to the west.
Torrey Highlands, the easternmost section of Del Mar Mesa, is also part of Carmel Valley and the boundary between the city and Rancho Peñasquitos.
The location of the city, allows its residents a coastal living lifestyle, because it is literally minutes away from some of the most amazing beaches in southern California.
The climate of Carmel Valley is categorized as a semi-arid Mediterranean climate. Residents enjoys mild, sunny weather throughout the year.
The highest monthly average temperature in Carmel Valley for August is usually 71 degrees, while the lowest monthly average temperature in December is 56 degrees.
February is the wettest month with 2.4 inches of rain.
The annual average temperature in the area is around 63.0°F, and the annual precipitation is 12.12 inches.