The Coastlife Team’s Guide to Del Mar
Just 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego lies a hidden gem nestled along the coast: Del Mar. The sleepy city has long lured people searching for a great place to raise a family. Its population, beaches, charm, and unhurried pace make it wonderful place to live.
Del Mar’s stunning shores are a dream for surfers, beachgoers, and even dogs. (Yes, a sliver of beach is designated for doggies.) The famous beaches stretch for two miles along the coast and are lapped all the way by gentle waves. Wildlife is drawn to this scenic oasis, and porpoises, whales, sea lions, and birds can often be spotted along the shore.
Plenty of fun awaits inland, too. Numerous parks are dotted throughout Del Mar. Powerhouse Park and adjoining Seagrove Park are scenic spots to enjoy a picnic or appreciate nature. During the summer, free concerts can be enjoyed in the park. For the little ones, there is a charming playground next to Powerhouse Park called the Tot Lot.
The historic village area dates from the 1880s. Today, it contains more than 60 shops, which sell everything from upscale clothing to unique specialty wares. There are also 25 restaurants to choose from when you shop up an appetite. Many offer award-winning dining and outdoor patios with views of the Pacific. There are also several sidewalk cafes where you can watch the world pass by.
The fair & the races
The Del Mar Fair began in 1936, kicking off a yearly tradition that persists to this day. The following year, a mile-long, oval-shaped horse track was built, and Hollywood stars began to flock to the Del Mar racetrack. The summer racing season still draws crowds, making the season an especially fun time in Del Mar.
Del Mar began as a resort town in the 1880s when Theodore Loop discovered the area and deemed it “the most attractive place on the entire coast.” He partnered with a rancher to begin development on Del Mar. In the early 1900s, the Stratford Inn was built, which attracted Hollywood stars. Rapid growth followed, and people continue to be attracted to this special location today.
Del Mar is home today to nearly 4,500 people who have a median age of just under 50. Many residents are students and faculty members from the nearby University of California, San Diego, who have long impacted the community. The local government is focused on preservation and slow growth, and citizens often work together to conserve open space. Friends of Del Mar is one active group, which worked to ensure that the city will never contain billboards or high-rise apartments.
Del Mar Union School District contains seven elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. All nine schools met their school-wide growth targets in the 2012-2013 year.
With a stunning setting, wonderful neighbors, colorful history, and top-notch schools, Del Mar is an excellent place to raise a family. If you want to learn more about planting your roots in Del Mar, contact the Ranch and Coast Lifestyle Team today at (858) 609-0900.