Carmel Valley lies within the City of San Diego
. It is an upscale community with an Orange-County-style, pre-planned layout, a fondness for well-maintained public spaces, and a carefully balanced residential-to-commercial zoning ratio. Carmel Valley borders Sorrento Valley, Torrey Highlands, Pacific Highlands Ranch, North City, and Del Mar Heights. These territories include some of the nicest residential communities in San Diego County. Those averse to the intensity of full-on urban residence will note that Carmel Valley is but a stone's throw from the open, green space of Torrey Pines State National Reserve and its expansive golf course.
Only developed and cast in its current mold as recently as the late 1970's/early 1980's, Carmel Valley boasts countless organizational perks, but public transportation is not, unfortunately, one of them: the community has a Transit Score of 0 from WalkScore. To get around, you'll need a vehicle and the Ted Williams (56) or San Diego Freeways (5).