The upscale community of Del Mar is located just a twenty minute drive up Interstate 5 from downtown San Diego – the state’s second largest city and perhaps the most colorful. This very fortunate placement means that Del Mar’s 4,500 residents enjoy a cozy small-town atmosphere while not forfeiting any of the amenities of living in a big city. Del Mar has a stormy and interesting history that dates back to the railroad expansion of the late 19th century.
After a couple of false starts, the city finally took steps onto solid ground in the 1920’s. Since then it has grown into not only a cozy place to live, but also one of the most beautiful resort spots on the West Coast.
The economy is strong, fueled by local shops, resorts, and the like and also by the nearby biotech and wireless communication industries of San Diego. Award-winning schools are administered by the Del Mar Union and San Dieguito school districts. Many opportunities for continuing education are available within a half hour’s drive including the University of California, San Diego; the University of San Diego; and San Diego State University.
Great recreational opportunities are also abound, including many golf courses, beaches, festivals, and the cultural offerings of the city of San Diego. And Del Mar boasts one of the most agreeable climates in the western United States. Winter temperatures rarely dip below 60 degrees and summer temperatures peak in the low 90’s.
Del Mar real estate offerings consist primarily of lovely single-family homes and estates, many with spectacular views. A few condos and townhouses can also be found.
Del Mar’s history dates back to 1882, during the building of the first railroad from San Diego to San Bernardino. A rail worker and his wife happened upon the area and began a tent city, which the wife named Del Mar – Spanish for “by the sea.”
Shortly after this Colonel Jacob Taylor, cashing in on the land boom, bought more than 330 acres and built a resort called Casa Del Mar. Though the resort was destroyed by fire and flood, the area never ceased attracting new residents, including vacationing Hollywood stars. By 1959 the city had been incorporated and it has been off and running to this day.
Though it might be tempting to see that Del Mar’s population is only 4,500 and assume it’s a small town with nothing to do, nothing could be further from the truth, as a sample of the local attractions and festivities will show. There are, of course, the unbelievable expanses of local beach, where surfing, bodyboarding, dog walking, and more are all popular pastimes. Beyond the beach, Del Mar and its surrounding areas offer such varied opportunities as the Scripps Aquarium, a daily ferry to Catalina, the Palomar Observatory, and of course the famous Del Mar Racetrack.
The main recreation activity in Del Mar, however, is golf, and for good reason. Many, many beautiful courses dot the area, including The Meadows, home to the annual Gobbler Classic tournament that occurs each year just before Thanksgiving. There are also state and national parks, casinos, historic sites, lakes and more.
A short drive puts residents in the heart of San Diego where cultural offerings are abundant, including the Museum of San Diego History, the San Diego Aerospace Museum and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
The city’s crown jewels, however, are the San Diego Museum of Art, which houses both modern and historical art exhibits; and of course, the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park, world-renowned for its exhibits. Sports fans also have a number of options. Most all of the major sports are represented, with baseball’s San Diego Padres, the NFL’s Chargers, and even the soccer team, the San Diego Spirit.
The very popular San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony are at the top of the classical music scene.
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