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Carmel Country Highlands Neighborhood Guide

Carmel Country Highlands is a neighborhood in the center of Carmel Valley, on a ridge that commands majestic views of the Carmel Valley, downtown San Diego, and the Pacific. About 800 acres in size and featuring around 750 homes, this master-planned community dates from 1999. It’s divided up into different neighborhoods for detached single-family homes and townhouses. The main artery is Carmel Mountain Road, and State Road 56 and Interstate 5 are quite close by.

This is a quiet community, just right for raising a family. Carmel Valley boasts some of the top schools in the state, whether public or private. The area is dotted with green spaces, full of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback-riding. Residents have easy access to a number of golf courses, including the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Shops, restaurants, and the other necessities of life can be found in Torrey Hills Center on Carmel Mountain Road. Piazza Carmel, at the intersection of Valley Centre Drive and Carmel Creek Road, is another commercial area. For everything else, downtown San Diego is only a half-hour drive away.

Properties for Sale in Carmel Country Highlands

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Things to Do in Carmel Country Highlands

Ocean Air Recreation Center

Recreation Center

4770 Fairport Way
San Diego, CA 92130

Piazza Carmel Shopping Center

Shopping Centers

3810-3890 Valley Center Dr
San Diego, CA 92130

Torrey Pines State Reserve


12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Top Restaurants in Carmel Country Highlands



5200 Grand Del Mar Way
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 314-1900



12880 Carmel Country Rd
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2767

Urban Plates

American (New)

12857 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 509-1800

Carmel Country Highlands Demographics


Population: 3048
Median household income: $197,054
Median contract rent: $2,180
Median single family home price: $870,400
Median resident age: 44
Percentage of family households: 65.5%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 718,201
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 465,269
2-unit structures: $ 402,855
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 439,497
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 398,437
Mobile homes: $ 60,198
Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $ 15,157

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 49.5%
  • Female: 50.5%
  • African American: 1.4%
  • American Indian: 0.4%
  • Asian: 29.1%
  • Caucasian: 62.3%
  • Mixed race: 5.1%
  • Other race: 1.7%

Schools in Carmel Country Highlands

Ashley Falls Elementary School

Grades K-6

13030 Ashley Falls Drive
San Diego, CA 92130

Canyon Crest Academy

Grades 9-12

5951 Village Center Loop Road
San Diego, CA 92130

Carmel Valley Middle School

Grades 7-8

3800 Mykonos Lane
San Diego, CA 92130