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Del Mar Terrace Neighborhood Guide

Del Mar Terrace is an unusual neighborhood. Just south of Del Mar Heights, it is actually part of San Diego city − which is great if you want to rebuild or renovate, since you don’t have to go through any HOAs from Del Mar to get your plans approved. However, building in Del Mar Terrace poses some uncommon challenges, too.

This neighborhood was first settled back in 1913, but took decades to really get off the ground since getting fresh water was difficult and unreliable. A few brave souls moved into the area in the 1950s and 1960s, many of them professors and oceanographers from Scripps or UCSD. A tradition developed of building your own houses, which exists in spirit to this day. Del Mar Terrace is about as far from a tract development as you can imagine. Each house is unique, partly expressing the creativity of the owners, but partly in response to issues such as odd-shaped lots, attaching to sandstone cliffs, and dealing with old and disorganized water, sewer, and power lines.

The main thoroughfare in Del Mar Terrace is Carmel Valley Road, and I-5 is just a couple of minutes drive to the east. Parks such as Torrey Pines Extension and Torrey Pines State Reserve bracket the community, giving easy access to plenty of hiking and biking. The beach is less than a mile away. All in all, Del Mar Terrace is a lovely neighborhood with its own eclectic spirit.

Properties for Sale in Del Mar Terrace

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Things to Do in Del Mar Terrace

Seagrove Park


1601 Coast Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014

Torrey Pines State Beach

Beaches, Outdoor Activities

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
Del Mar, CA 92014

Torrey Pines State Reserve


12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Top Restaurants in Del Mar Terrace

2334 Carmel Valley Rd
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-5878

2282 Carmel Valley Rd
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-7100

2334 Carmel Valley Rd
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-9063

Del Mar Terrace Demographics


Population: 577
Median household income: $111,522
Median contract rent: $2,032
Median resident age: 47.0
Percentage of family households: 42.2%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 1,508,885
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 527,812
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 390,439
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 414,838

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 50.0%
  • Female: 50.0%
  • African American: 4.4%
  • American Indian: 0.0%
  • Asian: 6.8%
  • Caucasian: 83.6%
  • Mixed race: 3.3%
  • Other race: 1.9%

Schools in Del Mar Terrace

Cal Coast Academy

Grades 6-12

11555 Clews Ranch Road
Del Mar, CA 92014

Del Mar Heights Elementary School

Grades K-6

13555 Boquita Drive
Del Mar, CA 92014

Del Mar Montessori School

Grades 1-7

2293 Del Mar Heights Road
Del Mar, CA 92014