The close proximity to beaches, top-ranking schools and freeways make Del Mar a favorite among its residents. The luxury summer homes also make Del Mar a popular destination for vacationing families. The atmosphere is laid back with plenty of high end shopping boutiques and activities to suit any desire.
The Village of Del Mar dates back to the 1880s but today is lined with quaint shops and delicious restaurants with views of the Pacific Ocean. The beaches are ideal for the sun worshipers and there’s even a beach just for dogs. On a given day at a Del Mar beach, expect to see a multitude of wildlife including dolphins, whales, sea lions and birds. The small tree-lined streets wind through the coastal hills and offer panoramic ocean views. Go biking or jogging in beautiful Torrey Pines State Reserve or enjoy a day of golf at some of the most private and exclusive courses around.
The community of Del Mar has been significantly influenced by the addition of the prestigious University of San Diego nearby. Many faculty and students reside in the city of Del Mar and they influence Del Mar’s political, social and cultural climate. Because of groups like Friends of Del Mar, there will never be billboards or high rise buildings in the town of Del Mar and the emphasis on slow growth, open spaces and preservation remains in full effect to this day. Residents and visitors can enjoy Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park. These Del Mar parks are ideal grassy locations for weddings, picnics or just a walk with the dog. Catch a romantic sunset or enjoy a free concert during the summer in these parks in Del Mar. For the little ones, there is a playground affectionately referred to as “The Tot Lot” near Powerhouse Park. The local library of Del Mar is a landmark not to be missed. Back in 2002, two local artists created a mixed-media mosaic on the wall that frames the historic building. The wall is a part of Del Mar’s history and incorporates memorabilia and treasure from years past.
The Del Mar Race Track has been a staple for decades. The summer racing season has brought crowds along with many celebrities such as Pat O’Brien, Jimmy and Marge Durante and Lucy and Desi Arnez just to name a few. Many of these people made Del Mar their home away from home and the town continues to remain a favorite of many today.
Del Mar is considered one of the most beautiful resort communities on the West Coast and it’s easy to see why when you visit. The shopping, restaurants, exclusive real estate, and gorgeous beaches make Del Mar one of the most enjoyable places to live.
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