Del Mar, the smallest city on the Pacific is on the beach just northwest of San Diego, boasts the Del Mar Fairgrounds, world famous attraction for events and the county's racetrack. Bing Crosby, original owner, once frequented the fairgrounds to watch the horses, among other Hollywood celebrities.
Just over 4,500 residents, Del Mar has expanded its real estate up from the bluffs above the surf and into the hills. An abundance of trees lends a woodsy feel. The "beach colony" is a flat area located just north of the centre of Del Mar. It claims some of the most expensive direct beach tract homes in Southern California. The historic center is a very exclusive community with one main thoroughfare, Camino Del Mar.
Most of the Del Mar homes were built between the 40's and the 80's, and many have ocean views. Development laws prevent obstructing existing views and there are no drive-thru's allowed. Del Mar is a tight-knit community that wants to maintain its small-town charm.
Surrounding areas included lagoons on either side of Camino Del Mar and state parks to the east and south, emphasizing the natural environment of this lovely community.
Access to I-5 runs east of the beaches and is highly congested during commute hours. A less stressful alternative is a commuter rail service that runs north and south along the coast with stops in all major coast cities and towns. Restaurants, shops, and beach activities keep busy visitors and residents alike.
Each summer sets off Del Mar?s annual fair that lasts 3 weeks and attracts over a million participants. The beautiful beaches make this spot an ideal place to live, if you can afford it