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Your Guide to Relocating to Del Mar

If you are searching for a quaint, relaxed beach town close to a major city, Del Mar could be perfect for you. A suburb of the vibrant San Diego, Del Mar real estate is home to just under 4,000 people as of 2020, making it a relatively small community.

Don’t think small is bad, though: Del Mar homes for sale are beautiful, the beach is just minutes from most Del Mar real estate, and people are generally very happy to live, work, and play here. If you and your family are considering a coastal move to Del Mar, keep reading: this is everything you should know about beach life.

Great location for young professionals

Looking for job opportunities while you look at Del Mar real estate? This is an excellent area for employment. According to, Del Mar isn’t just one of the best suburbs for young professionals in all of California, but it’s well into the top half of the entire country.

The vast majority of jobs in the Del Mar area are professional positions, with the major employers in the area including General Atomics Aeronautical, Palomar Health, ThermoFisher Scientific, and several local colleges. Many people looking at Del Mar homes for sale are also employed at Google’s San Diego campus or work for Qualcomm, a hardware and software developer.

Get to the beach

If you’re looking at Del Mar real estate to spend less time indoors and more time outdoors, Del Mar may be the perfect California town for you. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, so you can soak up that beautiful California sun—there is plenty of sun, too—Del Mar homes for sale on average only see about 13 inches of rain per year!

For beginner swimmers, small children who want to play in the ocean, or your best four-legged friend, is Dog Beach. Available for dogs year-round, this beach has shallow sandbars and lots of actual sand to run around, throw a ball, and enjoy the water. This is especially great for dog owners near the beach who are looking for Del Mar homes for sale without a fenced-in yard.

Del Mar City Beach is not considered the ‘main’ segment of the beachfront, but it does get busy during peak season. It starts at Powerhouse Park, which is the perfect landing space for many families who live in nearby Del Mar real estate, with plenty of grass for picnics and relaxations.

Finally, there is Torrey Pines State Beach. Run by the state and located at the base of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, it’s considered the best family-friendly beach in the area. There’s a small lagoon area that is perfect for younger children and lifeguards all year, even in the off-season. This beach is a big plus for families looking for Del Mar homes for sale.


Despite being so close to bustling San Diego, there are plenty of hiking opportunities. If you’re looking at Del Mar homes for sale to be near Torrey Pines State Beach, you should know the nature reserve has several great trails with amazing views and nature. The reserve is named after the endangered Torrey Pines tree, and the trails are relatively short and feature this rare tree. Razor Point Trail is a favorite, with less than a mile of walking to get to an outlook, but if you want something very easy, take the Guy Fleming Trail. It’s a two-thirds of a mile loop with two overlooks and picture-perfect views.

For more challenging hiking, Del Mar real estate owners and visitors can enjoy Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve which is a bit farther inland. It has four main sections of trails, but the Del Mar Mesa Preserve is the closest to most Del Mar homes for sale. For an easy day hike, check out the Fire Road loop, which features great views and some moderately challenging elevation changes. If you want a longer trip, try Santa Monica Ridge Fire Road, which is nearly eight miles in length. Spring is the best time to visit when wildflowers are in full bloom.

Best restaurants and dining in Del Mar

Del Mar is absolutely a relaxed beach town, despite being so close to major cities and events. However, if you’re looking at Del Mar real estate but don’t want to give up incredible dining or shopping, you’re in luck. There is a lot to enjoy in this area. For upscale local cuisine with a distinct Asian flare, visit Market Restaurant & Bar on Via De La Valle. This Michelin-evaluated restaurant is run by Chef and owner Carl Schroeder, who specializes in putting an Asian spin on fresh, local ingredients. Jake’s Del Mar, Pacifica, and Il Fornaio with its homemade pasta are all excellent high-end dining experiences near the water.

If you’re less interested in the upscale dining and, instead, are looking at Del Mar homes for sale for a truly local experience, don’t miss Board & Brew. This is a casual, low-key environment that has been serving sandwiches and salads with from-scratch ingredients and sustainable sources. Snooze, An AM Eatery is a local favorite despite being a (relatively small) chain, and Bird Rock Coffee has some of the best locally roasted beans in the area, just steps from the ocean.

For the best shopping, don’t miss Del Mar Plaza, a dog-friendly outdoor shopping mall with high-end boutiques and local favorites. There is also Flower Hill Promenade, which is smaller than Del Mar Plaza and farther from the beach (though closer to many Del Mar homes for sale), but very dense, with a good mix of boutique shopping and quality dining.

Ready to move in to Del Mar real estate?

If you’re ready to make the move and start looking at Del Mar real estate, don’t hesitate to call Michelle Ozanne, the Queen Bee of California real estate. Michelle sold over $37 million in real estate in 2021 alone and has been living in the San Diego area for over 25 years. If you’re ready to start looking at Del Mar homes for sale seriously and want the best, Michelle can help you find your dream home. Contact Michelle today!

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