Del Mar is a small city with approximately two square miles of coastal land and a population of about 4500 residents. Due to the efforts of an active group called the Friends of Del Mar, there will never be high-rise apartment buildings or billboards. Once a getaway resort for celebrities, Del Mar's old beach bungalows have been replaced by multi-million-dollar homes scattered throughout the canyons and hillsides. Art galleries, fantastic ocean views and winding streets add to the feel of an upscale community with character and charm. Time Magazine places Del Mar towards the top of its list “100 Greatest Beaches in the World”. Not surprisingly, Del Mar is one of California’s most sought after beach vacation rental destinations.
The city hosts the San Diego County Fair each summer and is known nationally for its famous Del Mar Thoroughbred Club "where the surf meets the turf."
The estimated median household income for Del Mar is greatly higher than the state average. Home prices in 2008 were more than twice the state average. The city is considerably less ethnically diverse than the rest of the county.
What Staff are Saying:
- “The proximity to the beach! I also like that it has a small town charm.”
- “The stereotype connected to it that it is a wealthy, old person community. In fact, there are lots of young people who rent there to be close to the ocean. If you look, there are some really affordable places there.”
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