Gorgeous, chic enclave with breathtaking vistas and a tranquil ambiance

Welcome to Carmel Valley

Nestled near the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley boasts stunning views in all directions. With plenty of wide open spaces and lots of California sunshine, this charming retreat is a hidden gem of the Monterey Peninsula. 

The history of Carmel Valley is heavily linked to its fertile land, warm climate, and ideal location along the Carmel River. This lovely community is home to several vineyards, farms, and ranches, thanks to this region’s warm, sunny days. With its sweeping open land and luxurious amenities, Carmel Valley is perfect for ranchers, growers, sophisticates, golf enthusiasts, and wine lovers alike. 

What to Love

  • Sprawling farms and vineyards
  • Elegant, chic eateries and lounges
  • Tranquil spa and wellness retreats
  • Challenging, pristine golf courses
  • Lots of blue skies and warm sunshine

Local Lifestyle

Carmel Valley boasts the very best of tranquil, chic coastal California living. The retreats and resorts in this region have world-class golf courses, luxurious spas, and upscale restaurants. A weekly farmers’ market brings together growers and vendors to offer fresh, local produce, wine, and artisan products. The nearby natural preserves offer breathtaking views of the Carmel Valley landscape as well as great trails for hiking and horseback riding.

This community is just a short drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea, giving easy access to the California coast. Carmel Valley is home to several highly desirable, distinctive neighborhoods like Quail Meadows, Santa Lucia Preserve, and Tehama.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The foodie scene in Carmel Valley has deep ties to the local farms and vineyards. Café Rustica is a warm, charming eatery with a spacious stone patio. This rustic restaurant has an open kitchen where dishes like Petrale sole and wood-fired pizza are artfully prepared. With its Mission-style architecture and romantic garden patio, Corkscrew Café is a popular spot in Carmel Valley for its freshly prepared California fare and warm ambiance. The dishes here use fresh, local ingredients from nearby farms, fisheries, and the onsite herb garden. 

Bernardus Lodge & Spa is a gorgeous wine country retreat nestled in the heart of Carmel Valley. The spa at this resort focuses on customized services and mindful, holistic treatments. Guests have full use of the warming pool, dry sauna, and eucalyptus steam room during their visit. The onsite restaurant, Lucia Restaurant & Bar, serves farm-to-table cuisine carefully prepared with ingredients from the retreat’s own gardens. Lucia serves wine cultivated from the vineyards that stretch across this 28-acre estate. 

The sprawling, sunny Carmel Valley Ranch offers golf, spa, and dining escapes. Designed by Pete Dye, the onsite golf facility features a challenging bentgrass course, top-of-the-line carts, and a stone patio for relaxing after a round. The ranch spa offers massage, sleep therapy, and advanced skincare treatments in tranquil treatment rooms and outdoor terraces. There are four onsite restaurants, including The Valley Kitchen, which was named the “Best Restaurant in Carmel Valley” by Monterey County Weekly.

Things to Do

Carmel Valley has several tasting rooms in its historic village district and at many of the area vineyards. Folktale Winery & Vineyard has a whimsical, romantic restaurant and tasting area on the vineyard grounds. The Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, named one of the must-see wineries in Carmel Valley, offers wine flights on a charming garden patio. 

This community is home to some of the most gorgeous, pristine natural beauty in coastal California. Garland Ranch Regional Park spans from the banks of the Carmel River to the top of the Santa Lucia highlands. The trails in this park are ideal for hiking and horseback riding. 

Located in Carmel Valley Village, the Carmel Valley Community Park is a picturesque green park with rolling hills, plenty of mature trees, and great spots to picnic. The Carmel Valley Community Youth Center is located nearby and has a community pool and playground area.


The Carmel Unified School District serves the community of Carmel Valley. Excellent schools of note in the area include:

Overview for CARMEL VALLEY, CA

4,477 people live in CARMEL VALLEY, where the median age is 57.2 and the average individual income is $77,253.42. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for CARMEL VALLEY, CA

CARMEL VALLEY has 2,022 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in CARMEL VALLEY do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,477 people call CARMEL VALLEY home. The population density is 41.92 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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42.98 / 57.02%

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The following schools are within or nearby CARMEL VALLEY. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Tularcitos Elementary
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