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Carmel Valley is a small community located slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean in Monterey County, California. Carmel Valley, not to be confused with a similarly named community in the midst of San Diego, is situated in the midst of the Santa Lucia mountain range. The largest community in Carmel Valley is Carmel Valley Village, an unincorporated census designated place with a population of less than five thousand individuals. The atmosphere in Carmel Valley is extremely laid back, and the only major road into the Valley is Carmel Valley Road, an offshoot of Scenic Highway 1. The four thousand seven hundred inhabitants of Carmel Valley Village are spread out over almost twenty square miles. The Carmel Valley is cut in half by the beautiful Carmel River, and is especially well known for its panoramic views of the scenic mountain ranges and valleys. Carmel Valley Village has excellent weather throughout the year, with the temperature rarely dropping below sixty degrees or wandering above eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Carmel Valley in particular enjoys sunny weather throughout the year, although a number of communities in the surrounding area often struggle with dense fog during the summer. Additionally, Carmel Village is just a short distance away from the Monterey Peninsula, which includes a number of scenic drives along the Peninsula. Carmel Valley is several hours’ drive from Los Angeles, and about two and a half hours away from San Francisco. The region is filled with a considerable amount of woodlands, which are generally dominated by oak trees and hybrid oaks. Carmel Valley has a rather high per capita and household income, meaning that there are very low rates of poverty and homelessness in the area.
The foremost natural attraction in Carmel Valley is the Garland Ranch Regional Park, which stretches over more than four thousand acres. Garland Ranch Regional Park has outstanding biking, horseback riding, hiking, and photography, and the area at large has a number of horse ranches. Golfers can enjoy the three major golf courses close to Carmel Valley, as well as a variety of other courses within driving distance. The history of Carmel Valley dates back several hundred years not including Native American habitation. The region was originally dominated by the Spanish during the colonial era, and was eventually ceded to the United States during the 19th century. The region became more upscale during the late part of the nineteenth and earlier part of the twentieth century, when a number of mansions were constructed in the Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley is especially well known for its vineyards and wine tasting rooms, including the Heller Estate, Bernardus, Parsonage, Joyce Vineyards, and Talbott. Interestingly, the Carmel Valley is home to the Jamesburg Earth Station, which was used by NASA during the Apollo missions. Some notable residents of Carmel Valley include Director of the CIA Leon Panetta and musician MC Lars. Carmel Valley is in an excellent school district, and has a very low crime rate. The closest airports are the Monterey Peninsula Airport and the San Jose Airport, which are about a half hour and ninety minutes away, respectively.
A combination of a highly sought after Carmel Valley neighborhood along with breathtaking views make this home a peaceful oasis. Watch sunsets over the Santa Lucia mounta...
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