Carmel Valley Village, California

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Carmel Valley Village
Carmel Valley, California
Carmel Valley, California
Location in Monterey County and the state of California
Location in Monterey County and the state of California
Carmel Valley Village is located in the United States
Carmel Valley Village
Carmel Valley Village
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°29′10″N 121°43′26″W / 36.48611°N 121.72389°W / 36.48611; -121.72389Coordinates: 36°29′10″N 121°43′26″W / 36.48611°N 121.72389°W / 36.48611; -121.72389
Country United States
State California
 • Board of SupervisorsMary Adams (politician)[1]
 • State senatorJohn Laird (D)[2]
 • AssemblymemberMark Stone (D)[2]
 • U. S. rep.Jimmy Panetta (D)[3]
 • Total19.179 sq mi (49.673 km2)
 • Land18.983 sq mi (49.166 km2)
 • Water0.196 sq mi (0.507 km2)  1.02%
Elevation846 ft (258 m)
 • Total4,407
 • Density230/sq mi (89/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)831
FIPS code06-11324
GNIS feature ID1867002

Carmel Valley Village (also known as Carmel Valley for short) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, California, United States. At the time of the 2010 census the population was 4,407, down from 4,700 at the 2000 census. In November 2009, a majority of residents voted against incorporation.

Geography and ecology[edit]

Carmel Valley Village is located at 36°29′10″N 121°43′26″W / 36.48611°N 121.72389°W / 36.48611; -121.72389.[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 19.2 square miles (50 km2), 98.98% of it land and 1.02% of it water. The community of Robles Del Rio is located on the opposite bank of the Carmel River.

The Carmel River drains the area of Carmel Valley. Primary ecosystems of the vicinity include California oak woodland, riparian woodland, chaparral, grassland and savanna. Dominant oak trees include Quercus agrifolia. The locale of Carmel Valley is also the northernmost range of the hybrid oak Quercus x alvordiana.[7]

The Garland Ranch Regional Park is located at 700 West Carmel Valley Road, in Monterey County. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD) manages the Garland Ranch Regional Park.


This region experiences warm dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). With heat waves in the upper 70s to 101 degrees F. The further inland you go. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Carmel Valley Village has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[8]



At the 2010 census Carmel Valley Village had a population of 4,407. The population density was 229.8 people per square mile (88.7/km²). The racial makeup of Carmel Valley Village was 4,044 (91.8%) White, 21 (0.5%) African American, 22 (0.5%) Native American, 70 (1.6%) Asian, 11 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 120 (2.7%) from other races, and 119 (2.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 328 people (7.4%).[9]

The census reported that 4,403 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 4 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and no one was institutionalized.

There were 1,895 households, 447 (23.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 988 (52.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 162 (8.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 72 (3.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 104 (5.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 18 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 506 households (26.7%) were one person and 214 (11.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.32. There were 1,222 families (64.5% of households); the average family size was 2.77.

The age distribution was 763 people (17.3%) under the age of 18, 220 people (5.0%) aged 18 to 24, 726 people (16.5%) aged 25 to 44, 1,788 people (40.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 910 people (20.6%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 51.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

There were 2,156 housing units at an average density of 112.4 per square mile, of the occupied units 1,326 (70.0%) were owner-occupied and 569 (30.0%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.6%. 3,214 people (72.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,189 people (27.0%) lived in rental housing units.


At the 2000 census there were 4,700 people, 1,963 households, and 1,279 families in the CDP. The population density was 246.3 people per square mile (95.1/km²). There were 2,105 housing units at an average density of 110.3 per square mile (42.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.15% White, 0.38% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.81%.[10]

Of the 1,963 households 26.6% had children under the age of 18, 54.0% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 26.0% of households were one person and 9.7% had someone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86.

The age distribution was 20.6% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 36.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% 65 or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median household income was $70,799 and the median family income was $85,191. Males had a median income of $56,083 versus $37,406 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $42,991. About 3.1% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.


Carmel Valley dates back to the Rancho Los Laureles, which was a 6,625-acre (26.81 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day Monterey County, California given in 1839 by Governor Juan Alvarado to José M. Boronda and Vicente Blas Martínez.[11] The grant extended along the Carmel River and the Carmel Valley; and encompasses present day Carmel Valley. In 1882, the Pacific Improvement Company (PIC) purchased the Rancho Los Laureles. In 1916, Samuel F.B. Morse became the manager of the PIC and his job was to liquidate the PIC holdings (10,000 acres). In 1919, Morse formed the Del Monte Properties and acquired PIC. In 1923, the Del Monte Properties divided the land into 11 parcels. Marion Hollins bought 2,000 acres. In 1926, developer Frank Porter bought 600 acres. He later acquired a portion of the Hollins ranch and sold it to Byington Ford. Byington and his wife Marion used 400-acres as a summer ranch and named it Moon Trail Ranch. It was located at Via Las Encinas in Carmel Valley.[12]

Carmel Valley Airport

In 1946, Byington Ford and his brother, Tirey Ford Jr., developed the "Airway Village" that years later was renamed the Carmel Valley Village. It included an Airway Market. By 1947, the Airway General Store, barbershop, drug store (with soda fountain), beauty shop, Stirrup Cup bar, and the Grapevine liquor store had been built. All were in walking distance of the Airpark and decorated to resemble a Mexican village.[13]

Ford and his brother developed the Carmel Valley Airport for pilot-owners who would want to be “at home a minute or two after getting out of their planes.” His brother Tirey built a prototype hangar house off Ford Road at the west end of the airfield to serve as an example for the airborne community of the future. Following the War it became apparent that there would not be a plane in every garage, so Ford had to adjust his enterprise, combining sales to plane owners with sales to home seekers. He enjoyed a brisk trade. Only 2 true hangar houses were ever built at Carmel Valley Airport: Tirey's (which later burned), and one other, still standing on the north side of the runway. Non-pilots bought up many of the runway Airpark sites, and to suit their many tastes Byington created ranch-house sites of 1-3 acres and envisioned hillside homes where residents could look down on incoming planes. During World War II, the airfield served as an alternative landing field for military planes flying out of Watsonville and King City. A clubhouse built for the Airpark later became an integral part of the Village's Blue Sky Lodge, which is still in operation today.[13]


At the county level, Carmel Valley Village is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Mary Adams.[14]

In the California State Assembly, Carmel Valley Village is in the 17th Senate District, represented by Democrat John Laird, and in the 29th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Mark Stone.[15]

In the United States House of Representatives, Carmel Valley Village is in California's 20th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jimmy Panetta.[16]


Carmel Valley Village has a number of wine tasting rooms, as well as several high-end hotels affiliated with the wineries. Wineries with tasting rooms in Carmel Valley include Holman Ranch, Bernardus, Boëté, Chateau Sinnet, Folktale, Galante, Georis, Heller Estate, Joullian Village, Joyce Vineyards, Parsonage, San Saba and Talbott.[17] A public bus, called the Grapevine Express Route 24 and run by Monterey-Salinas Transit, stops at most of these tasting rooms.[18]

The Monterey Wine Trolley also offers a tour on a former San Francisco trolley that makes stops at several wineries in the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley Village.[19]

Notable sites[edit]

  • The Jamesburg Earth Station, one of the world's largest tracking satellite dish antennas, is located in Carmel Valley. This telecommunication facility was used by NASA during its Apollo moon landings. Currently it is being used by Lone Signal a crowdfunded active SETI project designed to send messages from Earth to an extraterrestrial civilization.
  • Treasure was hidden somewhere in Carmel Valley by Sheriff William Roach's brother-in-law, Jerry MacMahon. MacMahon was killed in a barroom brawl before he could reveal the location of the money. Preceding the incident, Maria Encarnacion Ortega de Sanchez, the widow of a wealthy rancher, was being cheated by local authorities, including the Sheriff, William Roach, who took her fortune under the guise of guardianship. After kidnapping Roach with the help of a local gunslinger named Anastacio Garcia, they held Roach in a jail cell in Stockton until he agreed to release the widow's gold. But Roach had bribed a guard to ride to Monterey and urge Roach's family to hide the gold. Chief Justice of California David S. Terry had been interested in the 'Widow Sanchez' case.
  • Stonepine Estate, a resort used to shoot the wedding of Eden Capwell and Cruz Castillo for the Santa Barbara TV series in 1988.[20]

Notable people[edit]


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