Carmel Valley is positioned roughly half-way up the San Diego County coastline, and is convenient to almost everything. Located adjacent to the beaches at Del Mar and Torrey Pines (and Torrey Pines Reserve), with UCSD and its surrounding biotech and communications industries only minutes away. To the immediate south lie Sorrento Valley and La Jolla’s Golden Triangle, which are large employment centers complete with the UTC shopping mall and many fine restaurants. A quick twenty minute drive south brings you to the airport, downtown San Diego, Balboa Park, the Zoo, Mission Bay, Sea World and more. To the north are developing centers around La Costa and Palomar Airport, as well as the Flower Fields and Legoland. And to the east SR-56 connects the community with the eastern suburbs of San Diego—Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Escondido and more. This area provides access to more jobs, more shopping, and cultural spots such as the California Center for Performing Arts and the Wild Animal Park. In addition to all this, Carmel Valley will be at the start of the San Dieguito River Park, which will wind from the Pacific Ocean at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to the mountains near Julian.