From smallish gardens to sprawling civic centers, there are lots of new, heartwarming and exciting things going on in Del Mar, and a few of them made headlines.
1. The Del Mar Civic Center project received financing
On April 26, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank approved financing for the majority of the planned Del Mar Civic Center. The Del Mar Times reported that the new civic center will be located at 1050 Camino del Mar, where the current structures are seated, but will feature an 8,722 square foot city hall, a 3,172 square foot town hall and a 15,000 square foot public plaza. Per the article, demolition of the city hall should begin this summer and construction of the new buildings is expected to take between 18-24 months.
2. Del Mar elementary students are learning to garden
Del Mar Heights Elementary students learn about nature inside and outside of their classrooms. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that PTA members at the elementary school have formed a Garden Lunch Club that teaches primary students how to grown and harvest fruits and vegetables. The lessons take place every Friday at a garden located right on school grounds and teach students how to plant and harvest all sorts of produce, including apples, sweet potatoes and lettuce.
3. Local artists display their work at Del Mar gallery exhibit and art fair
Del Mar’s artistic culture is going to be on display for all to see this month. The Del Mar Times reported that paintings and photographs created by dozens of local artists will be displayed at the Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair. The artwork was created by members of the Sargent Art Group and will be housed in a gallery exhibit from May 7-July 7. In addition to the art show, the article stated that there will also be an art fair featuring pieces created by six artisans that will compete for awards. The art fair opens at 1:00 p.m. on May 14.
4. Del Mar was featured on one of Forbes Magazine's real estate lists
Del Mar was featured in Forbes Magazine's “America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes,” a list developed by Altos Research through analyzing median home price data for nearly 30,000 zip codes. The compiled data stretched across 95 percent of the country.
Del Mar’s median home price at the time of the article’s print was $2,480,153, which placed the community at #77 on a list of the 500 most expensive zip codes in the nation. New Vernon, New Jersey ranked just ahead of Del Mar at #76 with the same median home price of $2,480,153. Rye, New York placed just below Del Mar on the list at #78 with a median home price of $2,460,880. The #1 zip code on the list was Atherton, California, which has a median home price of $10,564,038.