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In 1885 the “Colonel” Jack Taylor purchased 338 acres from Enoch Talbert for $1,000.00 with the thought of building an upscale seaside resort. He designed and built a town with the hotel Casa del Mar as the main attraction. The hotel burned down in 1889 and Del Mar became dormant for about 15 years.

In the early 1900s when the South Coast Land Company began to develop San Diego County, Del Mar became alive again. A Los Angeles architect, John C. Curtis, was hired to draw plans for a new hotel, the Hotel Del Mar, which opened in 1910 and drew the Hollywood crowds from the silent movies. The main attractions were the Pier, the golf course, a bath house, a pool and its own powerhouse.

New homes started being built but everything came to a halt in the 1930s. The construction of the San Diego County Fair began in 1933 and 50,000 people came to the opening of the racetrack on 10/18/1936.

Bing Crosby was instrumental into making the Del Mar Turf Club a reality and Pat O'Brien became the President. The song “Where the Surf meets the Surf “ recorded by Bing Crosby is still played for the opening and closing of the racing. The racetrack grandstand became a bomber tail assembly production facility during World War II.

In 1959 it was incorporated as a city with the 2010 census it has a population of 4,161. The City Council with 5 elected representatives governs the City of Del Mar and a new mayor is elected every year from among the councilmembers. The Village offers great shopping with many specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants and Plaza del Mar is a destination for the locals, tourists and shoppers. There are wonderful views to the ocean from the Plaza.



The price of real estate in Del Mar varies greatly as to its proximity to the ocean or if it offers ocean views. Many of the homes are custom built and there is even a castle up on the hills but there are also many tract homes.

Getting a building permit is rather difficult because of the ever protective Del Mar Design Review which preserves and improves the scenic amenities of Del Mar and protects the City's natural environment, its scenic vistas and the community's overall aesthetic quality. For new construction even the materials and colors are evaluated.

As of 4/8/2014 going back 4 months there were a total of 83 detached properties listed for sale ranging from a high of $33,900,000.00, an average of $3,481,881.00 and a median of $1,750,000.00. There were 48 sold homes with a high of $12,900,000.00, an average of $2,154,349.00 and a median of $1,522,500.00.



The weather is wonderful and conducive for outdoors living and entertaining. Temperatures rarely go over 90 degrees or under 55 degrees Fahrenheit.



Del Mar schools are part of the San Dieguito School District and rank very high amongst other schools in San Diego.

Torrey Pines High School is considered one of the best in the country.



At the center is the University of California San Diego (UCSD) located just south of Del Mar. which includes the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

University of San Diego (Catholic), National University , the Scripps Research Institute, the Burnham Institute (known for Cancer Research), the Salk Institute, San Diego State University, Alliant University and several other universities throughout San Diego.



Del Mar Beaches, Gliderport, Torrey Pines Reserve State Park, La Jolla Cove and Beaches, Downtown San Diego with the Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, Embarcadero, Balboa Park, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, Museums, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Civic Center, Wild Animal Park, Coronado Island with world famous Hotel Del Coronado are only minutes away from Del Mar.

Marilia Cathcart, GRI, E-PRO, CHS, HPS

City and Coast Properties
Broker/Mortgage Broker
CA BRE License #00496226
717 Union St. Ste K
San Diego, CA 92101
NMLS Licenses #385315 & 244536
Notary Public -  CA - Comm. # 1916637
Phone: 619-300-5008

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Marilia Cathcart’s professionalism, knowledge of the real estate market, the loan process and her continuous vital support in all aspects of buying and selling a home were invaluable and very much appreciated. She is easy to work with, personable and made the whole loan process, as well as buying and selling our home very smooth and uncomplicated. It is wonderful to find someone like Marilia who will go the extra mile to assure peace of mind every step along the way. Her availability, and most of all her professionalism, generosity and kindness make her an outstanding representative of her profession. She took us under her wing and guided us through every detail to completion. My husband and I will not hesitate to recommend Marila Cathcart to anyone who is thinking of securing a loan or who is looking to buy or sell their home – she is the BEST. Oscar and Rita Carlson
Endorsement for Marilia Cathcart: In my career as a physician-scientist, I have lived in the northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest USA, as well as in the middle of the country. As was my custom when moving to a new city, as soon as I knew I would be joining the faculty at UCSD, I flew to town, rented a car, and drove around until I found an attractive neighborhood near my future workplace. I then went to the nearest shopping area for that community, and walked into the realtor offices, tucked to the side of the grocery store. There she was, standing inside the door with a big smile to greet this weary traveler, the lady who would change my life for the better, Marilia Cathcart. She not only showed me houses while I was in town, but continued to send me pictures and information on prospects after I had returned to Seattle where I was finishing training. She paid close attention to what I said I was looking for, the health problems I needed to accomodate, and found many wonderful possibilities. When we found my dream house, she helped me see how I would be able to afford it by calculating how much the mortgage interest deduction would save me in taxes. She found me a banker that gave me the loans I needed, she found me wall-to-wall carpeting at wholesale prices, and she even fixed me up with a very attractive and nice young man I still think about. I ended up so crazy about that house that I wish I still lived there. When I had to move back east, she helped manage that California property for me, and when I finally needed to sell it, she handled that, too, in the middle of a real estate slump, no less. I had bought the house in 1977, and sold it in 1991, so this all may seem like ancient history, but is not the end of the story. When I retired in 2000 and decided to move back to San Diego County, she reprised her role as lifesaver. After looking at loads of houses both physically and now with computer assistance, on line, she found me another perfect house for my needs. She later helped me find a reliable outfit to refinance my loan when the interest rates dropped sufficiently. I have been in this home ten years now, and they will need dynamite to dislodge me. Marilia Cathcart is, quite frankly, the best real estate manager/seller/broker I have ever dealt with, and from coast to coast, there have been quite a few. She has a wonderful business sense, and is frugal with both the buyer's and the seller's money--I know because she has handled both for me. She is also a terrific "people person", with good instincts about what people want, and what will work for them. She was "networking" before the word was invented-- she would call it making friends, and putting people together who can help each other. Since she knows everybody, and never forgets a good guy, when you know Marilia, you potentially know a whole phonebook-full of good guys who can do anything from give you a mortgage loan to fix your sprinkler. As an added bonus, she is just a lovely human being, and a pleasure to know, even after nearly 34 years. Marilia Cathcart has my highest recommendation, without reservation. Charlotte B. McCutchen, M.D. Dr Charlotte B. McCutchen
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