The upscale community of Carmel Valley east of the I-5 along the '56' corridor is also considered East Del Mar. Carmel Valley is also known as 'Balloon Alley' due to its colorful 'hot air' balloons soaring into blue skies at sunset. It boasts some of the newest luxury home developments in San Diego. Carmel Valley's proximity to the recently completed 'Ted Williams' freeway (56), linking the I-5 to the I-15, make it ideal for commuters. Carmel Valley schools, including Torrey Pines High School, are considered some of the best in San Diego County. Carmel Valley also is adjacent to other award winning planned communites, including 'SantaLuz', 'Rancho Pacifica', and 'Fairbanks Ranch'. The adjoining communities of Rancho Penasquitos and nearby 4-S Ranch can easily be accessed through the Carmel Valley/56 corridor. For more information on Carmel Valley and surrounding area, please visit the adjoining area links.