Del Mar is the closest you will come to finding a true village atmosphere in coastal San Diego County. Thanks to the vigilant attempts of the populace to keep development under control, coupled with the breezy, relaxed atmosphere of the racetrack, Del Mar has the air of a less harried time in California’s past.
The city of Del Mar (encompassing Beach Colony, Del Mar Bluffs, and Olde Del Mar) is now distinct from the rest of Del Mar 92014. There is a five-member City Council, elected by voters, that sets city policy, determines budget priorities, allocates city resources, and hears Planning Commission appeals. The Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney. The rest of 92014 has a Del Mar Post Office zip code but is governed by the city of San Diego. All of Del Mar boasts a highly rated school district.