One of the newest neighborhoods in San Diego is Pacific Highlands Ranch (PHR). Located on the east side of Carmel Valley, this master-planned community offers all the best of North County San Diego living: great local schools, abundant dining and shopping, and an excellent coastal location. Homes in this area were completed in the mid 2000s or later, with some built just in the last few years! While Pacific Highlands Ranch offers mostly single family home and estate options, there are some townhomes available in the area. Homes in Pacific Highlands Ranch tend to have smaller lot sizes, so if you’re looking for a low maintenance property with lots of nearby amenities, PHR might be the neighborhood for you.Watch Video
Like the rest of Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch is an A+ rated neighborhood on Niche. The site also ranks this community as one of the Top 5 Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego! The two elementary schools serving Pacific Highlands Ranch are Solana Ranch Elementary and Pacific Sky School, while will open for the new school year in August of 2022. Pacific Trails Middle School is located in the heart of Pacific Highlands Ranch along with the high school, Canyon Crest Academy. Additional schools in the area include Sycamore Ridge School, Torrey Pines High School, and the private Cathedral Catholic High School.
Homes in Pacific Highlands Ranch tend to be a bit smaller than in other Carmel Valley communities. Still, many homes boast highly livable floorplans of 3,000 sq. ft. or more! Homes in the Sendero Collection, built by Tri Pointe Homes, are particularly luxurious with four to six bedroom floor plans.
Most homes in Pacific Highlands Ranch will come with both HOA and Mello-Roos fees. Don’t overlook these costs when budgeting for a home! Mello-Roos fees come from a bond that is levied when a new community is built in order to finance the building of schools, roads, and other essential services. The bond typically expires after about thirty years.
For a single family home in Pacific Highlands Ranch, the median home price is $2,300,000. For a townhome it is $945,000.
Since Pacific Highlands Ranch was built after the majority of Carmel Valley was completed, in many ways PHR feels like an improvement on the same master-planned concept. The sense of community is palpable, with just the right density of houses and people. Neighborhoods are tightly linked together, with many tree-lined sidewalks, walking trails, and paths available to get you from place to place. Most homes are just a short walk, bike ride, or drive from the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, which is the centerpiece shopping center that serves the needs of PHR’s residents. Behind the shopping center are the Pacific Highlands Ranch Recreation Center and the Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park, a five-acre multi-purpose park with its very own bike pump track and skate area! This park is also home to the city’s first free public parkour area. Additional parks and recreation areas are scattered throughout the individual Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhoods. Residents also enjoy being just a short drive from the beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and the village of Del Mar!
Pacific Highlands Ranch has a coastal climate, which keeps the temperature mild all year round. Sea breezes off the ocean help to cool the community in the summer, preventing Pacific Highlands Ranch from getting as hot as some of the more inland San Diego neighborhoods. Still, many homes are outfitted with A/C for the rare day of high temperatures.
The shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca of this neighborhood is the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Boasting more than 160,000 square feet of businesses, you’ll often find your neighbors out and about here. The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch hosts local events throughout the year including a few different holiday happenings. Restaurants in this shopping center include Breakfast Republic, Death by Tequila, Flora Bar & Kitchen, Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken, and Pacific Social. Other businesses at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch include Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid, Crunch Fitness, Moment Bicycles, Pure Barre, Le Dimora, and more.
In addition, Pacific Highlands Ranch is just a short drive from One Paseo, the Del Mar Highlands, and the upcoming MERGE56 project in Torrey Highlands.
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