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Rancho Bernardo is a residential community located in North San Diego County, along the I-15 corridor. Niche.com ranks it the 11th Best Neighborhood to Live in San Diego, with an overall A+ rating. Many people chose to buy a home in Rancho Bernardo because of the schools, close proximity to some larger office parks and tech hubs, and easy access to Downtown San Diego. Notable employers with offices in Rancho Bernardo include Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, Petco, Northrop Grumman, Sony, General Atomics, ATK Aerospace, Cymer, and more.
Established in 1962, Rancho Bernardo was designed as a master-planned community with an abundance of public parks, trails, and golf courses. It is located near Lake Hodges and the San Pasqual Valley. In addition to its abundance of residential homes, townhomes, and condos, Rancho Bernardo offers a large number of 55+ communities for older San Diegans.
The public schools in Rancho Bernardo have earned the community an overall A+ rating from Niche.com. Rancho Bernardo is also ranked in the Top Ten Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego. Most Rancho Bernardo schools are part of the award-winning Poway Unified School District (PUSD). This exemplary district serves over 35,000 students, making it the third largest school district in San Diego.
Elementary schools in the Rancho Bernardo area include Westwood Elementary School, Turtleback Elementary School, and Chaparral Elementary School. Public school options for the upper grades include Bernardo Heights Middle School and Rancho Bernardo High School. Depending on school boundaries around the home you wish to buy, your children may attend school in Poway, Del Sur/4S Ranch, Escondido, or Rancho Peñasquitos. Notable private schools in the area include Maranatha Christian Schools.
Rancho Bernardo offers abundant home options for prospective San Diego home buyers. From single family homes to luxury estates, to townhomes, condos, and properties in 55+ communities, there’s something for everyone and at every price point in Rancho Bernardo.
Although many homes in the Rancho Bernardo area are older and no longer have Mello-Roos fees, many are located within an HOA. Be sure you’re considering the expense of buying in an HOA when you’re looking at homes. Not every HOA offers the same amenities and some are more affordable than others. In addition, be aware that many properties that come on the market in Rancho Bernardo are part of the numerous 55+ communities in the area. If you don’t qualify to live or own in these communities, be certain you’re excluding these types of properties from your search.
For a single family home in Rancho Bernardo, the median home price is $1,705,000. For a condo or townhome in Rancho Bernardo, the median home price is $794,500.
Golf is a popular activity for Rancho Bernardo residents. From the greens at the Rancho Bernardo County Club to Oaks North, the Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club, and the Heights Golf Club, there are numerous beautiful and award-winning courses in the area.
Love to hike? Rancho Bernardo has miles of beautiful walking and hiking trails. Area trails include the San Dieguito River Trail, Piedras Pintadas Trailhead, and the Lomas Verde Trail. You’ll also be just a short drive from some of San Diego’s most iconic hikes including Mt. Woodson (which features the famous Potato Chip Rock formation), Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, and the trails around Lake Hodges.
The Rancho Bernardo Inn hosts events all year round. From wine tasting to live music nights to special holiday events, there’s always something to see and do at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. In addition to their championship golf course, the Rancho Bernardo Inn offers extensive spa services and world-class dining options. See everything available at the Rancho Bernardo Inn here.
Rancho Bernardo is ideally located near some of Inland North San Diego County’s top attractions. The San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park is just a short drive away in Escondido. Also in Escondido you’ll find the Westfield North County Mall and historic Downtown Escondido. To the south, Poway is home to the Old Poway Park, the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, and Lake Poway, where you can fish, hike, and camp. Local San Diego wineries abound in Escondido’s San Pasqual Valley, Poway, and Ramona.
Rancho Bernardo is located inland, along both sides of the I-15 corridor. The weather in Rancho Bernardo tends to be warmer than along the coast and many homes have A/C or backyard pools to help you keep cool in the hot summer months.
Rancho Bernardo offers great shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation options. There are numerous major shopping centers and smaller strip malls located throughout Rancho Bernardo. You’re also close to shopping at the Westfield North County Mall in Escondido and the extensive shopping and dining options available in nearby Carmel Mountain Ranch.
Popular Rancho Bernardo eateries include The Cork and Craft, Urge American Gastropub, Olleh Korean BBQ, and Milk and Honey Bakery. San Diego favorite, Phil’s BBQ, also has an outpost in Rancho Bernardo.
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