Rancho Bernardo

A sprawling master-planned community with unique tight-knit qualities.

Welcome to Rancho Bernardo

Situated amid canyons and rolling hills, Rancho Bernardo is a sprawling master-planned community with a unique tight-knit feel.  The area is one in which modernity meets the laidback vibe of Southern California.

Boasting beautiful golf courses, upscale shopping centers, and newly developed business parks, Rancho Bernardo embodies the new wave of San Diego living.  With the third largest school district in San Diego County, it is the perfect place to raise or bring your family.

​​​​​​​Rancho Bernardo is 20 miles northeast of Downtown San Diego, conveniently located around the I-15 freeway for easy travel both North and South.  If you don’t work locally, commuting is made simple by easy access to major thoroughfares from any point in the city.

Unique Attractions

~ Rancho Bernardo Winery

~ Mount Woodson Trail

~ Rancho Bernardo Historical Museum

~ Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden

~ Old Poway Park

~ San Dieguito River Park

~ Lake Poway Park

~ Rancho Bernardo Farmers Market

~ Potato Chip Rock Hiking Trail

~ San Diego Safari Park

~ Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

~ Bernardo Heights Country Club


Population: 71,100

Area Feel: Dense Suburban

Median Home Value: $649,279


Rancho Bernardo is part of the Poway Unified School District, the 3rd largest School District in San Diego County.  The Public Schools in this District are reknowned for being some of the best educational institutions in Southern California.  You can rest assured you will find the right fit for your children with such great options at each grade level.

Elementary Schools

Bernardo Elementary School

Canyon View Elementary School

Chaparral Elementary School

Creekside Elementary School

Deer Canyon Elementary School

Tierra Bonita Elementary School

Painted Rock Elementary School

Rolling Hills Elementary School

Highland Ranch Elementary School

Middle Schools

Black Mountain Middle School

Bernardo Heights Middle School

Heritage Charter School

Classical Academy Middle School

Bear Valley Middle School

Mesa Verde Middle School

Oak Valley Middle School

Twin Peaks Middle School

High Schools

Rancho Bernardo High School

Mt. Carmel High School

Escondido Charter High School

Classical Academy High School

San Pasqual High School

Del Lago Academy

Valley High School

Del Norte High School

Poway High School

Westview High School


The I-15 Freeway runs directly through the middle of Rancho Bernardo, providing easy commutes to the various border cities.  The 56 Freeway, which can be used to access the I-5, runs just South of Rancho Bernardo, and the 78 can be reached to the East.

Orange County is a 30 minute drive, while Downtown San Diego is roughly 45 minutes.  To reach the coast is a quick 15 minute drive West.

​​​​​​​Intracity roadways in Rancho Bernardo are large and well-maintained.  Traffic moves quickly on large thoroughfares, and the neighborhoods are distanced from high traffic areas.


#7 "Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Diego"

#9 "Best Places to Raise a Family in San Diego"

#12 "Best Neighborhoods to Buy a Home in San Diego"

Most Residents Own their Homes

Given an A+ Rating by Niche

Award Winning Public Schools

Home to Several F500 Business Campuses

Kid and Pet Friendly Neighborhood

                                      What Residents Say...

"Rancho Bernardo is a beautiful place to live.  Mountains and palm trees are everywhere.  There are tons of things to do - you can see people taking walks all the time with their pets.  A lot of hikers, bikers, and active people in this community."

"I love living here.  It's clean and friendly, and we feel very lucky to have our children attending schools that are a part of the Poway School District, because it's so highly rated.  The city is also easy to commute from - it's about thirty minutes to San Diego State University, and fifteen minutes to Miramar Community College."

"Rancho is perfect!  It's a cozy neighborhood with wonderful people who care about one another.  It offers so much for people who love to spend time both indoors and outdoors.  There are so many wonderful hikes, and a lot of different community organizations you can join.  There are libraries and parks for the whole family, which makes it such a nice place!"

​​​​​​​"This neighborhood is amazing because everything is clean and there are beautiful trees and greenery everywhere.  The people are extremely nice and the air seems fresher.  We love the wide range of restaurant options and shopping centers.  The neighborhood is also very safe, which was important for our family."