Our Ramona California real estate spotlight focuses on Ramona, an unincorporated city in San Diego County and a Census-Designated Place (CDP).

Ramona also includes the adjacent San Diego Country Estates another CDP.


Ramona California Real Estate Location


The U.S. Geological Survey places Ramona within the Santa Maria Valley. Formerly, called the Rancho Santa Maria when a Mexican land grant.

The nearest intersections include State Route 78 and State Route 67.

Yet, no city limits exist to measure the Ramona area as it remains an unincorporated CDP.  


Ramona California Real Estate History


Diegueño Indians first inhabited the Ramona area. Spanish soldiers assaulted an Indian village in the Ramona area in 1775. The first known interaction between the Europeans and the indigenous people in the area.

In 1843, Edward Stokes and his father-in-law, José Joaquín Ortega obtained the Rancho Valle de Pamo Mexican land grant.

By 1883, the first structure erected in Ramona called the Amos Verlaque House that still stands today known as part of the Guy Woodward Museum.

In 1884, Helen Hunt Jackson published a novel titled “Ramona” abought the plight of the Southern California Native Americans and became a success. 

In 1886, the name, “Ramona”, became the town site’s official name. The same year, the first home built later became the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society’s Guy B. Woodward Museum.

During the 1930’s Ramona became the “Turkey Capital of the World” for its turkey production. But, after World War II production fell and completely ceased by 1959.

The chicken egg business took over and thrived with over 50 egg ranches in Ramona. But, like the turkey, chicken ranches closed by the year 2003.

Wine grape production took over with the Ramona Valley American Viticultural Area taking up 89,000 acres surrounding Ramona. It continues to grow as the number one product grown in Ramona. Also, citrus and avocado orchards also thrive here.


Ramona Real Estate Market Trends in 2019


Trulia claims that the Ramona real estate market trends for 2019 show a 2% ($11,000) increase for Median Home Sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period fell to $271, down from $284.

Trulia provided this chart:


No. Bedrooms       May 1 – Jul 31     y-o-y         3 months prior   1 year prior

1 Bedroom                 $285,000                              $487,500         

2 Bedroom                 $409,000       + 0.5%            $475,000            $407,000

3 Bedroom                 $525,000       + 1.8%           $495,500             $515,500

4 Bedroom                 $600,000       + 1.4%           $607,000             $592,000

All Properties              $541,000       + 2.1%           $515,000             $530,000


The Neighborhood Scout website offers these Highest Appreciating Neighborhoods in Ramona since 2000:

Fernbrook / Irvings Crest

Julian Rd / Sutherland Dam Rd

Town Center

Julian Rd / Old Julian Hwy

Main St / Ramona St

Pine St / Cedar St

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Neighborhood Scout also states that the Median House Value in Ramona as $534,299 for 2019. Also, most homes consist of single-family detached homes. These include owner-occupied three and four-bedroom homes.

Neighborhood Scout likewise claims that over the past 10 years, Ramona enjoyed one of the nation’s highest home appreciation rates averaging 3.07%. This equals 35.27% over the past 10 years.

Thus, Neighborhood Scout claims Ramona as one of the best long-term real estate investments in the country over the past 10 years.

Zillow states that as of July 31, 2019, Ramona’s Median Home Value equals $525,600. Yet, they forecast a decline of 1.5% in home values over the next year. That’s because the average Median Listing Price of $565,000 resulted in only an Average Median Sale Price of $524,000.


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Ramona California Real Estate Spotlight

Things to Do in Ramona


Trip Advisor

Since Ramona’s economy depends upon vineyards and wine production, naturally the most things to do in Ramona involve visiting wineries.

Trip Advisor recommends these things to do in Ramona:

Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery earned 5 Stars (out of 5 Stars) from 20 reviews. 

Chuparosa Vineyards also got 5 Stars from 16 reviews.  

Principe di Tricase Winery received 5 Stars from 16 reviews.

Vineyard Grant James got 4.5 Stars from 50 reviews.

Milagro Winery earned 4.5 Stars from 40 reviews.

Salerno Winery received 4.5 Stars from 81 reviews.

Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard & Winery got 4.5 Stars from 51 reviews.


Besides wineries, Ramona also received recommendations from Trip Advisor for these things to do:

Ramona Grassland Preserve received 5 Stars from 15 reviews.

Oasis Camel Dairy earned 4.5 Stars from 82 reviews.

Wildlife Research Center got 4.5 Stars from 7 reviews. 


Ramona Best Restaurants


Trip Advisor recommends these Ramona restaurants:

The Oaks Grill and Par Lounge earned 4.5 Stars from 162 reviews. An American bar with veggie and vegan options. Reviewers liked their Taco Tuesdays, wings, ribs, burgers, and Cobb salad. The fish tacos along with fish and chips also well-liked.

Marinade on Main got 4.5 Stars from 89 reviews for their quaint setting and typical American food.

Kountry Kitchen received 4.5 Stars from 75 reviews for their traditional country kitchen meals, especially their $6.99 (as of March 2019) breakfast special.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez earning 4.5 Stars from 69 reviews for their authentic Mexican seafood and traditional cuisine.

Up the Hill Grill receiving 4.5 Stars from 53 reviews for their mini sliders and other typical American bar food.

The Main Course got 4.5 Stars from 54 reviews for their pork chops and filet mignon.

La Cocina received 4.5 Stars from 58 reviews for their Mexican and Spanish food, especially the carne asada burrito and the rolled tacos.

Thai Time got 4.5 Stars from 36 reviews for their traditional Thai food. 

D’Carlo’s Restaurant earned 4 Stars from 87 reviews for their prime rib, chicken Marsala, and eggs benedict.

Ramona Cafe receiving 3.5 Stars for their typical American diner food.


Best Schools in Ramona


The schools situated in or near Ramona come under the jurisdiction of the Ramona City Unified School District.

The Great Schools Organization recommends these Ramona schools:

Elementary Schools

Mountain Valley Academy rated 8 (out of 10) as a public school teaching grades K-12 with 213 students. 

Ramona Community Montessori rated 6 as a public school teaching grades K-6 with 263 students.

Barnett Elementary School rated 6 as another public school teaching grades K-6 with 499 students. 

James Dukes Elementary School also rated 6 as a public school teaching grades K-6 with 519 students. 

Middle School

Mountain Valley Academy, (see above) 

High School

Mountain Valley Academy, (see above)

Ramona High School rated 7 as a public high school teaching grades 9-12 with 1,604 students.

Note: U.S. News & World Report ranks Ramona High School amongst the Best 100 High Schools in America in 2019: Ramona High School




This Ramona California real estate spotlight focuses on a wine-producing unincorporated CDP in San Diego County.

Dating back to 1775, Ramona became famous in 1884 as the title for a popular novel.

Fame as the world’s “Turkey Capital” in the 1930s gave way to grape vineyards and wine-producing still prevalent today.

Enjoying the reputation as one of the highest home appreciation rates over the past 10 years in the U.S.

Besides visiting the many wineries, Ramona offers eight 4.5 Star eateries.

One public school teaching grades K-12 received an 8 rating from the Great Schools Organization. Their public high school ranks in the U.S. News & Report 100 Best in America for 2019.

Contact Us to find out about available homes for sale in Ramona.

Steven Rich, MBA –Guest Blogger


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