This real estate spotlight features Rancho Bernardo, a master-plan community situated in the northern hills of San Diego.
In fact, Rancho Bernardo is San Diego’s northernmost neighborhood. Located south of the San Pasqual Valley and Lake Hodges on Interstate 15. Its immediate neighbors include Carmel Mountain Ranch on the north, 4S Ranch to the east, Escondido to its south, and Poway to its northwest.
Rancho Bernardo nestled amongst rolling hills and canyons. This neighborhood offers golf courses, shopping malls, and office parks.
With a population of nearly 72,000, Rancho Bernardo presents an urban feel where the vast majority of residents own their homes (69%). Plenty of parks and coffee shops with highly rated public schools.
The median home value of only $646,280 makes it an ideal location for urban living in the San Diego area.
Rancho Bernardo History
In 1842, the Rancho San Bernardo Mexican land grant created Rancho Bernardo. It wasn’t until the 1960s when Rancho Bernardo annexed to San Diego. The AVCO Community Developers Company developed the area.
In 2007, a terrible fire called the Witch Creek Fire burned and destroyed most of Rancho Bernardo along with other areas in San Diego County. However, since then the entire area re-developed to become a popular community.
Rancho Bernardo Industries
Rancho Bernardo provides business office parks for some of the largest companies in the world. More than 50,000 employed by these giant companies situated in a 685-acre business park including:
Rancho Bernardo Reviews
Great reviews for Rancho Bernardo!
Niche Reviews Rancho Bernardo
- Public Schools = A+
- Good for Families = A+
- Diversity = A
- Crime and Safety = B+
- Housing = B
- Nightlife = B
In addition, Niche also made these rankings:
- Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in the San Diego Area = 12th out of 49.
- Best Neighborhoods to Live in the San Diego Area = 13th out of 49.
More Niche Reviews of Rancho Bernardo
The Niche site also provides these reviews:
- Excellent from 29 reviewers;
- Very Good from 33 reviewers;
- Average from 19 reviewers; and
- 0 Poor reviews.
Comments from the 81 reviewers like:
- “Rancho Bernardo is an amazing community!”
- “The golf courses are beautiful.”
- “I love walking my dog every day in the most friendly neighborhood.”
- “A beautiful place to live. Mountains and palm trees are everywhere.”
- “It’s a cozy neighborhood with wonderful people.”
- “Rancho Bernardo has a lot of diverse restaurants – Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Greek, and many more.”
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Rancho Bernardo Things To Do
RB Alive! Street Fair an annual street fair and carnival during the summer. Over 300 arts and crafts booths. Over 35,000 visitors for this one day a year event in June. Includes historical reenactments, a classic car show. Also, many local organizations sharing their history, culture, and arts. Sponsored by the North San Diego Business Chamber for over 30 years.
Trip Advisor Reviews of Rancho Bernardo
Trip Advisor recommends these things to do:
Rancho Bernardo Inn Course with 4.5 Stars for providing a beautiful golf course with lots of trees and a small lake on its 18 hole golf course.
Bernardo Winery 4.5 Stars from 207 reviews. Opened in 1889 as the oldest winery in Southern California. Since 1927, a family owned and operated winery. Includes tasting room, two restaurants, artisan galleries, and a dozen quaint shops with expansive grounds to stroll. They produce Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, and Syrah wines.
Orfila Vineyards & Winery 4.5 Stars from 224 reviews. Provides a big outdoor tent during the summer. Justin Mund, their acclaimed winemaker, produces exceptional estate French Rhône wines on a 70-acre farm in the beautiful San Pasqual Valley.
Abnormal Wine Company 4 Stars rating. Not a traditional winery as they do not grow their own grapes. Instead, they revived an old trade called “wine négociant”. They select wine sources from around the world. A small artisan winery with each bottle hand vinted, bottled, and labeled. Provides a tasting room and custom wine bottle labeling.
Rancho Bernardo Historical Museum 4 Star rating. A small museum located inside the Bernardo Winery complex.
Rancho Bernardo Spa 4.5 Stars with 86 reviews rating them as “excellent”. Provides different massage styles with a beautiful Jacuzzi.
Rancho Bernardo Restaurants
Pamir Kabob House 4.5 Stars from 206 reviews for their Afghan and Middle Eastern cuisine. Their Lamb Stew received the highest praises. Also, Lamb Saag with Basmati Rice got lots of good reviews.
The Cork and Craft 4 Stars from 868 reviewers. Traditional American food with beer and wine bars. The Braised Short Rib with Polenta got great reviews. Lobster Ravioli also rated high.
Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant 4 Stars from 300 reviews for this Mediterranean cuisine spot. Famous for their Spanish Lamb Lollipops appetizers and their RBI Bread Pudding for dessert.
Urge American Gastropub earned 4 Stars from 1,241 reviews for their New American cuisine. Reviewers raved about their Wild Boar Burger.
The Barrel Room 4 Stars from 671 reviews. Their French Onion Soup and the Garlic Fries received great reviews.
Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant got 4 Stars from 778 reviews. Their Happy Hour featuring sour beers, milk stout, and Maori IPA received raves from 109 reviewers. Their Big Bear Burger also won praise along with the Portobello sandwich and the turkey burger.
Rancho Bernardo Shopping
Rancho Bernardo Town Center recently completed an $8 million renovation. California mission architectural theme. Includes a Food Court with sunken dining area and fire pits. Also, its Boardwalk features high-profile retail shops and restaurants. Anchored by VONS Grocery.
Westwood Shopping Center boasts a small 56,000 square foot retail complex. Loved by locals for its drive-through Starbucks and many mom-and-pop stores.
Bernardo Winery Shops featuring small shops nestled in a lush landscaped grounds including a farmers market, beauty salon, and the Cotton Cottage clothing store.
Rancho Bernardo Schools
Their local school district is the Poway Unified School District.
According to Niche, the top schools in Rancho Bernardo include:
Rancho Bernardo High School rating of A+ from 462 reviews.
Bernardo Heights Middle School with an A rating.
Our Rancho Bernardo real estate spotlight features a north San Diego master plan community with nice golf courses and world-class business parks.
Public schools earning A+ ratings along with a good place to raise a family A+ rating from the Niche site.
Trip Advisor recommends their golf courses and wineries as the top things to do.
Yelp rates several local eateries highly from Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and New American cuisines.
With a population just under 72,000 and median home values of only $646,280 provides a great urban setting offering appealing benefits in the San Diego area.
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Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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