Rancho Bernardo Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide

known for its excellent private parks, clubs, and golf courses as well as its sweeping canyon views

Rancho Bernardo is America’s first master planned community, established in 1961. This community is a great place live and raise a family or retire. Whether it be our award winning schools, close proximity to San Diego and all of the business opportunities or the fact that you can head to the beach in the morning a hit the slopes in the afternoon, Rancho Bernardo has something for everyone!

Twenty miles north of downtown San Diego among the beautiful rolling hills and canyons along the east and west side of the Interstate 15 freeway is Rancho Bernardo. Also known as “RB,” the community of Rancho Bernardo has a population of 45,000 people and is part of the City of San Diego.

A vibrant community among rolling hills in North San Diego County – Rancho Bernardo residents and visitors can choose from a selection of golf courses located in the community. Oaks North Golf Course is a favorite executive course in the area. The Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course and Country Club of Rancho Bernardo offer championship courses. TheBernardo Winery is an inviting place to taste wines, dine, or visit village shops.

Hiking and fishing opportunities are just moments away at both Lake Hodges and Lake Poway. Just north of Rancho Bernardo is the world-famous San Diego Wild Animal Park, where patrons of all ages can enjoy animals in natural settings.

Rancho Bernardo is separated into two ZIP codes, 92127 and 92128. Homes to the west of freeway I-15 are in the 92127. Homes on the east side of I-15 are in 92128. Some of the subdivisions include Bernardo Heights, Vista Del Lago, Gatewood Hills, The Greens, and The Trails. To the west are new communities of 4S Ranch and Santaluz. Senior living communities such as Seven Oaks and Oaks North have resort-style amenities including swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness facilities and social activities. The Oaks North senior community is built around the Oaks North Golf Course. Other golf courses nearby are The Bernardo Heights Country Club and the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course.

The combination of weather, location and lifestyle make Rancho Bernardo an attractive place to live for its 45,000 residents.

Rancho Bernardo is nestled among beautiful rolling hills and canyons on the east and west side of the Interstate 15 freeway.

There is healthy retail activity as well as a variety of businesses in this neighborhood. The Westwood Shopping Center and the Rancho Bernardo Town Center offer convenient places for residents to shop. Companies in the area include Sony, Hewlett-Packard, the Eastman Kodak Company, LSI Corporation, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman. Rancho Bernardo is also home to one of the oldest operating wineries in Southern California – the Bernardo Winery established in 1889.

Schools in the area are part of the prestigious Poway Unified School District. Many of the schools in the area have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools, which are distinguished as being among America’s best.

Rancho Bernardo has several elementary schools with children moving on to Bernardo Heights Middle School, then Rancho Bernardo High School.

Higher education opportunities are available at local campuses for the Palomar College Rancho Bernardo Education Center and National University.

Rancho Bernardo offers all types of housing from apartments to large, custom homes. The community experienced a housing boom during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The area is now residentially built out with an occasional plot of land being developed. Neighborhoods spread throughout the rolling hills of the area, lined with red tile roofed, stucco houses.

Anyone wishing to reside in the community can do so through the purchase of existing property or by renting. A number of Senior Living communities provide housing opportunities for residents seeking assisted living including The Remington ClubCasa de Las CampanasSeacrest VillageOaks North Village, and others.

Great weather year round allows residents to enjoy many outdoor activities such as swimming, cycling, walking, golf, gardening and tennis. Residents enjoy being freeway close to beaches, snow-capped mountains and all of the attractions that San Diego has to offer. The combination of weather, location and lifestyle has made Rancho Bernardo an attractive place to live for young families as well for seniors looking for a wonderful place to enjoy retirement.

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Nearby Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places

Poway, CA (4.1 miles SSE)
Escondido, CA (7.1 miles NNW)
Fairbanks Ranch, CA (7.5 miles WSW)
San Pasqual, CA (8 miles NE)
Rancho Santa Fe, CA (8.2 miles W)
San Marcos, CA (10.6 miles NW)
Ramona, CA (11.3 miles E)
Lake San Marcos, CA (11.4 miles NW)
Eucalyptus Hills, CA (11.7 miles SE)
Solana Beach, CA (12.3 miles W)


  • Daytime population in this area: 45,799
  • Closest Major Airport: San Diego International
  • Average travel time to work for people in this community: 25
  • Closest Major Sports Teams: San Diego Chargers
  • Average salary of people in this community: $59,481
Community Summary
Population Growth (since 2000) 12.21%
Population Density (ppl / mile) 4,390
Household Size (ppl) 2.35
Households w/ Children 26%
Annual Residential Turnover

School District & School Zones

Rancho Bernardo High School is a top rated, public school located in SAN DIEGO, CA. It has 2,352 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.

The address is located within the Poway Unified School District and the specific school zones are:

Nearby Public Schools (within a 15-mile radius)

Highland Ranch Elementary, CA (< 0.1 mile)
Bernardo Heights Middle, CA (< 0.1 mile)
Turtleback Elementary, CA (1.4 miles WNW)
Abraxas Continuation High, CA (1.4 miles SSE)
Rolling Hills Elementary, CA (1.4 miles WSW)
Painted Rock Elementary, CA (1.9 miles NE)
Meadowbrook Middle, CA (1.9 miles S)
Chaparral Elementary, CA (1.9 miles NNE)
Shoal Creek Elementary, CA (1.9 miles SSW)
Poway High, CA (2.4 miles E)

Nearby Private Schools (within a 15-mile radius)

St. Michael School, CA (< 0.1 mile)
Discovery Isle, CA (1.4 miles SSE)
Legacy Montessori School, CA (2.4 miles S)
The Growing Place Montessori, CA (2.7 miles S)
Montessori Child Development Center, CA (2.7 miles ESE)
The Koonings Center, CA (3.1 miles S)
Newbridge School, CA (3.1 miles S)
Childrens Preschool Learning Center, CA (3.1 miles SSE)
Discovery Isle Child Development Center, CA (4.3 miles S)
The Cambridge School, CA (4.7 miles SW)

Rancho Bernardo Demographics

The neighborhood section gives an overview into a specific zip code’s general make up.

  • Median Age of Residents:45.49
  • Median Commute Time:25 minutes
  • Homes with Children:26.38%
  • Average Family Size:2.00
  • Total Population in Families:13,704
  • Increase in Residents Income:12.75%↑
  • Average Household Income:$119,261
  • Average Education Reached: Bachelors Degree

Average Value of Owner Occupied Housing Units

    • 2020: 781,116
    • 2025: 916,261Total Housing Units
      • Vacant Housing:1,156
      • Rental Occupied:6,517
      • Owner Occupied:13,726

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