North San Diego’s local mountain range and rolling hills serve as the backdrop of what is described as one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets. The beautiful master-planned community of Rancho Bernardo offers a balanced blend of culture, recreational opportunities, and shopping and dining options. Here and there, you’ll find small, homegrown businesses and multinational companies such as Hewlett Packard, Eastman Kodak, and the Sony Corporate Headquarters. The sprawling community of Rancho Bernardo is lauded for its aesthetic integrity and the quality of life it offers.
Located in the northernmost reaches of San Diego, Rancho Bernardo is located south of San Pasqual Valley and Lake Hodges. A major thoroughfare, Interstate 15, makes its way right through the middle of the community. This tranquil enclave, spanning approximately 6,500 acres, is bounded by the communities of Poway, Escondido, 4S Ranch, and Carmel Mountain Ranch. Rancho Bernardo is approximately 20 miles away from Downtown San Diego.
Due to the housing boom that Rancho Bernardo experienced from the ’60s to the ’80s, a variety of housing options, from apartments, single-family residences, townhomes, condominiums, to large, luxurious estates are available here. This North County community has something for everybody, as homes come in a wide spectrum of price ranges.
Rancho Bernardo is home to Bernardo Winery, said to be San Diego’s oldest operating winery and vineyard, estimated to be over 125 years old. Three generations of the Rizzo family have been operating the winery. Sample their fine wine made from San Diego grapes and get a taste of local history through the winery’s collection of century-old buildings, galleries, wine-making equipment, and more. Bernardo Winery also houses an artist village and several shops.
An annual summer event, RB Alive! is a carnival-type street fair that features over 300 booths and special interest areas, promising a whole day full of entertainment. Several golf courses are located within the area, as well as hiking trails, fishing areas, shopping malls and relaxation establishments. The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn is a very popular destination and is included among the best hotels and resorts in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.