Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo is a peaceful master-planned community nestled in the quiet hillsides to San Diego’s north.

Welcome to Rancho Bernardo

Peaceful planned suburban community with resorts and a lake

Rancho Bernardo is a peaceful master-planned community nestled in the quiet hillsides to San Diego’s north. The development covers a serene landscape of canyons and rolling hills with amenities such as shopping malls, luxury resorts, and golf courses. There are also several business parks housing numerous major companies, including the corporate headquarters of Sony Electronics. Rancho Bernardo’s quiet residential streets feature a mixture of inviting single-family homes and grand custom-built properties. The community’s rolling topography means many homes enjoy spectacular elevated views.

What to Love

  • Peaceful suburban vibe 
  • Rancho Bernardo Inn
  • Elevated views 
  • Bernardo Winery

People & Lifestyle

Rancho Bernardo is classed as an “I-5 Edge City,” with a large concentration of big businesses including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Amazon. Other areas of San Diego are just a short drive away, and the community is also within easy reach of the beach. Rancho Bernardo has numerous parks and trails rising into the surrounding mountains and along the Lake Hodge shoreline, and its vibe is friendly and community-orientated. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Rancho Bernardo Inn is a gorgeous Spanish-style resort with four exquisite dining spaces, while AVANT offers a forward-thinking fine dining experience, combining seasonal ingredients in creative contemporary Californian dishes and pairing these with limited-production wines and craft cocktails. AVANT also offers cooking classes.

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant provides a more laid-back dining experience, fusing Mediterranean and Californian cuisine in a relaxed setting with golf course views. Café Grenada serves Starbucks coffee and fresh baked goods, while The Bar rounds out the dining options with quick bites and high-quality cocktails.

Rancho Bernardo’s shopping centers include The Plaza, which features specialty retailers, restaurants, fitness centers, and beauty salons. The Barrel Room at The Plaza is a vintage wine bar and bistro that combines European and American cooking techniques. Bernardo Winery includes an old-world shopping village and wine production and tasting facilities that have been family-run for well over a century.

Bernardo Winery’s farmland features more than 400 olive trees and 2500 grapevines, while its village shops and wine-tasting rooms allow visitors to sample its organic olive oil and outstanding wines. The Kitchen at Bernardo Winery pairs their outstanding wines with rustic Italian cooking. Bernardo Winery also hosts a summer concert series featuring live music performances.

Other dining options include mesquite-barbecued baby-back and beef ribs at Phil’s BBQ.

Things to Do

As well as offering several great restaurants, facilities at Rancho Bernardo Inn include award-winning spa treatments that use avocados and other locally-grown fruits. There is also an 18-hole championship golf course, which hosts PGA and LPGA Tour events. 

Hiking trails follow Lake Hodge’s scenic 27-mile shoreline. Boating and fishing are allowed on the lake, which is stocked with fish such as largemouth bass and channel catfish. Green spaces within Rancho Bernardo include Webb Park, which has tree-shaded picnic areas and a duck pond. Rancho Bernardo Community Park has a gymnasium, two basketball courts, six tennis courts, and a two-acre off-leash dog park.

Rancho Bernardo Historical Museum
is located at the Bernardo Winery and includes exhibits and artifacts tracing the community’s development. 

Annual events at Rancho Bernardo include RB Alive! Street Fair in June, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors and hosts more than 300 arts-and-crafts stalls, food vendors, and a children’s activity zone. Rancho Bernardo Community Park also offers family-friendly outdoor movie screenings during the summer.


Schools within Rancho Bernardo are operated by the Poway Unified School District.

  • Creekside Elementary School, Public, K-5
  • Morning Creek Elementary School, Public, K-5
  • Bernardo Heights Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Rancho Bernardo High School, Public, 9-12, which is highly-ranked nationally

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