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Rancho Penasquitos

A residential community, with the remainder of the area dedicated to parks and open spaces.

Welcome to Rancho Penasquitos

Rancho Penasquitos is a San Diego County suburban neighborhood. The name Rancho Penasquitos comes from the county's initial Mexican land grant, and Penasquitos means "small cliffs" in Spanish. Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Carmel Mountain Ranch, and Sabre Springs are nearby neighborhoods.
It is a place of residence for about 50,000 people and provides housing options ranging from the $200,000s to around $1,000,000 for higher-end properties.
Rancho Penasquitos encompasses approximately 6,500 acres, including a portion of Black Mountain Regional Park. This Planned Urbanized Community's property has been allocated as about 51 percent residential development and 34 percent open space and parks in the City of San Diego Progress Guide and General Plan.
Despite its proximity to downtown San Diego and the shore, the area offers lots of shopping, eating, and outdoor leisure opportunities for residents to enjoy.

What to Love

  • One of the largest school districts in the country.
  • A variety of outdoor activities and attractions.
  • Less commercialization, more residential areas, and open spaces.
  • An engaging community.

Local Lifestyle

Rancho Penasquitos is a proposed urban neighborhood located near the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and Rancho Bernardo. The village is still under construction, but it is nearing completion. Rancho Penasquitos is mostly a residential community, with the remainder of the area dedicated to parks and open spaces. The region has relatively little commercial development, with the primary goal of preserving and improving the natural scenery. Rancho Penasquitos has distinct geography with canyons, slopes, and ridges, which is complemented by the abundance of green space in the community.

Condominiums, townhouses, tract homes, and bespoke homes are all available as housing alternatives.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Rancho Penasquitos Towne Center, situated at the intersection of Black Mountain Road and Paseo Montalban, is one of the main retail centers in Rancho Penasquitos.
Some notable establishments include:
  • Chase Bank
  • Bank of America
  • Union Bank
  • State Farm
  • Vons

Restaurants and food establishments include:

  • Golden Bagel
  • PQ Donuts
  • SmashBurger
  • Jack in the Box
  • Golden Spoon
  • Deli Stop Sports Pub

Other retailers:

  • O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • Express Tire
  • Black Mountain Road Pet Clinic
  • PostalAnnex+
  • Kahoots Pet Store

Plaza Rancho Penasquitos is another local commercial mall that offers more shops, services, and cafes between Highway 56 and Carmel Mountain Road. A few restaurants that can be found there are:

  • Sushi Hana
  • Pho Saigon & Grill
  • Domino’s Pizza

Other establishments available include:

  • Stater Bros
  • The UPS Store
  • Armstrong Garden Centers
  • Discount Tire Store
  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Khai Jewelers.

There are also a few retail stores within the vicinity such as Bad Ass Coffee, Pizza Hut, Pet Hospital of Penasquitos, Spallon Spa and Salon, and Carl's Jr.

Residents of PQ are also only a few minutes away from Carmel Mountain's retail center, which includes the following shopping centers:

  • Carmel Mountain Town Center
  • Price Plaza
  • Carmel Mountain Home Center
  • Carmel Mountain Plaza
  • and The Courtyard at Carmel Mountain Ranch.

Establishments and retail stores that can be found in these shopping centers include:

  • Olive Garden
  • Panera
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Trader Joe's
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Petco
  • Staples
  • Costco
  • The Home Depot
  • Best Buy
  • Party City
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Sears Outlet,

and so much more! Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain 12 is also located at Carmel Mountain Plaza.

Things to Do

Rancho Penasquitos is a perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts. You may take Highway 56 to the beach in Del Mar or Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, or Interstate 15 to get to some of the most iconic North County destinations or remain closer to home and experience one of the various parks and recreational facilities within minutes of most of the residential areas in the Rancho Penasquitos.

Black Mountain Open Space Park is the main recreational area in this neighborhood, with over 2,350 acres of natural splendor, including the 1,554-foot Black Mountain, as well as miles of hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding paths.

The Summit Trail, situated close to the Hilltop Community Park at the end of Oviedo Way, is one of these paths. Hilltop Community Park also has a playground, picnic tables, sports facilities, a pavilion for special events, and the Hilltop Recreation Center. Canyonside Community Park, currently based at 12350 Black Mountain Road, also includes a leisure facility, softball and baseball fields, and the Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center, which provides tennis lessons and clinics, competitive tennis for adults, youth tennis programs, and 12 illuminated courts to its members.

There's also the Black Mountain Multipurpose Center, which provides community activities in a facility shared with Black Mountain Middle School, and the Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park, which was refurbished in 2014 and contains 22,000 square feet of concrete skating with both a ramp and street elements.

The neighboring Carmel Highland Golf Resort has an 18-hole, 6,428-yard golf course, a short-game practice area, and a putting green for players. The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is located in the nearby town of Carmel Mountain Ranch. Members get access to a golf store, a restaurant and bar, banquet facilities, golf clinics, golf lessons, and a golf course utilized for U.S. Opens. Open qualification.

The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center and Park, which is direct across Interstate 15, also features conference rooms, softball grounds, a multipurpose field, outdoor basketball courts, a gymnasium, and a restaurant. In addition, the leisure facility provides community programs. Adult and kid sports leagues, events, and lessons are all available.


The Rancho Penasquitos area is served by the prestigious Poway Unified School District for public school kids.

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, Canyon View Elementary School, Deer Canyon Elementary School, Los Penasquitos Elementary School, Park Village Elementary School, Rolling Hills Elementary School, Sundance Elementary School, and Sunset Hills Elementary School are among the elementary schools in the area.

Students in middle school typically attend either Black Mountain Middle School or Mesa Verde Middle School.

Students at public high schools often attend Mt. Carmel High School or Westview High School.

Palomar College has a site in Rancho Penasquitos for adult students.


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