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Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo is a residential community located only 20 Miles from Downtown San Diego. Rancho Bernardo is made up of well-groomed neighborhoods, many shopping areas, world-class golf courses and business parks which are home to companies including BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, Sony Electronics, Siemens and Hewlett-Packard, operate in one of the largest business parks in San Diego.

Rancho Bernardo offers all types of housing from apartments all the way up to large custom homes. scattered about are Senior Living Communities provide housing opportunities for residents in whom seek assisted living, a few being, Casa de Las Campanas, Seacrest Village, The Remington Club, Oaks North Village, and more.

Rancho Bernardo is home to a variety of golf courses, with both The Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course and Country Club of Rancho Bernardo offer championship courses, also Oaks North Golf Course is more a more favorable executive course in the area. The Bernardo Winery is a spot to taste wine, dine or visit the village shops.

Local fishing can be done at Lake Hodges and Lake Poway which are both minutes away. if you want to enjoy animals and nature, the San Diego Wild Animal Park is just north.

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Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo sets the standard for master-planned communities. Although part of the City of San Diego, the ambiance of the community distinguishes Rancho Bernardo from other parts of the county.

Nestled within a valley, about 7,000 acres house more than 45,000 residents in North County San Diego.

A town plaza contains small businesses including financial services, insurance, attorneys, computer services, real estate, mortgage and escrow companies, high tech and entrepreneurial-type businesses.

Industry giants such as Sony Electronics, Hewlett-Packard, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, NCR Corporation, SAIC, and Eastman Kodak Co. operate in one of the largest business parks in San Diego.


Rancho Bernardo has felt the tread of Indian, conquistador, mission padre, soldier, traveler, cattle rancher, and developer. The Rancho’s roots are deep in the beginning of our nation’s history – from the conquistadors who paused here as they searched for new wealth for Spain, to the Battle of San Pasqual in 1846 – the climax of the struggle of the young United States of America to bring California into the Union. It felt the moccasin feet of the padres, from the Mission of San Diego, and their converts as they tended grapes and herded cattle in its rich valleys and fertile hills.

Long before the Spaniards came to California, Indians made their campsites here. Massive boulders, covered with pictographs, and hollows in the rocks where they ground their corn still remain. The trail where they wound their way from the ocean coast to the site of present day Rancho Bernardo can still be traced.

As an original Land Grant from the King of Spain in 1789, Rancho Bernardo began as “La Canada de San Bernardo” – 17,763 acres of good hill and valley land in what was then called Upper California. The grant probably received its name from St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a revered theologian who led the Second Crusade in the Middle Ages.

“San Bernardo” is shown on maps as early as 1800, and several ranchers were victims of an Indian raid in 1837. Rancho Bernardo’s first recorded owner was Capt. Joseph Sevenoaks, an enterprising English seafarer. He gave up a life of adventure and daring on the bounding main to become Don Jose Francisco Snook, a gentleman rancher in the best romantic tradition of the Spanish Don.

Snook’s days of adventure were not over, however. Troops under the command of Mexican Gov. Pio Pico were fighting to keep California from becoming part of the United States. It was at the eastern part of the Rancho that Federal troops under U.S.Gen. Stephen Kearny met them in the famous “Battle of San Pasqual.” After suffering tremendous losses, Kearny’s remnants stopped at the hastily deserted Snook Rancho for replenishment of supplies and rest as they retreated towards San Diego.

But the fight was not over for Kearny’s little “Army of the West.” Pico’s troops ambushed them as they left the Rancho. They were forced to defend themselves for three days from what is now called “Mule Hill,” deriving its name from the only food they were able to obtain – one of the pack animals! They were rescued finally when Kit Carson, the famous scout who was traveling with Kearny, was able to slip out at night and make his way to San Diego.

The Snooks died without heirs and their Rancho passed to many other hands. Its lands were traversed by the famous Butterfield Stage and the tiny village of “Bernardo” grew to be a favorite stopping point for travelers between Escondido and San Diego. The Rancho through the years became the property of various owners who forged the destiny of the county. James McCoy, sheriff and state senator; Col. Ed Fletcher, William Henshaw, and Lawrence and Donald Daley, cattlemen and industrialists.

In 1961 the Daleys joined W. R. Hawn and Harry L. Summers to form a corporation known as “Rancho Bernardo, Inc.” Several years later this corporation was obtained by AVCO Community Developers. This was the beginning of Rancho Bernardo as we know it today. The original concept has been beautifully implemented into a planned community of residential, light industry, shopping, parks, clubs and golf courses – a “52-week vacationland.” The community has grown and become one of the most envied in the country.

Time has been kind to Rancho Bernardo since Gaspar de Portola of the Spanish Army, along with Friar Junipero Serra, claimed California for God and for Spain. Its dramatic rock formations remain the same, its fields and valleys are still fertile and green, and the graciousness of early California lives on.


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 Club, Casa de Las Campanas, Seacrest Village, Oaks North Village, and others.


Rancho Bernardo residents enjoy easy access to anywhere in San Diego County. Interstate 15 runs directly through Rancho Bernardo, with State Route 56 lying just south of the community and Highway 78 to the north. San Diego International Airport is less than 30 minutes away.

Local bus transportation is provided through the North County Transit System

and the San Diego Transit System. There are bus stops throughout the community with regularly scheduled stops every day of the week.


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. The Bernardo 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 Inn Golf Course & Country Club

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr / San Diego, CA 92128 Ph: 877.517.9340 · Fax: 858.675.8501

Everything you expect from the perfect Golf Resort experience awaits you at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa.

The 18-Hole Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa has hosted both PGA and LPGA events and has been renovated recently to continue to present Golfers of all skill levels with challenging and rewarding play. To Book a Tee Time call: 858.385.8733. For Group Golf Rates or to host a Private or Corporate Golf Tournament please call: 858-675-8469

Community Centers

Since Rancho Bernardo is a planned community, it has been developed by areas. Each area has its own Community Center to which all residents are required to belong and support.

Bernardo Heights Recreation Center 16150 Bernardo Heights Parkway 92128 858-451-3580 / Fax 858-451-6509

Eastview Community Center 17520 Drayton Hall Way 92128 858-487-7270

High Country West 16003 Turtleback Road 92127 858-451-0725 / Fax 858-451-8341

Oaks North Community Center 12578 Oaks North Drive 92128 858-487-0120 / Fax 858-487-5328

Swim and Tennis Club 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive 92128 858-487-5002 / Fax 858-487-5004

Seven Oaks Community Center 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive 92128 858-487-4058 / Fax 858-487-3078

Westwood Club 17394 West Bernardo Drive 92127 858-485-6300 / Fax 858-485-6923

Houses of Worship

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 15750 Bernardo Heights Parkway 92128 (858) 487-7922

Rancho Bernardo Com.Presbyterian Church 17010 Pomerado Road 92128 (858) 487-0811 Fax (858) 487-8203

First Church of Christ, Scientist 16315 Pomerado Road, Poway 92064 (858) 487-4007 Fax (858) 673-9363

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church 16275 Pomerado Road, Poway 92064 (858) 487-2159 Fax (858) 487-2324

Green Valley Church 11501 Rancho Bernardo Road 92127 (858) 487-0100 Fax (858) 487-4495

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church 10125 Azuaga Street, San Diego 92129 (858) 538-1267 Fax (858) 538-5105

Hope United Methodist Church 16550 Bernardo Heights Parkway (858) 485-5840 / Fax (858) 485-1051

San Rafael Catholic Church of Rancho Bernardo 17252 Bernardo Center Drive (858) 487-4314 Fax (858) 487-1498

Ner Tamid Synagogue 15318 Pomerado Rd, Poway 92064 (858) 513-8330 Fax (858) 513-8334

Temple Adat Shalom 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway 92064 (858) 451-1200 Fax (858) 451-2409

Rancho Bernardo Baptist Church 11616 Duenda Road 92127 (858) 487-7676 Fax (858) 487-8601

Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation 16315 Pomerado Road, Poway 92064 (858) 674-5528

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation 16889 Espola Road, Poway 92064 (858) 487-2225

Light of Life Church 12540 Oaks North Drive, San Diego 92128 P.O. Box 501414, San Diego 92150-1414 (858) 748-8112

Maranatha Chapel 10752 Coastwood Road, San Diego 92127 (858) 613-7800 Fax (858) 613-7824

St. Michael Catholic Church 15546 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA 92064 (858) 487-4755

The Church at Rancho Bernardo 11740 Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego 92128 (858) 592-2434 / Fax (858) 592-2480

Penasquitos Lutheran Church 14484 Penasquitos Drive San Diego 92129 (858) 672-3466 fax (858) 672-2322

Cloudbreak Church Non-Denominational 16150 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego, CA 92127 (858) 335-8667


Poway Unified School District

15250 Avenue of Science / San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 521-2800 /

Elementary Schools

Creekside 12362 Springhurst Drive / San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 391-1514

Highland Ranch 14840 Waverly Downs Ways / San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 674-4707

Morning Creek 10925 Morning Creek Drive South / San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 748-4334

Shoal Creek 11775 Shoal Creek Drive / San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 613-9080

Turtleback 15855 Turtleback Road / San Diego, CA 92127 (858) 673-5514

Westwood 17449 Matinal Road / San Diego, CA 92127 (858) 487-2026

Middle Schools

Bernardo Heights 12990 Paseo Lucido / San Diego, CA 92128 Phone: (858) 485-4850 / Fax: (858) 485-4865

High Schools

Rancho Bernardo 13010 Paseo Lucido / San Diego, CA 92128 Phone: (858) 485-4800 / Fax: (858) 485-4822