Rancho Bernardo, San Diego

Rancho Bernardo is a master-planned community[1] in the northern hills of the city of San Diego, California.

Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
Rancho Bernardo
Rancho Bernardo and neighborhood boundaries
Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
Location within Northeastern San Diego
Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
Rancho Bernardo, San Diego (San Diego County, California)
Coordinates: 33°01′N 117°04′W
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
City San Diego


The topography of Rancho Bernardo consists of canyons and rolling hills. It is a sprawling community with shopping centers, golf courses, and office parks typical of San Diego development.

The community is located about 20 miles (32 km) north-northeast of downtown San Diego, immediately east of 4S Ranch, north of Carmel Mountain Ranch, northwest of the city of Poway, and south of the city of Escondido.


Rancho Bernardo is located on the Rancho San Bernardo Mexican land grant made in 1842.

In the 1960s, Rancho Bernardo was annexed by San Diego. The area was developed by AVCO Community Developers.[2]

On October 22, 2007, the Witch Creek Fire burned through Rancho Bernardo and several other populous areas of San Diego County, destroying hundreds of homes, and completely destroying several entire neighborhoods, particularly ones that firefighters had trouble accessing due to rugged terrain and rapidly advancing flames pushed by strong Santa Ana winds. The highly unpredictable flames pushed into the northeast section of Poway during the day, prompting evacuation of Palomar-Pomerado Hospital. The neighborhoods of the Trails, Montelena and Westwood were the main areas hit in Rancho Bernardo.


The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Rancho Bernardo submarket is the fifth largest office space submarket in San Diego County, with over 6 million square feet of office space.[3] It is part of an "I-15 edge city", edge city being a major center of employment outside a traditional downtown.[4]


There is an annual carnival-type street fair, RB Alive!, during the summer.[5] Rancho Bernardo is also home to the oldest-operating winery in the region, the Bernardo Winery, established in 1889 and family-owned and operated since 1927.[6]


Rancho Bernardo is home to Corporate Headquarters of Sony Electronics, Inc.[7] and a major office of Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC. Other companies with a presence in the area include Broadcom, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Renovate America, Teradata, LSI Corporation, BAE Systems, ASML, Northrop Grumman and Amazon. Located in a 685 acres (277 ha) business park, there are approximately 50,000 workers employed by these companies.


The area is part of the Poway Unified School District.



  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Highland Ranch Elementary School
  • Shoal Creek Elementary School
  • Turtleback Elementary School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • Painted Rock Elementary School



  1. "Sandiego.gov". Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  2. "History - Rancho Bernardo Historical Society". Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  3. "San Diego submarkets Q1 2019", Avison Young
  4. Garreau, Joel (1991). Edge City. p. 436. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  5. Rossi, Vincent Nicholas (2006-04-13). "Man sees music as universal language". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
  6. "Bernardo Winery - The History". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  7. "Sony Global - Corporate History". www.sony.net.

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