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Rancho Peñasquitos

Rancho Peñasquitos is a master-planned community located in North County San Diego that plays host to more than 55,000 residents. It is located just south of Rancho Bernardo, west of Interstate 15, and north of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. The name Rancho Peñasquitos was derived from the first Mexican Land Grant in San Diego County, while Peñasquitos means “little cliffs” in Spanish.

The community lays claim to an area of approximately 10,000 acres, with just over half of that land being used for housing. Approximately 34 percent is reserved for parks, open spaces, and the natural preserves, while only two percent is used for commercial space.

Rancho Peñasquitos locals enjoy ample areas of parkland and open space, providing opportunities to bask in the beautiful San Diego weather. Reaching to over 1,500 feet above the surrounding area, the most distinctive landmark in the community is Black Mountain. The rolling landscape and mesas provide privacy and a sense of peace for the residents of each neighborhood. On a clear day, visitors are able to take in breathtaking ocean and mountain views in nearly every direction

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve encompasses some 4,000 acres of both Peñasquitos and Lopez Canyons. The Preserve is jointly owned and administered by the City and County of San Diego. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve attracts people with its natural beauty and abundant natural resources — both today and in the past. Native American history within the Preserve dates back as far as 7,000 years ago. Today, runners, hikers, horseback riders, and those looking for a day of exploring the preserve sprinkle the trails year round.

One major attraction to Rancho Peñasquitos is the excellent school system, considered among the best in San Diego County. The local schools are part of the acclaimed Poway Unified School District. Many of these schools continue to be recognized for high test scores and also receive numerous awards for excellence in education.

Christmas Card Lane is a holiday light display in the community of Rancho Peñasquitos. It is one of the most famous holiday displays in San Diego. Residents erect giant plywood greetings in their front yards depicting cartoon characters, religious images, or Christmas themes.

Although located within San Diego city limits, Rancho Peñasquitos realizes the benefits of feeling far enough removed from the hustle-and-bustle of one of the nation’s largest cities. The community offers an abundance of sports and recreation programs for children and adults alike. The Rancho Peñasquitos Little League was said to have been the largest in the nation at one time. Kid’s can participate in sports leagues, skate at the local skate park, or participate in events at the local YMCA.

Several parks and recreation centers are spread throughout the community offering adult sports leagues and recreation, as well. The Rancho Peñasquitos Branch of the San Diego Public Library sponsors cultural events. There is something for everyone when it comes to recreation in Peñasquitos.

For more information about real estate in Rancho Peñasquitos, contact Kylie Reiter at 858-705-1699.

Rancho Peñasquitos Resources

Poway Unified School District
Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council
Fiesta de los Peñasquitos
Christmas Card Lane
Rancho Peñasquitos YMCA
Black Mountain Open Space Park
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve


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