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Carmel Mountain Ranch

Community Overview

Carmel Mountain Ranch is located east of Rancho Peñasquitos, south of Rancho Bernardo, and north of Sabre Springs.

The community is home to over 12,000 residents. Carmel Mountain Plaza is the center of the community.

The plaza features a restaurant row, Reading Cinemas, and numerous retail stores including Sports Authority, Barnes & Noble, Sears, and many others. Costco and Home Depot also have store locations adjacent to the plaza.

The History of Carmel Mountain Ranch

Carmel Mountain Ranch is one of the more recently developed areas in San Diego County. The area lies between what used to be Rancho de Los Peñasquitos and Rancho San Bernardo.

The land was part of a Mexian land grant dating back to the 1820s. The ranches passed hands over several times over the generations, and have left significant imprints in San Diego's history.

Type of Housing

Residents of Carmel Mountain Ranch enjoy a number of housing options. The area offers apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes for the middle- to upper-class.

Single detached homes make up over half of the housing in the area, with several gated communities spread throughout Carmel Mountain Ranch.

Over 5,300 single homes, apartments, and condominiums exist in the community. The hills and mesas offer beautiful views of San Diego.


Interstate 15 runs directly through Carmel Mountain Ranch with the majority of the community falling on the east side of the freeway. This allows easy access to both the northern and southern parts of San Diego County.

State Highway 56 bisects the community from east to west, providing convenient trips to the San Diego coastline. Bus routes run throughout the area, as well as Park-and-Ride systems.


Poway Unified School District provides education to residents of Carmel Mountain Ranch. A few elementary schools in the area build an excellent education base for youths.

Depending on where residents live in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mt. Carmel, Rancho Bernardo, and Poway High School service the adolescents of the community.


The Carmel Mountain Ranch / Sabre Springs Public Recreation Center comes equipped with indoor and outdoor basketball courts, softball fields, and areas for relaxing picnics.

The community also has two beautiful golf courses located on both sides of I-15. One of the courses is the top-rated Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Club, located at the Double Tree Golf Resort. Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is the other local course, directly west of I-15. This country club provides opportunities to socialize and enjoy a club that does it right.

Youngsters have the opportunity to participate in Little League, softball, basketball, and soccer.