Santaluz, the first phase of Black Mountain Ranch, is located west of 4S Ranch and Rancho Peñasquitos, and south of Santa Fe Valley and Del Sur.
It is an exquisitely beautiful, gated community situated on 3,800 acres of land that offers 24 hour security. It was designed with 1930s architecture in mind, so there are no sidewalks, but in there place, are meandering gravel paths.
All the foliage is native to the area and 1,500 acres that surrounds the community is preserved and will be untouched land. A special touch is that all the street lights are placed facing the ground, so at night the stars shine brightly.
The History of Santaluz
Fifeteen years ago the idea to buy and build on this land first began. Three men, that form the company DMB, bought the land to create a community in harmony with the natural beauty of the land.
They built their own quarry and crushed their own rocks for the landscape so that they didn't need to truck them in. This saved nearly 47,000 trucks driving into Santaluz which would have in turn destroyed the roads.
After 13 years, in 2003, they were able to begin selling homes. The word Santaluz translates to "sacred light" or "holy light".
Type of Housing
House prices begin from 1 million all the way up to 8.5 million and features 850 homes. The smallest homes, called casitas, are 2,100 to 2,600 square feet and are wrapped around a central courtyard.
There are an abundance of floor plans with styles ranging from European farmhouses, to historic Adobe ranches and Monterey homesteads. Santaluz has won national and regional awards for planning excellence, due to the unique site configuration and land planning.
Custom home sites sit on circular lots, giving the homeowner beautiful views from any room in their house.
Santaluz sits right in between Interstate 5, Interstate 15, and State Route 56. A short 5 minute drive north off State Route 56, delivers you right to the gates.
Scattered throughout the community, are natural trails which are perfect for walking and biking. These trail offerings, encourage residents to leave their cars at home and set out on foot to travel throughout the community.
With the 18-hole golf course, golf carts are also a preferred method of transportation. Whether driving to the course, or to a neighbor’s, they provide a quick, easy way to get from one end of the community to the next.
Santaluz residents attend schools that are part of the Poway Unified School District. Two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school are in their district. These include Sunset Hills Elementary, Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Black Mountain Middle School, and Mt. Carmel High School. Mt. Carmel High School has recently earned the maximum state wide rank of 10. All 450 students in the class of 2006 passed both portions of the California exit exam.
The Poway Unified School District uses a system called Learning Point. This is a classroom portal that students and teachers use together from grades K-12. It allows any teacher in the district, to publish class information, grades, lessons and more.
The Santaluz Club provides its members with the ultimate of luxury and relaxation. It features a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, private spas, bars, restaurants, and lounges. The private 18-hole golf course presents a championship course highlighted by panoramic views. Just below the club, sits the 19,000-square-foot Hacienda which is included both the Golf and Clubhouse & Spa Memberships. The Hacienda includes a casual coffee shop café and poolside grill; a resort-like swimming pool; six tennis courts; fitness center and an indoor basketball court.
Situated towards the back of the community is a baseball field and park, adjoining the untouched, preserved land.
There are more than 44 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails within the whole community. Scattered throughout Santaluz are inspiration points, with trails leading to them. This offers a wonderful place to view the gorgeous sunsets or sit under the starry skies.
With its location just 20 minutes north of San Diego, residents can enjoy all that San Diego has to offer.