To Downtown San Diego: 26 minutes
ZIP CODE 92129
Buy $4.98K - $3.65M
Rent $795 - $10K
1 Middle School
1 High School
Shop & Eat
2 Groceries 4 Nightlife
The land of the little hills
The city of Rancho Penasquitos was actually named after the first Mexican land grant in the county, Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos. Its full name—Rancho de Los Peñasquitos—comes from the Spanish for “the land of the little hills (or cliffs). It’s affectionately nicknamed “PQ” by residents. Based on the 2010 census, PQ has a population of roughly 50,000 individuals.
Distinctive mesas and canyons set this community apart from the rest of San Diego. Most of its homes were built in the 1960s and 1970s, constructed from a master plan which designated less commercial space to give a close-knit residential feel to the community. The houses in the city were built for the affluent middle class, and they continue to boast many comforts which attract young middle-class families.
PQ residents have contributed immensely toward the development of their homes by furnishing their yards and recreation spaces. In Rancho Peñasquitos, landscaping is lush; the power lines are underground, roofs are tiled, and each home enjoys plenty of indoor light. Most of the homes also feature spectacular views of the hills and canyons. As a result of its master plan, just two percent of PQ real estate has been set aside for commercial use; the community is family-friendly and focused on connection, not commerce. There are just a few small shopping centers that provide convenient foods and services for residents. Residents who want to do heavier shopping need to travel to nearby Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain. Transportation in Rancho Peñasquitos is handled by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) which operates a bus and stops on Carmel Mountain Road.
You will find several parks in the community like:
- Twin Trails Neighborhood Park
- Canyonside Recreation Center
- Rolling Hills Park
- Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
- Hilltop Recreation Center
- Black Mountain Open Space Park
Rancho Peñasquitos hosts several community events that provide great opportunities for fun and connection. In the first weekend of May, all Rancho Peñasquitos residents as well as community organizations partner to celebrate everything PQ, with a Street Fair, 5K Fun Run, and local parade. On the Fourth of July, a fireworks show is sponsored by the Rancho Peñasquitos Recreation Council at Westview High School. This distinctive event often takes place on July 3rd.
The local schools within the community are part of the Poway Unified School District, one of the highest-scoring districts in San Diego County. (In fact, part of the reasons why many families make the community their home is because of the acclaimed Poway School District.) Families have several elementary schools to choose from, including Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, Sunset Hills Elementary School, and Deer Canyon Elementary School. Other local schools are the Black Mountain Middle School, Mesa Verde Middle School and Westview High School.
Rancho Peñasquitos is one of the best places in San Diego to raise a family. Its open spaces and close community feel provide an excellent environment for children to play, either through organized activities or their own family fun!