Pacific Highlands Ranch

Welcome to Pacific Highlands Ranch

Contemporary master-planned community in Carmel Valley.

Pacific Highlands Ranch is the newest master-planned community located in the north eastern part of Carmel Valley. The community’s first homes were constructed by premier custom homebuilders beginning in 2004 and new homes are still being built today. Pacific Highlands Ranch features numerous neighborhoods with both detached and attached single-family homes with award winning floor plans. This community is within easy reach of world-class shopping, dining, and beaches along the Pacific Ocean coastline and nearby San Diego. Pacific Highlands Ranch offers a family-oriented lifestyle with access to phenomenal schools.

What to Love

  • Family friendly community
  • Resort style recreation centers
  • Easy access to The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch
  • Excellent school system

People & Lifestyle

On just over 2,652 acres, Pacific Highlands Ranch is Carmel Valley's newest neighborhood. Residents enjoy neighborhoods that embrace an active and healthy lifestyle with 1,300 acres of walkable preserved open space. In addition to the kid-friendly outdoor activities, the area’s excellent school system also makes it a great draw for families. Beyond the area’s great outdoor activities, residents have access to the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch as well. This provides those who live here the added bonus of having excellent restaurants and retailers right in their backyard, truly making it the best of both worlds.

Hailed as one of the best and most diverse neighborhoods to live and raise a family in San Diego, Pacific Highlands Ranch is a genuine treasure for its affluent residents. Because it's only a few minutes’ drive from significant bio-tech and high-tech employers, golf clubs, fine dining, downtown San Diego, and fantastic shopping, Pacific Highlands Ranch has become a desirable option for professionals, active families, and retirees. 

When it comes to housing, residents should only expect the best, with every home in the master-planned community benefiting from energy-saving features and smart home technology. Depending on which area you live in—Verana, Casabella, Watermark, or Canterra—you'll find different amenities and price ranges.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is at the heart of everything, with dozens of retailers, restaurants, and services. Sprawling across 160,000 square feet, The Village features everything from grocery stores to learning centers. The entire purpose of the establishment is to be a one-stop destination for Pacific  Highland Ranch residents. Apart from the world-class array of shopping and dining, The Village also encompasses five acres of public park and amenities space, including a library, bocce ball court, garden, and dog park. This unique combination of outdoor space and retail therapy creates a beautiful and entrancing space for residents, and it's all within walking distance of your home. 

Breakfast Republic takes an inventive approach to American breakfast classics that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Menu highlights include pancake flights, candied bacon, and s’mores French toast, as well as cocktails and craft beer flights. 

Amici’s Ristobar is a stylish Italian dining spot with an outdoor patio, authentic cuisine, and specialty cocktails. Panera Bread is your go-to for freshly-baked bread, sweet treats, and lunchtime fares such as salads and sandwiches. There is also a Jersey Mike's, where you can get an authentic sub sandwich made with premium-quality meats and cheeses. The Baked Bear serves indulgent desserts, delicious ice creams, signature Bear Bowls, and hot-pressed cookie and brownie sandwiches. 

The Village also has a Starbucks for those who are craving a quick coffee fix! Flora Bar & Kitchen is San Diego's newest Italian restaurant with a focus on classic cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients. If you're looking for a more lively establishment to hang out with friends and family, Pacific Social is a versatile indoor-outdoor eatery serving New American fare, including comfort food and internationally-inspired dishes. 

Le Dimora is an Italian-inspired home store with a fine selection of furnishings, lighting, and other décor items. Crunch Fitness offers first-class exercise equipment, group fitness classes, and personal training from professional instructors. For groceries, Trader Joe’s offers a wide variety of fresh produce and other foodstuffs.

Things to Do

Pacific Highlands Ranch features several opportunities for both indoor and outdoor recreation. Its natural open space includes equestrian, biking, and walking trails that lead to nearby preserves and beaches. One such location is the Carmel Mountain Preserve, which houses some of the area’s most unique plant species. This 150-acre preserve provides an interconnected multi-use trail system that connects to the Carmel Valley Recreational and Equestrian Path and Los Peñasquitos Canyon. 

The community park features a children’s playground, sports fields, dog-friendly areas, a skating plaza, a parkour area, and more. Multiple resort style recreation centers such as the West Highland Pacific Recreational Center gives residents access to private swimming pools, spas, and club rooms.


Pacific Highlands Ranch is zoned in the outstanding Del Mar Union Elementary School District and Solana Beach Elementary School District. The middle school and high school district is San Dieguito Union District.

  • Solana Ranch Elementary, K-6
  • Sycamore Ridge, K-6
  • Carmel Valley Middle, 7-8
  • Pacific Trails Middle, 7-8
  • Torrey Pines High School, 9-12
  • Canyon Crest Academy, 9-12
  • Cathedral Catholic High School, Private, 9-12

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