Pacific Highlands Ranch is a newer area of Carmel Valley, crafted especially for family living by Pardee, the popular home building company. This area features various neighborhoods with homes ranging from 3 bedrooms and 2,200 square feet to 5 bedrooms and over 5,000 square feet. People who live in Pacific Highlands Ranch love the highly rated school systems, 1300+ acres of surrounding preserved natural habitat, and the Village of shops close by for all their living needs. Homeowners in this area also enjoy that their HOA dues cover the use of a private recreation center that is home to a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a fitness room, a water play area for kids and more! Living in this area is truly special, and perfectly illustrates the San Diego lifestyle.
Much of the home building in Pacific Highlands Ranch is just now being completed, with a few neighborhoods still on the calendar to be built out. Artesana, a neighborhood of 56 luxury residences off of Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road, is very impressive, boasting Lilian Rice inspired architecture with modern touches. These Artesana homes are currently selling, and building will be completed on all homes in this neighborhood within the next few months. Neighborhoods like Olvera and Almeria include homes that are between 3,100 square feet and 4,300 square feet, and are coming up for sale in the next month or so. These Spanish style homes will be close to the dining and shops in the Village, and will still have enough space for larger families. Visit the Pardee website for more information on each specific new neighborhood coming to the Pacific Highlands Ranch area. Older neighborhoods such as Santa Barbara and Bordeaux were built in 2003 and 2004, so they are not brand new, but still showcase the Pacific Highlands Ranch style. Visit phr92130.com to view the neighborhoods that are already built out, and see more specific information about schools and homes in these neighborhoods.
The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is a “mixed use living, retail and lifestyle center” and the center of attention for Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhoods. Most of the restaurants and shops in this new area of Carmel Valley are less than a year old, and while the neighborhood is still quite young, the atmosphere is vibrant and exciting. For a formal dinner setting, check out Crudo and Dolce at the Highlands. Both of these restaurants have a fantastic bar and incredible food. Crudo’s “Crudotinis” (a combination of flavors on top of a crustini) are a great way to try many of the different tastes on the menu without having to visit many different times. Dolce at the Highlands has a heirloom tomato and burrata salad that is to die for. My fiancé and I visit Dolce on the weekdays and weekends for lunch or dinner. No matter when we go, the staff is friendly and we always find several dishes to enjoy. For a night out with friends to watch a sports game, make sure you head over to Westroot, the local sports bar. Other more casual restaurants in the Village include Panera Bread, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Luna Grill and Vitality Tap. You can also find Starbucks here for a quick coffee pick me up.
The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch includes a Rite Aid and a Trader Joe’s for all your grocery shopping needs. Having a grocery store just a minute or two from your home is a luxury that few people in San Diego have, and everyone in Pacific Highlands Ranch can appreciate. For home decor, there is Le Dimora, a store that is sure to turn your house into a gorgeously decorated home. If you have an afternoon to walk door to door, you will find other interesting shops such as The Perfect Pineapple, Tre, Urban Girl and Title Nine.
As you can see, there are many reasons to love Pacific Highlands Ranch, whether you live a few minutes away and use The Village as your one-stop-shop for all of your needs, or whether your visiting from La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe for an evening of fine dining. Do you live in this area of Carmel Valley? Let us know what you love about it!