Rancho Bernardo has set the bar high when it comes to master-planned communities. Rancho Bernardo is one of San Diego's first separate communities and is made up of nearly 7,000 acres and 17,000 homes. Unique and proud, Rancho Bernardo is governed by its own Community Council, Planning Board, and Recreation Council that represent the community at all city functions.
Originally known as "La Canada de San Bernardo," Rancho Bernardo has a recorded history dating back to 1769, when the king of Spain gained control of California. Spain maintained ownership until 1822 when Mexico gained control following the Mexican revolt against Spain. The first known individual owner of the Rancho Bernardo area was a former sea captain named Joseph Sevenoaks. After his death the property was divided and changed hands several times, with many people claiming partial ownership between 1863 and 1913. Nearly 20 years later, John and Laurence Daley purchased the land for cattle grazing. The Daleys joined W.R. Hawn and Harry L. Summers to form Rancho Bernardo, Inc. in 1961. Several years later, the corporation was obtained by AVCO Community Developers, laying the foundation for Rancho Bernardo as it is known today.
Rancho Bernardo was envisioned to be a planned community with residential areas, light industry, shopping districts, parks, clubs, and golf courses?a "52-week vacationland." The community has become one of the most desirable in the country and is a popular place to work, raise a family and retire. There are many small service and retail businesses, located mainly within the town center. From restaurants, cafés and specialty shops to insurance firms, real estate offices and high-tech companies, the Rancho Bernardo business district is booming.
A major contributor to the community's prosperous economy is the 685-acre Rancho Bernardo Industrial Park. It is situated on the southwest side of the I-15 freeway, separate from most of the residences, which remain on the east and northwest sides. The park is now one of the largest of its kind in San Diego County. It houses mainly light industry, research and development companies, and high-tech firms such as Hewlett-Packard Company, Time Warner Cable and Sony Electronics. The park provides many jobs to local residents as well as nearby commuters and business continues to grow.
Transportation in Rancho Bernardo is convenient and commutes are simple. Interstate 15 stretches north all the way to Canada and connects to the 805 and 5 freeways, allowing residents easy access to Tijuana, Mexico to the south. Interstate 15 also connects with Route 78, which runs west for access to Oceanside, and Interstate 5, which reaches Orange and Los Angeles counties. The North County Transit System and the San Diego Transit System provide daily bus service. The Coaster commuter rail service provides trains along the coast from San Diego to Oceanside, while Amtrak service is available from San Diego to Los Angeles and beyond.
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