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Focus is About Family!

In a word, Penasquitos is family. PQ (as it is commonly known) is most notably defined by its family-oriented and kid-friendly atmosphere. (http://www.facebook.com/PQ.Real.Estate)

The population of Rancho Penasquitos is approximately 50,000. PQ is located in the 92129 ZIP code. The highest point in the community is Black Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 1,500 feet.

Rancho Penasquitos is a community in the northeastern part of the city of San Diego, California. Penasquitos means little crags or rocks in Spanish. It is adjacent to a canyon (an open space preserve) that offers hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

PQ offers cozy homes, top-rated schools and a variety of recreational opportunities. There are more than 16,000 homes, apartments, condos and town homes. Most residents are home to families with school-aged children.


Native American “Kumeyaay” history within the area dates back as far as 7,000 years ago. Remains of the prehistoric culture can still be found. Rancho de los Penasquitos is present day San Diego County's first Mexican land grant, the Rancho Santa Maria de Los Penasquitos. In 1823, one league (4,243 acres) was awarded to Captain Francisco María Ruiz, a Commandant of the Presidio of San Diego. This 4,243 acres was at the eastern part of the Los Penasquitos Canyon and extended into Sabre Springs and up to Rancho Bernardo.

The Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve puts Penasquitos on the map as a San Diego treasure. In fact, PQ was named (in part) for the small waterfall housed in the canyon, which is also home to Rancho Santa Maria de Los Penasquitos, the oldest ranch house in the county.


State Route 56 traverses east-west through the central portion of the community. Interstate 15 passes on the east side of Rancho Penasquitos. Black Mountain Road is the main North-South artery, and Carmel Mountain Road/Rancho Penasquitos Boulevard is the main East-West artery.


According to the 2000 Census, 47,217 people resided in the 92129 ZIP code, a majority of which were between 18 and 65 years old.


Rancho Penasquitos Area Information

Community Events

  • Fiesta de los Penasquitos is a community oriented street faire held on the First Sunday in May. Proceeds from the event are returned to the community in the form of scholarship programs and other grants.
  • In Honor of the Fourth of July, Westview High School features a fireworks show (which originally was hosted by Mt. Carmel High School). This show usually is held on July 3rd.
  • Christmas Card Lane (http://www.facebook.com/PQ.Real.Estate?sk=photos)  is a holiday light display in Rancho Penasquitos. The displays start going up right after Thanksgiving, with most in place by the second week of December and staying there through New Year's. Some displays require weeks of preparation. It is one of the most famous holiday displays in San Diego. Residents erect giant plywood Christmas cards in their front yards, depicting cartoon characters, religious images, or Christmas themes. The cards are displayed on front lawns along with usual holiday fare.

Christmas Card Lane was started in 1985 by 15 residents on Ellingham Street as a way to share the Christmas spirit with the community and others in the city. Now there are about 200, spreading onto Oviedo and Renato streets.

Residents began to call local radio stations to advertise Christmas Card Lane.

Displays range from Mickey Mouse representing the famous Christmas Carol to testing out the new “naughty-or-nice” software. Some displays are so elaborate residents have to keep parts up all year. School and scouting organizations often sell baked goods and hot chocolate and members of the local school bands play Christmas carols, while other organizations will rent horse-drawn carriages, double decker buses, or limousines and sing carols while driving or walking around the neighborhood.


The region’s weather allows local families to frequent PQ parks throughout the year. There are annual activities, such as baseball and soccer, planned to bring families together to enjoy outdoor recreation.

  • PQ Skate Park - Features: 22,000 square feet, with wood and concrete structures and ramps. Picnic table, stairs, 3 flat, 3 manual pads, flat rails, half pipes, quarter pipes and a spine. Also a replica of the San Dieguito 10 stair rail.
  • Canyonside Recreation Center - Features: Two indoor basketball courts, a multi purpose room, two meeting rooms, lighted baseball and softball fields, lighted soccer fields and tennis courts, park areas for picnics, and play areas for children.
  • Hilltop Recreation Center - Features: Children’s play area, a multi purpose room with a kitchen, craft room, meeting rooms, a gazebo and amphitheater, fitness course and two full, four half basketball court.
  • Penasquitos Creek Park
  • Rolling Hills Park
  • Black Mountain Open Space Park
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
  • Twin Trails Neighborhood Park
  • Ridgewood Community Park

Emergency Services

  • Fire Service

Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fire station #40 at 13393 Salmon River Rd. This station is in the 7th Battalion.

  • Police Service

The San Diego Police Department operates from a station on 13396 Salmon River Rd.


Rancho Penasquitos is in the Poway Unified School District and is home to more schools in the district than any other I-15 corridor community. PUSD is considered as one of the best school districts in San Diego County.

High Schools

  • Mt. Carmel High School
  • Westview High School

Middle Schools

  • Black Mountain Middle School
  • Mesa Verde Middle School

Elementary Schools

  • Adobe Bluffs Elementary School
  • Canyon View Elementary School
  • Deer Canyon Elementary School
  • Los Penasquitos Elementary School
  • Park Village Elementary School
  • Rolling Hills Elementary School
  • Sundance Elementary School
  • Sunset Hills Elementary School


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