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Carmel Mountain Ranch, San Diego
Caramel Mountain Ranch
Carmel Mountain Ranch and neighborhood boundaries
Carmel Mountain Ranch and neighborhood boundaries
Country  United States of America
State  California
County San Diego
City San Diego

Carmel Mountain Ranch, sometimes shortened to simply Carmel Mountain, such as on maps, or abbreviated to CMR by local residents and organizations, is a community of San Diego, California in the northeastern part of that city. Despite its name, Carmel Mountain Ranch is actually in the shadow of Black Mountain. Carmel Mountain proper is about 10 miles west of the Carmel Mountain Ranch neighborhood.


The community is bounded by the city of Poway to the east; other communities of San Diego, Rancho Bernardo to the north; Rancho Peñasquitos to the west; and Sabre Springs to the south.


Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center
Ralph's grocery store, banks, and retail shops are located here.


The 15 runs along the western edge of Carmel Mountain, and a noticeable stone marker, complete with sign and flags, is visible from the northbound lanes to act as a gateway immediately before the Carmel Mountain Road exit, which is the primary road serving the community. The eastern terminus of the 56 becomes Ted Williams Parkway as it enters the community; however, it retains its freeway characteristics until it crosses Rancho Carmel Drive.


There are local bus routes. While Carmel Mountain does not share in the name, the Sabre Springs / Penasquitos Transit Station, which provides direct access to the managed express lanes on the 15, is adjacent to the community.

Community events

Carmel Mountain Price Plaza
Costco Wholesale is the main anchor here; however, there are also smaller stores, such as eateries and a bank.

Every year the local Chamber of Commerce, headquartered within the community, hosts a fall festival at which local businesses, community organizations, and school representatives set up information booths and interact with attendees.

Every Christmas, graduates from Meadowbrook Middle School host the "CMR Olympics".

Fairway Village, a neighborhood division of Carmel Mountain Ranch running east-to-west on Stoney Gate Place, parallel to Ted Williams Parkway and crossed by Shoal Creek Drive, presents an annual Christmas light show called "Holiday Magic at Fairway Village." The neighborhood lights more than 85 homes from December 1 to January 1. Each year on the Saturday before Christmas, the neighborhood holds an evening block party that is open to the public, where visitors can walk through the neighborhood, enjoy the lights and festivities, and partake of snacks and hot drinks offered by many homes. This event has been featured in several San Diego Family magazine articles. The neighborhood is also very popular at Halloween due to it being a large cul-de-sac street with no hills.

Parks and recreation

Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park is located just north of Ted Williams Parkway on Rancho Carmel Drive, just east of the 15. Highland Ranch Park is located north of Eastbourne Road and slightly northeast of Highland Ranch Road.

The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club sprawls much of the community and is available for golf tournaments, weddings, and other events.

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