Rancho Dorado

Rancho Dorado is a small, family-friendly neighborhood of about 280 homes.

WELCOME TO RANCHO DORADO 

Boutique suburban community close to everything 

Rancho Dorado is a small, family-friendly neighborhood of about 280 homes tucked away on the western edge of San Marcos. Located on the border between San Marcos and Carlsbad, this highly desirable community offers easy access to the best of both cities as well as beautiful beaches. Nearby amenities range from gorgeous outdoor recreation areas and hiking trails to Bressi Ranch’s extensive mix of retail, restaurants, grocery stores and services. Popular Carlsbad tourist attractions such as Legoland California are just a short drive away.

Rancho Dorado is one of San Marcos’ newer neighborhoods, with attractive contemporary single-family homes on wide-open streets. Attention has been lavished on all details inside and outside typical amenities include state-of-the-art kitchens and outdoor pools with Jacuzzis and spas.

WHAT TO LOVE

  • Beautiful, contemporary homes
  • Close to the beach
  • Many nearby shopping and dining options
  • Parks and hiking trails

People & Lifestyle

Rancho Dorado is a peaceful, residential neighborhood surrounded by nature trails and open space. The community is one of the jewels of North San Diego County, with both the hills and beach within easy reach. For families, Rancho Dorado is served by the award-winning San Marcos Unified school district.

DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Homes in Rancho Dorado are just minutes away from the glorious Carlsbad coastline and all the downtown shopping and dining options of Carlsbad Village. The diverse eateries lining Carlsbad’s seaside downtown area include Paon Wine Bar & Bistro for French-Californian cuisine paired with boutique wines, 264 Fresco for wood-fired Italian fare and specialty cocktails, and Bluewater Grill for delicious fresh seafood.
 
Bressi Ranch Village Center is another nearby shopping and dining destination featuring close to 50 businesses. Highlights here include stylish womenswear boutique Bloom, craft beer and sandwiches spot Board & Brew, fresh seafood restaurant Fish District, and grocery stores Stater Bros. Markets and Trader Joe’s
 
The golf and boating resort community of Lake Marcos is home to the dockside Amalfi Cucina Italiana. Overlooking Lake Marcos’ shimmering waters, this refined restaurant and bar serves authentic dishes drawing on the cuisine of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

THINGS TO DO

Residents of Rancho Dorado enjoy an active lifestyle with many local hiking trails. Paths running through Rancho Dorado ascend to Simmons Family Park, featuring play structures, picnic tables, a gazebo, and a basketball court. You can also follow trails to the beautifully landscaped Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Nestled within a 27-acre canyon, this quiet and secluded park’s unique attractions include hand-built adobe buildings, antique windmills, a reflecting pool, and other historic structures steeped in Californian history. Carrillo Ranch Park is also home to a flock of peacocks that roam freely around the park.

Rancho Dorado has a close-knit community feel, fostered through frequent community events throughout the year. These include food drives, garage sales, and various social gatherings.

SCHOOLS

Rancho Dorado is served by the award-winning San Marcos Unified school district.

  • Carrillo Elementary School, Public, K-5.
  • San Elijo Middle School, Public, 6-8.
  • San Marcos High School, Public, 9-12.

Overview for Rancho Dorado, CA

1,055 people live in Rancho Dorado, where the median age is 38 and the average individual income is $62,285. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

1,055

Total Population

38 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$62,285

Average individual Income

Around Rancho Dorado, CA

There's plenty to do around Rancho Dorado, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

63
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
78
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
48
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Amore Alternative Desserts, Da Island Way, and MYOMIE.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.94 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.85 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.11 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.9 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.48 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.02 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Rancho Dorado, CA

Rancho Dorado has 417 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Rancho Dorado do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,055 people call Rancho Dorado home. The population density is 23,760.48 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

1,055

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

38

Median Age

48.53 / 51.37%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
417

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$62,285

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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