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Neighborhood Spotlight: Ramona

Ramona is a safe, serene and welcoming–family oriented community that radiates with Southern California charm.

About Ramona

Ramona (which means Valley of the Sun) has a name that fits the area. 
It is a small unincorporated city with a population just over 36,400. It's the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of San Diego.
Before it was permanently settled, it was inhabited by Diegueño semi-nomadic people who established temporary settlements here as they moved between coastal and inland grounds. This was later taken over by Spanish soldiers in 1775 and again in 1843 by Europeans during Catholic expeditionary missions. The California Gold Rush later put Ramona on the map and accelerated its growth with its first building established in 1883–The Almos Verlaque House (which still stands today!).
In recent history (1960’s) Romana was home to the “Salt Mine” which was a training camp held by the famous boxer Archie Moore (who trained with George Foreman and Muhammad Ali and contented with top names like Rocky Marciano).
Today Ramona has drawn in with its endearing ocean-moderated Southern California climate, strong economy and fair cost of living–which is a bargain compared to many coastal cities. 


Real Estate Market In Ramona 

There are approximately 5,000 homes spread across Ramonas beautiful, natural landscape. From luxury houses to affordable condos to urban townhomes, there’s a lot of real estate variety in Ramona, CA. 
Home prices here are 5% lower than the rest of California making it generally more affordable than most other cities. 
The Median list price in Ramona is $599,000 while the median rent is $1,222 as of February 2019. 
65.7% of the population in Ramona is encompassed by home owners. 
Click here for a list of available homes for sale in Ramona.


Amenities in Ramona

Ramona radiates a Southern California charm with its abundance of vineyards, golf courses, and horse back riding stables.
It is a small quaint town with its main street lined with antiques and small restaurants that keep with the old-time motif.
Ramona is an equestrian (horse friendly) community that is home to the International Equestrian Center and Casey Tibbs Western Center–both available for boarding, events, and arenas, with lots of trails to ride for horse owners. It’s not uncommon to see horses, hikers, joggers and bikers roaming up and down the trails near by.
The city has a golf course and a recreational area with basketball, tennis courts, community swimming pool, clubhouse and restaurant, and also an Inn for guests visiting the neighborhood.
Located just a short drive away (about 30 minutes) from the beautiful beaches we all know and love in the San Diego area.

There are a total of 12 public schools and 6 private schools in Ramona, which include: 

  • Ramona High
  • Mt. Woodson Elementary
  • Olive Peirce Middle School
  • Hanson Elementary
  • Ramona Elementary
  • Future Bound Independent Study Secondary
  • Mountain Valley Academy
  • Ramona Community Montessori
  • Montecito High (continuation) 
Overall the schools in Ramona have been rated above average which peaks the interest of many families looking to move here.

Nearby Areas  

  • Escondido
  • Four Corners
  • Ballena
  • Poway
  • Lakeside
  • Santee
  • Alpine
  • Stallion Oaks
  • Pine Hills
  • Mesa Grande
  • Santa Ysabel



The typical American commute has been getting longer each year since 2010. The average one-way commute in Ramona, takes 29 minutes. That's longer than the US average of 26 minutes.
How people in Ramona get to work:
- 78% drive their own car alone
- 12% carpool with others
- 7% work from home
It’s about a 30 minute drive to the ocean and between 25-45 minutes to major shopping outlets, malls and larger libraries depending on where in Ramona you live.
The only real hard downside to Ramona is the growing traffic, with only two one lane roads in and out of the Estates. Almost everyone commutes to jobs in San Diego and other local communities via this route.


Top Things To See & Do Nearby

  • Amici Pizza Pasta & Subs - Phenomenal Pizzeria
  • Potato Chip Rock (Poway) - A fun hike and great spot to take photos
  • Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery
  • Collier park - An excellent park for anyone with kids
  • Oasis Camel Dairy - A fun farm to visit (has camels!)
  • Packard’s - A lovely corner coffee shop with small-town vibes and friendly baristas and phenomenal coffee

Overall Impression  

Ramona is a beautiful, sunny, friendly and safe family oriented community filled with great people. Its fair entry to real estate prices and nearby access to the ocean makes it a great place to live for families and horse enthusiasts. 
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