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North County Neighborhood Guide: Sabre Springs

Sabre Springs Map

Sabre Springs is an upscale North County community where homes have San Diego addresses and public school students are served by the high-ranking Poway Unified School District. The median household income in Sabre Springs in 2011 was $124,906, which is significantly higher than the median household income of $60,797 across San Diego.

This planned community offers a suburban lifestyle for families, professionals and retirees who want to live near city amenities without feeling like they live in the city. Everyday essentials are just a short drive away, and residents can easily spend the morning hiking in the nearby mountains before meeting their friends for an afternoon at the beach.


According to the Sabre Springs Community Plan created by the City of San Diego, the land that is now Sabre Springs was historically inhabited by three Native American groups: the San Dieguito, La Jolla and Northern Diegueno people. There are two known village sites, one of which is located on Chicarita Creek and the other located on Penasquitos Creek, as well as several other sites where activities occurred. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Native Americans still inhabited the land while European settlers used the land to graze livestock. Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, the two nearby ranches (Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho San Bernardo) were owned by various sheep and cattle ranchers.

Much of the land that is now Sabre Springs later came under the ownership of the Florence Chadwick family, and then the Sabre Petroleum Corporation. Plans to develop the land began to come together in the 1970s and significant development of the land did not begin until the 1980s.


Sabre Springs offers a variety of housing options for renters and potential homeowners, including apartments, condominiums, townhouses, senior living facilities and detached, single-family homes. Most of the homes in Sabre Springs were built later than 1980, and the majority of properties in this area are detached, single-family homes. The average estimated value of detached homes in 2010 was $633,182. The median rent in Sabre Springs in 2011 was $2,037, which is significantly higher than the median rent across San Diego the same year ($1,201).

At the time of this writing, the most affordable listing I am able to find in Sabre Springs is a two bedroom, two bathroom, 904-square-foot condominium on the market for $309,000. The most affordable townhouse is a three bedroom, three bathroom, 1,335-square-foot home listed at $485,000. The lowest-priced detached, single-family home that is not in foreclosure is a three bedroom, two bathroom, 1,677-square-foot home listed at $659,000. The highest-priced home on the market in Sabre Springs at the time of this writing is a five bedroom, five bathroom, 4,093-square-foot, detached home with a listing price of $1,160,000.

Belmont Village Sabre Springs (Senior Living)

Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

Although Sabre Springs is home to commercial enterprises by way of a business park and home-based businesses, residents enjoy a primarily residential neighborhood within a short drive of everyday essentials. There is one shopping center within in the community — Sabre Springs Market Place — which is home to Alvaro’s Mexican Food, Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe, ARCO, a dry cleaners, a car wash, and other shops and services.

There are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities in every direction, so residents living anywhere in Sabre Springs are close to grocery stores, gas stations, banks, and other stores and services. North of the community along Interstate 15, there is an Albertsons, Best Buy, Office Depot, BevMo!, The Vitamin Shoppe, T.J. Maxx, Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery, Wavelines surf shop, Nordstrom Rack, Ross Dress for Less and many more options. Just off the interstate along Carmel Mountain Road there is also Ralphs, Game Stop, Payless ShoeSource, Rite Aid and the other offerings of the Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center.

Along Scripps Poway Parkway to the south of the neighborhood, you will find Yogurt Heaven, Yanni’s Bar & Grill, Chili’s, Wendy’s, GNC, The UPS Store, Jack in the Box, Chase Bank, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market.

Around the junction of Poway Road and Pomerado Road to the east, residents will find Jo-Ann Fabric, Smart & Final, 99 Cents Only, Big Lots, New York Bagels & Omelets, North Park Produce, AT&T, Winchell’s Donut House, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto and more.

Sabre Springs Corporate Center

Parks & Recreation

Sabre Springs Park is located at 12953 Sabre Springs Parkway and is home to two playgrounds, picnic areas, walking areas and lighted softball fields. The South Creek Neighborhood Park is located at 12249 Wickerbay Cove and offers locals and visitors a playground, a shaded picnic area, softball fields and a grassy area for picnicking or playing.

The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center is located just north of Sabre Springs in Carmel Mountain Ranch but serves both communities. At this recreation center there are basketball courts, baseball fields, a multipurpose field, a playground, picnic areas, meeting rooms, a kitchen and a gymnasium.

You can also enjoy a trail running along Chicarita Creek between Sabre Springs Parkway and Evening Creek Drive and another trail running along Penasquitos Creek between Interstate 15 and Springhurst Drive.

Other nearby outdoor recreational areas include Miramar Lake and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.


Public school students living in the Sabre Springs area are served by the well-respected Poway Unified School District. Elementary schools serving this area include Morning Creek Elementary School and Creekside Elementary School. Most students will attend Meadowbrook Middle School and Mount Carmel High School.


Sabre Springs is located west of Poway, south of Carmel Mountain, east of Rancho Penasquitos and north of Miramar Ranch.

Interstate 15 runs along the western border, Ted Williams Parkway is at the northernmost point of the community and Poway Road runs through the middle of the neighborhood.

Additional Information

Quiet neighborhoods, great views and lots of open space are just a few of the things that draw people to the Sabre Springs community. This suburban neighborhood is located for easy access to both North County attractions and those in the City of San Diego, making it an ideal home base for active families, professionals and retirees.

If you are looking at homes north of Poway Road in Sabre Springs, you may want to visit the Sabre Springs Homeowners’ Association website, which is the governing body for this area.

The photograph of the Sabre Springs map is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The photograph of the Belmont Village Sabre Springs senior living community is courtesy of the Belmont Village Sabre Springs website. The photograph of the Sabre Springs Corporate Center is courtesy of the Pacific Cornerstone Architects website.

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AJ Davis-Varela: AJ is a freelance writer and blogger at Articles by AJ specializing in travel, real estate, natural wellness and green living. She is a magazine columnist, a former San Diego newspaper columnist, has been published in a variety of print and online publications, and regularly contributes to several websites and blogs. You can connect with AJ on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+