Carmel Mountain Ranch is one of the rural areas in San Diego County where residents enjoy a number of housing options, apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes for the middle to upper class. Single detached homes make up over half of the housing in the area, with several gated communities spread throughout. Over 5,300 single homes, apartments, and condominiums exist in a community of hills and mesas that offer beautiful views of San Diego.
Guidelines were designed for the successfully master planned community of Carmel Mountain Ranch established with design framework for developer use during the early planning stages of the project. Maintaining maximum flexibility, the guidelines encouraged creativity in both planning and architectural design, while ensuring that the area would creatively integrate the regional center and surrounding areas, as well as establish appropriate seating to maintain a campus-like setting.