Diablo Grande, California

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Diablo Grande
Location of Diablo Grande in Stanislaus County, California.
Location of Diablo Grande in Stanislaus County, California.
Diablo Grande is located in California
Diablo Grande
Diablo Grande
Position in California.
Diablo Grande is located in the United States
Diablo Grande
Diablo Grande
Diablo Grande (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°23′51″N 121°16′46″W / 37.39750°N 121.27944°W / 37.39750; -121.27944Coordinates: 37°23′51″N 121°16′46″W / 37.39750°N 121.27944°W / 37.39750; -121.27944
Country United States
State California
 • Total5.113 sq mi (13.244 km2)
 • Land5.113 sq mi (13.243 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.001 km2)  0.01%
Elevation1,535 ft (468 m)
 • Total826
 • Density160/sq mi (62/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)209
GNIS feature ID2582995
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Diablo Grande, California

Diablo Grande is a census-designated place (CDP) in Stanislaus County, California.[2] It is a gated bedroom community nestled in the Diablo Range, whence it gets its name. Diablo Grande sits at an elevation of 1,535 feet (468 m).[2] It is about 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Patterson. The 2010 United States census reported Diablo Grande's population was 826. The 2018 estimated population was 1,200.


A gated community and golf resort developed by Don Panoz, in May 1990, the Patterson city council received preliminary plans for Diablo Grande.[3] The project was later approved in the fall of 1993.[4] By 1999, the Stanislaus County superior court had rejected Diablo Grande's second environmental impact report with the argument that it had failed to properly protect the surrounding environment and there was no answer to where water would come from due to the area not containing adequate on-site water.[5] In response to these claims, Diablo Grande created the Western Hills Water District to serve the community. Water transfers from former agriculture land to the community were arranged and 12,000 acres have been preserved for wildlife.[4][6]

Developer Donald Panoz envisioned Diablo Grande to consist of 5,000 to 10,000 homes, a resort hotel and spa, six golf courses, an equestrian center, vineyards, a winery and commercial properties, including a high-tech research park.[7][8][9] After investing $120 million into Diablo Grande and the financial crisis of 2007–08 occurring, the investors of the community filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 10, 2008.[6][7] There were more than $54 million in unpaid debts and 70 out of the 350 homes built faced foreclosure.[7]

In October 2008, World International LLC purchased Diablo Grande for $20 million.[10] The California Department of Health temporarily suspended new building permits in January 2009 when water tests showed Trihalomethane levels at 0.103 milligrams per liter vs. the state standard of 0.080 milligrams per liter.[11]

Diablo Grande's Legends golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen, was closed in March 2014 due to the drought in California.[12]

In May 2017, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved a revised plan for the community.[13] An additional 1,000 single-family homes could be built by reducing the number of condos and townhouses and eliminating apartments.[13] Also, instead of building homes spread along the hillsides, residential areas will be grouped together, leaving more open terrain and walking trails.[13] The revised plan brings the total number of housing units to 2,354.[13]

By the fall of 2019, it was announced that the remaining golf course at Diablo Grande would close in October.[14] It was also revealed that World International has outstanding tax bills on about half of its 340 parcels at Diablo Grande, totaling more than $6 million, and is looking for a new owner.[15]

On May 7, 2020, World International, LLC sold substantially all of its property within the Phase 1 development area of the District to Angel’s Crossing, LLC.[16]

On August 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM Pacific Time, due to the SCU Lightning Complex fires of 2020, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention issued an evacuation order of Diablo Grande.[17] The evacuation order was lifted on August 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM.[18][19][20]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 5.1 square miles (13.2 km2), 99.99% of it land and 0.01% of it water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[21]

The 2010 United States Census[22] reported that Diablo Grande had a population of 826. The population density was 161.5 people per square mile (62.4/km2). The racial makeup of Diablo Grande was 510 (61.7%) White, 77 (9.3%) African American, 3 (0.4%) Native American, 70 (8.5%) Asian, 6 (0.7%) Pacific Islander, 77 (9.3%) from other races, and 83 (10.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 254 persons (30.8%).

The census reported that 826 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 307 households, out of which 107 (34.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 192 (62.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 25 (8.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 14 (4.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 18 (5.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 6 (2.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 54 households (17.6%) were made up of individuals, and 5 (1.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69. There were 231 families (75.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.09.

The population was spread out, with 217 people (26.3%) under the age of 18, 47 people (5.7%) aged 18 to 24, 249 people (30.1%) aged 25 to 44, 249 people (30.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 64 people (7.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.1 males.

There were 422 housing units at an average density of 82.5 per square mile (31.9/km2), of which 241 (78.5%) were owner-occupied, and 66 (21.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 10.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 16.0%. 615 people (74.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 211 people (25.5%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-07-14 at WebCite
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Diablo Grande, California
  3. ^ Swift, Ron (May 15, 2015). "Patterson's Past: Diablo Grande". Golden State Newspapers. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Shigley, Paul; Sokoloff, Larry (November 1, 2006). "Planning's Good, Bad And Ugly Updated". cp-dr.com. California Planning & Development Report. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Second Diablo Grande EIR Rejected by Superior Court". cp-dr.com. California Planning & Development Report. August 1, 1999. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Moran, Tim (March 28, 2008). "Diablo Grande working on finances". Modesto Bee. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Hollis, Robert (July 20, 2008). "Diablo Grande project has a devil of a time". SFGate. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Carlson, Ken (February 28, 2008). "Low bids might sink Diablo Grande resort sale". Modesto Bee. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Moran, Tim (October 23, 2006). "Entrepreneur Donald Panoz Soon to Add Hotel and Spa to DiabloGrande, a Planned Resort Community Near Patterson, California / October2006". hotel-online.com. The Modesto Bee. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Carlson, Ken (November 13, 2014). "Diablo Grande developer buys additional parcels, reshaping vision for community". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Diablo Grande shows split personality: New owner talks to residents but hasn't contacted county". The Modesto Bee. January 3, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Stapley, Garth (March 21, 2014). "Diablo Grande's Legends golf course falls victim to the drought". modbee. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d Carlson, Ken (May 18, 2017). "Diablo Grande's amended plan calls for 1,000 additional single-family homes Read more here: https://www.modbee.com/news/article151421052.html#storylink=cpy". Modesto Bee. Retrieved March 27, 2020. External link in |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Diablo Grande course closure announced". The West Side Index & Gustine Press-Standard. October 3, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Carlson, Ken (September 24, 2019). "Diablo Grande's golf course to close next month. Will the resort change hands?". Modesto Bee. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  16. ^ https://emma.msrb.org/SS1380547-SS1074930-SS1482212.pdf
  17. ^ @CAL_FIRE (August 19, 2020). "#SCULightningComplex, For Immediate Release, Evacuation Order for Stanislaus County" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ @calfireSCU (August 20, 2020). "=#SCULightningComplex, Evacuation Warning, Stanislaus County" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ "Diablo Grande mandatory evacuation order lifted". Patterson Irrigator. August 20, 2020.
  20. ^ "Canyon wildfire puts Diablo residents on evacuation notice". The West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. August 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  22. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Diablo Grande CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.