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4S Ranch in San Diego

The first time I drove through 4S Ranch I new I had found something remarkable. 2,900 acres of beauty. This beautiful community is minutes from Hi Tech Giants such as Sony, HP, SAIC, just to name a few. 4S Ranch is located next to another amazing area in San Diego, Rancho Bernardo or RB as it is known in San Diego. 4S Ranch can be accessed from the 15 Freeway between Rancho Bernardo and Carmel Mountain Ranch. Just West of 4S is Del Sur, Santa Luz, Rancho Santa Fe, and Carmel Valley. From 4S Ranch it takes 15 minutes to get to Torrey Pines State Beach with minimal or no Freeway Driving. There are 3 completed public schools in 4S Ranch which consist of two Elementary Schools and one Junior High School and 4th public school Del Norte High School opening the Fall of 2009. Within a 10 minute drive there are multiple private schools such as Maranatha and Cathedral Catholic High School. There is also a Sheriffs station and Fire station located on the West end of the Ranch.

You will find a Boys and Girls club, many parks, hiking trails,Baseball, Soccer, Football, and Softball fields and a Library in 4S Ranch. There are homes, town houses, and condos of all sizes. There are also very high end apartments that are set up like a resort. The Home prices range from $300,000 to well over a million. The towncenter is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch or Dinner. A favorite place of San Diego Padre Pitcher Jake Peavy is Chilis restaurant. He has been seen eating with his family. My favorite restaurant is the Italian and Wine Bar The Villa Capri.

The history behind 4S Ranch began with the Native American inhabitants. Appropriately 4S Ranch has historically been an important place for families to gather, commerce to grow, and nature to thrive. Up until the 1990s you could still see cattle roaming the 4S Ranch landscape. 4S Ranch was originally homesteaded in 1842 by Joseph Snook, a British sea captain. in 1938 the property was purchased by Albert Ralphs, head of the Los Angeles based grocery store chain. The San Diego Union Tribune ran an article sometime back explaining the Ralphs family connection with 4S Ranch and how the ancestors of Albert were actively involved with the help and design of many of the homes and communities within 4S Ranch. There is still some farm land that produces lettuce and strawberries.

Chris Scioscia


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