One of Our Finest Planned Communities
This world-renowned model community is nestled in a lush valley flanked by rocky hills about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. Though it's a part of the city of San Diego, it is governed by a community council that represents it at San Diego city functions. Rancho Bernardo was one of Southern California's first planned communities, and construction began in the 1960s. Construction followed a master plan that has density, style, and other requirements. These are incorporated into Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions that are strictly enforced. The result? The pretty community is one of the county's most desirable suburbs.
Rancho Bernardo is a very popular address for families. Children attend schools operated by the Poway Unified School District, one of the best in the state. In addition, because the community was developed sectionally, each Rancho Bernardo area includes a community center that provides control, health, educational, and recreational services. The community centers offer such facilities as tennis courts, pools, saunas, playgrounds, and playfields. There are organized groups such as Pop Warner football and scouting. One Rancho Bernardo leader credits the community centers with creating the "chemistry" that develops among residents.
The community is also home of the Rancho Bernardo Inn, a nationally known resort and convention facility, and to "The Trails," a wonderfully wooded neighborhood that features multi-million-dollar homes, many with spectacular views.
While master-planned 4S Ranch has a different Zip code than Rancho Bernardo, it is considered part of the greater Rancho Bernardo community and is sometimes called Rancho Bernardo West, because it is west of Interstate 15, not east of that freeway, as is traditional Rancho Bernardo.
Under the auspices of Newland Communities, several different builders created the community's gated enclaves. 4S Ranch has become a favorite among San Diego County homebuying families because it was built to be within an easy drive or walk from stores, shops, excellent schools (Poway Unified School District), parks, pools, a gym, and trails. It's in a coveted location with Rancho Santa Fe to the north and Santaluz to the west.
4S Ranch is one of only five communities in San Diego designed and built according to strict "fire safe" construction standards. These standards resulted in not a single home being lost or even damaged in any of these communities during the October 2007 fires that affected much of Southern California and burned more than 2,000 homes elsewhere throughout Southern California. The "Shelter in Place" construction concept of these communities was tested and passed through the fires without any damage.
Story by Jacqueline Shannon
Photography by Latara Dragoo