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4S Ranch

Community Overview

Located in North County San Diego, west of Ranch Peñasquitos and Rancho Bernardo, is the new community of 4S Ranch.

Built on 2,900 acres, this new master-planned community gives the feeling of those family-friendly neighborhoods of the past. Surrounding the homes of 4S Ranch are neighborhood schools, a variety of parks, and miles of walking trails.

The 265,000-square-foot town center of 4S Ranch, aptly named 4S Commons, offers a wide variety of grocery and retail stores.

The History of 4S Ranch

4S Ranch sits on land once part of Rancho San Bernardo. This ranch was owned by an English sea captain named Joseph Snook. Snook sailed to California in 1830, converted to Catholicism, and became a Mexican citizen. After becoming a Catholic and Mexican citizen, Snook was eligible for a Mexican land grant.

In 1842, he received Rancho San Bernardo, encompassing over 17,000 acres. He used the land as a cattle ranch. A few years later Rancho San Bernardo became site of the Battle of San Pasqual. Upon his death in 1848, Snook divided the land among his relatives.

Type of Housing

4S Ranch showcases 4,715 homes clustered around a traditional town center when completely finished. Architectural designs include California Craftsman, Cottage, Mission, and Ranch style homes.

Designed to suit everyone’s needs 4S Ranch presents a variety of housing choices.

Included within the area is a community-wide fiber-optic network, 4S Connect, allowing every homeowner to connect to broadband Internet.


4S Ranch is conveniently located just west of I-15 next to Rancho Bernardo. Just minutes away Highway 78 and State Route 56, traveling to anywhere in the County is a snap. Residents are a short car ride away from Downtown San Diego or the beautiful coastline.

Bus routes and park-and-ride systems provide public transportation opportunities for those wanting to travel to other parts of San Diego without having to drive themselves. 4S Ranch is also unique in the miles of scenic walking trails available for those on foot or bicycle.


4S Ranch features two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. These include Stone Ranch Elementary, Monterey Ridge Elementary, Oak Valley Middle School and Del Norte High School.

All of these schools are included in the prestigious Poway Unified School District.

All middle and high schools in this district have received state ranks of 10 out of 10.

A brand new library, the 4S branch of the San Diego County Library, is now open and includes a host of after school activities and homework resources.


4S Ranch contains a 53-acre area of restaurants, various shops, and professional services. Accessible if you are biking, walking, or driving 4S Ranch will be a community for everyone to enjoy.

A 25-acre community park makes Little League and soccer available, as well as lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, and a Boys and Girls Club.

The community also offers 10 miles of scenic trails in the permanently protected wildlife habitat. In fact 1,600 acres of 4S Ranch have already been designated as a permanent wildlife habitat.

4S Ranch is also located moments away from the world-famous San Diego Wild Animal Park where people of all ages can enjoy the splendors of nature.