4S Ranch, California
4S Ranch from Black Mountain summit
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4S Ranch is an affluent, master planned community and is an Unincorporated community of San Diego County, California. It is located about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego and 13 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in the North County Inland area of San Diego. 4S Ranch encompasses 2,900 acres and 4,700 homes clustered around a traditional town center. Additionally, it includes multiple schools in the highly acclaimed Poway Unified School District, numerous parks, and miles of walking/hiking/bike trails within 1,600 acres of protected open space. Development began in 1987 that was primarily a business park. Housing development began in the early 2000s and completed in 2014. To the east of 4S Ranch is the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo. To the west is the Santa Fe Valley that includes Rancho Santa Fe. Lake Hodges forms the northern border of the community while Black Mountain Ranch that includes Del Sur and Santaluz, and Rancho Peñasquitos to the south. The ZIP Code is 92127 and the community is inside area code 858.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Retail
- 4 Transportation
- 5 Community events
- 6 Parks and Recreation
- 7 Schools
- 8 Law Enforcement and Fire Protection
- 9 4S Ranch Community Organizations
- 10 4S Ranch County Library
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The origin of the name 4S Ranch is not specifically known. The first recorded owner of Rancho San Bernardo, as the area in which 4S Ranch is currently located and originally part of 4 separate sitios or square leagues, was acquired by an Englishman named Joseph Snook (who later became a Mexican citizen and changed his name to Jose Francisco Snook) in 1842 and 1845. Many now believe the "S" in 4S Ranch stands for "Snook". The "4" may stand for "4 Snooks", after Snook and his three brothers or the 4 sitios or leagues granted to Snook. Contrary to myth, Snook and his wife never had any children. After his death, Snook's heirs sold the property to James McCoy for $4,020.
The property changed hands several times over the next 100 years. In 1938, the property was sold to the Albert G. Ralphs of the Ralphs family, owners of the southern California grocery chain. In the early 1980s, the Ralphs family agreed to develop the southern portion of their property (what is now the 4S Ranch master planned community by Newland Communities) and retain the northern 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) as a family retreat which had been operated as a working ranch for 50 years. In the 1980s the third generation of the Ralphs family was granted stewardship of 4S Ranch. Albert's grandson and granddaughter Bob Ralphs and Linda Ralphs spearheaded the family's efforts to develop the property since 1979. They received approval in 1984 from the county to develop 634 acres of the property, with the rest set aside for development at least until after 1992. A portion of 4S Ranch was within a Williamson Act Agricultural Preserve until the contract expired at the end of 1992. The development plans began in general for a $100-million first phase of development at 4S Ranch business park component that totaled 180 acres, enough for about 3 million square feet of research and light-industrial space.
The land of 4S Ranch pre-development consisted of a variety of landforms ranging from nearly flat-lying mesas and gently rolling hills to rugged, steeply sloping hillside terrain. The 1,600 acres of open space exceeded the mitigation requirement by 1,100 acres and loss of 3.8 acres of wetland habitat is mitigated by creation of 9 acres of high quality wetland habitat.
4S Ranch Village Center opened in 2003 at the corner of Dove Canyon and Camino Del Norte encompassing 31,000 square feet. The center was expanded to 67,000 square feet in 2011. The center is home to the only gas station in 4S Ranch. Opening in 2006 and at the heart of 4S Ranch is a traditional town center totaling approximately 265,000 square feet with 40-50 tenants, 4S Commons. The town center is anchored by a 52,000 square foot Ralph's grocery store.
880 4S Ranch Express Provides service to Sorrento Valley/UTC During peak commute times via MTS. The premium express service is a commuter service with limited stops by premium coach buses with service to Sorrento Valley and University Town Center transit center. Developer fees from 4S Ranch helped fund this route and brings a long-term transit plan to the I-15 corridor. In 2013 the 880 and all bus service to the 4s Ranch area has been cancelled. Service to Sorrento Valley has been replaced by route 270 out of the Rancho Bernardo transit center. The station is a 30 minute walk or a 15 minute bike ride however these options aren't popular with the locals of the car centric community.  Camino del Norte and Rancho Bernardo Road provide the primary access for the community, and lead east to Interstate 15. Other major roads providing access to 4S Ranch are Carmel Valley Road and Camino del Sur, which both lead to the South and West and lead to California State Route 56 and Interstate 5. Cimarron Crest Drive, which parallels 4S Ranch Parkway, is noted for the house numbers in Google Earth being an entire block offset from reality.
- Fall Festival includes merchants with food, rides and games
- Annual Easter Egg Hunt
- Thank You Run/Walk 5K/10K Thanksgiving Day
- Summer Movie Nights
- 4S Ranch Fourth of July Carnival and Street Faire Activities
- 4S Ranch Fourth of July Fireworks Fireworks at Del Norte High School
- 4S Ranch Pumpkin Festival
- Concerts in the Park
Parks and Recreation
There are several county parks including
- 4S Ranch Sports Park
- Heritage Park
- 4S Ranch Community Park
- Patriot Park
- Liberty Park
- Homestead Park
4S Ranch is served by numerous schools within the highly acclaimed Poway Unified School District that opened beginning in 2004 when Stone Ranch Elementary opened and culminated with the opening of Design 39 Campus in August 2014.
Law Enforcement and Fire Protection
4S Ranch is served by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department with a substation located at 10282 Rancho Bernardo Road. Fire protection is provided by Rancho Santa Fe Fire District Station No. 2 located at 16930 Four Gee Road Station No. 2.
4S Ranch Community Organizations
- 4S Ranch Youth Football & Cheer
- 4S Ranch Little League Baseball
- Boys & Girls Club 4S Ranch Basketball, Volleyball, Community Pool, Camps
- 4S Ranch Soccer
- Arsenal FC San Diego
- 4S Ranch Girls Softball
The 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation, a proud affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in 4S Ranch~Del Sur.
4S Ranch County Library
4S Ranch county library Opened to the public on April 26, 2007, the 4S Ranch Library is located in 4S Commons Center and serves as a community hub, focused on their large population of children and teens that flood the branch on a daily basis.The 4S Ranch branch is 7,214 square feet and has a fluctuating collection size of around 28,000 items.
- San Diego Historical Society article about Joseph Snook
- San Diego Union Tribune Article about Joseph Snook and the 4S Ranch name
- LA Times article from 1989 on the 4S Ranch business park development
- Sab Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting minutes November 4, 1998
- MTS route schedule September 4, 2011
- Pomerado News.com article March 25, 2009
- Main thoroughfares===
- 4S Community Parks
- San Diego County Sheriff Substation
- RSFFPD Station No. 2