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4S Ranch Real Estate

4S Ranch

4S Ranch is a locale of San Diego County and is located in the North County Inland area of San Diego. 4S Ranch is built on 2,900 acres and includes a total of 4,715 homes clustered around the town center 4S Commons. Ideally located West of Interstate 15 and East of Rancho Santa Fe, the community is perfectly situated to all areas of San Diego County.

Captain John Snook is the first European to own the land that is now 4S Ranch. Because he became a Mexican citizen after immigrating to California and converting to Catholicism, he was able to receive the Mexican land grant that gave him the 17,000-acre Rancho San Bernardo in 1842. The land remained under his wife’s ownership after his death and was divided and sold upon her death in 1860. The land that is now 4S Ranch eventually came into the hands of the Albert Ralphs family (of the Ralphs grocery chain) in 1938, at which time the land was developed for agricultural use.

It was not until the 1970s that plans for a master-planned community began to take form, and approval to develop the first 634 acres of the community were approved in 1984. Housing development began in the early 2000s.

The different neighborhoods within 4S Ranch feature architectural designs that include California Craftsman, Cottage, Mission, and Ranch Style homes.


4S Ranch is located just west of the 1-15 and just minutes from State Route 56 and I-5. Residents are a short car ride away from Downtown San Diego or the beautiful coastline. Some bus routes and park-and-ride systems are also located in the area to provide some public transportation.


4S Ranch boasts many beautiful parks and 10 miles of scenic trails that surround 1,600 acres of permanently protected wildlife habitats. These parks include public play spaces as well as amenities for the local sports leagues. 4S Ranch is also home to multiple shopping centers including the 4S Commons, Del Sur Town Center that includes Target, Burger Lounge, Starbucks, and Chick Fil-A, among other great restaurants and retailers


4S Ranch lies within the Poway Unified School District. Three elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school are zoned for students living in 4S Ranch to be assigned to. There are also Private school options just minutes away, including Maranatha Christian School, Horizon Christian School, and Cathedral Catholic High School

Poway Unified School District

Elementary: Stone Ranch Elementary, Monterey Ridge Elementary, Design 39 Campus

Middle School: Oak Valley Middle School, Design 39

High School: Del Norte High School