21 miles north of San Diego just west of the community of Rancho Bernardo is a master planned community call 4S Ranch. Only a few years old and still being built, it already has the feeling of a traditional hometown with its tree-lined streets, parks, miles of walking paths and cozy shops. 4S Ranch is a 2,900 acre community that will accommodate over 4,700 homes from modern townhomes to large estate style homes. It has great access to the 15 freeway and additional roadways are gradually being opened with access to the coast and to the 56 freeway in the south.
It seems that every week something new is going in. In the beginning of 2007 we started to see shops moving into the brand new 4S Commons Town Center. At this point there are some 45 stores, banks and restaurants all opened for business. You'll find Ralphs Fresh Fare supermarket, Jimbo's Natural Foods, Cost Plus World Market, CVS Pharmacy, Ace Hardware and many more well-known stores settling in.
Another plus for 4S Ranch is that its located within the highly acclaimed Poway Unified School district which has had a long tradition of academic excellence. Already, two elementary schools have been built in 4S Ranch along with a new library. There's even a new Boys & Girls Club featuring non-stop activities on the weekends, during the summer, and after school. 4S Ranch was planned from the start to be an ideal place to raise a family.
With miles of walking trails and 1,600 acres of protected open space and so much to do outdoors you may not spend much time indoors. But if you do, you'll be connected. The entire community has been wired with high-speed broadband Intranet to connect neighbors to neighbors.
Besides being pre-wired, homes here are also equipped with residential fire sprinklers and other design features to minimize the risk of fires, always a danger in Southern California. In fact, homes in 4S Ranch are classified by the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District as Shelters-In-Place. Typically during a wildfire, the fire department orders an evacuation of the affected areas... during the resulting rush and chaos of an evacuation, many of the fire-related deaths have occured. The Shelter-In-Place designation in 4S Ranch means that you can safely stay within your fire-resistant home during a wildfire and not have a call to evacuate during a typical wildfire.