Living in Del Sur & 4S Ranch

Living in Del Sur & 4S Ranch

Today on Off the 56, Courtney Solis and I are taking you along for a tour of the Del Sur and 4S Ranch neighborhoods of North County San Diego. Del Sur and 4S Ranch are full of awesome parks, eateries, shopping centers, and much more! Join us on our tour today and prepare to fall in love with yet another part of San Diego.

We begin our tour with a stop at 4S Ranch Sports Park. This 25-acre community park is located in the heart of 4S Ranch, between Stone Ranch Elementary and Oak Valley Middle School. The park is home to soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, a roller-hockey rink, playgrounds, a community pool, and so much more! If you have children, you may find yourself at this park quite a bit as organized sports are usually played every weekend at 4S Ranch Sports Park.

Next, we continue our donut theme fDrom our last neighborhood tour with a stop at Donut Touch Bakery & Café in 4S Ranch. Donut Touch is known for their soft, fluffy glazed donuts and variety of available flavors. They sure hit the spot for Courtney and I!

After a little sugar, we hit the road to Pioneer Park. This is an amazing park, however, it’s private and available only to members of the neighborhood. Which is all the more reason to consider making a move to this amazing community! Pioneer Park is the perfect place to host a birthday party, BBQ, or just spend a day enjoying the weather. Besides the gazebos, grassy hills, and play areas, one unique feature of this park is the large splash pad. It’s an awesome way for kids to cool off on a sunny San Diego day!

Next, we check out the Village Green Park in Del Sur. Del Sur is another great neighborhood with awesome amenities! In fact, there are eleven pools and fourteen parks located within this community! Del Sur was designed to accommodate many residents, as there are condominiums, apartments, duplexes, single-family homes, and even luxury estates all located within the same community. And similar to 4S Ranch, there’s lots of green spaces, walking trails, and gorgeous views of the surrounding canyons. The community also hosts summer movie nights, seasonal festivals, and more for residents to enjoy!

The last stop on our tour is the Del Sur Town Center. This shopping center is full of great places to shop and eat, with San Diego favorites such as Board & Brew, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, and Frost Gelato Shoppe just to name a few. They also have a Target! This is a great shopping center to grab a bite to eat, meet friends, or get some errands done without having to drive too far from home. If you haven’t already seen my interview with the owner of Ponce’s in Del Sur, check it out here.

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Del Sur and 4S Ranch today! We had a great time exploring this area of North County San Diego with you. If you are thinking of making a move to Del Sur, 4S Ranch, or another area of San Diego, please reach out anytime! I’d love to help you find the perfect home.

Pacific Village in Rancho Penasquitos

Pacific Village in Rancho Penasquitos

Pacific Village is a new master-planned community located in Rancho Penasquitos community in San Diego by the builder Lennar. The community will consist of 601 homes, from single-family homes as well as condos and townhomes. The Single Family homes are priced mostly in the low $800,000’s. The condos and townhomes start in the $600,000 range. The community is also set to include a swimming pool, park and BBQ area.

Pacific Village is located off of Carmel Mountain Road, at the northwest corner of Route 56 and Interstate 15, Pacific Village will feature 99 single-family homes, 105 triplex homes, 120 townhomes, and 277 apartments.

One of the biggest selling points of this community is that there won’t be any Mello-Roos which is rare for a new community here in San Diego. Unfortunately, it will come at the expense of the previous low-income housing development that was there previously and since been relocated. Lennar has promised 115 subsidized, low-rent units. Sixty of the apartments at Pacific Village will be subsidized for low-income households. The other 55 subsidized apartments will be offsite at other projects owned by the developers.

The Single Family homes will range in size from about 1,900 sqft to 2,220 sqft and lot size will be on the smaller size at about 4,000 sqft – give or take. The homes will not have driveways but will have a two-bay garage. The condos and townhomes will range in size from about 1,400sqft to 2,200 sqft.

Lennar states that the homes will have ‘Everything Included’ from the latest smart home technology to upgraded cabinets and countertops. They also say that would include Solar Panels. But the solar will be leased and not owned which can sometimes be troublesome when you go to sell the home.

If you have any questions about the community please free to reach out. For more Community news be sure to check out

Gravity Heights Opens Off the 56 in Sorrento Mesa

Gravity Heights Opens Off the 56 in Sorrento Mesa

Sorrento Mesa isn’t typically the first place that comes to mind when you think “cool beer spot” or “fun restaurant to enjoy with the whole family,” but the newly opened Gravity Heights is determined to change that. I recently dropped by to talk with General Manager Jon Broesel about the vision for Gravity Heights and of course, to sample some bites and brews.

The brainchild of Whisknladle Hospitality Inc.’s Arturo Kassel and the original Alesmith brewmaster, Skip Virgilio, Gravity Heights is a 12,000 square foot brewpub just a stone’s throw away from Qualcomm’s massive campus. Part restaurant, part bewery, and part event space, Gravity Heights is a feast for the eyes and the palette. Vibrant, California modern dining spaces flow seamlessly from outside to inside, with seating options allowing for everything from intimate conversation to casual gatherings to large celebrations.

Rather than restricting their clientele to the 21+ crowd, Gravity Heights has embraced families by filling their outdoor side yard with games and AstroTurf. As Jon Broesel explained, the vision for Gravity Heights was to create a space that families could enjoy as well. I’d say this vision has been well executed. On any given visit to the brewpub, you’re sure to find the crowd is representative of the diversity of people living in our Off the 56 community from young professionals to families to retirees.

But what really makes Gravity Heights stand out in my opinion is the quality of the food AND the beer. Like I said in the video, usually when you find a place with good beer, they don’t have good food and vice versa. But the team at Gravity Heights has really nailed it on both fronts. While I was meeting with Jon, I got to try a few of their beers and the Meat pizza. That pizza is honestly one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had in San Diego – I’m still looking for an excuse to go back and order it again! And the beers were outstanding. I particularly enjoyed the June Gloom Hazy IPA.  Though if you’re not into IPAs, they have plenty of other beers on tap including some collaborations and guest beers, hard kombucha and cider, mixed drinks, and wine. To try the menu for yourself, make plans to join them for daily happy hour from 3-6pm in the bar and beer garden!

If you’re looking for a space to host your next event or celebration, look no further. Gravity Heights is equipped to handle parties of all shapes and sizes. They also have a private mezzanine you can book that overlooks the brewery and restaurant below. In addition to having its own bar and lounge, the mezzanine also has a pool table, shuffle board, and arcade games.

Gravity Heights is open every day except for select holidays. Click here to browse their dining menu and their current drink list. They do accept dining reservations, which I highly recommend as they have been quite popular since the brewpub opened at the end of January.

Have you checked out Gravity Heights yet? If so, let me know what you thought by leaving me a comment below. And if you’ve got a business Off the 56 I should hit up next, just post it below!

Behind the Curtain of Off the 56 With Bern McGovern

Behind the Curtain of Off the 56 With Bern McGovern

When I moved to Torrey Highlands three years ago, I discovered that it was really hard to find any information about what was going on in the community. So one day I had a flash of inspiration: why couldn’t I create a place to post about all the cool things going on in the area? I started with a community Facebook page and then about a year and a half ago I started working with Ollie Patterson to do video interviews with local businesses off the 56. It has grown tremendously in such a short time, from 100 followers to almost 1500 today!

Off the 56 is about the people and the businesses that make our community great so one of the things I’ve been very conscious of is not to make this a real estate blog. But I’ve never really come out from behind the curtain before to share about my own work. Until now.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the day in the life of a Realtor. Rather than make a boring Realtor video about why you should use me if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in San Diego, I decided to stick with the same format we always do here on Off the 56: an interview with the owner or manager that takes you behind the scenes of the business to learn about what makes them different.

I also wanted to say thank you for being part of the Off the 56 community – every time you take a moment to comment, share my content, or send me a message about what business I should highlight next, you help make this community space that much better. I truly believe we live in a very special part of San Diego that is typically overlooked, so it’s my pleasure to continue to make Off the 56 an invaluable resource for you.

And (shamless plug here) if you or someone you know IS looking to buy or sell a home in San Diego, please give me a call at (858) 900-1797. I’m always here to help!

Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen Comes to Carmel Valley

Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen Comes to Carmel Valley

We’re kicking off the New Year here on Off the 56 by taking you inside one of the newest craft brew tasting rooms in the Carmel Valley area, Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen. They are located in the new Merge Carmel Valley shopping center, which is on the corner of Carmel County Road and Carmel Mountain Road. I stopped by recently and got the inside scoop from Brett Preston, the General Manager of Mason Ale Works.


Established in 2015, Mason Ale Works started as a brewery dedicated to creating truly artisan craft beer. Their research brewery is located in Oceanside at Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank while their production brewery is at Urge Gastropub & Common House in San Marcos. Their tasting room in Carmel Valley is their first satellite location. When searching for a spot for the new tasting room they felt that Carmel Valley was incredibly underserved as far as having a place like this.

The team at Mason Ale Works wanted to create a casual, family-friendly spot where families could go to enjoy a delicious meal while parents sampled some high-quality craft brews. It’s also a great casual spot to go to watch the game on TV or play foosball. They also have an outdoor patio, which makes it a great place to play some cornhole and enjoy the wonderful San Diego weather.

Mason Ale Works in Carmel Valley offers twenty beers on draft, an expansive whiskey selection including single barrel whiskey, beer for purchase, a full liquour selection, and a full food menu under The Barrel Room Carmel Valley. Their entrée menu includes things like pizza, sandwiches, and entrée salads. You can also order small bites, meat and cheese boards, and dessert. They also like to test new beer concepts and brew small batches so when you come to Mason Ale Works, you should be able to always try something new! Click here to check out their current food menu and draft list.

Brett told me their most popular beer on tap is their Jambi IPA and poured me a pint to try. I also got to sample a few of their most popular menu items from the kitchen, the Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Roasted Mushroom Pizza. Everything I tried was fantastic!

If you are a local business in the area, The Barrel Room also has the space to accommodate parties, happy hour events, business presentations, networking groups, and more. Click here to contact Mason Ale Works about hosting your next event in Carmel Valley.

Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen in Carmel Valley is open 4-9pm Monday through Thursday and 11:30am-10pm Friday and Saturday. On Sunday they are open from 11:30am-9pm.

Got a tip on a new business opening Off the 56 or know a local business that would love to be featured? Click here to contact me!

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