From a picturesque town square to quality schools, lush parklands and an abundance of nature trails, all elements of the Del Sur master-planned community will lay the foundation for a unique hometown lifestyle.
Reminiscent of the earliest days of 20th century America, Del Sur will offer and old-fashioned neighborly atmosphere, providing numerous opportunities for residents to interact and develop a sense of community.
Del Sur will bring together residential neighborhoods and the services, recreational amenities and social activities people want close at hand, while embracing the heritage of San Diego's older residential neighborhoods, like Mission Hills and Rancho Santa Fe. Fashioned in the style of a traditional small town or European village, Del Sur will foster an environment that centers on social relationships within the community by providing events and public places for residents to connect.
From the beginning, developers and designers of the 1,800-acre community have envisioned a family-friendly environment that encourages folks to come out of their homes, talk with neighbors and participate in community gatherings and activities. One of the keys to achieving this goal is the community's overall land-use plan. The emphasis is on the pedestrian rather than the automobile. Local residents are encouraged to leave their cars in the garage and walk or bicycle to nearby shops, schools, parks and places of employment.
Central to this community design theme is Del Sur's Town Square, which is planned to connect via paseos, trails or walkways to the surrounding neighborhoods and is destined to become the physical as well as spiritual heart and soul of the community. Envisioned as a convenient place where residents gather for a community celebration, meet up with friends at the coffee shop or run quick errands to the planned grocery, professional services, specialty shops and boutiques, the Town Square is expected to become the center for community life, farmer's markets, jazz concerts, pancake breakfasts or fall harvest and spring garden shows. It will also become a trailhead for the 18 miles of trails that wind through Del Sur and the 4,677 acres of Black Mountain Ranch.
This integrated system of hiking, biking and rough terrain trails is ideal for exercising with family members and fitness-minded friends and neighbors, as well as observing wildlife and viewing the beauty of the surrounding land. The trails that roam throughout Del Sur also link with the San Dieguito River Park and Black Mountain Regional Park.
There are plans to include a park in each neighborhood now being developed as Del Sur's first phase. These spacious green spots for sports and socializing will include picnic areas, playgrounds and swimming pools. A unique feature - such as a small stone step amphitheater - also will enhance each neighborhood and establish identity.
Aside from these neighborhood parks, a public park is planned for Del Sur adjacent to a proposed elementary school site. This park is planned to have open lawn areas, play structures, athletic fields, restroom facilities and parking.