In the late 1980's, many people considered Scripps Ranch to be located at the remote reaches of the city. Urban sprawl has since resulted in Scripps seemingly moving on the map, becoming known as centrally located within San Diego County. Located an approximate 15 to 20 minute drive from beaches, downtown, and major employment and activity centers, this bedroom community is a popular destination for home buyers.
One of the main attractions is the abundance of Eucalyptus trees, and folk lore has it that these trees were planted by Chauncy I. Jerabek, the gardener of E.W. Scripps, as a monument to free enterprise, suspecting that the wood would make fabulous railroad ties.
Scripps Ranch (see map) is located north of Miramar Marine Corp Air Station (formerly the Naval Air Station of Top Gun fame) and east of Interstate 15. San Diego is known for its rolling terrain with many canyons affording homeowners views; Scripps is no exception. Locals tend to separate Scripps into three general, geographic areas: South of Pomerado Road (which is, get this, located south of Pomerado Road), old or "classic" Scripps (which is generally located north of Pomerado Road and south of Spring Canyon Road), and the "Villages" to the north. The homes in the Villages were the newcomers to Scripps Ranch. While designated in the City of San Diego General Plan as a distinct community, Miramar Ranch North, for planning purposes, this area was developed under the marketing name of Scripps Ranch Villages beginning in the 1990's and soon was considered a part of Scripps Ranch, as the area shares the zip code.
Located in the heart of Scripps Ranch is Lake Miramar, or as the City of San Diego likes to call it, Miramar Reservoir. Picnic tables, barbeques, and passive boating (fishing, row boats, paddle boats) are available, but the main attraction continues to be the five-mile trail around the lake, popular with joggers, bikers, rollerbladers and other outdoor enthusiasts. After the 9/11 attacks, the trail was closed for security reasons at the dam (the 4 mile mark), but the loop has since been reopened. Each 4th of July, Lake Miramar is the site of a 10K race and 2-mile fun run. The community boasts numerous neighborhood and community parks and a Community Recreation Center.