Better Know a Neighborhood – San Lucena


Another in our continuing series of Better Know a Neighborhood, today we are taking a look at the San Diego neighborhood of San Lucena. Nestled in the beautiful community of Scripps Ranch, San Lucena was originally built by Kauffman and Broad (KB Homes) in the mid- to late-1990’s. San Lucena and its “sister” development of La Merida are located in what is popularly referred to as Scripps Ranch Villages, and is one of the few, newer developments in Scripps Ranch to not  be subject to the Mello Roos assessment (although there does exist an active Homeowners Association with modest, associated monthly fees).


Three floor plans are offered ranging in size from just over 2500 to more than 3400 square feet. All plans are two stories and the designs have a strong Mediterranean influence. Set amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, many offer canyon or open space views.  All homes offer 3-car garages, although the Plan 1 has the third space in tandem.

The Plan 1, “Saldana”, is unique with its turret facade, and can be configured with 3 bedrooms and a loft or 4 bedrooms. The Plan 2 “Moratalla” can, depending on the particular home, offer three, four or five bedrooms, plus a bonus room. Many owners opted to convert the third-car garage to an additional room as well. The “Santa Marta”, Plan 3, is the largest and can be more than 3400 square feet in size depending on the owner’s interior customization.  With first-floor vaulted ceilings, it is not uncommon to find that sellers have added additional living space as an “upstairs” loft.

San Lucena is within the boundaries of the San Diego Unified School District. As of this writing, children attend Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School. As always, we caution those interested in schools to confirm this information with the school district, as boundaries are subject to change (and often do change).

A range of amenities are located nearby including the Scripps Ranch Community Park, which is the home of the annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair and, on this night, the Concert in the Park. The Community Recreation Center serves as an intramural venue for adults and children alike. Adjacent baseball and soccer fields, and a large playground with picnic and restroom facilities are active most any day of the week.


This past year, home sale prices in San Lucena have ranged from $800,000 to $1,037,500 and have averaged $311/square foot and 63 days on the market (according to the Sandicor MLS).

A picture is worth, well, a bunch of words, so we are trying something new today by providing a link to a short slide show. Any feedback is always welcome.

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