Better Know a Neighborhood – Scripps Ranch "Aspire and Encore"

Built in the 1996-97 by Cornerstone Communities, Aspire and Encore take on a unique design best described as a “cluster” concept, with groupings of 2-story Mediterranean style, single-family detached homes built around and sharing common motor courts. Also unique (at least at that time point in time) is the “detached condominium” concept. These are also commonly called “patio” homes. In a condominium, the owner has individual title to the inside space of his unit and enjoys an undivided interest in the ownership of the common elements (land including common areas), which are owned jointly with other owners. Each home has its own patio and/or yard area which, although owned in common, is an “exclusive use area” maintained by the individual owner.

Aspire includes four floor plans (all square footage is approximate):

  • Plan 1 – 2 BR / 2.5 BA / 965 sq. ft.
  • Plan 2 – 3 BR / 2.5 BA / 1,090 sq. ft.
  • Plan 3 – 3BR / 2.5 BA, / 1,160 sq. ft.
  • Plan 4 – 3-4 BR / 2.5 BA / 1,320 -1,440 sq. ft. (4th BR or loft was a builder option)

Encore also includes four floor plans, each somewhat larger than Aspire:

  • Plan 1 – 3BR / 2.5 BA / 1,115 sq. ft.
  • Plan 2 – 3BR / 2.5BA / 1,225 sq. ft.
  • Plan 3 – 3BR or 4BR / 3BA / 1,320-1,485 sq. ft. (this plan includes a builder option for a 4th BR downstairs)
  • Plan 4 – 4BR / 2.5BA / 1,625 sq. ft.

The cluster concept has been well accepted by the market as these two developments have been and remain enormously popular with a combination of owners, including first time and move up buyers, as well as investors. Some of these homes also have fabulous views. There are three small parks which include play stations/equipment for children strategically located within the project. Buyers should note that the second space in some of the 2-car garages is actually a “compact” size (very compact), but there are an adequate number of additional parking spaces for residents and guests well located throughout the project.

Ideally located in the master planned Scripps Ranch Villages, Aspire and Encore are adjacent to a community park (with basketball and sand volleyball courts, as well as picnic tables) and little league baseball fields. A full service community retail center anchored by a Vons, CVS, and with many convenient retail services and restaurants is also very close by. There is even a path from Encore that leads to the baseball fields and to Dingeman Elementary School.

For 2006, there were 24 closed escrows in Aspire and Encore with sale prices ranging from $430,000 – $615,000. You can find listing and sales activity, updated weekly, here. Homeowners fees are approximately $85.00 per month and there is a Mello Roos assessment in both Encore and Aspire. Aspire/Encore is within the boundaries of the San Diego Unified School District. As of this writing, children attend Dingeman Elementary School, Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School. Of course, those interested in schools should always contact the school district directly for definitive assignments, as boundaries and assignments are subject to change (and they do).

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