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Rancho Santa Fe

Monday, January 29, 2018   /   by Sean Zanganeh

Rancho Santa Fe

Community Info

The 3,000-person community of Rancho Santa Fe is one of the most popular communities to serve the greater San Diego area. With a median income of almost a quarter of a million dollars, Rancho Santa Fe is also one of the highest income communities in the U.S.

Known for its upscale feel, comfortable environment, and beautiful properties, Rancho Santa Fe holds strict design standards that limit development and how the community is maintained. Very few homes are actually visible from the road and most of the streets outside of the downtown area feature spectacular landscaping. A recent Forbes Magazine report ranked Rancho Santa Fe as being part of the third most expensive zip codes in the nation.

Find Your Rancho Santa Fe Community

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Welcome to The Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 1700

Rancho Santa FE Covenant was first Rancho San Dieguito, a land grant made in 1845 by Mexican governor Pio Pico of Juan Maria Osuana, colorful settler, caballero, and original mayor of the pueblo of San Diego. Cattle raising was probably the main activity on Osuana’s lush acreage abundant in fertile pasture land. The original adobe dwellings still stand preserved and restored, continuously occupied since Osuna built them almost a century and a half ago.

Sold by Osuana heirs in 1906 to the Santa Fe Land Company, a subsidiary of the Santa Fe Railway, the San Dieguito land grant became a site of an unusual experiment. Eucalyptus seeds obtained from Australia were propagated at the company’s rancho headquarters, Juan Osuana’s original house. Within 3 years, about 3,000 eucalyptus seedlings had been planted to provide wood for railroad ties.

The experiment was abandoned when it was found that the eucalyptus wood was unsuitable for the purpose. The rapidly growing forest, consisting of several varieties of the graceful, aromatic shade tree, was left to develop and increase, no longer threatened by the woodman’s blade.

A new project, sponsored again by the Rancho Santa Fe Land Improvement Company, was initiated in 1922. Its purpose was the opening of new orchard acreagem, to increase freight shipments for the Santa Fe Railway. Over time, Rancho Santa Fe has become the home of country estate and one of the ten wealthiest communities in the nation.

The RSF Protective Covenant was created in 1928 to preserve the character of the community and rare landscape features, as well as uphold the quality of all future architecture and improvements. It covers approximately 1,460 households just six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Home prices range from $1 milion to $22 million. The Covenant is governed by the Rancho Santa Fe Association which also oversees the RSF Golf Club, a 6800 yard, 72 par, 18 hole course, and RSF Tennis facility.

Designed by famous San Diego Architect, Lillan Rice, the town centerpiece is the graceful, “Inn at Rancho Santa Fe” , situated on a grassy knoll at the western end of main street. Restaurants and small shops line the quaint downtown, and 21 miles of horse trails weave throughout the rolling hills. There is also a GolcourseTennis Club, Riding Club, Garden ClubArt Guild and a Community Center. See also this link for additional RSF Association info and the RSF Historical Society. Beautiful residences are set back from the picturesque roadways which around the small vilage center. Most lots are at least 2 acres. Schools include Rancho Santa Fe Elementary and Middle School, as well as a choice of Torrey Pines High School and San Dieguito Academy.

Source: First American Title

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Welcome to Fairbanks Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 620

Just 5 miles east of I-5, lying in the original map of Rancho San Dieguito, there is a community of exclusive estates called Fairbanks Ranch. The personal discovery in the early 1900’s of Theodore Reed, movie director for the legendary screen idol, Douglas Fairbanks, Reed suggested that Fairbanks purchase this property for investment purposes. In 1924, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks bought 800 acres and named it “Rancho Zorro” or “Fox Ranch”, after one of his many films. Fairbanks built a dam to capture the water from the Lusardi Creek draining into the San Dieguito River, planted over 300 acres of Valencia oranges, and hired Willima Samrd, a full time manager to oversee the property. Wallace Neff designed their dream home, which was to be a country retreat. In 1936, before they broke ground, he and Mary Pickford were divorced. Because Fairbanks second wife, Lady Slyvia Ashley felt the property was too isolated, Fairbanks came much less often to visit his onetime country playground. The property was maintained as a grove until the 1950’s when it was sold.

Having changed hands several times, it was 1977 when Ray Watt, a Santa Monica developer, inspired by the exclusive ambience of Rancho Santa Fe, purchased the property to develop an elite community of estate sites called Fairbanks Ranch. Watt subdivided the 1240 acres and started sales in 1981. The amenities of this guard-gated neighborhood include a lakeside club house, tennis courts, 40 acres of open space, 3 miles of fenced horse trails, a 17 acre equestian center with a 27 stall barn, two lakes, miles of walking trails, a fitness course, and several shaded picnic spots. The original pump house that was built in the 20’s has been restored and is used as the community library.

Featured on “Life-styles of the Rich and Famous”, the custom-built residences of Fairbanks Ranch occupy 620 well manicured estate sites, ranging from 1/2 acre to 10 acres. Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Del Mar Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe Country Club, Rancho Valencia Resort, several polo fields, and equestrian facilities are nearby.

Fairbanks Ranch residents attend the following public schools: Solana Santa Fe Elementary, Earl Warren Middle School, and either Torrey Pines High School or San Dieguito High Academy. There are several prestigious private schools in the neighborhood as well

Source: First American Title

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Welcome to The Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 250 to 284

An exclusive enclave, THE BRIDGES was designed and constructed to preserve the natural beauty of its 540 acres. Theh heart and soul of this residential community is centered around a championship golf course. The Bridges Course is among the most recent triumphs of the renowned Robert Trent Jones II Group. The Bridges’ par 71 course boasts five sets of tees, playing almost 7,000 yards from the tips. At the center of the community, reminiscent of a centuries old Tuscan Village, the 35,000 square foot Bridges Clubhouse is a recent winner of the prestigious Gold Nugget Award for Best Design. A state-of the art swim and fitness center offers club members the finest in health and recreation facilities.

The Bridges offers a well-balance community for all ages and varying home opportunities. There are a variety of purchase opportunities still available. Custom homesites range from $2.4M to $3.3M and recently built homes range from $1.8M to $8.9M. The majority of the community lies within the Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School District, with a small section being located in the Encinitas Union Elementary School District. The entire community is located in the San Dieguito Union High School District.

HOA Fees are currently $205/mth. There are no mello roos fees but there are two special assessment fees: Groves Special Assessment Fee: $193.50 and Villas Special Benefit District $141.

Source: First American Title

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Welcome to The Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 108

The local point of this 266 acre community is a 50,000 sq. ft. clubhouse offering an 16 hole, 6950 yard, Joseph Lee Golf Couse, six tennis courts and a junio Olympic-sized swimming pool. The custom homesites range in size from one-half acre to more than three acres. Each site offers its own unique views–of the golf course, clubhouse, the open hills and back country, the ocean or the community below. The architectural review committee has approved Mediterranean, Traditional, and Country Fench home designs. There is a guard at the gate 24 hours a day. Students attend Solana Santa Fe Elemenatary, Earl Warren Middle School and Torrey Pines High School or San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to the Del Rayo Downs in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 65

Developed in 1987 by Gene Klein and Gus Gardner, the patio homes in gated Del Rayo Downs are smaller, ranging from 2,300 to 4,300 sq. ft. Especially appealing to retired people and empty nesters, this community is adjacent to the Del Rayo Plaza and features beautifully valley views. Besides sweeping vistas of hourse pastures and golf courses, the Mediterranean-style neighborhood includes two tennnis courts, a clubhouse, pool, and cabana. School districts: Solana Santa Fe Elementary, Earl Warren Middle, Torrey Pines High School or San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to the Del Rayo Estates in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 23

Originally developed by Gene Klein, these large estates, with fabulous views, range from 8,000 to 17,000 sq. ft. and 2 to 12 acres. A number of them were built under the direction of private investor Georg Lingenbrink. Most homes are gated with larger acreage and stunning views. School districts are Solana Beach Elementary and San Dieguito Union High School District.


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Welcome to Montecito in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 16

One of the three “Villages of RSF”, Montecito, a gated community, was constructed in 1984, the same time as the Olympic Equestrian Endurance event at the nearby Fairbanks Ranch Golf Course. Builder Ray Watt and architect Buzzard-Henning designed these smaller Spanish Mediterranean homes for singles and retired couples. The three floor plans range from 2,200 -3,000 sq ft. There are monthly homeowner’s association dues which pay for a community pool and exercise facility. School disctricts are Solana Beach Elementary and San Dieguito Union High School District.


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Welcome to Rancho Diegueno in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 238

Rancho Diegueno is a more rural section of Rancho Santa Fe with both gated and non-gated sections. They are: Santa Fe Vista, Santa Fe Sur, San Diegueno Hills, Circo Diegueno, Stonefield Estates, and Rancho Santa Fe Acres. Also included in this section are the homes on Winland Hills Drive. School districts are Solana Beach and San Dieguito Union.


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Welcome to Rancho Santa Fe Farms in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 95

Rancho Santa Fe Farms is built around the Rancho Santa Fe Farms Golf Course, designed by Pete Dye and currently being redesigned by Tom Lehman. This 127 acre, 6960 yard 18 hole course is one of the most exclusive championship country clubs, attracting prestigious members who require privacy. There is a $9.2 milion clubhouse within this gated community attended by a 24 hours guard. Schools include Solana Santa Fe Elementary, Earl Warren Middle, Torrey Pines High School and San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to Rancho Glens in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 33

Rancho Glens is a gated community at the southern end of Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road. Students have the choice of attending either Carmel Del Mar Elementary School or Ashley Falls Elementary School (Del Mar Union School District). Rancho Glens is within the San Dieguito Union School District, attending Carmel Valley Middle School and Torrey Pines High School or San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to Rancho Santa Fe Lakes in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 39

The Lakes is a gated, family oriented with many homes are still owned by the original owners. School districts are Solana Santa Fe Elementary and San Dieguito Union High School District.


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Welcome to Rancho Santa Fe Meadows in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 15

A gated community on Via De Santa Fe south of El Apajo, these homes range in size from 2,300-11,000 sq. ft and are Within walking distance to the Fairbanks Plaza; residents attend Solana Santa Fe, Earl Warren Middle, Torrey Pines High and San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 30

This development is part of the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, which has been named among the top 10 U.S. resorts by “Zagat Survey” and “Tennis Magazine”. In addition to its highly respected restaurant, the resort’s 65 acres include 43 luxury guest casitas and 18 championship tennis courts. Vacant lots include Solana Santa Fe Elementary. Earl Warren Middle, Torrey Pines High and/or San Dieguito High Academy.

Source: First American Title

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Welcome to Senterra in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 162

This gated community is the largest of the three “Villages of RSF,” built by Ray Watt and designed by architect Ross Sutherland. The other two villages were intended for singles and retired couples, so these Spanish Mediterranean residences were built for families: 2,370-3,520 sq. ft. with a family room and at least 4 bedrooms in every home. Construction began in 1986 on different sections, each having its own pool/spa area; the lower section is the elite series. School districts are Solana Beach Elementary and San Dieguito Union High School.


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Welcome to Spyglass in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 15

Spyglass is accessed through the Rancho Santa Fe Farms guarded gate. These large estate homes range from 11,000-14,000 sq.ft. Schools include Solana Santa FE Elementary, Earl Warren Middle School, Torrey Pines High School & San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to Statford in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 87

This gated community is unique because all the English Tudor/Country French homes are single-story. Ray Watt, builder of Fairbanks Ranch and the other two “Village of RSF,” began building these homes in 1984. The original architect, Robert Bowlus, used five floor plans ranging from 2,600-3,300 sq. ft. Particulary appealing to singles, couples and retired persons. There is an exercise room, pool and spa maintained with monthly homeowners association dues. School Disctricts are Solana Beach Elementary and San Dieguito Union High School District.


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Welcome to The Tuscan Estates in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 9

This newly developed, gated community with authentic Tuscan architecture is located between Fairbanks Ranch and the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. Built by Ji Syvester, each estate home is situated on two to five acres of usable land. Homes range in size from 10,000 to over 22,000 square feet. This community is within walking distance of Solana Santa Fe Elementary, Fairbanks Country Day private school, Horizons Christian School and Nativity Catholic School. It is within the Earl Warren Middle School, Torrey PInes High School and San Dieguito Academy.


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Welcome to Whispering Palms in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 554

Built around the private Morgan Run Resort and Club, which features golf, tennis, and restaurant facilities, Whispering Palms has approximately 344 condos and 210 homes. Part of the original 8,824 acre land grant to Don Jan Osuan, Whispering Palms was developed in the early 1960’s by developer Richard Cavanaugh. Within the Solana Beach School Distrcit, students have the option of attending Solana Santa Fe or Skyline/Solana Vista Elementary schools, as well as Earl Warren Middle School and either Torrey Pines High School or San Dieguito Academy. The only gated section in Whispering Palms is Alcala, a condominimum complex.


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Welcome to The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe

Homesites: 421

The Community

The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe is a gated golfcourse community includes 722 acres, 70 villas, 281 semi-custom homes and 70 custom homesites. The 18-hole par 70 championship private golf course was designed by Fred couples and Schmidt-Curley Design and offers dramatic sweeping panoramic views & elevation changes. There is also a 30,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, as well as a 8500 sq. ft. Swim and Athletic Club and Tennis Club. There are 190 acres of permanent open space. This community is also a shelter in place community.

Custom lot prices range from $795K to $1.3M. Home Prices range from $1M to $3M. HOA is approx $490. Property Taxes and Mello Roos combined is approx 1.5%-1.6% Architecture is inspired by the late Lillian Rice and the Spanish Revival style. The Crosby has two gate accesses: from Del Dios Hwy main gate just a few minutes outside the village of Rancho Santa Fe and the back gate off Camino Del Sur minutes to Hwy 15, 5, and 56.


Students in this area would attend schools in the Solana Beach School District and San Dieguito Union High School DistrictTorrey Pines High * Earl Warren Middle * Solana Santa Fe Elementary

Extensive Trail System

The trail system that runs along the main bridge, San Dieguito River along the golfcourse to the 9th hole is part of the Coast to Crest Trail by the San Dieguito River Park.


Threaded throughout the Crosby are several private parks, walking trails and lake parks. More than 190 acres is allocated as permanent open space.

Crosby Club Private Membership

Crosby Golf Club is a private membership and does not come automatically with home ownership.

Golf Membership

Golf Membership is: Resident Golf Membership $115K initial fee(if you live within inside the gates) and Charter Golf Membership $140K(living outside the gates), National Golf Membership $85K and Corporate $300,000. At full capacity the club will consist of 390 golf members and 300 sports members. Monthly dues are currently $800/mth and include all golf cart fees, balls, all facilities, lockers, shoe shine, no dining minimum. The Golf Club will eventually be an equity club and owned by its members.

Sports Membership

Includes everything but golf. $25K initial membership and approx $300/mth dues.

Crosby Women’s Golf Site:

The Crosby women’s group is a very active group and host many guest days, tournaments…all sorts of fun. See their site designed by Carolann Designs

Contact: Call the golf shop 858.759.6300 to sent up an appt to see the club. The 8500 sf Swim & Tennis Club includes tennis courts, workout rooms, day lockers, snack bar Junior-Olympic pool, Jacuzzi, massage treatment rooms.

Source: First American Title

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