Welcome to Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Santa Fe (Spanish: santa-holy, fe-faith) (known locally as “Rancho” is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California and an unincorporated bedroom community of San Diego County. The population was 3,252 at the 2000 census. At $245,631, it is one of the highest income communities in the United States with at least 1,000 households. The CDP is primarily residential with one shopping avenue as well as several private schools, and single family residential areas situated on uncommonly large lots.
Rancho Santa Fe has many strict architectural design codes as can be exemplified by several attempts from local residents to improve upon or build new residences. Forbes reported Rancho Santa Fe as having the third most expensive ZIP code in the United States, and most expensive in California, with a median home sale price of $2,585,000. Some homes in ZIP code 92067 but not within the CDP are valued at more than the median home-value within the Master Planned Community that makes up the official CDP, and many people who live within the 92067 ZIP code cite their community as Rancho Santa Fe even though they do not live within the strict boundaries of the Master Planned Community. The United States Postal Service (USPS) refers to all homes in the 92067 and 92091 ZIP codes, as well as many of the communities in the 92127 ZIP code, as “Rancho Santa Fe”.
In 1841, Rancho San Dieguito, as it was originally named, was an Mexican land grant of 8,824 acres (35.71 km2) from Governor Pío Pico of Alta California to Juan Maria Osuna, the first alcalde (mayor) of the Pueblo of San Diego.
In 1906, the Santa Fe Railway, a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, purchased the entire land grant from the Osuna family descendants to plant a Blue gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) tree plantation for railroad ties, though eucalyptus wood proved too soft to hold railroad spikes. The railroad then formed the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company to develop a planned community of country estates.
In 1917 and 1918, the Santa Fe Land & Improvement Company, under the supervision of its president W.E. Hodges, constructed a dam designed by John S. Eastwood to capture the waters of the San Dieguito River to form Lake Hodges reservoir, which would provide water for the new community. A plan was adopted, roads were laid out, and properties were plotted. The 6,200 acres developed from the original Rancho San Dieguito land grant was renamed “Rancho Santa Fe” in 1922.
In 1921, Lilian Rice, working under the architectural firm of Requa and Jackson, was chosen to develop the community’s master plan. Rice worked through to 1927, designing, supervising, and constructing the village center, as well as several homes.
In 1923, the Santa Fe Land Company constructed a guest house called “La Morada” to house potential land purchasers. It was renamed in 1941, as “The Inn”, when it was purchased by a private owner.
From 1937 to 1947, Bing Crosby hosted a golf tournament known as the “Bing Crosby Clambake” at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club. Crosby’s golf tournaments, which included Hollywood celebrities matched against professionals, drew great crowds to the area. After 1947, the tournament was moved to Monterey Peninsula, just outside San Francisco.
In 1989, “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe was registered as California Historical Landmark #982 for its status as a historic planned community.
Schools located within the Rancho Santa Fe School District:
- R. Roger Rowe Rancho Santa Fe School – Public elementary and middle school serving grades K through 8
- Diegueno Country School – Private Elementary School serving Kindergarten through Sixth grade
- Horizon Preparatory – Private school
- Nativity Elementary School – Catholic School
- Sacred Heart Nativity School – Catholic School
In Rancho Santa Fe near gated community of Fairbanks Ranch (Solana Beach School District)
- Solana Santa Fe Elementary School – Public elementary school serving grades K through 6
Rancho Santa Fe is located within the San Dieguito Union High School District which includes the schools:
- Torrey Pines High School
- Canyon Crest Academy
- La Costa Canyon High School
- Earl Warren Middle School
- Carmel Valley Middle School
- Sunset Academy
- Oak Crest Middle School
- North Coast Alternative High School
- Diegueno Middle School
Refers to the original planned community of Rancho Santa Fe.
Rancho Santa Fe Groves
A gated community on the northeast border of the Covenant set in an Orange grove.
A gated community east of the Covenant and bordered by Del Dios Highway.
A community of 31 homes located directly East of the Covenant and West of Del Sur.
A gated community east of the Covenant and bordered by Del Dios Highway.
A golf course community surrounded by the Morgan Run Golf Course in the southern portion of Rancho Santa Fe.
The Crosby, Hacienda Santa Fe, The Summit, Del Rayo, The Bridges, Rancho La Cima, The River Estates.
Rancho Santa Fe Neighborhoods
More than 1,900 home sites, Numerous homeowners associations exist within the Rancho Santa Fe 92067 zip code, but the oldest is the Rancho Santa Fe Protective Covenant, governed by the Rancho Santa Fe Association. People who buy homes in the Covenant, which was formed in 1928, agree to comply with the architectural requirements of the Protective Covenant and other governing documents. The Covenant was created, in part, to protect the aesthetics of the community. The RSF Association’s Art Jury enforces these requirements. Covenant homes are located within the Rancho Santa Fe School District.
More than 250 home sites. This east Rancho Santa Fe residential community features a championship golf course, which holds the annual Battle of the Bridges golf tournament every year. The Bridges features a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse at the center of the community. The majority of the homes in this gated community are located in the Rancho Santa Fe School District, although a few are in the Encinitas Union School District. All homes at The Bridges are located within the San Dieguito Union High School District.
More than 520 home sites. Cielo is a gated residential development located on a high peak in east Rancho Santa Fe. The community sits on 1,740 acres. Some of the homes are located in the Rancho Santa Fe School District; others are in the Escondido School District.
More than 440 home sites. A gated community, The Crosby features The Crosby National Golf Course. Students in The Crosby attend schools in the Solana Beach School District and the San Dieguito Union High School District.
Hacienda Santa Fe
More than 130 home sites. Situated on the eastern side of the Covenant, Hacienda is located in the Solana Beach School District and San Dieguito Union High School District.
More than 600 home sites. Fairbanks Ranch, located in Rancho Santa Fe just south of the San Dieguito River Valley, is a gated community with more than 75 acres of park-like properties and amenities, including a lake with a clubhouse on its shore, a 9-hole putting green, five tennis courts, and a park. The area was named after initial developer and landowner Douglas Fairbanks, an early film star. Fairbanks Ranch is located in the Solana Beach School District and San Dieguito Union High School District.
Del Mar Country Club
More than 100 home sites. Del Mar Country Club is a gated community in the southwest area of Rancho Santa Fe. The community features a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse and an 18-hole Joseph Lee golf course, a junior Olympic-size swimming pool, and six tennis courts. The Del Mar Country Club is located in the Solana Beach School District and San Dieguito Union High School District.
About 210 homes and 344 condos. Whispering Palms is located in the western part of Rancho Santa Fe, a few miles east of the I-5 freeway. The community is built around the private Morgan Run Resort and Club, which offers tennis, golf and restaurant amenities. Whispering Palms is located in the Solana Beach School District and San Dieguito Union High School District.
More than 140 home sites. Located in the southwest Rancho Santa Fe area, Rancho Pacifica is a gated community. Almost half of its 400 acres have been dedicated to open space. Rancho Pacifica is located near the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Del Mar Polo fields, the Pacific Ocean and Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley. Rancho Pacifica is located in the Solana Beach School District and San Dieguito Union High School District.
Numerous other homeowners associations/communities:
A number of other, smaller Covenant and non-Covenant homeowners associations/communities exist in the Rancho Santa Fe area, including: Las Villas, Rancho Del Lago, Rancho Del Rio, Rancho La Cima, South Pointe Farms, Stonebridge, Summit, Del Rayo Downs, Del Rayo Estates, Montecito, Rancho Diegueno, Rancho Farms Estates, Rancho Santa Fe Farms, Rancho Santa Fe Lakes, Rancho Santa Fe Meadows and Rancho Valencia.
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