Rancho Santa Fe – luxury estates and resort lifestyle

Four miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Rancho Santa Fe is the most-affluent area of San Diego County. This is an area of rolling hills with luxury estates and large ranches. Many famous and wealthy people have lived here including Howard Hughes and Bing Crosby. More recent residents include Bill Gates, Janet Jackson, Jenny Craig, Phil Mickelson and singer Jewel.

Luxury home
Many homes in Rancho Santa Fe are sited on large lots with beautiful landscaping.

The median household income in this community is $245,631 - one of the highest income communities in the U.S. Forbes reported Rancho Santa Fe as having the third most expensive real estate in the United States, and the most expensive in California. In 2011 the median price of homes in Rancho Santa Fe was $1.8 million. There are a number of homes currently listed for over $10 million.

Known locally as "The Ranch," Rancho Santa Fe has a population of approximately 3,000 and is an unincorporated community of San Diego County. The area has a rural feel with winding roads, rolling hills and citrus groves. Driving along its curving roads you can see multimillion-dollar homes on large lots meticulously landscaped. You are also likely to see horses, as there are many homes with spacious equestrian areas.

view to Del Mar
Home with panoramic view toward Del Ma to the Pacific Ocean.

Rancho Santa Fe was originally part of the former Rancho San Dieguito, a 9,000-acre land grant dating to 1845. In 1906, the land was sold to the Santa Fe Railway Company. The railroad planted eucalyptus trees to make ties for their railroad tracks, but the trees produced wood too soft for ties, and that project was abandoned. By the 1920s, Rancho Santa Fe became one of California's first planned communities. The area was subdivided into ranches and large estates. In 1922 master architect, Lilian, Rice received a commission to design an entire Spanish Colonial village, perhaps not as the real ones were, but as they certainly should have been in an ideal world. In 1989, Rancho Santa Fe became a State Historic Landmark and, in 2004, a California Cultural Landmark.

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Mille Fleurs is a favorite restaurant located in "the Village."

"Rancho Santa Fe has many strict architectural design codes," said Dana Evanson who works at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society information center. Evanson explained that Rancho Santa Fe has been able to preserve much of its rural ambiance and historic architectural character due the "covenant." Under the authority of the Protective Covenant, the Rancho Santa Fe Association must approve any architectural changes in the area that encompasses nearly 6,200 acres which has been subdivided into its current inventory of about 1,930 separate parcels. All the traditionally styled Spanish, Mediterranean or ranch style homes must meet standards set by a design board that strives to ensure even 18,000 square-foot buildings blend into the landscape. The goal is to adapt to changing conditions while preserving the fundamental goals established in the 1920's.

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Luxury cars line up for service at Rancho Santa Fe VP Auto Repair.

In the historic heart of this community is the "Village" where there is a post office, a small grocery market, a senior center and number of financial institutions. For dining, there are upscale restaurants including Mille Fleurs (6009 Paseo Delicias), Dilicias (6106 Paseo Delicias), Dulce Pane E Vino (16081 San Dieguito Road), Loic (18021 Calle Ambiente), and the Restaurant at Rancho Valencia (5921 Valencia Circle). There are no nightclubs here, however Mille Fleurs features live music Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

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The Rancho Santa Fe golf club at Morgan Run features rolling greens, memorable water features and a series of picturesque holes. World-class golf facilities include excellent practice and short game areas as well as a full-service pro shop.

Rancho Santa Fe has a number of world-class golf courses: Morgan Run, The Farms Golf Club, The Crosby, Del Mar Country Club Golf Course, The Bridges and Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Located just north of the village, the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club was established in 1962 exclusively for the residents of the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. The club features ten hard courts and two clay courts.
This is the good life for those wealthy and lucky enough to live in Rancho Santa Fe. For the rest of us we can enjoy driving along its scenic winding roads, and savor the cuisine and ambiance at restaurants in the charming village.

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