Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate
Rancho Santa Fe is the second-highest income community in the United States. Located inland in North County, San Diego, and centered around the intersection of Linea del Cielo and Via de Santa Fe, the area is an unincorporated community of over 3,500 residents. Luxury homes, vast estates, horse properties, as well as a village with restaurants, boutiques, small stores, and offices, give Rancho Santa Fe an ambience of wealth and privilege that is unique even to San Diego. Forbes magazine listed Rancho Santa Fe’s zipcode of 92091 as the second most expensive in the US in 2006.
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Originally part of Rancho San Dieguito during the Mexican era, belonging to the first mayor of San Diego, Juan Marron, the land was sold to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company in 1906. The railroad planted extensive eucalyptus trees throughout the area in an attempt to supply wood for railroad crossties. The soft eucalyptus wood proved not to be of use, however. The completion of the Lake Hodges dam in 1917 brought a steady supply of water to the area and construction of the village began in 1922. During the 1920s, Rancho Santa Fe became a resort town popularized by movie actors such as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and later, Bing Crosby.
The central area of Rancho Santa Fe, known as The Covenant, was planned and designed by architect Lillian Rice, who created the library, elementary school, and civic center, which still stand, as well as the only hotel in the area, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Covenant is bordered on the north by Escondido Creek, on the south by the San Dieguito River, on the east by Camino del Norte, and on the west by El Camino Real. The minimum lot size in the Covenant is two-and-a-half acres and restrictions on landscaping and architectural design, mostly in the Spanish Mission Style, ensures that the area retains its ambience of wealth, prestige, and old California.
Other areas within Rancho Santa Fe are Horseman’s Valley, next to San Dieguito Park, Rancho Cielo, near Escondido Fairbanks Ranch, Hacienda, Santa Fe, The Summit, Del Rayo, Morgan Run, The Bridges, The River Estates, and the Crosby Estates.
There is an active equestrian community with over 45 miles of riding trails maintained by the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club. Some of the finest horse trainers in the country live here and the area was the site for equestrian events during the 1984 Olympics. Polo is also a favorite sport played in Rancho Santa Fe.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District maintains Rowe Elementary and Rowe Middle School, two of the best schools in San Diego, with a high endowment and a concentration on personal education. Students go outside the area for high school.
Rancho Santa Fe is one of the premier places to live in the United States and as a community has a deep commitment to maintaining a high standard of living. It’s gorgeous location in North County, San Diego, with trails, backcountry views, and easy access to shopping and the beaches makes it one of the most desired areas anywhere in which to live.