Rancho Santa Fe
San Diego County

Rancho Santa Fe’s property median price has reached over $2.7 Million, making it one of the wealthiest communities in the nation. Referred to as “the Ranch,” this community was founded in the ‘30s for the wealthiest of city residents. A small town resides among the estate-painted hills, with everything necessary for families to enjoy local amenities. Shops, restaurants, a resort, post office, library, community center, and two public schools help keep this town’s original size and scale.

Three Equestrian Communities     Rancho Riding Club

Rancho Santa Fe real estate is precious not only for the grand and spacious homes that cover rolling hills, but for the grounds that surround each property which are usually an acre or more; this is something very rare in San Diego. Privacy for residents is not an issue. Open fields, grazing horses and orange groves roll over the intricate lands. Homes are styled in traditional Tudor, country French and Spanish Mediterranean plans. The views are not of the ocean but to the hills facing east instead. Ocean breezes carry through the back country land.

Schools score at the top of the county and are well equipped for sports and the like. The local community group called Cap and Gown Society raises over $300,000 each year to contribute to the school’s classes and amenities, including saving music and arts programs that threatened to be cancelled. This is a very healthy open space to raise children.

Rancho Santa Fe is a highly desirous up-scale equestrian area. This unincorporated Community is located about five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, and just 20 miles north of Downtown San Diego. Rancho Santa Fe consists of some 35 identifiable communities, (of which 3 are zoned for horses with trails and stables.) These elegant communities surround the Village of Rancho Santa Fe, which is referred to as the “Covenant”, the original Rancho Santa Fe which was subdivided in the 1920's.
All other communities are of more recent vintage.

 There are winding rural roadways, rolling eucalyptus-covered hills, green pastures and citrus groves. The Community has been able to preserve so much of its rural ambiance and historic architectural character due to its unique system of governance and the steadfast commitment of Covenant residents. Under the authority of the Protective Covenant, the Rancho Santa Fe Association has successfully adapted to changing conditions while preserving the fundamental goals established in the 1920's, and will continue to maintain them for future generations.

Rancho Riding Club

The Rancho Riding Club was founded in 1946 and occupies 11 acres in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. This beautiful, private facility is located on Rambla de las Flores, south of La Granada.
The Rancho Riding Club offers large box stalls, outside corrals, three turnouts, hot water wash racks, cross ties, 6-horse free flow exerciser and three rings. In addition, Association members and their guests have access to miles of trails located throughout the Covenant. Horses are fed hay three times a day, and staff provides daily stall and ring maintenance. Priority is afforded to Association members.
Rancho Riding Club is home to Westwood at Rancho Riding Club, with Phillip Cillis and Marcy Gehrke, Marion Hadden and Caldwell Dressage Instruction and Robin Bond, Western Trainer. The entire family is invited to attend horse shows, social activities, and instructors are available to give lessons to children and adults on wonderful schooling horses in a variety of disciplines. This active riding club has wonderful assets for horse and rider!

Award-Winning Schools

Santa Fe Elementary and Middle Schools, covering grades K through 8. Communities generally to the south of the Covenant are part of the Solana Santa Fe School District with Solana Santa Fe Elementary School (K-6) and Earl Warren Junior High School. Torrey Pines High School serves students from both districts. In addition, there are fine private schools located nearby.

Based upon the statewide-administered Stanford Achievement Test - 9th Edition, as of July, 2001, all public schools in the Rancho Santa Fe area ranked very high both statewide and nationally. This high ranking of the school systems is a very important reason many homebuyers choose to reside in the Rancho Santa Fe area. A booklet providing more complete information on schools and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results is available upon request

Real Estate



Location: 2 miles southeast of Village; straddles San Dieguito Road
Size: 620 homesites
Approximate home prices: $1.4M to $6.0M
Parcel size: 0.5 - 10 acres
Schools: Solana Santa Fe
Features: Open community with manicured landscaping, winding streets, varied architectural styles and equestrian facilities including riding trails. There is also tennis, lakefront clubhouse, guarded gate

Fairbanks Ranch is an exclusive gated enclave named after Hollywood actor Douglas Fairbanks who used to live there. Amenities include a lakeside club house, tennis courts, 40 acres of open space, fenced horse trails, an equestrian center, two lakes, walking trails and picnic spots. There are a number of exclusive gated communities worthy of mention including The Bridges, Cielo, and Rancho Santa Fe Farms.

The Rancho Santa Fe Association founded in 1927 ensures the preservation of the rural character of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant area and its natural landscape of approx. 6,200 acres. The Association also operates and maintains the golf course, tennis club, playing fields, and riding and hiking trails for the benefit of its members. These are some of the luxury amenities this upscale community offers. Sidewalks and street lights are banned from residential areas.


COVENANT - Established in 1928

Location: 6,200 acres surrounding the Village
Size: Approximately 1,700 homesites
Approximate home prices: $1.2M to $40M+
Parcel size: 2 - 4 acres
Schools: Rancho Santa Fe
Features: Large parcels on wooded, winding roads; large homes generally well set back, many individually gated; varied topography; good equestrian facilities with riding trails, one horse per acre permitted on specified homesites; there strict architectural/building controls;

The Rancho Santa Fe Golf and Tennis Clubs open only to property owners;


Location: 2.5 miles northwest of Village at northwest boundary of Covenant; south of El Camino del Norte (14 parcels are within the Covenant)
Size: 52 homesites
Approximate home prices: $1.3M to $3.5M+
Parcel size: 2 - 7 acres
Schools: Olivenhain or, if within the Covenant, Rancho Santa Fe
Features: Gated; some sites with views; a portion within the covenant which is zoned for horses.

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