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Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Spotlight


In This Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Spotlight, we’ll cover everything you need to know…

If you’re looking for your dream home to buy in San Diego, you will want to consider buying property or a home for sale in the historic planned community of Rancho Santa Fe.

Known locally as “The Ranch,” Rancho Santa Fe is a census-designated community just four to six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego County, California. Taking up an area of 6.8 square miles, this unincorporated bedroom community in San Diego is one of the highest income communities in the United States with a population of at least 1,000.

The beautiful homes in Rancho Santa Fe are settled along the picturesque roadways that wind through the town. Residents enjoy use of the RSF golf club with an 18-hole course, a tennis facility, riding club, garden club, community center, art & library guild and 50 miles of horse trails.

Residents pick up their mail daily at the post office and gather in The Village, the focal point of activity in Rancho Santa Fe. The town centerpiece is “The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe”, designed by Lilian Rice, and situated on a grassy knoll at the western end of the main street.



Approximate population in Rancho Santa Fe is around 3,000.

Rancho Santa Fe is primarily residential with single-family residences situated on 1-3 acre parcels. It also includes a few shopping blocks as well as a middle and elementary school, and several restaurants.

The area was originally named Rancho San Dieguito when it was acquired under a land grant from Mexican governor Pio Pico.

For a time the land was planned for use as a forest to grow eucalyptus trees for railroad ties. After this didn’t work out, a village plan was adopted and roads and properties were planned.

Master architects skilled in Spanish and Mediterranean design styles developed the master plan for Rancho Santa Fe, situated on 6,200 acres carved from the original Rancho San Dieguito.

Homes in Rancho Santa Fe were constructed with fantastic views of the mountains, oceans, and valleys. A nonprofit, the Rancho Santa Fe Association, was formed in 1927 to ensure the “preservation, maintenance, development, and improvement of property” in accordance with the wishes of property owners and in conformance with the general community plan.

One famous resident of Rancho Santa Fe was Douglas Fairbanks. His ranch, known as Rancho Zorro, included 1200 acres, stables, two lakes and miles of trails.

This city is a high-end located in rural North San Diego County. It has a somewhat small population of 3,117 people.

What about the cost of living? The median household income is $113,132 and the median home value is $3M.

One of the highest ranked communities in the area is The Covenant.  On average, homes in the area have 4 bedrooms and 4 baths at an average of $2.5M. The hidden oasis is tucked into the rolling hills of the countryside, untouched by chaotic city life.


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Top Things To Do In Rancho Santa Fe


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Rancho Sante Fe offers a wide variety of activities!

For those that like to maintain an active lifestyle, Rancho Valencia Resort is home to 18 championship tennis courts. Rancho Valencia has been rated as Southern California’s No. 1 tennis resort by Tennis Magazine consistently since 2008.

If you are seeking a more leisurely way to get outdoors, we recommend Thyme in the Ranch. The country chic atmosphere paired with freshly baked goods and steaming coffee is the perfect way to spend a slow morning.

No weekend getaway to the city is complete without a visit to The Inn’s Luxury Spa. Here you can select a variety of treatments guaranteed to leave you feeling physically and mentally well. They offer a wide selection of treatments including massages, facials, as well as nail restoration. For the regular spa-goer, the Luxury Spa also offers a Spa Membership.

Rancho Santa Fe is home to one of California’s oldest adobe made homes. The house dates all the way back to the 1830’s. Osuna Ranch offers a historic glimpse into the bygone ranch like lifestyle including the Kumeyaay era, the Mexican Rancho period, the Mexican American War and the Railroad era through today. The nearly 200-year-old adobe sits on a 27-acre property which was purchased by the Rancho Santa Fe Association in 2006 for preservation and includes a working equestrian facility along with the adobe structure.

The natural setting includes wildlife and plants that have flourished in the area for hundreds of years. The plants are a lesson themselves in indigenous, drought-tolerant varieties that thrive in this natural environment.

The ranch is still used for boarding of horses, with grazing available in the grassy pastures on the site. Operated by the Rancho Santa Fe Association, most horses are in training or under the care of Hap Hansen’s Stables. Two areas are available and residents have access to the many miles of horse trails in the Covenant.


Best Restaurants in Rancho Santa Fe


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Mille Fleurs – Try this restaurant for the perfect date night and experience the true fine dining. Take in the ambiance of the courtyard dining and choose from a long list of award-winning French cuisine options. It’s the best French restaurant in San Diego. The service is impeccable and the food is outstanding. It’s definitely a jewel.

If a grandeur dining experience is something you’re after, then you won’t have to look long or hard. Three of the favorite spots residents and visitors enjoy are the Pacific Coast Grill, Morada, and The Pony Room.

Each place represents the class and prestige of Rancho Santa Fe as a whole. Pacific Coast Grill provides a front row seat to watch the waves roll in as you enjoy the fresh catch of the day. Morada resides in the famous Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and captures the historic beauty of the city. The restaurant makes it a point to highlight the carefree elegance of the California ranch lifestyle.

Lastly, the Pony Room wants you to know it’s more than just a gorgeous bar. They offer fresh American cuisine, keeping it simple while lavishing their customers with quality at the same time. If you’re looking for a great place to just grab a classy drink and talk with friends, then The Huntsman is the place to be also located at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.


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See Active Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Listings:

  1. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,829 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Days on market: 5
  2. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,170 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 7
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,097 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 29
  4. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,375 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 66
  5. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,389 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 71

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(all data current as of 3/23/2018)

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Schools in Rancho Santa Fe


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Roger Rowe Middle School has been ranked the top performing middle school in San Diego County and the 10th best school in the state. Rest assured, the quality and dedication to excellence shown throughout the community reflects the school system as well. Children can attend Rancho Santa Fe elementary, and the public middle schools. Another option to consider is the many private school options available.

The Horizon School, Nativity School, and the Diegueno Country School are only a few. Students in the higher grades attend the Encinitas Schools located nearby.


Demographic Information


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A wide range of people calls Rancho Santa Fe home. The population density is 411 per sq mi which is 77% higher than the California average and 354% higher than the national average. The median age in Rancho Santa Fe is 49 which is approximately 35% higher than the California average of 36.

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Rancho Santa Fe Climate

  • The highest monthly average temperature for August is 70 degrees
  • The lowest monthly average temperature for January is 55 degrees
  • The most precipitation occurs in January with 2.3 inches


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Rancho Santa Fe Crime Statistics


  • The overall crime rate is 83% lower than the national average
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 1.29 crimes – that is incredibly low!
  • Rancho Santa Fe is safer than 88% of the cities in the entire nation
  • In Rancho Santa Fe there is a 1 in 213 chance of becoming a victim of any crime
  • The number of crimes in Rancho Santa Fe has decreased by 2% each year
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