One of California's Oldest Planned Communities Is Also One of Its Finest, Most Celebrated Places to Call Home.
Just 30 minutes north of San Diego and fewer than 15 to the Pacific Ocean sits one of California's most esteemed residential communities: Rancho Santa Fe. A magnet for the San Diego elite, Rancho Santa Fe offers a bucolic, tucked-away lifestyle for those who prefer an exquisite, highly refined lifestyle.
But Rancho Santa Fe offers far more than just luxury living in a rural atmosphere. From its homes to its outdoor pursuits to its outstanding schools, it's one of the state's most sought-after communities. Here are four reasons people love living in Rancho Santa Fe.
1. Pinnacle of Residential Luxury Living
Although it's one of the state's first major planned communities—the original Covenant development dates to the late 1920s—this isn't your every day, zero-lot-line neighborhood. Rancho Santa Fe encompasses nearly 7,000 acres. The average lot size is two acres. Homes range from million-dollar condos to grand estates upwards of $20 million. Top-rated schools are nearby, and many houses are architectural gems, offering modern conveniences wrapped in timeless luxury.
2. Architectural Aplomb
Speaking of architecture, spend but a few minutes navigating Rancho Santa Fe's winding roads and quaint village streets, and you'll appreciate its unique, artful aesthetic. The marriage of stylishly crafted homes in tune with their stunning natural surroundings is prevalent throughout the area.
The community owes its Spanish Colonial Revival style to architect Lilian Rice, who, in addition to designing The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, developed over 60 of the neighborhood's homes and buildings. Many of them are on the National Register of Historic Places.
3. Your Lifestyle, Your Choice
Considering the setting, it comes as no surprise that Rancho Santa Fe is home to a bevy of outdoor pursuits. Golf is the most revered pastime, with seven championship courses less than a five-minute drive from the town center. The most esteemed of these is the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club—Bing Crosby's historic former stomping grounds.
Rancho Santa Fe also boasts a tennis club and three highly-respected equestrian clubs—The Riding Club, Rancho Riding Club, and Fairbanks Riding Club. Residents fortunate enough to call the ultra-exclusive Covenant home are privy to over 50 miles of hiking and equestrian trails and over 60 acres of open space.
4. Far Away, Yet So Close
When you own a home in Rancho Santa Fe, it's easy to lose yourself in the community's idyllic setting. It doesn't just feel remote—it is remote. It’s a world away from the bustle of the big city. Its inland, North County location, and gently rolling topography insulate it from San Diego County's more populous burgs. Yet, you're not at all far from what makes Southern California a coveted place to lay down roots.
Of course, San Diego is a 30-minute drive away. Head north, and you'll reach Carlsbad and Oceanside in 20 minutes. As for the coastal hotspots of Solana Beach, Torrey Pines, and Del Mar, all are a short, 15-minute jaunt from your Rancho Santa Fe home.
Whether you're considering a permanent residence or seeking a second home, few places offer the lifestyle and livability of Rancho Santa Fe. Contact Sherry Shriver
today and allow her to be your guide to Rancho Santa Fe and North County coastal real estate. She offers exceptional luxury representation and a passion for ensuring her clients find the home of their dreams.