Rancho Santa Fe CA Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe area and Community Information

Rancho Santa Fe, California, is a prestigious community that lies just to the east of I-5 in San Diego County. Pacific Ocean lies a few miles to the west, and downtown San Diego is only about 22 miles to the south. This community is just east of Del Mar and Solana Beach. 


Rancho Santa Fe was originally called Rancho San Dieguito and it was given 'pueblo" status by Spain because of the population of its native people. Later in 1840-1841, Governor Juan B Alvarado gave Mayor Juan Osuna a provisional land grant. Then in 1845, Governor Pio Pico awarded Osuna full title to the Rancho San Dieguito area, which comprised of 8,8224 acres. 

In 1906, the Santa Fe Railway purchased the entire land grant to plant a Blue gum eucalyptus tree plantation for use as railroad ties, but the wood proved too soft to hold railroad spikes. The railroad then formed the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company to develop a planned community of country estates, and 6,200 acres developed from the original Rancho San Dieguito land grant were renamed "Rancho Santa Fe" in 1922.

From 1937 to 1947, Bing Crosby hosted a golf tournament known as the "Bing Crosby Clambake" at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club. Crosby's golf tournaments, which included Hollywood celebrities matched against professionals, drew great crowds to the area to help gain it's popularity. After 1947, the tournament was moved to Monterey Peninsula.

In 1989, "The Covenant" of Rancho Santa Fe was registered as California Historical Landmark #982 for its status as a historic planned community.

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Rancho Santa Fe is serviced by the following school districts:

The public library in Rancho Santa Fe is open to all California residents and is a branch of the San Diego County Library system.

Parks, RecreationAttractions and Activities

Rancho Santa Fe residents that visit the nearby Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve can quickly forget the hustle and bustle of daily urban life. Over eight miles of hiking trails meander around the majestic Torrey pine trees and the ubiquitous chaparral plants. This preserved area encompasses over 2,000 acres, and strict policies regarding food, drink and pets help to maintain the pristine nature of the surroundings. The beautiful beach of Del Mar is just about 6 miles west of Rancho Santa Fe. 

One of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, the U.S. Open, has been held in the past at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, a 36-hole municipal layout with an international reputation. Set high atop bluffs overlooking the beaches down below, Torrey Pines also hosts a PGA Tour event early in the year. Avid golfers with Rancho Santa Fe real estate will enjoy easy access to this true championship test. The South Course's popularity is due in part to its U.S. Open history. Rancho Santa Fe also has many of its own golf courses; Del Mar Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe country club, Fairbanks Country Club, Morgan Run, and the Farms. Most of these golf courses have homes surrounding the course.    


The San Diego County Fair at the nearby Del Mar fairgrounds is held every year in early July. Carnival rides, live bands, varied cuisine and other features attract over 1.5 million attendees each year. Family Funville focuses attention on the younger visitors. A carefully selected array of youth-oriented games and activities add to the popularity of the fair for families. Displays of classic cars and muscle cars contribute both color and nostalgia. 

The prospective Rancho Santa Fe home buyer will find a variety among the homes for sale in Rancho Santa Fe, ranging from luxurious custom homes with large acreage lots to smaller homes and ones within gated developments. Some spacious estates will feature more than 10,000 sq-ft of living space. This upscale Rancho Santa Fe CA real estate will usually be priced at $2.5 million or more, and one can usually find listings priced over $20 million. However, there are plenty of homes priced less than $2 million as well. 

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