Explore one of the most timeless, picturesque, and elite rural communities in the country.
San Diego is home to more than a few incredible locales, but Rancho Santa Fe may be the most time-honored community in the county. RSF is both a State Historic Landmark and the oldest active planned community in California, founded way back in 1927. The local “Rancho Santa Fe Association” acts as the collective steward of that nearly 100-year legacy, fostering a luxurious, vibrant, and fulfilling lifestyle through community events and organizations, cohesive design and architecture, and more. When you join the Rancho Santa Fe community, you’re becoming a member of a historic neighborhood with roots dating back to the earliest years of San Diego.
As mentioned above, Rancho Santa Fe is one of the oldest communities in San Diego and, as such, houses several historic institutions spanning decades. Some include the legendary RSF Golf Club, which opened in 1929 and is the original site of Bing Crosby’s famous “Crosby Clambake,” the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, the Library Guild, the Garden Club, the Art Guild, and Rotary Club.
Each of these institutions has a storied past, many stretching back nearly 100 years! This is especially true in the case of the Garden Club, which was founded in 1926. The Garden Club is dedicated to both leisure gardening and charitable horticulture, supporting a variety of conservation projects both in Rancho Santa Fe and the Greater San Diego County area. In short, life in the community is intimate and familiar. When you become a part of this historic neighborhood, you’ll be joining a legacy that dates back to the earliest days of our great city.
Depending on where you make your home in RSF, you’ll have access to a variety of trails, parks, and beaches. For example, The Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe is home to a private trail network spanning over 60 miles, from the San Dieguito Reservoir in the northeast to the canyons along El Camino Real in the southwest. The Covenant also includes access to the Arroyo, 68 acres of pristine open space nestled along the winding San Dieguito River, with a trail network that can be used for hiking and horseback riding. The Arroyo is home to many ecosystems, including wetlands, non-native grasslands, and eucalyptus woodlands. Covenant members can also camp for free in the Arroyo, and take advantage of the stocked fishing pond! The nearby Osuna Ranch, a 25-acre property placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, features an adobe estate first built in 1831 and is open daily for RSF Association members.
There are several public parks and beaches nearby, including the 125-acre San Dieguito County Park, which has hiking trails, ten fitness stations, five playgrounds, a baseball field, a basketball court, and picnic areas. The 2,300-acre Black Mountain Open Space Park is only a short drive away. It is a wilderness haven in the center of San Diego, awash with chaparral and sage-covered hills, ridges, and canyons, including the 1,500-foot Black Mountain! A few other outdoor destinations popular with RSF residents include San Elijo Lagoon, one of San Diego's largest wetlands, Torrey Pines State Reserve, only 9 miles away with its breathtaking cliffside beach hikes, and Solana Beach, 5 miles away with its natural tide pools and surf breaks. These are just a few nearby places outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy since RSF is perfectly located to experience just about every beach and outdoor destination San Diego has to offer!
Just like everything else in the Rancho Santa Fe community, the cuisine here is well-regarded and time-honored. Some of the oldest and finest dining in San Diego County is situated right in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. One of the most popular destinations is Italian mainstay Nick & G’s, where diners “experience the flavors of Italy, presented with a modern California twist.” Two more well-reviewed favorites are The Pony Room, inside the world-famous Rancho Valencia resort, and Mille Fleurs, the classic French restaurant which hosts an award-winning pianist each weekend. Mille Fleurs has won numerous awards, including “Top 25 Restaurants in America” by Food and Wine and “Best Restaurant in San Diego” by The New York Times. Village favorites are Caffe Positano, which features top-notch coffee craft-roasted by the proprietor, and Thyme in The Ranch, which serves breakfast, lunch, and fresh artisan cakes, pies, and sweet bread.
Third Bloom Florals & Gifts voted Best Florist three years in a row by both Rancho and Coast magazine and the Rancho Santa Fe Review is a timeless classic. Nearby Floral Palette is also a full-service floral shop and features a curated luxury gift collection for women, men, children, and babies. On weekends, you can’t do better than one of the local farmer's markets, whether you’re shopping for unique, handmade gifts, tasting finely-crafted local cuisine, or picking up some fresh produce for your fridge and pantry. A few of the most well-known include the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, the nearby Solana Beach Farmers Market, and the family-owned Chino Farm. These destinations attract visitors from all across San Diego on the weekends, but when you make your home in RSF, they’re right in your backyard!
Rancho Santa Fe is home to several renowned academic institutions, both public and private, religious and secular. Among them is the R. Roger Rowe School, one of Rancho Santa Fe's public elementary and middle schools. This school is rated 10/10 by greatschools.org and has helped draw many new families to the area.
RSF's public high schools include Canyon Crest Academy, which was rated 10/10 by greatschools.org and ranked #17 in California by USNews in 2022. Torrey Pines High School is rated 9/10 and was formerly ranked as a Top 100 School in the United States by Newsweek and is also both a three-time National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School. Well-known private academies in RSF include the Rhoades School, the Nativity School, and Diegueño Country School.
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