Rancho Santa Fe is a private and peaceful census-designated place encompassing many exclusive gated communities in North San Diego County horse country. These communities offer impeccable luxury with large estates and sprawling ranches.
Residents of Rancho Santa Fe’s prestigious communities enjoy a resort-like lifestyle with incredible golf courses and sophisticated dining. Horses are a significant part of life in Rancho Santa Fe, and many properties boast their own equestrian facilities. Each community within Rancho Santa Fe is distinct, but all offer a lifestyle like nowhere else.
Rancho Santa Fe began with the Covenant in the 1920s with stunning estates attracting Rancho Santa Fe’s highest real estate. Designed by architect Lilian Rice, this elegant community features gorgeous Spanish-style homes surrounding a charming village area with refined restaurants and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe resort. Residents of the Covenant also enjoy access to the first-class amenities of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.
The gated community of Fairbanks Ranch was developed in the 1980s. Amenities at Fairbanks Ranch include 24-hour security, a world-class equestrian center, and a 75-acre landscape of lakes and walking trails.
Del Mar Country Club offers stunning homes mostly built between 1995 and 2002. Many of these large and beautiful properties are villas that directly front the community’s golf course.
With just 41 homes, Rancho Del Lago offers incredible privacy and space. Rancho Del Lago’s estate-style properties typically range from 6,000 to 10,000 square feet in size, and the largest extends beyond four acres. Many properties here feature private pools, and some even have private tennis courts.
The Bridges features around 240 homes surrounding a gorgeous golf course designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Bridges’ custom homes and villas also overlook an enchanting landscape of rolling hills, canyons, lakes, and creeks.
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe sprawls across 21 acres of sweeping hilltop scenery in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe’s historic Covenant. This striking Spanish-style boutique resort was a crucial part of Lilian Rice’s original 1920s Covenant masterplan. Morada captures the charm of Rice’s design with an elegant dining room serving a creative menu of seasonal chef-driven coastal ranch cuisine. Morada’s exquisite meals are paired with a curated wine selection, craft cocktails, and San Diego beers. The Huntsman Lodge retains the spirit of the historic Santa Fe Hunt Club with an exceptional whiskey bar experience. This convivial whiskey bar boasts a collection of more than 160 whiskies from nine countries and 15 states.
The Covenant’s beautiful Beaux-Arts village area is located beside The Inn. Mille Fleurs is a village highlight serving unpretentious French country cooking in a charming setting featuring a piano bar, gardens, and patios. In the Fairbanks Ranch community, Dolce brings together Italian and Californian influences for a delightful menu of farm-to-table dishes. This rustic and cozy restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list alongside happy hour craft beers and cocktails. The AAA Five Diamond Rancho Valencia Resort offers five-star spa treatments, personalized yoga programs, and several restaurants serving sublime dishes prepared with herbs and produce grown onsite.
The communities that compose Rancho Santa Fe offer residents access to a range of world-class sports facilities. Membership of Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club is exclusively available to homeowners in the Covenant. The course was designed by legendary architect Max Behr in 1929 and rose to national prominence in the 1930s as the original location of the Crosby Clambake. This storied 18-hole course remains a wonderful place to play, and it’s been named of the United States’ top 100 walking courses.
Rancho Valencia Tennis Club allows members access to facilities repeatedly ranked among Tennis Magazine’s top ten tennis resorts. There are 17 pristine tennis courts, including two European red clay, 14 Plexi-pave, and three pickleball courts. Members also enjoy a complete program of tennis lessons, clinics, match arrangements, leagues, and social mixers, plus a comprehensive junior tennis program for children four and older.
The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe features a stunning 18-hole course with lush fairways nestled between citrus groves. Designed by the renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Bridges golf course is named for the seven picturesque bridges dotting its landscape of rolling foothills.
Del Mar Country Club’s first-class facilities include U.S. Open-style tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, upscale restaurants, and an 18-hole championship golf course. This Joseph Lee-designed course features a challenging and captivating layout with bubbling streams, crystal lakes, and cascading waterfalls.
Rancho Santa Fe operates its own elementary school district.
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