The 3,000-person bedroom community of Rancho Santa Fe is one of the most popular communities to serve the greater San Diego area. With a median income of almost a quarter of a million dollars, Rancho Santa Fe is also one of the highest income communities in the United States. Known for its upscale feel, comfortable environment, and beautiful properties, Rancho Santa Fe upholds a strict design restriction that limits how land can be developed and how the community as a whole is maintained. Very few homes are actually visible from the road and most of the streets outside of the downtown area feature landscaping. A recent Forbes Magazine report ranked Rancho Santa Fe as being part of the third most expensive zip code in the nation.
Some of the local communities that make up Rancho Santa Fe include The Covenant, Horsemans Valley, Rancho Cielo, The Crosby, Morgan Run, Fairbanks Ranch, Hacienda Santa Fe, The Summit, Del Rayo, The Bridges, Rancho La Cima, and The River Estates. The community is lucky to be served by its very own school district, the Rancho Santa Fe School District. The district operates the R. Roger Rowe Rancho Santa Fe School, the area’s K-8 offering. However, high school students must drive to nearby Solana Beach to attend school.
Although Rancho Santa Fe is not located directly on the water, many of its residents own ships and other oceangoing crafts that are based in the beautiful San Elijo Lagoon and San Elijo Lagoon County Park. Both facilities are actually in Solana Beach but are just a few minutes from the center of Rancho Santa Fe. One of the community’s main thoroughfares, Lomas Santa Fe Drive, passes directly from Rancho Santa Fe to Solana Beach, the lagoon, and also links up to the I-5 interstate that heads both north and south.
Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course is the largest of its type in the region and takes up a considerable amount of area in the community. Rancho Santa Fe Farm Golf Club and Morgan Run Resort and Club are two of the area’s other popular links. The San Dieguito Reservoir just north of Rancho Santa Fe is a beautiful sight and popular stomping ground for naturalists.