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RANCHO SANTA FE
California, U.S.A.
AN EXCLUSIVE COUNTRY GETAWAY
Welcome to Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Situated in San Diego County, Rancho Santa Fe is a census-designated place with around 3,117 residents. Locally known as The Ranch or Rancho, the area is according to Forbes magazine home to the 14th most expensive ZIP code in the United States. The median income is around $189,000, and the median home sale price is approximately $2,585,000. The census-designated place of Rancho Santa Fe is mainly residential, containing just a few shopping blocks, a middle and elementary school, numerous restaurants and single-family residential areas placed on 1-3 acre parcels. CNN Money reported that Rancho Santa Fe rated No.1 among US ZIP codes with the highest percentage (96%) of million-dollar homes. The area was originally an 1841 Mexican land grant named Rancho San Dieguito, donated from Governor Pio Pico of Alta California to Juan Maria Osuna, the first mayor of Pueblo of San Diego. When the Santa Fe Railway purchased the land grant in 1906, the new owners formed the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company to develop a planned community of country estates. A village was planned with roads and properties, and the new community was renamed Rancho Santa Fe in 1922. The architectural vision was to create unity between buildings and their surroundings in a simplistic blend of picturesque romantic charm, according the Lilian Rice, an employee at the firm that designed Rancho Santa Fe. Today, her architectural influence can be seen throughout the community. The original community is known as the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe, which is now a historic designated place. The communities near the Covenant are Rancho Santa Fe Groves, the exclusive Del Mar Country Club, Cielo, Santa Fe Hills, The Crosby, The Lakes above Rancho Santa Fe, Stonebridge and the Morgan Run golf course community. Rancho Santa Fe's history includes the Fairbanks Ranch, which used to be known as Rancho Zorro in the old days. Actor Douglas Fairbanks and his wife, actress Mary Pickford was the owner of it back then, and today Rancho Zorro is a gated community. Another celebrity who contributed to the area's popularity was Bing Crosby, who bought the Osuna Ranch here in 1936. Back then he invited all of his Hollywood socialite friends to enjoy his peaceful country oasis and to play the Rancho Santa Fe golf course. He began holding golf tournaments, in which several large Hollywood celebrities participated. The tournaments drew great crowds, and Rancho Santa Fe became a desirable destination.
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