Rancho Santa Fe is a community located in San Diego’s North County, about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego and 4 miles inland. Locally known as “the ranch”, RSF was designated a California Historic Landmark in 1989 and a California Cultural Landmark in 2004.
Rancho Santa Fe is characterized by beautiful residences on lots averaging two acres or more – set back from the picturesque roadways which wind around the town. “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe is governed by the Rancho Santa Fe Association (which also oversees the RSF golf club – a 6800 yard, par 72, 18 hole course – and RSF tennis facility.) There is also a riding club, garden club, community center, art guild, library guild, book club, and 50 miles of horse trails.
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, designed by Lilian Rice, is the centerpiece of the town and represents the Spanish Colonial Revival style that unifies the architectural design of the community. The central village is where most of the action is, with businesses and shops dotting the few commercial blocks of the region. Since there is no mail delivery to homes (by popular demand), residents stop at the post office every day. The Village serves as a meeting place where residents gather for morning coffee or shopping with friends, and this creates the unique ambiance that makes Rancho Santa Fe so appealing to residents and visitors alike.
Information courtesy of http://www.rsfassociation.org/