The affluent North County neighborhood of Fairbanks Ranch is often considered part of Rancho Santa Fe but is a census-designated place made up of two gated communities on approximately 1,240 acres. The 2010 U.S. Census noted a population of 3,148, the majority of whom have bachelor’s degrees or graduate degrees and incomes that are significantly higher than the average income across the county, the state or the country.
It is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the nation, as well as successful entrepreneurs, professional athletes, socialites and celebrities.
Located just minutes from high-end boutiques, pristine beaches, elite equestrian centers, private country clubs and fine dining, this upscale community is an ideal choice for discerning home buyers in search of luxury living in one of the most affluent master-planned communities in North County San Diego.
Fairbanks Ranch is comprised entirely of two gated communities with custom estate homes. According to Point2Homes.com, the median home sale price is currently $2,092,500; however, the estates I found for sale at the time of this writing have significantly higher listing prices. It appears that homes in this area can sell for as little as less than $2,000,000 or as much as more than $10,000,000, and most sources agree that some of the most expensive real estate in the country can be found in this neighborhood.
One example of a Fairbanks Ranch home for sale at the time of this writing is an elegant, custom, 8,690-square-foot estate with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, three fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen and a swimming pool listed at $3,950,000.
Another example of a current listing is an eight bedroom, seven bathroom, 8,500-square-foot estate with four fireplaces, a swimming pool, a wine cellar and a gourmet kitchen listed at $3,495,000.
Community amenities include 24-hour security guards at the two main entry gates, tennis courts, clubhouse, walking trails, riding trails, an equestrian center, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a playground, picnic areas, a lake and an optional membership at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.
Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment
Fairbanks Ranch is an upscale residential community without large shopping centers or strip malls. The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club offers both casual and formal dining, and the Fairbanks Village Plaza is the neighborhood’s central commerce hub. In the plaza, you will find mostly services with a few exceptions, including doctors, law offices, real estate offices, financial service providers, home improvement contractors, a tailor, a salon and the Fairbanks Ranch Deli.
There is also a small shopping center in the adjacent community of Rancho Santa Fe that is home to the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, as well as a few stores, including Ranch Cycles, Kitchen Debonaire, Le Dimora Home Furniture & Decor, GSB Men’s Clothier, a Mobil gas station and Dolce Pan E Vino. The Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9:30am to 2:00pm.
Other nearby shopping centers with grocery stores, gas stations, banks, drugstores and eateries include the 4S Commons Town Center, Del Mar Center, Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Lomas Santa Fe Plaza and the Flower Hill Promenade.
The 4S Commons Town Center, which is located in 4S Ranch, is home to Bed Bath & Beyond, Ralph’s, CVS Pharmacy, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Wells Fargo Bank, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Jamba Juice, Point Loma Credit Union, Panera Bread, Gepetto’s, Petco Unleashed, The UPS Store, ACE Hardware, Jimbo’s…Naturally!, Cost Plus World Market, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, salons, and other retailers and services.
At the Del Mar Center, you will find Starbucks, Urban Pi, Chevron, Pier 1 Imports, Mia Bella Couture, Petco, Radio Shack, Verizon Wireless, Albertsons, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, McDonald’s, Del Mar Swirls and PostalAnnex+. The Flower Hill Promenade, which is located just across Via De La Valle from the Del Mar Center is home to Whole Foods Market, Beach Bungalow Designs, Geppetto’s, Rare Earth, The Printed Palette, Sun Diego Boardshop, Madison Leather & Luggage, Van De Vort Boutique, CorePower Yoga, Venissimo Cheese, Sweetpea Children’s Shop, Starbucks, Burger Lounge, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Taste of Thai and Sienna Cafe. Armstrong Garden Centers, Kudler Fine Foods, Chase Bank, California Bank & Trust and U.S. Bank are also in this area.
The Lomas Santa Fe Plaza Shopping Center on Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach has all sorts of offerings for everyday errands and specialty shops, including HomeGoods, Vons, Big 5 Sporting Goods, banks, tax services, salons, Fastframe, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Lomas Santa Fe Cleaners and 24 Hour Fitness. Eateries include Starbucks, Baskin-Robbins, The Habit Burger Grill, Pizza Nova, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Samurai Restaurant, Einstein Bagels and Primos Mexican Food.
For those who choose the Del Mar Highlands Town Center as their favorite spot for everyday essentials, there is Jimbo’s…Naturally!, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Papyrus, Chevron, Bath & Body Works, Del Mar Floral & Gifts, Game Stop, McDonald’s, Jamba Juice, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing, Casa Sol y Mar, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, Mia Francesca, El Pollo Loco and Urban Plates.
Parks & Recreation
The affluent neighborhood of Fairbanks Ranch is centrally located with easy access to nearby golf courses, equestrian centers, parks and country clubs.
Within this gated community there is a nine-hole putting green, tennis courts, a community library, a lake, an equestrian center, a clubhouse, walking and riding trails, and a park with a volleyball court, playground, a basketball court, and barbecue and picnic areas. Residents have access to the lake for catch-and-release fishing, or to spend an afternoon in a rowboat or paddle boat.
Some of the nearby stables and riding schools include the Rancho El Camino Equestrian Center, the Ridgemar Equestrian Center and the Concord Equestrian Center, which is located in the Del Mar Horsepark. The horsepark, located in the adjacent community of North City, is a 65-acre equestrian facility that offers boarding, training and equestrian events in its four show arenas, four training arenas, dressage arena and two grass jumping stadiums.
Golf courses in this area can be found at The Santaluz Club, The Farms Golf Club, the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Morgan Run Club & Resort, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course and the Del Mar Country Club.
At The Farms, members can enjoy a remodeled golf course and elegant dining in the clubhouse. Members of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club can enjoy three nine-hole golf courses — The Valley, The Lakes and The Ocean — as well as a fitness center, a croquet court, social activities, tennis courts, and casual and formal dining. The Santaluz Club offers its members a golf course, a resort-style swimming pool, an indoor basketball court, tennis courts, spa services, a fitness center, casual and formal dining, and youth camps and activities.
Members of the nearby Del Mar Country Club have access to the Joseph Lee-designed golf course, tennis courts, casual and fine dining, a fitness center, social activities and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The Morgan Run Club & Resort is home to a 27-hole championship golf course, casual and fine dining, spa services, social activities, a fitness center, tennis courts and a resort-style swimming pool. Members of the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club enjoy the William Bell-designed golf course, 15 tennis courts, a golf practice facility, social activities, clubhouse dining, a heated lap pool and a children’s pool.
The largest, public recreational spaces in close proximity to Fairbanks Ranch are San Dieguito County Park and the Black Mountain Open Space Park.
Located at 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, the 125-acre San Dieguito County Park is open from 9:30am until dusk every day and offers picnic areas with barbecue grills, pavilions, a gazebo, a basketball court, exercise stations, playgrounds, trails and Miracle Field (an accessible baseball field designed for use by those with special needs). There is a park trail map available from the County of San Diego to help you plan your day.
The Black Mountain Open Space Park offers miles of trails winding through canyons and grasslands, as well as amazing views, for the enjoyment of hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Be sure to print the trail map before heading to this popular hiking spot.
Other recreational areas located nearby include Torrey Highlands Park, Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Torrey Pines State Reserve and the beaches of Del Mar.
Most public school students living in Fairbanks Ranch attend elementary school at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School in the Solana Beach School District, followed by Earl Warren Middle School and Torrey Pines High School in the San Dieguito Union High School District.
Private schools serving this area include Lifetime Montessori School, Diegueno Country School, Horizon Prep, Cathedral Catholic High School, Fusion Academy, San Diego Jewish Academy, Santa Fe Christian School and Cal Coast Academy.
Fairbanks Ranch shares its northern border with Rancho Santa Fe and Black Mountain Ranch. To the east, you will find Black Mountain Ranch and Torrey Highlands. To the west, there is Rancho Santa Fe and North City. It shares it southern border with North City and a small section of Carmel Valley.
To learn more about nearby North County neighborhoods, check out these previous articles:
- North County Neighborhood Guide: North City
- North County Neighborhood Guide: Black Mountain Ranch
- North County Neighborhood Guide: Rancho Peñasquitos
- North County Neighborhood Guide: 4S Ranch
- Encinitas Neighborhood Guide: Olivenhain
Photo Credits (in order of appearance): Fairbanks Village Plaza website; Fairbanks Village Plaza website; Wikimedia Commons/Djh57; morgueFile, JUANPRESA; Torrey Pines Baseball website Real estate and demographic information gathered from Point2Homes.com and Redfin.com.