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Rancho Santa Fe Neighborhood Guide: Rancho La Cima

Rancho Santa Fe Neighborhood Guide: Rancho La Cima

Rancho La Cima is an affluent, gated Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood with 26 custom homes. Architectural styles are typically classic or modern Mediterranean, and these estate homes are on large lots that are around two acres in size.

This small community falls within the 92067 ZIP code where the majority of residents have at least a bachelors degree, more than 90% of housing units are owner occupied and the median household income is $138,873.

Rancho La Cima’s central location in North County allows residents to enjoy fine and casual dining, the arts and culture of downtown San Diego, boutique shopping, country clubs, equestrian centers, beaches and outdoor recreation all within a short drive.

History

Most of the homes in Rancho La Cima were constructed between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s.

Rock Ledge in Elfin Forest

Housing

With just 26 custom homes in this affluent, gated community, prospective homeowners hoping to find their next dream home in Rancho La Cima must be prepared to make an offer quickly when a property comes on the market.

The homes in this neighborhood are generally classic or modern Mediterranean in design with one- and two-story custom layouts. Most of the homes are at least 5,000 square feet with some that are more than 10,000 square feet in size and each is built on a parcel of around two acres.

I was able to find one home for sale in Rancho La Cima at the time of this writing, which is a 8,860-square-foot estate with six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bathroom and a swimming pool listed at $2,950,000.

There is a second home that is listed as on the market on Movoto.com (but not on other real estate sites researched for this article). This home is a five bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, 7,300-square-foot estate for sale for $3,999,000.

Homes in this community generally sell for at least $2,500,000 with some that you can expect to see listed at more than $6,000,000 if they come on the market.

Rancho Santa Fe Village Area

Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

Residents in Rancho La Cima can easily find everyday essentials or those special extras in nearby shopping centers in Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch and Encinitas.

In Rancho Santa Fe, locals shop at The Village of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center and the soon-to-be hotspot, Cielo Village. The Village of Rancho Santa Fe is home to the Village Market, Rancho Santa Fe Pharmacy, the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the post office, the school district, professional services, one-of-a-kind boutiques, the library, restaurants and financial institutions. Eateries here include Thyme in the Ranch, Mille Fleurs, Morada, Caffee Positano, Delicias Restaurant, Rancho Santa Fe Bistro and Rancho Santa Fe Sandwich Shop. Banks in The Village include Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Chase Bank, California Bank & Trust, Pacific West Bank, Bank of America and One West Bank.

The Del Rayo Village Shopping Center is home to Ranch Cycles, Dolce Pan E Vino, Mobil, Le Dimora Home Furniture & Decor, GSB Men’s Clothier and Kitchen Debonaire. It is also home to the weekly Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, which takes place on Sundays from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

Cielo Village is a new shopping center near the entrance to the Rancho Cielo neighborhood designed to resemble a Northern Italian village. Once tenants have rented the spaces and opened for business, Cielo Village will offer restaurants, shops and offices for the convenience of locals. For now, folks should certainly check out Paradise Produce Market, which is just across Del Dios Highway from Cielo Village and is a popular spot where locals find organic produce, baked goods, gifts and pottery.

In the 4S Commons Town Center in 4S Ranch, locals and visitors will find Cost Plus World Market, Jimbo’s…Naturally!, Ralphs, Ulta Beauty, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petpeople, Baskin Robbins, Panera Bread, Miguel’s Cocina, CVS Pharmacy, Point Loma Credit Union, Capri Blu, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Great Clips, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Pei Wei Asian Diner.

In and around the West Village Shopping Center in nearby Encinitas, there is the Harvest Ranch Market, Mister B Men’s Clothing, Meritage Wine Market, Champagne French Bakery, Bentley’s Steak & Chop House, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Back to Basics Food and Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply.

Just a bit farther into Encinitas, you will find Camino Real Shopping Center, Village Square Shopping Center, Weigand Plaza Shopping Center, El Camino Promenade and Camino Village Plaza in the area of South El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard. You will find just about everything you need for everyday essentials or meeting friends for an afternoon of shopping, including Vons, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Trader Joe’s, BevMo!, Dollar Tree, Souplantation, Native Foods Cafe, CVS Pharmacy, Kohl’s, Walgreens, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Sprouts Farmers Market, LA Fitness and much more.

Lake Hodges Dam

Parks & Recreation

The country club and golf course closest to Rancho La Cima is the exclusive, private Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe. Members do not have to live within the gated community that is home to this selective club; however, to become a member, you must be invited. For those fortunate enough — or well connected enough — to be invited and join, the club offers a fitness center, a lap pool and children’s pool, golf practice facilities and a pro shop, and a golf course designed by the Robert Trent Jones II Group. The Club also has a recreation center with a tennis court, volleyball court, bocce court, basketball court, squash court, paddle tennis court, playground and a multi-purpose sports court. Other amenities of this upscale club include travel arrangement services, the use of private jets, sports clinics and access to cutting-edge medical facilities.

There is also The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe, which offers a variety of membership options and amenities that include an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, chipping and putting greens, a pro shop, casual and fine dining, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, fitness classes and organized social events.

The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, The Farms Golf Club, the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course, Morgan Run Club & Resort, the Del Mar Country Club and the Santaluz Club are other options in the area.

There are also several equestrian centers within a short drive, including Willow Creek Stables, Blue Fox Farm, Rancho Riding Club, San Diego Polo Club, Rancho El Camino Equestrian Center, Ridgemar Equestrian Center and Concord Equestrian Center. The Concord Equestrian Center is located within the Del Mar Horse Park, which is a 65-acre facility with training arenas, show arenas, trainers and boarding stables.

If you prefer outdoor recreational opportunities that allow you to get back to nature, nearby Lake Hodges offers hiking and riding trails, picnic tables, boating and fishing. There is also the 784-acre Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, which has 11 miles of trails for hiking and riding, as well as vista points with picnic tables and shade structures. Views from the reserve include the Coronado Islands and Channel Islands, and there are guided tours and educational programs offered by park rangers. There is a printable trail map and a printable botanical trail guide that are handy to have with you if you plan to visit the reserve.

Beyond that is the Del Dios Highlands Preserve, which is a 774-acre area off of Del Dios Highway that is open from 8:00am to 30 minutes before sunset. As part of the County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program, this is a particularly good spot for hikers to see raptors and other wildlife.

To the southeast, residents of Rancho La Cima can enjoy miles of hiking and riding trails in the 2,352-acre Black Mountain Open Space Park. If you plan to visit this popular recreational area, you may want to print this trail map to help you find the right trail for your adventure and the best spots to enjoy some of the park’s amazing views.

To the southwest, there is San Elijo Lagoon, which is a protected wetlands with miles of hiking trails, guided nature walks, day camps and the San Elijo Nature Center where visitors can learn more about many of the 700 species of flora and fauna that live in the area.

San Dieguito County Park is also southwest of Rancho La Cima and offers 125 acres with playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecue grills, a gazebo, a basketball court, exercise stations and hiking trails. It is also home to Miracle Field, which is an accessible baseball field designed to allow participation for players with disabilities. If you are planning to spend the day at the park, there is a park map and a trail map that might come in handy.

The beaches of Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar are also just a short drive from Rancho La Cima.

School Swingset

Schools

Students living in Rancho La Cima and attending public school are served by the Rancho Santa Fe School District and the San Dieguito High School District. Most attend Roger Rowe Elementary and Middle School, and then move on to Torrey Pines High School.

Private schools within driving distance of this area include Village Nursery School, Happy Time Nursery School, Cal Coast Academy, Santa Fe Christian School, Nativity Catholic School, Francis Parker, Horizon Prep, San Diego Jewish Academy, Diegueno Country School, La Jolla Country Day School, The Grauer School, Cathedral Catholic High School and Francis Parker.

Boundaries

Rancho La Cima is a small, gated community in northeastern Rancho Santa Fe. It is north of The Covenant, west of the Rancho Cielo neighborhood and south of The Bridges and Via Del Charro. Lake Hodges is to the east, the San Dieguito Reservoir is to the southwest and the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is northeast of the neighborhood.

Additional Information

To learn more about nearby North County neighborhoods, check out these previous articles:

 

Photo Credits (in order of appearance): morgueFile, JUANPRESA; Wikimedia Commons/Agaly; Wikimedia Commons/Tuxyso; Wikimedia Commons/Philkon; morgueFile, hilarycl Real estate and demographic information gathered from Movoto.com, Realtor.com and Trulia.com.

AJ Davis-Varela: AJ is a freelance writer and blogger at Articles by AJ specializing in travel, real estate, natural wellness and green living. She is a magazine columnist, a former San Diego newspaper columnist, has been published in a variety of print and online publications, and regularly contributes to several websites and blogs. You can connect with AJ on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+