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I like to say that all roads in Rancho Santa Fe originate from The Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. Buyers not familiar with The Covenant in The Ranch would be well advised to understand what the covenant is so I will take some excerpts of it here:

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Rancho San Dieguieno, as it was originally named, was an 1841 Mexican land grant of 8,824 acres (35.71 km2) from Governor Pío Pico of Alta California to Juan Maria Osuna, the first alcalde (mayor) of the Pueblo of San Diego.

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In 1906 the Santa Fe Railway, a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, purchased the entire land grant from the Osuna family descendants to plant a Blue gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) tree plantation for railroad ties, though eucalyptus wood proved too soft to hold railroad spikes. The railroad then formed the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company to develop a planned community of country estates.

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During 1917 through 1918 the Santa Fe Land & Improvement Company, under the supervision of its president W.E. Hodges, constructed a dam designed by John S. Eastwood to capture the waters of the San Dieguito River to form Lake Hodges reservoir. Without ample water for irrigation, Rancho Santa Fe could not become a reality. A village plan was adopted, roads were laid out, and properties were plotted. The 6,200 acres developed from the original Rancho San Dieguito land grant was renamed “Rancho Santa Fe” in 1922.

The company chose the San Diego-based architectural firm of Requa and Jackson, noted for their expertise in Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival styles of architecture, to develop the community’s master plan. Lilian Rice, an employee of the firm, worked from the 1920s through the 1930s designing, supervising, and constructing the village center, as well as several homes throughout the Ranch. Her philosophy in architecture was to “create unity between buildings and their surroundings in a simplistic blend of picturesque romantic charm.” Her architectural influence can be seen throughout the village today.

In 1923 the Santa Fe Land Company started residential development and constructed a guest house called “La Morada” to house potential land purchasers. In 1941 the name was changed to “The Inn”, when it was purchased as a guest resort by Col. George Richardson from Chicago.

A part of Rancho Santa Fe’s history is Fairbanks Ranch, known in the olden days as “Rancho Zorro”. Originally Rancho Zorro was owned by actor Douglas Fairbanks and his wife, actress Mary Pickford. Today it is a gated community.

Now that you have the history of Rancho Santa Fe this extensive excerpt of what “The Covenant” is here is some more “factual information” from Wikopedia of what “The Covenant” really is:

From 1923-1929 large parcels of land were sold for citrus and avocado groves. Homes were constructed, many on hilltops with fabulous views of the mountains, ocean and valleys. Although building and landscaping requirements were a part of the purchase contract in the early years, Charles Cheney, a noted city planner, suggested that the residents of the area form a mutual organization for the administration of the community. In 1927 a non-profit association was formed called the Rancho Santa Fe Association. The Rancho Santa Fe Association adopted a Protective Covenant to insure the “preservation, maintenance, development, and improvement of property” in accordance with the wishes of property owners and in conformance with the general community plan. And as a result of this historic part of Rancho Santa Fe became known as “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe, or simply, “The Covenant”.

Today “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe has become the home of country estates and was declared the wealthiest community in the nation in the 2000 census. It covers approximately 6,200 acres with approximately 1,700 households four to six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.

Residences on lots averaging two acres or more are set back from 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. “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe also has access to a riding club, garden club, community center, art guild, library guild, book club, and 50 miles of horse trails which weave throughout the rolling hills of this community.

The centerpiece of “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe is “The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe”, designed by Lilian Rice, and situated on a grassy knoll at the western end of the main street. The focal point of activity is the central village, where businesses and shops dot the few blocks of commercially-zoned property. The businesses consist primarily of restaurants, banks and realtors. Since there is no mail delivery to homes, residents stop at the post office for their mail.

In 1989, “The Covenant” of Rancho Santa Fe was registered as California Historical Landmark #982 for its status as a historic planned community.[2] It also received “Cultural Landmark Degniation” which is an amendment to California State Landmark for its roads, water features, landscaping, natural contours.

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