Fairbanks Ranch

Fairbanks Ranch is one of the most sought-after locations in the Rancho Santa Fe area and is home to celebrities, politicians, and world-famous business leaders. In fact, it has such cachet that it was once featured on an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Building began on this exclusive and guard-gated community in the 1980s, and many of the estate homes are newer construction. Situated just south of the San Dieguito River Valley, this scenic neighborhood is bursting with amenities and offers distinctive homes for discerning families.

About Fairbanks Ranch

If you’re looking for gorgeous scenery, one-of-a-kind estate homes, and abundant privacy, then Fairbanks Ranch delivers. The 1240-acre community features more than 75 acres of park-like grounds with walking and hiking trails, a 17-acre equestrian center with horse trails, a community library inside a historic pumphouse, children’s playground, fitness center, five tennis courts (three lit for night play), a nine-hole putting green, and a pristine lake with a beautiful clubhouse on the eastern shore. Check out the complimentary paddleboats or rowboat to catch glimpses of the swans on the sanctuary island, or enjoy catch-and-release fishing. It’s also home to a well-manicured park complete with volleyball and basketball courts as well as a picnic area with a charcoal barbecue.

Fairbanks Ranch offers the ultimate in security with a full-time staff of nearly two dozen who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. San Dieguito Road divides the community into two guard-gated neighborhoods — North Gate and South Gate. Residents can easily access the community through six different gates; however, guests must enter with resident clearance through one of the two main gates. All the roads within Fairbanks Ranch are private, which means light traffic and increased safety, especially for families with young children. The current population is close to 3,200, and the community features approximately 600 home sites.

Homes in Fairbanks Ranch

The estate homes in Fairbanks Ranch feature a variety of architectural styles, including California Ranch, English Tudor, French Country, Spanish Mediterranean, and Contemporary. The average lot size is 1.2 acres, and homes range in size from 4,000 – 16,000 square feet. Prices begin at $2 million, though most of the real estate in the community is among the most expensive in Rancho Santa Fe. Fairbanks Ranch has an active Homeowners Association, and monthly dues cover common area and gated entrance maintenance.

Recreational Opportunities

Residents of Fairbanks Ranch have the added benefit of living near the exclusive Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. This resort-style club offers 27-hole championship golf, tennis program, a new outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, group exercise classes, family events, and dining. Various levels of membership are available, and you can explore the club for yourself with a three-day pass. Other country clubs in close proximity include The Farms Golf Club, Del Mar Country Club, and The Santaluz Club.

The nearby Black Mountain Open Space Park offers more than 2,300 acres of recreational opportunities, including a hike to the summit of Black Mountain, which provides views of the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. San Dieguito County Park also offers five miles of hiking trails, five playgrounds, and several picnic areas with barbecues.

Nearby Shopping and Dining

The central shopping area in the community is the Fairbanks Village Plaza. Here you’ll find a variety of services including general contractors, attorneys, interior designers, and medical offices, among others. It’s also home to 067 A Neighborhood Eatery and Fairbanks Ranch Deli, two great places to get a local bite to eat. Also nearby is the Del Rayo Village Center where you’ll find the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, Leucadia Pizzeria, Dolce Pane E Vino, US Bank, a post office, and a Mobil gas station.

For even more choices, head to the nearby 4S Commons Town Center, where you’ll find chains like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, CVS, Petco Unleashed, ACE Hardware, Cost Plus World Market, Panera, Wells Fargo, Ralph’s and more.


Children living in Fairbanks Ranch attend Solana Santa Fe Elementary School in the Solana Beach School District, rated within the top 200 public elementary schools in the state of California. In fact, residents enjoy a private entrance to the school, accessed through the North Gate. Middle School students attend Earl Warren Middle School, while high school students attend Torrey Pines High School, both in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Nearby private schools include Diegueno Country School, Lifetime Montessori School, Horizon Prep, Fusion Academy, San Diego Jewish Academy, Cal Coast Academy, Cathedral Catholic High School, and others.

More Information

Would you like more information about luxury homes and estates for sale in Fairbanks Ranch? Then please click here or call 858-756-0593 to speak with Lucy Kelts and her team. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for years, we’d love to chat with you about your Rancho Santa Fe real estate needs.