Fairbanks Ranch, 92067


Community & School Information

Fairbanks Ranch

Located just south of the San Dieguito River Valley is a gated community of

exclusive estates called Fairbanks Ranch. With over 40 acres of park-like

grounds and pristine amenities which include a lake with a clubhouse nestled

on its shore, 5 tennis courts, 9-hole putting green, a park featuring a

barbecue/picnic area along with volleyball and basketball court. Fairbanks

Ranch is the distinctive home for select families.


The amenities of Fairbanks Ranch include 75 acres of park-like grounds,

featuring a pristine lake with a clubhouse nestled on its shores. The lake hosts

a variety of fowl including our own four swans. Paddleboats or the row boat

may be taken out to explore the lake or feed the birds. Along the lake's shores,

a quaint gazebo frames our newly constructed 9-hole putting green. Near the

Clubhouse sits our 5 tennis courts, 3 of which have lights. Tennis lessons,

tennis camps, men's and women's mixers and tournament take place year

round under the direction of our local Tennis Pro, Darin Bassett.

Beyond the lake, a beautiful fountain is nestled amongst the trees and flowers

just waiting for the next wedding to come along. Just below the dam sits one of

the oldest structures in Fairbanks Ranch. The old pump house built in the 20's,

has been restored and now is used as the community library. The pump house

overlooks the beautiful waterfall, flowing into the stream. Further down under

the mature shade of the trees with a running stream is the local park. The park

features a barbecue and picnic area with tables. The kids can enjoy the play

structure while the adults play volleyball, horse shoes or basketball on our half


Continuing on along the sparkling stream winds our fitness par course, taking

the stress out of exercising. The stream and trail continues all the way to the

10 acre equestrian center with a 57-stall barn. Horse lessons and camps are

featured through out the year. With the horses there lies 3 miles of fenced

horse trails and miles of walking trails.

All of this is settled within the secure environment of a gated community. In a

flawless setting of natural beauty and luxurious homes, Fairbanks Ranch has

been recognized as one of the most desirable communities by families from

around the world.


Just south of the San Dieguito River Valley, lying in the original map of

Southern California's Rancho San Dieguito, there is a community of exclusive

estates called Fairbanks Ranch. History has it that Theodore Reed, a movie

director for the legendary screen idol Douglas Fairbanks Sr., discovered the

area around 1920 and suggested that Fairbanks Sr. purchase the property for

investment purposes. In 1924 Fairbanks and his actress wife Mary Pickford

bought 800 acres with the intent of growing oranges. They planted several

thousand citrus trees and acres of beans, tomatoes and grain to feed cattle

that roamed the area. Fairbanks hired William Smart, a full time manager, to

oversee the property and harvest over 300 acres of Valencia oranges. A dam

was constructed to capture the waters from the Lusardi Creek and still exists

today as part of the extensive park-like grounds of the community.

Fairbanks called the property "Rancho Zorro" (fox ranch) after his famous film

role. He later hired Wallace Neff to design a dream home that was to become

the Fairbanks country retreat. Unfortunately, in 1936, before they broke ground

on their dream home, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were divorced. The

house was built on property overlooking the lake and is now called "Casa

Zorro". Fairbanks kept the ranch and later married his second wife, Lady Sylvia

Ashly. After Fairbanks died, Lady Sylvia married the legendary film actor Clark

Gable. Lady Ashley felt the ranch was too secluded, but maintained the

property as an orange grove until 1952 when it was sold.

In 1977 Ray Watt, a Santa Monica developer inspired by the exclusive

ambience of Rancho Santa Fe, purchased the property to develop an elite

community of estates, calling it "Fairbanks Ranch". Watt decided that this

unique site deserved the finest in planning and development, subdivided the

1240 acres into 618 sites and started sales in 1981. Protective covenants have

been adopted to safeguard the quality, privacy, beauty and harmony of the land

and its romantic heritage.


San Dieguito River Valley Regional Park

Crest Canyon Open Space

Torrey Pines State Reserve

Carmel Valley Community Park

Parks: Information for all parks may be obtained by calling (619) 685-1300 or

by visiting the Park and Recreation website: www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/

Carmel Valley Branch Library

3919 Townsgate Drive / San Diego, CA 92130-2584


Elementary Schools

R. Roger Rowe

5927 La Granada / Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Solana Santa Fe Elementary

6570 El Apajo / Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Willow Grove

14727 Via Azul, / San Diego, CA 92127

Middle Schools

R. Roger Rowe

5927 La Granada / Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

High Schools

Canyon Crest Academy

5951 Village Center Loop Road / San Diego, CA 92130

Torrey Pines

3710 Del Mar Heights Road / San Diego, CA 92130