Beautiful Fairbanks Ranch has a colorful history and Fairbanks Ranch homes create a picturesque history of their own.
Once part of an historic Spanish land grant, Fairbanks Ranch was purchased in the 1920’s by movie legend and idol Douglas Fairbanks. He and wife Mary Pickford owned over 3000 acres here, which they dubbed Rancho Zorro, from Fairbanks role in “The Mark of Zorro.” And so began the life and legends surrounding Fairbanks Ranch homes.
By 1977, famed developer Ray Watt set his sights on acquiring Rancho Zorro, which would entail assembling parcels from eight different land owners to develop what is known as Fairbanks Ranch today.
History: Once part of a historic Spanish land grant, the ranch was purchased by Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920’s. Fairbanks was a famed silent film star in the early 1900’s who brought such roles as Zorro and Robin Hood to the big screen. He and his wife Mary Pickford, known as “America’s Sweetheart,” owned more than 3,000 acres of the area, which they called “Rancho Zorro,” taken from Fairbanks’ film “The Mark of Zorro.” It also means “Fox Ranch.”
In 1977, Ray Watt laid eyes on the fabled “Rancho Zorro.” At that time, the land belonged to many separate entities, and Ray was able to assemble land from eight of the entities to form the development that is Fairbanks Ranch (618 residential lots) and Fairbanks Rancho Country Club (341 homes) today.
With over 1240 acres developed, Fairbanks Ranch includes over 75 acres of park-like grounds, including a lake with a clubhouse, 5 tennis courts, 9-hole putting green, a park featuring a barbecue/ picnic area along with volleyball and basketball court. The setting is nothing short of beautiful–and many exquisite estates border the lake.
Sales began on Fairbanks Ranch lots began in the fall of 1979 and includes a 5,100-square foot clubhouse, Fairbanks Village Plaza, a 58,000 square foot office and retail center that is still partially owned by Watt. The center currently holds a beauty salon, deli, coffee shop, health club, florist and various other offices. The spaces range from 400 to 1,000 square feet and the current occupancy rate is 97.6%.
Fairbanks Ranch Country Club was also the site of a major marketing coup: the Equestrian Endurance Event of the 1984 Olympic Games. After Ray suggested FRCC to the commissioners for the Olympic Equestrian event, Prince Philip chose Fairbanks over the other 6 sites that had been selected. The event took place on August 1, 1984. A bronze sculpture was created to commemorate the Olympic event, and it permanently stands at the entrance gate of the Country Club.
Many of the stately homes in Fairbanks Ranch sit behind guarded gates. Fairbanks Ranch real estate is highly desired and homes here have an average price of around $2.5 million.
Listed below are homes for sale in Fairbanks Ranch. Newest listings are shown first. Below that are recent sales of Fairbanks Ranch homes during the past year
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Freshly updated! This light & bright home is the largest floorplan in the Fairbanks Polo Club located on a quiet cul-de-sac. Single level living with Master Bedroom and office entry level. Features include a secondary Master Bedroom, soaring ceilings, plantation shutters, 3-Car Garage, 3 fireplaces, lush landscaping, extremely private. Gated enclave offers resort-style amenities including pool, spa, tennis and manicured grounds. Ideal location by Del Mar Racetrack, Polo Fields, beach, shops/dining & I-5.
Seller will entertain offers between $625,000 and $655,000. Live the Country Club lifestyle in Rancho Santa Fe at Morgan Run Country Club in Whispering Palms. Close to the beach, shopping and freeways. Walk to shopping, tennis, golf and swimming at the Morgan Run Country Club. This very special home has been lovingly remodeled and updated. The kitchen has been remodeled with top of the line appliances, new countertops, new sink and updated cupboards.
The very best of the best featuring 180-degree views! This stunning, move-in ready home offers an incredible private and serene setting overlooking Fairbanks, Morgan Run, the polo fields, mountains and beyond. This rarely available location is what buyers have been waiting for, and attention to detail at every level greets you as soon as you open the door! This model highlights a grand living room with cathedral ceilings and elegant fireplace, gourmet chef’s kitchen and so much more! BEST LOT, BEST VIEWS
MASTER ON FIRST LEVEL-Coveted 'Poppy' end unit, flooded with natural light. Rarely available plan boasts two master suites, one on each floor, third bedroom/office on first level. Formal living and dining rooms open to spacious patio. Privately gated, offering two pool/patio venues and gorgeous landscaping. Ideally located to freeway, shopping, schools, beach. Morgan Run CC and golf course within walking distance.
Rancho Santa Fe Living! Why drive to the Golf Course when you can live on one! Large Fully Renovated Home located in Whispering Palms (Morgan Run Golf Resort neighborhood) Upgrades include Brand New Expanded Kitchen with New Cabinets, Waterfall Quartz Island and Wood Flooring. Huge Downstairs Master Suite with Exotic Walk-In Shower Surround and Walk-In Closet. Additional downstairs bedroom and half bath. Two Bedrooms upstairs with Jack n Jill Upgraded Bathroom. Very Quiet Street and Private Backyard.