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Santa Fe Valley

Community Overview

Santa Fe Valley is a 3,160-acre distinctive community, set in the valley amongst rolling hills. It sits to the east of Rancho Santa Fe, west of 4S Ranch, and north of Black Mountain Ranch. The community is situated adjacent to 4S Ranch, so there is plenty of shopping and restaurant opportunities within a minutes drive.

Santa Fe Valley also sits just north of Black Mountain Ranch, which provides them with quick access to the parks and hiking trails that that community offers. There is a trail within Santa Fe Valley that is part of the San Dieguito River Regional Park and is a wonderful spot for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians to enjoy.

The History of Santa Fe Valley

Shapouri & Associates were the designers of the community. They specialize in the diverse fields of civil and structural engineering, land planning, land use, and architecture. They had completed the project in December of 1995 with unanimous support form the landowners, Board of Supervisors, and environmental organizations. After five years of building, residents were able to begin moving in around April of 2000. Since then it has developed into a vibrant, unique community.

Type of Housing

Santa Fe Valley consists of 1,200 dwelling units, ranging in housing types from attached condominiums to 2-acre estates. This area also offers a variety of gated communities and includes Bel Etage, Salviati, and Savenna.


This peaceful community resides slightly off the beaten path but still located a short drive from Interstate 5, State Route 56, and Interstate 15. Residents are a short car ride away from Downtown San Diego or the beautiful coastline.

Residents can utilize the bus routes and park-and-ride systems in the adjoining community of 4S Ranch, which provide public transportation opportunities for those wanting to travel to other parts of San Diego without having to drive themselves.

With such wide open spaces, this is a beautiful place to go for a walk or ride a bike.


This area is part of the prestigious Poway Unified School District. One elementary school, one middle school, and one high school are in their district. These include Los Peñasquitos Elementary, Bernardo Heights Middle, and Rancho Bernardo High School. Rancho Bernardo High School offers 15 AP classes, with a total of 54 individual class sections. This school has also earned the top statewide rank of 10, the maximum.

The Poway Unified School District uses a system called Learning Point. This is a classroom portal that students and teachers use together from grades K-12. It allows any teacher in the district, to publish class information, grades, lessons and more.


With Santa Fe Valley neighboring 4S Ranch, residents can easily access all the parks, walking trails, and recreation areas that 4S Ranch has to offer.

One of the newest trails in the San Dieguito River Regional Park is just off the Del Dios Highway between Escondido and Del Mar. To the west is the Santa Fe Valley Trail. This meandering trail offers beautiful views of flowers, plants, and wildlife. It's so new that it's not on any current River Park maps. When assembled, the San Dieguito River Regional Park will extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, more than fifty miles inland. The coast to mountain trail will soon connect the Santa Fe Valley trail to the west towards the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Santa Fe Valley is centrally located to all the attractions in San Diego County and just a short drive to the San Diego Wild Park. New this year, adults and teens ages 16 and older can experience the park without all the crowds. The photo sleepover adventure is a unique nighttime experience where park goers are able to sleep in spacious tents. Dinner and breakfast is provided, and of course, all the pictures they can take.