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Home Care In Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Home Care Rancho Santa Fe, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Rancho Santa Fe, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Hi, my name is Janett .. Working at Always Best Care has been the best experience of my life, from the day I went to apply for the job as a caregiver I felt very humbled. Im happy working at ABC and I hope to continue working for many years.. "❤️"”

Chapis V.

“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!!????. Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver ????.. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Rancho Santa Fe, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting San Dieguito County Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Mille Fleurs, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Rancho Santa Fe, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center
  • Advantage Home Care Inc
  • Villa Lorena Senior Living
  • RanchView Senior Assisted Living
  • Rancho Santa Fe Community Home
  • Coastal Breeze Assisted Living and Memory Care
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Rancho Santa Fe, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Rancho Santa Fe, CA


Developer Plans $25 Million Renovation to Reimagine Longstanding Private Club and Boutique ResortRANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Meriwether Companies, a private real estate investment and development firm, has acquired Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, one of Southern California's most affluent communities. The resort and privat...

Developer Plans $25 Million Renovation to Reimagine Longstanding Private Club and Boutique Resort

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Meriwether Companies, a private real estate investment and development firm, has acquired Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, one of Southern California's most affluent communities. The resort and private club is set amid majestic hills and enjoys near-perfect year-round weather along with a prime location just five miles from the Pacific Ocean and Del Mar Racetrack, about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Situated across 200 acres, Morgan Run has long attracted members and guests seeking a variety of outdoor fitness offerings and boutique accommodations.

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Meriwether Companies will invest more than $25 million in a renovation to enhance and reimagine the property, including its racquet sports, golf, dining and hotel components. Design and planning are already underway, and the work will be completed over the next two to three years with minimal disruption to member enjoyment of the property. Meriwether is known for fostering vibrant communities with a deep commitment to innovative outdoor recreation, health and wellness offerings.

Among its amenities, Morgan Run comprises a 27-hole championship golf course featuring its East, North and South course layouts, 320-yard driving range, short game practice facilities, 10 tennis hard courts, four pickleball courts, heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness facility and recreational programming and events. The resort also features a restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining, 17,000 square feet of private event space and 76 hotel rooms.

"We recognized an incredible opportunity to shape the future of what we consider to be a true diamond in the rough, a classic Southern California golf escape with rich history dating back to the 1960s," said David Likins, partner, Meriwether Companies. "We believe there is a gap in the market for a more casual, vibrant and community-oriented club that aligns with the north coastal San Diego market."

The construction will occur in phases, allowing the resort to remain open and providing a seamless transition throughout the exquisite refresh. Planned enhancements include: upgrades to the common areas in the dining, banquet and fitness spaces of the clubhouse; converting the existing spa into a communal recovery area; investments in the golf course irrigation, bunkering and re-grassing; construction of a new pool and casual dining outlet; renovation of the racquet sports area including the tennis, pickleball and sports courts; and an improved pool. The hotel will be completely revitalized with upscale exterior and interior room renovations along with new management and operations. Estimated completion for the enhancements is slated for late 2025.

"Racquet sports are having an exciting moment and we're looking forward to transforming this sector into a key pillar of the club," said Graham Culp, partner, Meriwether Companies. "Guests and members can look forward to a new world-class racquet facility and programming that rivals the best in California."

Meriwether Companies has extensive experience across private clubs and groundbreaking sports and wellness resorts. Current projects include: Coral Mountain La Quinta, a 400-acre master-planned property in La Quinta, California, with a proposed David McLay Kidd-designed golf course, best-in-class wellness facilities and a private residential community; Griffin Club Los Angeles, a Meriwether-developed and managed private sports club in Los Angeles boasting more than 1,500 memberships and four-acres of tennis, swim, fitness and social facilities; Aspen Club, a club and resort project in development in Aspen, Colorado, that will feature hospitality, dining, fitness, health and wellness offerings; Monument, a proposed private mountain and adventure sports development near Powder Mountain in Utah; and Parlor, a pair of innovative food hall and nightlife concepts in Kansas City and Oklahoma City.

For more information or to discuss membership options, contact Chris Marso, membership director, at (858) 759-5409.

About Meriwether CompaniesFounded in 2011, Meriwether is a private real estate investment and development firm focused on resort master plan, hospitality, and commercial development. The firm's experience includes development of mountain destinations, private club offerings, signature food and beverage establishments and groundbreaking sports and wellness resorts with a focus in the western United States and Mexico. The partners of Meriwether include Graham Culp, Noah Hahn, Garrett Simon, Mike Burkart, Michael B. Schwab and David Likins. For more information on Meriwether and its principals, please visit

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Potholes Plague Rancho Santa Fe Roads: Residents Demand Action

RSF Post: Bringing Light to Local MattersPotholes Plague Rancho Santa Fe Roads: Residents Demand ActionRancho Santa Fe, California – February 26, 2024Residents of Rancho Santa Fe are increasingly frustrated and concerned about the growing menace of potholes that mar the roads of our picturesque community. The issue of deteriorating road conditions has become a pressing problem, with locals worried about the risks and dangers posed by these road craters.Potholes, a common si...

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Potholes Plague Rancho Santa Fe Roads: Residents Demand Action

Rancho Santa Fe, California – February 26, 2024

Residents of Rancho Santa Fe are increasingly frustrated and concerned about the growing menace of potholes that mar the roads of our picturesque community. The issue of deteriorating road conditions has become a pressing problem, with locals worried about the risks and dangers posed by these road craters.

Potholes, a common sight on many roads, present significant hazards to both drivers and pedestrians. They can cause vehicle damage, including flat tires and damaged suspension systems, leading to costly repairs. More alarmingly, they pose a serious safety risk, particularly at higher speeds, where hitting a pothole can lead to loss of control and potentially life-threatening accidents. Pedestrians and cyclists are also at risk of injury if they encounter potholes unexpectedly.

By example, these two dangerous potholes on El Mirador near the intersection of Las Colinas have been getting bigger by the week as recent rains wreak havoc with our streets. A pothole forms when rain lands on asphalt and flows to lower points on the road. Vehicle tires then force the water deep into small cracks and crevices. Over time, the pressure breaks off small pieces of the asphalt road. A small pothole can quickly become wider and deeper as more traffic goes over it.

The County of San Diego holds a legal obligation to maintain roads in safe conditions and promptly repair potholes to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. According to California law, government entities, including counties, are responsible for maintaining public roads and can be held liable for accidents and damages resulting from neglected road maintenance.

Efforts to address the pothole problem in Rancho Santa Fe must be swift and comprehensive. Regular road inspections and maintenance schedules should be implemented to identify and repair potholes promptly. Additionally, increased community engagement and awareness campaigns can encourage residents to report potholes promptly, facilitating quicker repairs and improving overall road safety.

The proliferation of potholes on Rancho Santa Fe roads poses a significant risk to public safety and underscores the importance of proactive road maintenance efforts by the County of San Diego. By working together and prioritizing road safety, we can ensure that the roads of Rancho Santa Fe remain safe and accessible for all residents and visitors.

Reporting Potholes:

Residents are encouraged to report potholes promptly to the agency responsible for road maintenance. In the case of Rancho Santa Fe, the County of San Diego’s Department of Public Works is the designated authority. Reporting potholes can be done through various channels, including the county’s official website, where residents can submit requests for road repairs or call the Public Works department directly at 760-510-2453.

Other phone numbers for reporting road problems in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County appear on other county websites. There is a hotline during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 877-684-8000 Toll Free or 858-694-3850.

If the problem happens outside of normal hours, call the County After-Hours Answering Service at 858- 565-5262.

San Diego County also has an app called “Tell Us Now.” When you see a pothole, snap a picture on your cellphone, add a few words such as its location, and report it to the County using Tell Us Now. The app is for reporting non-emergency problems to the County of San Diego and then tracks the progress of a reported problem so when you report a pothole, you can follow up to see that it’s been repaired. You can also use the app to report problems related to pricing and scales (e.g. gas pumps, grocery stores), mosquitoes (e.g. green pools, dead birds, mosquito breeding), air quality (region wide), and code compliance (e.g. graffiti, abandoned vehicles) within unincorporated San Diego County (including RSF).

Filing Claims for Pothole Damage or Injury

San Diego County has a self-insured program for public liability. If you want to file a claim for damage or injury from a pothole, you can do that here on the County website.

Is Filling Potholes Really the Answer?

The San Diego Union Tribune quoted Eric Edelman, the Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre SpringsCommunity Council Chairperson as saying “We hear about the streets all the time. Street repairsare reactionary. They fill potholes but those are a temporary fix that come right back. Thestreets need to be paved”.

City of San Diego Streets: a Related Concern

Rancho Santa Fe is in unincorporated San Diego County, not the City of San Diego, but the city’s recent audit and survey about road conditions may be of interest. The City’s 87-page audit released February 12, 2024 says San Diego’s decision to delay a comprehensive evaluation of its streets by three years has led to inefficient repair decisions because city officials haven’t known where repairs are most needed. A comprehensive new survey indicates the quality of San Diego’s streets has dropped sharply since a similar survey in 2016, rating well below “satisfactory.” Officials say annual spending on road repair should more than quadruple. David Garrick writes an excellent summary of the City of San Diego’s road situation here.

City of San Diego’s Street Paving Map displays the Citywide street network and provides information on when a street may be paved (pending funding), what the pavement condition is, and the date of the last paving project.

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Report: Rancho Santa Fe Remains One of Priciest ZIP Codes in the United States

San Diego County’s Rancho Santa Fe maintained its position in the top ten priciest ZIP codes in the United States with a median sale price of $4.24 million, down just a percentage point over last year.The community — known for its gated estates and expansive, landscaped ...

San Diego County’s Rancho Santa Fe maintained its position in the top ten priciest ZIP codes in the United States with a median sale price of $4.24 million, down just a percentage point over last year.

The community — known for its gated estates and expansive, landscaped homes — first entered the top 10 last year, when its median grew 26% to reach $4.27 million, PropertyShark reported.

PropertyShark also found that seven of the 10 most exclusive ZIP codes in the U.S. are in California.

Los Angeles County remained the nation’s priciest region this year, with Beverly Hills and Santa Monica claiming two spots among the top 10 most expensive ZIP codes in the United States, according to a report released Friday.

The report by real estate research tool PropertyShark also found that Los Angeles was the second-priciest metropolitan area, with 29 ZIP codes in the top 100 most expensive areas in the nation.

The study calculated median sale prices based on closed home sales, not asking prices.

Other findings include Bel Air’s 90077 ZIP code came in at $2.3 million after a 30% year-over-year price drop slashed $1 million from its 2022 median..

In Beverly Hills’ 90210 zip code, the median home sale price in 2023 was $4.8 million. Newport Beach’s 92661 ZIP code saw median home sale prices of $4.49 million this year, Santa Monica’s 90402 ZIP code had median sale prices of $4.48 million in 2023, and Rancho Santa Fe’s 92067 ZIP code had median sale prices in 2023 of $4.24 million, the study shows.

The nation’s most expensive ZIP code remained Atherton’s 94027. The Silicon Valley locale had an $8.3 million median sale price after a 5% year- over-year increase, according to PropertyShark.

The research found that the Beverly Hills’ ZIP code, which boasted a median sale price of $4.8 million, represents a slight 6% decline when compared to prices from the previous year. However, in spite of the modest decrease in the median sale price, the ZIP code has maintained its position in fifth place.

Newport Beach’s median sale price was just slightly above Santa Monica’s, which saw a mere 2% increase from the previous year to reach a median sale price of $4.48 million, the report stated.

Son of one of Rancho Santa Fe’s original families leaves behind a piece of history

Last spring, longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident Robert Macdonald donated his childhood scrapbook to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, a cherished family possession offering a glimpse into the life of a boy growing up in the young Covenant community in the 1930s.The Macdonalds were among the original families of Rancho Santa Fe—among names like the Nelsons, the Badgers and Clotfelters (descendant Cutter is the current president of the RSF Historical Society). The family’s first home in 1926 when Robert was still a baby...

Last spring, longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident Robert Macdonald donated his childhood scrapbook to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, a cherished family possession offering a glimpse into the life of a boy growing up in the young Covenant community in the 1930s.

The Macdonalds were among the original families of Rancho Santa Fe—among names like the Nelsons, the Badgers and Clotfelters (descendant Cutter is the current president of the RSF Historical Society). The family’s first home in 1926 when Robert was still a baby was the La Flecha House, the current home of the Historical Society.

Ranch architect Lilian Rice was sometimes a babysitter for Robert when his parents were traveling the world. In the last few years, he got a kick out of visiting the statue erected in her honor and posing in front of a photograph of his parents on the La Flecha House steps at the Historical Society.

Within Macdonald’s red leather scrapbook, the leather worn and softened by time, loose photographs spill out of him as a young child on the golf course in 1929, behind him stretches the startlingly wide open spaces of the early Ranch. Another sepia-toned photo from 1937 shows the entire 25-student enrollment for the Rancho Santa Fe School. In the photo, one child stands barefoot on the steps of the building, now home to the RSF Association offices, and a smiling Richard stands the tallest of all the students, including his two younger brothers.

Inside the scrapbook, a felt RSF school patch is pasted onto one of the pages, in the school colors of “Olympic Blue and White”, as well as the lyrics of the long-forgotten school song: “With joy and sweet contentment Is filled each youthful heart, As each boy and girl among us strives hard his bit to do, And wills to help the weaker one by always being true.”

Macdonald passed away on Sept. 2 in his Rancho Santa Fe home at 97 years old. As daughter Heather Macdonald LaMarre said, his passing marks the end of an era.

Robert’s father Ranold was the first president of the Rancho Santa Fe Association board and one of the five property owner signatures on the original Articles of Incorporation in 1927. Robert’s mother Marion Hardy Morriss helped found The Country Friends and served as one of the first heads of the Garden Club. After Ranald passed away, she married Arthur Lindburg and stayed in town—she hosted an event in 1964 that raised funds for the Rancho Santa Fe Library’s current building.

The Macdonalds moved around in the Ranch and lived in a couple different places, in original village homes. Their first home designed by Rice burned down in 1943 (family lore is that the younger Macdonald brothers had been playing with matches) and they built a second home on Mimulus where they lived until Ranald’s death in 1952. After marrying Lindburg, Marion moved to the Green Leaves estate on Linea Del Cielo, built in 1926.

Robert left San Dieguito High School early to attend Stanford University and from there he joined the Navy during the end of World War II. He spent most of his career at Hughes Aircraft Corporation where he was a missile systems engineer. He came back to Rancho Santa Fe in 1988 to care for Marion and ended up retiring in the Linea Del Cielo home after her passing in 1999.

Robert’s scrapbook is filled with fragile, crackling pages, a meticulous collection of his years as a young elementary school boy. There are programs for the spring floral show at the RSF Garden Club and San Diego County Fair, racing sheets from the Del Mar Races and a schedule for the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament with a $1 admission ticket.

There are yellowed news clippings for new plans for the garden club and Covenant amendments and an invitation for a jubilee that the Association held to burn Mattoon Act bonds in front of The Inn in 1937—the community was celebrating the end of property taxes for public works projects.

The scrapbook includes copies of the Ranch School’s “Eucalyptus Leaves” newsletter written by students, issues which Robert contributed as an editor and reporter. In 1937, he gave a report on playground updates at the school and another student shared how Mr. Macdonald showed “moving pictures” to the class from his trips around the world to Egypt and India.

Ranch School news items in the “Eucalyptus Leaves” paint a charming picture of the community’s roots as a tiny, rural town: “Charles saw some rabbits on the road. Stewart’s dog ate part of Mary’s cereal. Hickey saw a pretty coyote. A possum got in Badger’s fig tree.”

“Charles has three teeth out. We hope Jimmy gets well soon.”

Robert’s scrapbook has telegrams and postcards from his father’s travels and letters that he typed up on Lilian Rice’s letterhead to send back to his father. One dispatch reads: “Dear Dad, I’m very glad that you got the cable. I have lost a tooth.”

On the postcards from dad, the stamps cost a penny and the address is simply Robert’s name and Rancho Santa Fe. Little nuggets of love, his dad’s postcard messages fill him in on where he was going next and when he would return home, reminding him to “be a good fellow”.

The Rancho Santa Fe address was always home for Macdonald. He outlived both his younger brothers, John and Ranald, and in his last months LaMarre was coming back and forth from Boston to Rancho Santa Fe to be with him. His last days were very special, surrounded by family in his home.

“He just wanted to be at his house when he passed, he had so many good memories there,” said LaMarre.

Robert MacDonald had a very good life, she said. Married three times, he had nine children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. This November would have marked his 46-year wedding anniversary to his wife Sharon, who remains in their home in Rancho Santa Fe.

“He was really my person,” said LaMarre of her father. “I’m going to miss him a lot.”

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will unveil new restaurant, bar with November reopening

Two new dining concepts have been announced for the re-imagined Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: Lilian’s and the Bing Bar.Both names draw inspiration from Rancho Santa Fe’s history as Lilian’s is named for architect Lilian Rice, who 100 years ago designed the guest house known as La Morada to be the anchor of the village. Bing Bar is a nod to Bing Crosby, Hollywood icon and Rancho Santa Fe resident who co-founded the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and helped build the Del Mar Racetrack.As the signature restaurant, Lilian&r...

Two new dining concepts have been announced for the re-imagined Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: Lilian’s and the Bing Bar.

Both names draw inspiration from Rancho Santa Fe’s history as Lilian’s is named for architect Lilian Rice, who 100 years ago designed the guest house known as La Morada to be the anchor of the village. Bing Bar is a nod to Bing Crosby, Hollywood icon and Rancho Santa Fe resident who co-founded the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and helped build the Del Mar Racetrack.

As the signature restaurant, Lilian’s will feature sustainable seafood and local organic fare while the neighboring Bing Bar will serve up cocktails and light bites. Both will debut at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s scheduled reopening this November.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the team that is bringing new life to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe,” said Andy Masi, founder of Clique Hospitality in a press release. “As we imagined these new concepts, we sought to create a restaurant and a bar as singular and as special as Rancho Santa Fe, as an ode to The Inn’s long-standing role as a gathering place for the community. We are eager to welcome visitors and locals alike to linger over a meal at Lilian’s, sip on a signature cocktail at Bing Bar and revel in the beauty of the reimagined Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.”

The Inn is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation following its purchase by Steve Hermann a year ago. Last month The Inn changed hands once again, this time selling for $100 million to Chicago-based GEM Realty Capital.

The new restaurant will replace the Morada, which replaced The Inn’s old ballroom 10 years ago and was completely remodeled in 2017. The Bing will take over the space known as The Huntsman bar, which opened in 2015.

San Diego native Chef Moira Hill has been selected to develop the menu for Lilian’s, backed by a resume that includes George’s at the Cove, Juniper & Ivy, Trust, Campfire and Nolita Hall. According to the news release, the coastal California menu will include fresh-catch fish, grass-fed meats and seasonal ingredients with dishes like the Crispy Skin Monterey Bay King Salmon served with artichoke heart puree, lentil salad, shaved fennel, and a local citrus slaw.

The restaurant space will feature shades of green with the walls covered with “emerald-hued treillage, a form of latticework that epitomizes vintage Hollywood glamour”. There will also be custom-crafted stained-glass windows.

Plans are for the Bing Bar to have a “timeless and classic aesthetic, reminiscent of a speakeasy” with plush furnishings, a wood-burning fireplace, exposed beams and herringbone oak floors. The bar will have a custom wood paneling and an overhead liquor rack, a replica of an Old English pub from London. The Bing aims to be a central gathering space with an “imaginative” cocktail program and an extensive wine list.

Along with the restaurant and bar opening, The Inn is also preparing to welcome guests back to the renovated resort in November.


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