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Hats Off to Rancho Days!

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By Janet Lawless Christ With the hot air balloons lazily drifting in the summer sky, festive friends gathering at the RSF Club for dinner under the stars, and croquet balls clacking on the front lawn of the Inn, I gratefully grin and remember how lucky we are to live in Rancho. Yet just when I [...]

Rancho Santa Fe Association Board Biz: Preserving the beauty of the Covenant; Broadband roundtable

Ann Boon

“To preserve and enhance the historic, rural character and ambience of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant community.”

That is the mission statement for the RSF Association’s Board of Directors. I’m not sure when it was written, but I think it captures so well all of our hopes for the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. While always being respectful of our history and tradition, we try to bring amenities to our community that will make it vibrant and attractive for generations to come.

Rancho Santa Fe Invasive Plants and Better Alternatives

Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)

By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs In California we are lucky to live in a mild climate that allows us to grow amazing landscapes. Because of this mild climate, plants from other parts of the world often thrive; and some grow so well they become known as invasive. These plants ‘jump fences’ and ‘throw seeds.’ Their [...]

Want to Sell Your Home? Make a Great First Impression

Yard of suburban home

By Janet Lawless Christ Earlier this summer, I wrote about the secrets of successful home sellers, and one of the mantra’s I shared was “the first impression is the only impression.” If you want to sell your home quickly and get top dollar for it, I cannot stress this enough. In Rancho Santa Fe you [...]

Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?

Laying down paver

By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting [...]

Is Impact Investing the Way of the Future?

Growth Guidance

By Chris L. Meacham, CPA, Cornerstone Wealth Management The next generation of investors is estimated to inherit $41 trillion from the baby boomers, and trends are revealing that impact investing will not only be part of mainstream wealth management, but it may become the core-portfolio. With that in mind, some of the biggest names in [...]

Creativity Gets the House

Sold House Displays Sale Of Real Estate

By Janet Lawless Christ Despite anything you hear from the media or uninformed sources… It’s still a healthy real estate market out there! The truth is that both buyers and sellers can both get what they want – and creativity gets the job done. Sellers are getting multiple offers on homes which means that once [...]

How to Create a Fire Safe Landscape

By Steve Jacobs Due to hot weather, strong winds and the drought, San Diego, recently experienced a series of devastating fires. With no end to the drought in sight and now that summer has arrived, it’s up to us to do everything we can to protect San Diego and our homes from fires in the [...]

Congratulations, thank you and accomplishments

The recent RSF Association board election saw a great turnout with 1,544 members casting ballots, which represents 75 percent of registered voters. Congratulations to Ann Boon and Kim Eggleston for each winning a board seat for a three-year term, and thank you to Susan Callahan and Dominick Addario for their willingness to volunteer and serve their community.

Investment Strategies to Hedge Against Inflation


By Chris L. Meacham, CPA, Cornerstone Wealth Management In April, the U.S. consumer price index was up 0.3, which is its largest increase in 10 months. This does not mean that inflation will pick up tomorrow.  It could take time and could be gradual, but inflation is still something to be aware of. One aspect [...]


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