Eva Knott 6:37 p.m., May 25
Rancho Santa Fe is among the nation's 10 most expensive neighborhoods, according to MarketWatch.com. "The Ranch," as it is called, "boosts some of the highest earning families in the nation," says MarketWatch, and that makes it attractive to such people as singer Janet Jackson and actress Greena Davis. (I've never heard of either one of them, but find it interesting that MarketWatch DOESN'T mention that The Ranch was home to Duke Cunningham, C. Arnholt Smith, Jerry Dominelli, and many other San Diego rogues.) The population is only 3,117. MarketWatch notes that one home on the market for $40 million has 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, and 16,000 square feet with various ponds and waterfalls occupied by koi fish. The Ranch's median home price is $3.29 million, up 13.5% in a year, but that is dwarfed by several locations including Alpine, New Jersey, at $6.7 million, up more than 40% on the year.