As you may know, Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding area residents do not have home delivery of mail, nor do they have street corner post boxes that a lot of newer neighborhoods have. Instead, each resident must acquire their own post office box.
However, for some time now, the post office in the RSF Village has had no PO boxes available to rent. So, what are the other options?
No Home Mail Delivery
First, dispel the notion of getting the Post Office to deliver mail to your physical home or even a corner mailbox like newer neighborhoods have. Neither is going to happen in this area for a variety of reasons (but see below for a solution). And you need a post office deliverable mailing address for a variety of legal reasons.
Other PO Box Locations
There are three other local options for PO Box rental:
The Post Office has another facility in the Del Rayo Village mall, near Fairbanks, which does have available PO Boxes for $232/year. It is also located in the 92067 zip code, so the only difference between a PO box there and one in the RSF Village is that RSF Village PO Boxes are numbered below 3000, while De Rayo boxes are numbered above 3000. The other difference, of course, is that Del Rayo Village is typically further away from most Rancho residents.
There are also two nearby private mailbox rental locations. A stone’s throw from the RSF Village Post Office is The Parcel Place which rents private PO Boxes. They charge $216/year and also offer a 92067 zip code for their PO Boxes (which matters for parcel delivery, see below).
And then in nearby Encinitas, at the base of Encinitas Blvd at Rancho Santa Fe road, The Postal Corner also rents out PO Boxes for $360/month.
There is one complication with private mailbox providers like the two above. If you move, you can’t just fill out a postal change of address form. You have to work with the private post office box company to forward your mail for a fee until all your contacts have your new address.
But Wait, You Can Get Mail Delivered To Your House!
There is this great little local company called RSF Mail Delivery Solutions which will pick up mail and packages delivered to your PO Box and deliver it to your house. And they’ll even take away stamped letters and courier/mail packages and drop them off at the Post Office/Fedex/UPS.
I’ve used their service for 17 years now and have found them very reliable – I have no idea why everyone doesn’t use them.
They charge $1320/yr ($110/month), for Monday through Friday mail delivery, or $960/yr ($80/month) for Tuesday and Friday delivery.
And they pick up mail from all four of the above PO Box locations! They’ll pickup mail and packages delivered to the RSF Village Post Office, The Parcel Place in the RSF Village, the Postal Corner in Encinitas, and the Del Rayo Village Post Office.
And they deliver mail to a larger area than the RSF Covenant. Basically any HOA or house on the outskirts of the Covenant, but also including most of Fairbanks Ranch, The Bridges and Cielo.
Navigating Courier and Mail Parcel Delivery
Nothing is easy in this world, and something as simple as parcel delivery from UPS or Fedex or, now, Amazon, sounds like it would be simple, but it isn’t. You’d think that when you ordered something online, you could just put your physical street address as the delivery address since the couriers can all deliver there. But every once in a while, the package you just ordered doesn’t get sent via a courier, but instead by mail. Indeed, many online vendors will deliver via mail or courier depending on their own internal algorithm, and as a customer, you just don’t know how it will get sent.
So, what you MUST do is put both your postal mailing address and your physical address as the shipping address when you order online. And just to make it extra hard, some online vendors freak out if you put PO Box as even a second line address, so my shipping address is something like this:
2836 Via de Lupine
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(The two addresses are fictitious). Both couriers and the Post Office will just ignore the part of the address that doesn’t concern them, and the Bx is both understandable by the Post Office and gets around some online vendor issues with PO Boxes. If you have a PO Box from one of the private vendors, ask them about addressing.
Questions? Ask in the Forum.