Homes in San Marcos
San Marcos is located in the beautiful foothills of San Diego County. Just 35 miles north of downtown San Diego, San Marcos lies along Highway 78, with easy access to Interstates 5 and 15. San Marcos has miles of trails in the local hills, unique dining and shopping, quick lake and beach access, and exceptional education opportunities. Several notable communities that call San Marcos home include Lake San Marcos, a mostly retirement community located near the center of San Marcos, award winning San Elijo Hills on the south side, Santa Fe Hills on the north side, with Twin Oaks Golf Course and homes on the northeast side.
A dedication to parks and community service is a priority for the city of San Marcos. San Marcos has become known for its abundance of open space and parks featuring over 70 miles of multi-use trail system. These trails are great for hiking, running, equestrian use and facilitating biking throughout the city. A popular destination is the top of Double Peak Park, which features panoramic views of northern San Diego County, San Bernardino Mountains and the skyscrapers of downtown San Diego. Other trails in San Marcos include Discovery Creek, Discovery Lake, Cima Drive Loop, Twin Oaks Valley, Las Posas/Borden, Town Center, Jack’s Pond and Rancho Dorado. San Marcos takes environmental awareness to heart and actively participates in state, federal and regional conservation programs as well as progressive local air and water quality programs.
Quality centers like Creekside Marketplace, Nordahl Center, Grand Plaza and Old California Restaurant Row have all become popular shopping and dining destinations. The Old California Restaurant Row is one of North County’s largest dining and entertainment experience with eighteen restaurants, an Edwards Stadium 18 Cinema, and quaint village boutiques. What started as a fruit and vegetable stand in 1972, Old California Restaurant Row is now a hot spot for the city of San Marcos. Plans for future developments which include the San Marcos Downtown Creek District, Palomar Station and University Village will quickly put San Marcos on the map as a premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
San Marcos is quickly becoming known as the educational hub of North County San Diego. With an award-winning school district as well as the home to Palomar College, California State University San Marcos, Coleman University, and the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos is at the heart of education for San Diego County. Easy commutes are available between nearby colleges and universities as well as several employee skills training opportunities. Rich recreational and cultural programs are available for children, teens, adults and seniors. In addition, community theatre, music and fine arts organizations are also alive and well in San Marcos. The City’s own “Theatre West” group presents outstanding community theatre production, while the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Performing Arts Center at Palomar College both bring entertainment of high acclaim to the local area.
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