Moving to North County San Diego? Here’s all the areas explained!

Are you curious about North County San Diego? I’m sure you have heard Downtown San Diego and all of the great neighborhoods near there, like Little Italy, North Park, South Park, East Village and more. Downtown SAN Diego is a wonderful place to live if you are looking for more city life and high rise condos.

If you are looking for homes near the beach, or rural homes with a little more space for the family or dogs to play in, North County San Diego may be the perfect place for you! Today I’m going to go in-depth about each of the areas of North County San Diego, including Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad and Encinitas.

Each area has it’s own vibe and types of homes located there. Only 25 miles to the airport, and beach-close, North County San Diego has something for everyone.

If you have any questions about what it’s like to live in North County, or are thinking about moving to North County San Diego, please reach out to me! I love to help people explore and find the best place to live for their lifestyle!

We will start in Escondido, California. Escondido is East of the coast, about 15 miles. In Escondido you will find smaller homes, ranch style homes, surrounded by larger estate homes, with lots of space and views. There is a quaint downtown that is rapidly changing as new restaurants and local shops move in. You can search for homes in Escondido HERE.

There is tons of hiking a cute down town and the famous

Stone brewing has its main hub and restaurant here….also the Safari park is located here. Since escondido is inland, it tends to be more affordable than homes closer to the beach, plus you can get more space, both inside and outside your home. Less tract homes…and it does get a bit warmer out here. One of the bigger shopping malls is also located here.

Moving West, you will arrive in San Marcos, California.

Heading West down the 78, we come into San Marcos. San Marcos is made up of San Elijo Hills, Discovery Hills, Santa Fe Hills, Lake San Marcos, most are master planned communities that are each their own community. new homes are built in Tesoro Ranch . San Elijo hills has top rated schools in North county. It is a small town with shops and restaurants where the kids can walk to school. Homes here are more modern and vary in size. The schools do make the home prices a little higher. You can hike double peak and beautiful trails through.

On the other side of the hill, you have lake san marcos, san marcos high school has been recently been rebuilt….so many things are being developed here. You have restaurants row and they are building out riverwalk…so stay tuned for that!

Vista is separate to two different regions, south of 78 is shadowridge, tract homes and known for the golf course, Shadowridge. If you go North of the 78 you will find a recently rennovatred down town, featuring the wave waterpark, which is great for younger kids and affordable for the whole family. Vista is home to tons of local craft breweries, some of my favorites are belching beaver, etc. There are restaurants and great vintage stores here. Also Moonlight Theater hosts high quality outdoor musicals throughout the summer. The weather in vista is the most mediterranean of north county, hovering about 82 degrees all year. Homes here are less expensive than the coast, and usually are single level with some space. There are also several new home developments to check out.

Oceanside. Our first coastal community that is on the beach. Oceanside is a very large community that varies from beach bungalows to tract homes. Camp pendleton is located here so there is also military housing and Oceanside is very military friendly.

Downtown Oceanside has recently gone through a massive turn over, now it’s super walkable, has tons of restaurants and breweries too. Some of the best beaches to surf are found in Oceanside too. This is still the most affordable town to live in that is located on the Coast. In the middle of Oceanside Rancho Del Oro, huge masterplanned community. Located next to great shopping and locally owned paces.

Moving south along the coast, we have Carlsbad. Carlsbad is one of our most famous towns in North county san diego, mostly for Lego land and the flower fields. Carlsbad homes are mostly single family tract homes and coastal condos. Carlsbad has miles of beautiful beaches and a charming downtown, one of the largest walkable downtowns in North County. There are 4 different zip codes. 92010 is Calavera hills. Everything from condos to single family homes can be found here.

There’s a great preserve to hike and mountain bike. Robertson ranch is a newer masterplanned community. 92008 is the downtown village area of Carlsbad. Lots of local restaurants and old beach cottage feel. There are some custom homes being built that are luxury.

92011. Aviara is the largest part of this community. BUilt around the aviara golf course. This is a great family area…tons and tons of parks and playgrounds. You can get close to the ocean there, lots of condos there…

92009….is old la costa and now they have built newer master planned communities. La Costa Resort is located here and many families go here to enjoy the amenities.

Encinitas was once a sleepy beach town, but this sleepy beach town is not sleepy anymore, with more high end shops and restaurants, it still caters to a boho, yoga vibe. Homes in Encinitas lean toward the high end and many have been remodeled into luxury homes. Encinitas includes Olivenhain, Coastal Encinitas, Cardiff, and funky Leucadia. The 101 runs through this and is full of great restaurants and yoga studios. Lots of fun bars and easy to ride your bike to.

Olivenhain is the older part of encinitas, more rural feeling and it buts up to rancho santa fe, this is more expensive area than other areas. Great for horse owners

Cardiff by the sea is along the coast, and features townhomes and single family homes that have amazing views. One of the best beaches to learn to surf, Cardiff state beach is located there. This is a very family friendly beach, with calm waves. You can also camp right on the beach at San Elijo State beach. One of my favorite things is to camp and walk over to VG’s donuts for breakfast! They have some of the best donuts in all of north county

As you can see there is so much to do in North County San Diego, beach towns to rural…if you are thinking of relocating to north county, or just want to connect, reach out to me by text, email or drop a comment below. I love to help people discover north county san diego and all it has to offer