Escondido California - The Hidden Gem of North County San Diego

Come for the wildlife... stay for the culture


Escondido, CA may mean “hidden” in Spanish, but it’s no secret there’s a lot going on here! It’s one of the Fastest Growing Cities in San Diego County!
Located just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and 20 minutes from the coast, Escondido is home to major attractions, beautiful wineries, craft breweries, unique arts and culture, delicious culinary experiences and a charming historic downtown.

Settled in a long valley in the coastal mountains of Southern California, the city lies about 18 miles inland, 100 miles south of Los Angeles, and 30 miles northeast of San Diego. Surrounded by avocado and citrus groves, this area offers a diverse, vibrant community with just the right mix of small town friendliness and big-city buzz.

More and more people are making this Beautiful Town their “City of Choice.” As the heart of North County San Diego, it is one of the few remaining communities where people of all income levels can enjoy the Southern California lifestyle. Escondido offers attractive homes for Sale,  in a wide range of prices, three lakes, several parks, a sports center, golf courses, restaurants, wineries, shopping centers, comprehensive healthcare and the nearby Lego Land, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

In addition, the California Center for the Arts brings world class entertainment to the area along with Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, a sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park donated by late internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle. In recent years Escondido was named by Money Magazine as the Best Place in the West in which to retire and, at the other end of the spectrum, was named a Kid-Friendly City for our broad range of youth programs. Ladies Home Journal also ranked Escondido number eight among the Top Ten Cities for Government.

In addition to the burgeoning wine scene, the area is also becoming known as a place to get your nature fix. With three major lakes (Dixon Lake,  Lake Wohlford and Lake Hodges, c0nsidered the Jewel of the San Dieguito River Park Trails ) and more than 20 miles of trails at Daley Ranch, the area is a playground for hikers, horseback riders, fishermen, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. For another kind of natural bliss, check out Deer Park Monastery, one of three Buddhist monasteries in the United States. People come to the sanctuary from all over the world to take classes on meditation and mindfulness.

Established in 1888, the city’s rich past brings charm and stability to the community. You can see it in the historic homes of Old Escondido or experience it in the thriving downtown area and the weekly blast to the past, “Cruisin’ Grand.” Yet integrated with Escondido’s treasured heritage is a progressive future, bright and brimming with promise. New jobs, new cultural amenities, new entertainment venues, new choices for residential living, and a new vision for it’s future, make it a city to watch.


Total Population 152,723 (100%)
Population in Households 150,596 (98.6%)
Population in Families 124,348 (81.4%)
Average Household Income $87,918

92025 – 49978
92026 – 48922
92027 -53881
92029 – 19021


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