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San Marcos has all the ingredients for a great lifestyle

Among rolling foothills, located a few miles from the coast is the growing North city of San Marcos. This vibrant community has a population of approximately 80,000. While it has experienced rapid growth over the last decade, San Marcos maintains a small-town atmosphere that has attracted many new residents. With local colleges, new shopping centers and great dining, San Marcos offers a great lifestyle for the people that live here.

"The city of San Marcos has done a really great job as far as planning," said Mary-Glenn Malone. She and her husband have lived here for 22 years, raising their two children who attend local high schools. "They've always looked to the future to plan for needs 20 years out and the city has done a lot of the infrastructure to handle that growth when it comes."

Homes in San Marcos
San Marcos offers a great lifestyle for the 80,000 people that live here.

Real Estate

In May, 2015the median price for single-family homes in the San Marcos zip codes of 92069 and 92078 were $512,500 and $662,750 respectively according to DataQuick.
For condos in the 92069 zip code the median price in July was $238,000; In the 92078 zip code the median condo price was $414,500.

joggers in San Marcos
San Marcos has miles of trails in the local hills perfect for walking, riding bikes or jogging.

Lifestyle

Just a few miles from the coast, the weather here is hard to beat. When it's foggy along the coast it's often sunny in San Marcos making it pleasant to enjoy miles of trails designed for walking, jogging and biking throughout the city. There is easy freeway access to all that San Diego County has to offer and Downtown San Diego is only 35 miles away. With great schools, shopping, weather, and dining San Marcos has all the ingredients that make living enjoyable.

Restaurants and Shopping

San Marcos has many great places to eat. In the heart of the city, Old California Restaurant Row has a large concentration of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. The newer Grand Plaza also has many restaurant options. Restaurants you can find in San Marcos include Applebee, Panera Bread, Chins Schezwan, Boudin San Francisco, Elephant Bar, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, PeiWei, Phil's BBQ, Churchill's Pub & Grille and Dalton's Roadhouse.


Restaurant Row sign San Marcos
Old California Restaurant row offers a tasty variety of dining opportunities.

From Nordstrom to Guitar Center, you can shop for everything you need in San Marcos. Area shopping centers include The Grand Plaza, Nordahl Marketplace, San Marcos Shopping Plaza and Lake San Marcos Shopping Center. On either side of the 78 freeway there are an abundance of furniture and home improvement stores including Lowes, Home Depot, Bassett Furniture, Thomasville, Jerome's, Plummers, Ethan Allen, Mor Furniture, and Design Source Gallery. Shopping is one of the major attractions for visitors to San Marcos.

Schools

"San Marcos is becoming known the educational hub of North County," said Malone. One of her daughters attends San Marcos High School. The other daughter attends High Tech High, an innovative charter school located in San Marcos known for its small-school settings, where students learn through projects, internships and interaction with professionals.Cal State San Marcos was built on a 304-acre hillside and founded in 1989. It has approximately 9,000 students and offers 44 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs and one doctorate in education.

A few miles to the north on a hillside there is a large "P" that can be seen from miles away. This is where you'll find Palomar College, a public two-year community college with approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is also located in San Marcos. It is a physical and occupational therapy graduate institution that provides its students with the knowledge to become skilled clinicians.

Cal State San Marcos photo
Founded in 1989, Cal State San Marcos has approximately 9,000 students. Photo by Louis Shook.


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PARKS

Community Center
3 Civic Center Dr.

Double Peak Park
San Elijo Rd and Double Peak Dr.

Corky Smith Gym
274 Pico Ave.

Sunset Park
3337 La Mirada Dr.

Woodland Park
671 Woodland Pkwy.

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SCHOOLS

Cal State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.

Palomar College
1140 West Mission Rd.

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
700 Windy Point Dr.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Foothills High School
920 Boardwalk St.

Mission Hills High School
1 Mission Hills Ct.

San Marcos High School
1615 San Marcos Blvd.

Twin Oaks High School
158 Cassou Rd.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS


San Elijo Middle School
1600 Schoolhouse Way

San Marcos Middle School
650 West Mission Rd.

Woodland Park Middle School
1270 Rock Springs Rd.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Alvin Dunn Elementary
3697 La Mirada

Carillo Elementary
2875 Poinsettia Lane

Discovery Elementary
730 Applewilde Dr.

Joli Ann Elementary
653 Poinsettia Ave.

Knob Hill Elementary
1825 Knob Hill Rd.

La Costa Meadows Elementary
6889 El Fuerte St.

Paloma Elementary
660 Camino Magnifico

Richland Elementary
910 Borden Rd.

San Elijo Elementary
1615 Schoolhouse Way

San Marcos Elementary
One Tiger Way

Twin Oaks Elementary
1 Cassou Rd.



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