The Escondido homes for sale area covers 37 square miles and is made up of zip codes (92025, 92026, 92027, & 92029 and is in a beautiful valley surrounded by colorful mountains covered by granite boulders and lush green avocado trees. The word “Escondido” means “hidden” and describes the location as well as refers to one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. For sheer natural beauty and diverse topography, it has other areas in North County real estate beat.
Escondido is located 30 miles north of downtown San Diego and 18 miles from the ocean and beach areas. It is about 100 miles south of Los Angeles. Getting to Escondido is easy. It is served by the Interstate 15 freeway (north and south) and Highway 78 (east and west). The new light rail train, the Sprinter, also travels from Escondido to the coast in Oceanside. Escondido is San Diego County’s fourth largest city with a population of 144,000. The city is made up of a diverse ethnic mix and has a medium income of $58,000. The city is governed by a mayor and four city council persons, same structure as San Marcos, its neighbor to the west. In recent years Escondido has received several prestigious awards. Money Magazine named the Escondido real estate area as the “Best Place in the West in Which to Retire.” I am proud to be one of the Escondido realtors that the magazine interviewed before they published the article. Ladies Home Journal named Escondido in the “Top 10 Cities for Government.”
In the summer downtown offers farmers markets and a sunflower fair. The fourth of July features a downtown fireworks show as well as on News Years. The new year’s celebration has become famous, by far the largest new years celebration in San Diego County, and is know as “First Night.” This premiere celebration is an alcohol free, family affair. It is a giant street party with a dozen stages, local and national bands, an extravagant fireworks show, and food from the local downtown restaurants. To the south of the city is the largest indoor shopping mall in San Diego County, North County Fair. North County fair has parking for over 4500 cars, has 160 shops, 15 restaurants, and 4 major department stores: Macy’s, Penney’s, Sears, and Nordstrom’s.
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