Escondido, California

Hidden Treasure

Downtown Escondido
Downtown Escondido
Escondido Train Station
Escondido Train Station
Sip The City Festival
Sip The City Festival
Historic Escondido
Historic Escondido



Sunny Days: 300
62100 Affordability
80100 Schools
65100 Diversity
82100 Safety

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

The Best Thing About Escondido?

It's a Hidden Gem

It's hard to find a city in California that hasn't been run through the ringer and emerged unscarred but Escondido just may be the exception. Situated about 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, while not on the coast, this big suburb with mostly temperate weather is well-located in the big scheme of things. The city is going through a major downtown renovation that is revealing a brand new Mainstreet USA-type of city. Prices are cheaper than the rest of the San Diego area and yet, you're still in the San Diego area.

The Worst Thing About Escondido?

The Unhoused

Virtually all west coast cities of any size has an unhoused population. While locals crave a compassionate solution the size of Escondido makes the issue more apparent than for residents of bigger cities. This means they're more likely to complain.

Lifestyle of Escondido

Escondido is home to 150,000 people and there is a historic downtown that is undergoing a big upgrade but for most, this is suburban life; Masterplanned communities, gated housing developments, parks, community centers and plenty of ample lots. There are rural areas as well and it’s all plopped down in the middle of rolling hills and tranquil scenery with easy access to downtown and major highways (I-15) that will take you to San Diego and other coastal cities like Carlsbad and Oceanside. Most residents own but there’s more downtown development these days including luxury apartments.

The California Center for the Arts serves as a cultural hub, hosting performances, art exhibits, and educational programs. The annual Grape Day Festival is popular and the Dia de los Muertos celebration is lively.

Notable outdoor destinations include Daley Ranch Preserve, which offers a network of scenic trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding and Kit Carson Park which features scenic walking paths, picnic areas, and a pond.

Schools in Escondido

Escondido Union School District CA K-5 gets great reviews. It is also home to highly regarded private schools as well as Palomar College, a well-respected community college while Lake Hodges is served by the award-winning Poway Unified School District.

Families with children in Harmony Grove Village have access to schools in the Escondido Union School District such as Elfin Forest Elementary School and San Pasqual High School and families in South Escondido have access to notable schools including L.R. Green Elementary School and Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences. San Pasqual Valley is served by the esteemed San Pasqual Union Elementary School and San Pasqual High School.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

On The Rise

Escondido is undergoing a major upgrade to its downtown. Turning a suburban city with a small commercial district into a more authentic Mainstreet USA vibe. It's hard to find cities before they become "hot" but one of the big early alerts is when an upgrade is coming to the downtown area.

Neighborhoods in Escondido

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Lake Hodges


Lake Hodges is renowned for its strong community and outdoor recreational opportunities. At the heart of the neighborhood lies the lake itself which spans over 1,200 acres. This reservoir invites boating, kayaking, and fishing. Lake Hodges Park and the trails that wind through the hills and meadows provide for hikers and cyclists and offer playgrounds and picnic areas.

Lake Hodges has a mix of single family homes and townhomes/condos so while popular with families, there are smaller footprint options if you're empty-nested/retired or just not in the family way. Some of the housing stock is classic socal adobe but you'll also find plenty of very modern homes. The median home price is $1.5m so that beauty and nature comes with a price.

Hidden Meadows


The "center" of Hidden Meadows is the Community Center, which hosts year-round social and play (kiddo and grown-up) activities like holiday parties, fitness classes, and educational opportunities.

The neighborhood has plenty of parks with play structures, courts and green spaces for doggos and kiddos. The neighborhood is zones for nearby schools including Reidy Creek Elementary School and Bear Valley Middle School, both strong options in the district. Housing is mixed between massive new construction, older cottage/ranch style and some condo/townhome options. Homes average in the $1.5m+ but you can find some below that so Hidden Meadows can be a bargain for the area.

Harmony Grove Village


Harmony Grove Village is another beautiful neighborhood built deep in the rolling hills of Escondido. It’s one of the rare planned communities that was smartly designed within the surrounding landscapes and possesses a commitment to preserve the natural beauty of the area. That means locals have acres of open space and preserved natural habitats including an extensive network of trails for hiking, running or biking while you enjoy the views of southern California.

The Village Commons is the community's central hub. It has a resort-style pool and spa, multiple parks for outdoor play and a BBQ area for family and community events. The Village also has a sports park for the kids to play little league etc., a great dog park, and community gardens when you want to get your zen on. The neighborhood is also close to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which many consider the best zoo on the planet. Locals are typically zoned for Elfin Forest Elementary School and San Pasqual High School, both strong options in the district.
Much of the housing in the area is single-family homes, with the median price in the $800k+ range although some newer construction, larger homes can jump up in the millions quite easily.

South Escondido

Families/Young Professionals/DINKs

If you want to live in the heart of the action in the city then pick South Escondido. While it has suburban blocks it is also home to the downtown district and the highest density restaurants/bars, cafes and boutique shopping. If high walk score is important to you this is the place. Historic Grand Avenue is the center of this action and it’s in growth mode so more to come with growth in mind for this emerging Mainstreet USA-style neighborhood.

The neighborhood, while centered around downtown also has several great parks and rec areas. Kit Carson Park is one of them and it really has it all. Lots of green spaces to run around, playgrounds for the kiddos, and sports facilities for little leagues and informal games. Schools where the locals attend include L.R. Green Elementary School and Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences, which in particular is a prized academic choice.
Housing options in South Escondido are more varied than other neighborhoods due to the mix of smaller single family homes near downtown, larger newer builds in the more suburban surrounding blocks and the condos/apartments, like Villa Escondido, that surround the blocks near the commercial district.

San Pasqual Valley


Perhaps the most fabulous neighborhood in Escondido, if rural luxurious escape is on your list of requirements is San Pasqual Valley. It’s really a retreat for those happy with being apart from the city. It has a rich vineyard and general agricultural heritage, built from the lush hills on the north end of the city. Amidst this beauty you also get the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, that gives an element of rugged expedition energy to the bucolic blocks.
You also get some of the more beautiful hiking trails, including the Santa Ysabel Preserve and Daley Ranch, as well as plenty of golf, wineries, and stunning daily views of the valley. Homes here are pricey, many stretch up above $5m although the media home price is ~$2m.