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Community Overview

Escondido sits just east of San Marcos and north of Rancho Bernardo. Its location is settled within gentle rolling hills which feature avocado and citrus groves. Escondido is a diverse community and one of the fastest growing cities, with a population of around 135,000. It features many restaurants, wineries, and wonderful shopping opportunities.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido also has an extensive offering of plays, musicals, and shows. Not only do they provide entertainment, but they have a wide variety of arts education programs for all ages and backgrounds. These programs provide for lifelong learning in the visual arts, music, dance and theatre.

If you happen to be in town on Friday from March 30th to September 28th, you can see American made cars pre-1974, stroll the streets throughout Historic Downtown Escondido.

The History of Escondido

Escondido was first settled by Native American Tribes, like many early San Diego towns. Then between the late 1700's and early 1800's Spain gained control. Once Mexico was able to gain its independence from Spain, the land was divided into large "ranchos". The land that is now Escondido was once Rancho Rincon del Diablo.

The Escondido History Center, located in the historic Grape Day Park, features the original Santa Fe Depot, a railroad car, the city's first library, a Victorian house, and a working blacksmith shop. The museum tour through the historic site takes you through the depot and into the railroad car. You are then able to walk inside the Victorian house and barn, while watching classes in session in the blacksmith shop on Saturday's. Exhibits are displayed within the depot and library, showcasing Escondido's rich heritage.

Type of Housing

Escondido offers homes to fit any lifestyle. From apartments, to condos, to large family homes, you won't have to worry about finding the right place as there are over 46,815 residences. There are currently close to 80 residential subdivision projects under review in the City of Escondido. These include small and large tracts, new condominium developments, and condominium conversions.

The city also offers the lowest median costs of homes in the North County area. Housing Services within Escondido analyzes low-to-moderate-income-housing needs and provides housing information and services. For first time buyers, the service also provides participating lenders in the First Time Home Buyers Program.


With Escondido located between Interstate 15 and Highway 78, it makes traveling downtown or to the coast, an easy, direct route.

Local bus transportation is provided through the Metropolitan Transit System . There are bus stops throughout the community with regularly scheduled stops every day of the week.

To be completed in December 2007, the Sprinter will provide a new connection from Escondido to San Marcos, Vista, and Oceanside. The light rail train will run 22 miles along the Highway 78 corridor, offering passenger service 7 days a week.


There are a wide variety of elementary, middle, and high schools within the area. The elementary and middle schools are a part of the Escondido Union School District. They include 15 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 1 special needs center. Escondido high schools are part of the Escondido Union High School District. This district supports three public high schools, Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual.

Two colleges just 6 miles to the east include Palomar College & Cal State San Marcos. Palomar College also offers courses at an extended location in Escondido at the Escondido Educational Center.

The Escondido Public Library is the key to an educated and involved community. They are currently exploring options for construction of a new Main Library in Escondido. This will help meet the demands of the growing population, while offering more room for services such as literacy programs.


Located only 18 miles inland, a quick drive on the 78 West, will deliver you to the gorgeous beaches of Oceanside and Carlsbad.

Lake Wohlford & Dixon Lake are a perfect spot for boating and fishing. The Daley Ranch Preserve, just before Dixon Lake, has more than 20 miles of trails on 3,058 acres, making it a wonderful place for hiking.

Escondido has many golf courses and parks including the historical Kit Carson Park which was named after the famous scout, Kit Carson, who guided Captain Fremont over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

With the Wild Animal Park just south in the San Pasqual Valley, you can see all types of animals in an open habitat ranging from butterflies to giraffes.