San Marcos is located about 6 miles inland from the ocean and about 30 miles from downtown San Diego. The community covers about 24 square miles and, as of the 2017 census, had about 96,000 residents. Census data also indicate a fairly diverse population.

San Marcos, because of its inland location, tends to offer a warmer climate than Carlsbad. The west side of San Marcos, however, gets some of the same coastal climate (marine layer, ocean breezes, cooler temperatures). San Marcos is a mix of residential and commercial areas, as well as undeveloped space. The 78 freeway provides easy access inland to Escondido and the 15 (north to Riverside County, south to San Diego). Or west to Oceanside, the 5 freeway, the coast and the beaches. San Marcos is home to California State University – San Marcos and Palomar College.

The largest, and newest, housing area in San Marcos is San Elijo Hills. San Elijo Hills is a master planned community located on the southwestern edge of town high in the hills. Other well known neighborhoods include Santa Fe Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows, Twin Oaks Valley, and Rancho Dorado. The golf resort/residential community of Lake San Marcos, that includes a 55+ residential area. And the area around Cal State San Marcos continues to grow and change, with new commercial and residential areas (e.g., newer homes at Rancho Tessoro).

The San Marcos real estate market offers a range of housing including apartments, condos, attached and detached homes. There are several 55+ communities, and assisted living facilities. You will also find some new construction by the university currently being built (2022).

San Marcos is known for having a large commercial and retail area, with numerous shops, shopping centers, and restaurants. You’ll find a host of other service and light industrial establishments, especially along San Marcos Boulevard. While you won’t find much high-end shopping, you’ll likely find whatever you need here, with lots of choices. Examples include home improvement/remodeling, electronics, appliances, landscaping, clothing, furniture, gardening, cars/trucks, wines and liquor. There are many small businesses and non-profit organizations, too.
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Much of the shopping is located along Grand Avenue, Rancho Santa Fe Road, and San Marcos Boulevard. The latter is the main thoroughfare running roughly east and west, and becomes Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad.
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While San Marcos may not be known as an eating mecca, there are many restaurants and fast food eateries here. You’ll find a wide array of foods and styles, from extremely casual to relaxed upscale, and to fit every budget. Old California Restaurant Row, on San Marcos Boulevard, has about 14 restaurants (e.g., Fish House Vera Cruz, which includes a seafood market). You’ll find they change from time to time. If you like a variety of foods and are not looking for expensive restaurants, you will be very happy with the broad range of places to dine in San Marcos.

San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: 220028725SD
$579,999
1027
sqft
2
Baths
2
Beds
Charming 2 bedroom 2 bath end unit within walking distance to CSUSM. Well thought out floor plan. Kitchen opens to a large living area. Gated community. New Carpet installed! Entire interior of home painted! One car garage, one assigned space and ample guest parking. Complex offers a resort size pool, spa, barbeques and kids play area. Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: NDP2211516
$780,000
1560
sqft
4
Baths
3
Beds
Ideally located, pristine turn-key townhome surrounded by dedicated open space, walking trails and San Elijo Hills. Largest floorplan with full bedroom and bath on the ground floor. Open-concept kitchen and living areas. All bedrooms feature a private full bath. Meticulous ownership provides like-new hardwood and carpet flooring. Island kitchen with slab granite counters, stainless steel appliances including wine fridge, and smart home features: temperature and security. Home office / student-study area off living room. Gas fireplace, AC and ceiling fans. Walk-out deck w/ custom sunshade. The end-unit location provides ample natural light and privacy. Two-car attached garage with extra built-in storage. Community pool, spa, and BBQ. Nestled within San Elijo Hills and surrounded by miles of protected open space and walking trails. Enjoy close walking to San Elijo downtown and nearby La Costa Town Square. Top-ranked schools: Carrillo Elementary, San Elijo Middle and San Marcos High.
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: 220028633SD
$469,000
888
sqft
2
Baths
2
Beds
Ground floor 2 bedroom 2 bathroom corner unit in the Lake Park Terrace community in San Marcos. Dual pane windows to let natural light beam through the home with tasteful designer features throughout. New stainless steel appliances. Spacious bedrooms. Skip the laundromat or the burden of community laundry with your in unit laundry room. A private patio that leads to your detached one car garage. Additional assigned parking space. The complex includes a community pool, clubhouse, a park, and fitness center. Walkability to restaurants and markets and close to Lake San Marcos where you can enjoy the marina and golf course. Equipment: Range/Oven Topography: LL
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: 220028620SD
$1,295,999
2863
sqft
3
Baths
5
Beds
San Elijo Hills home on private lot, situated in the highly sought-after Crest View neighborhood of San Elijo Hills, prime location on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Beautifully maintained with upgrades throughout. Breezy trail walks to Questhaven Park playground, top-rated (Middle & Elementary) schools, town center, restaurants and shops, and all of the fantastic amenities of living in the award-winning community of San Elijo Hills. Private courtyard entry welcomes you with a wrought iron gate, tranquil fountain, detractive pavers, and updated landscaping. Highlights include surround sound, curved archways, bull nose molding, a family room fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with dual ovens and butler’s pantry, ample storage spaces, bamboo flooring, one car, and a separate large two-car garage. The flowing open concept floor plan features a desirable first-floor bedroom/bathroom suite with a walk-in shower, formal living and dining room, a kitchen overlooking the breakfast nook, and a family room. The second floor features a master suite with private retreat/optional office space, two upstairs secondary bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and an ample loft space currently used as an office or bedroom. Plus an upstairs laundry room. Step outside to enjoy multiple outdoor spaces to relax. Fully fenced-in front, side, and backyard with BBQ Island perfect for entertaining. Backyard privacy with no neighbors directly behind you! Opportunities to expand rear patio. 32 solar panels enough to support electric vehicles. Zoned for San Marcos High School. Enjoy SEH HOA community events. This is your opportunity to live in San Elijo Hills and enjoy San Elijo Hills Community Association Events, including Octoberfest, Tree Lighting, Egg Hunt, Movies and Concerts in The Park, Last Day of School Foam Party, and Laser Block Party, all included in the low monthly HOA fee of $80 a month. San Elijo Hills is recognized for its ocean & sunset views! Short trail walks to community amenities & shopping. The community includes High-ranking schools, San Elijo Elementary and San Elijo Middle School, and San Marcos High. Enjoy ballparks, soccer fields, picnic & bbq areas, playgrounds, a dog park, community center...& all are within walking/ebike distance. Enjoy the shops and restaurants along w/ the 18 miles of natural trails & 19, acre park, and 1000 acres of natural preserved open space. Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: GSL
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: PTP2207451
$899,000
1541
sqft
2
Baths
3
Beds
Welcome to this completely re-imagined Mid Century Modern, single story San Marcos home. Walking distance to SM lake, golf course close to freeways, plus tons of shopping and restaurants. RV parking. Featuring 3 bedrooms 2 full baths with an inviting light & bright open floor plan and is situated in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Quality, modern upgrades with a timeless look. Wrap around deck to the tranquil backyard. . This home has been renovated with designer touch, light & bright kitchen with modern designer finishes, all new stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops with a spacious island. all new high-end scratch vinyl flooring throughout, modern tiling on the fireplace, the bathrooms have been upgraded with custom vanities, all new fixtures. Frosted closet doors. New sliders, new dual pane energy efficient windows, & freshly painted interior/ exterior and a lot more!
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: NDP2211492
$550,000
1795
sqft
2
Baths
3
Beds
UNIQUE CUSTOM HOME is beautiful, spacious and positioned on a very private large corner lot which sits high on Loma Vista where you OWN THE LAND. This custom home has stunning 180 degrees views. Inside you are met with high ceilings, open floor with a kitchen island featuring quartz countertops with a waterfall effect. The kitchen will not disappoint. The spacious primary suite has a super walk-in closet. The primary bathroom has a large custom shower, and dual sinks. The guest bedrooms are spacious. No details were missed with this house. Outside entertaining will take place on the patio with a BBQ and a magnificent deck to enjoy your favorite beverage while you taking in a beautiful sunrise or sunset. For added storage there is a great shed/workroom/man cave that is a replica of the house. Park features heated saltwater pool, clubhouse, exercise room and sauna. Casita Del Sol is a highly desirable 55+ senior community with a low HOA of $200 per month which includes water and trash. Wonderful location close to restaurants, shopping and parks.
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: 220028515SD
$1,249,000
2326
sqft
2
Baths
3
Beds
Welcome home to this beautiful single-level home in the highly desired gated community of Stone Canyon. This home features 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms plus an optional room for a 4th bedroom or an office. Enjoy the open feeling in the kitchen while entertaining your friends and family and cozy up by the gas fireplace in the family room on those cool winter evenings. This home has been upgraded throughout current ownership that includes: built-in closet, guest bathroom shower, electrical panel, canned lighting, remodeled kitchen and more! These were all completed in 2020-2021. Relax in the low maintenance backyard that offers alot of privacy and gorgeous sunset views. This home is an absolute MUST SEE! Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: 220028510SD
$349,000
1440
sqft
2
Baths
2
Beds
Great opportunity to own your home and land in this wonderful 55+ community. No land lease or space rent! This double wide layout with spacious living room, family room, bonus sun room and attached work shed. Equipped with brand new carpet, forced air, washer/dryer and all the necessary kitchen appliances this home is move in ready just in time for the holidays! Complex Features: ,,,,, Equipment: Dryer, Washer Sewer: Sewer Available Topography: RSLP
San Marcos, CA 92078
MLS#: NDP2211413
$599,000
1288
sqft
2
Baths
2
Beds
Enjoy this lushly landscaped home located in Las Brisas Pacificas, a 55+ active community which is gated and just 15 minutes to the ocean. Low HOA's of $145 a month. This home offers: New 2022 roof and gutters, Beautiful south facing rear patio that offers shade and a sunny bright side patio perfect for gardening, green lush landscaping with 16 mature palm trees, Large master bedroom and bath have sliding doors to inviting rear patio, 2nd bedroom is currently used an office with sunny front windows, dining and living areas have vaulted ceilings, kitchen has brand new dishwasher, refrigerator and stove less than 3 years old. Front loading washer and dryer. This well cared for development offers roomy clubhouse, lovely pool and spa/hot tub, banquet facilities. Land is owned.
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