This Escondido real estate spotlight features a small city of only a little less than 144,000 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
One of San Diego County’s oldest cities incorporated in 1888. “Escondido” is Spanish for “hidden”.
Only 30 miles from downtown San Diego. Situated in a narrow valley enclosed by stony hills. Taking up a total area of 37 square miles. Surrounded by unincorporated communities with small populations. Like Hidden Meadows and Jesmond Dene to the north. Rincon Del Diablo to its southeast. And Felicita Park to its southwest.
These communities use Escondido in their mailing addresses and their children attend Escondido schools.
- The Median Age of residents = 33 years;
- Percentage of Homeowners = 62%;
- Single Residents = 24%;
- College Educated = 36%; and
- Median Household Income = $56,600.
Escondido Real Estate Spotlight Neighborhoods
The 2010 U.S. Census showed nearly 99% of the population living in households.
The most important Escondido neighborhoods include:
Old Escondido bounded by Chestnut Street to its east, Escondido Boulevard to its west, Thirteenth Avenue to its south, and Fifth Avenue to its north. Most of the area consists of single-family housing.
Downtown Escondido located on Grand Avenue between Palomar Hospital and Centre City Parkway. Takes up 460 acres. Escondido Creek splits the city.
The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of 2017 showed the top employers as:
- Palomar Medical Center employing around 2,600 persons;
- Escondido Union School District with nearly 2,000 employees;
- The City of Escondido with around 1,100 employees;
- Escondido Union High School District employing around 850 persons; and
- Bergelectric with around 800 employees.
Escondido Real Estate Market
No. Bedrooms Apr 4 – Jul 3 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior
1 Bedroom $214,750 (-0.1%) $225,000 $215,000
2 Bedroom $369,500 (-1.3%) $350,000 $374,500
3 Bedroom $532,000 (+ 4.2%) $491,500 $510,500
4 Bedroom $635,000 (-1.1%) $585,000 $642,000
All Properties $520,000 (0.0%) $490,000 $520,000
Trulia also summarizes the Escondido real estate market for 2019 as:
Median Sales Price Price per Sqft Median Rent per Month
$520,000 $299 $2,600
California Center for the Arts provides live concerts, performances, events, and educational programs for the entire community.
Escondido History Center featuring the city’s first library and Santa Fe Depot. Also includes a blacksmith shop, a barn, and a Victorian House.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum includes hands-on programs and exhibits for kids up to 10 years of age focusing on regional social and natural sciences.
Escondido Public Library includes a Pioneer Room offers photos, oral histories, maps, directories, genealogical collections, and yearbooks about the history of Escondido.
Friday Night “Cruisin’ Grand” car rally featuring pre-1970 vintage cars on seven blocks of Grand Avenue.
The Betty Woodman Memorial Art Library offers art books for the local community.
The Municipal Gallery includes five galleries and five art study areas.
Grape Day Park located behind the Performing Arts Complex and the Escondido City Hall. Named after the annual grape harvests.
Daley Ranch a 3,000-acre conservation area-preserving unique biological habitats. Includes over 20 miles of six equestrian trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking. The most popular trails include Ranch House Loop Trail (2 miles) passing two ponds and the site of the original Daley’s log cabin and Boulder Loop Trail (2.5 miles) with stunning views of Escondido. View lots of wildlife like coyotes, deer, rabbits, bobcats, and hawks. Occasionally, cougars roam the area.
Dixon Lake sits outside of the Daley Ranch north of Escondido. The lake supplies Escondido’s freshwater. While prohibiting swimming, boat rentals and fishing allowed. Over 30 campsites looking out over the lake. Park entrance is free. But, the city charges $5 for every car going into the park. Lots of free parking available. The city stocks a variety of fish like Bass, Catfish, Carp, and Trout. Annually, a Trout Derby event takes place here.
Lake Wohlford located in northeast Escondido offers walking trails and allows fishing. The famous Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café sits on the north shore featuring fresh all you can eat catfish meals since 1949.
Washington Park located on the east side of Escondido offers an urban park setting. Lighted fields provide baseball, basketball, and tennis, and a 25-yard swimming pool with a water slide, and a small children’s pool. Lots of shady trees for picnics with tables.
Grove Park dedicated to the city’s agricultural history located in the Mission Park neighborhood takes up 4.5 acres.
Frances Ryan Park, a 66 acre complex with 7 soccer fields (5 with lights) provides restrooms and concession stands.
Felicita County Park sits in a lush 345-acre area within the San Dieguito watershed with large ancient oak trees. Felicity Creek flows through this county maintained park. Offers two playgrounds, 2.5 miles of walking trails, a small museum, and restrooms. Open every day from 9:30 am to sunset with $3 parking fee.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park close to Escondido as a sister park to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Offers 1,800 acres featuring African wild animals. Over 2 million people visit this park annually. Contains over 2,600 animals from over 300 species.
The Escondido World Marketplace, a flea market operating for over 40 years features new and used merchandise and food booths.
The Farmers Market offers locally grown fruits, flowers, and vegetables in downtown Escondido.
Cenote Grill offering Southwestern Mexican cuisine. Their Chili Relleno Burrito got the highest ratings from 280 reviewers.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens where 850 reviews raved about their Impossible Burger, a veggie alternative to meat.
Vintana Wine & Dine with 575 reviewers recommending their Lobster Bisque, Cioppino, and Fresh Catch of the Day.
Pho Truc Xanh specializing in Asian and Chinese cuisine. 90 reviewers liked their Orange Chicken and Steamed Dumplings.
Delight of France Bakery with 148 reviews with many raving about their Crepes and Fresh Pastries.
Bellamy’s where 141 reviews really liked their Sorbet.
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto with 194 reviews liking their fresh bread and pasta dishes.
Vincent’s 144 reviewers liked their Rack of Lamb.
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant where 110 reviewers liked their Crab/Lobster Cobb Salad.
Grand Tea Room with 68 reviewers enjoying their classy experience.
Maintained by the Escondido Union School District, the city has 33 schools.
The highest rated schools include:
Escondido Elementary Schools
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School with a 10 (out of 10) Star Rating provides public education for Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Carrillo Elementary School also earned a 9 Star Rating offering public education for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Escondido Middle Schools
Three middle schools received high rankings:
Escondido High Schools
Classical Academy High School earned a 9 Star Rating offering a charter school education for grades 9th through 12th grade.
Other highly ranked high schools include:
Our Escondido real estate spotlight focuses on a “hidden” small city in San Diego County.
Just 30 miles from downtown San Diego, Escondido where the average house sells for $520,000.
Boasting an amazing number of parks and conservation areas offering a variety of outdoor year-round activities. Plenty of museums and cultural events and great schools and fine restaurants your whole family will enjoy. Even includes a full casino for adults.
Contact Us to discover more about the benefits of buying a home in Escondido.
Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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