10 most affordable places to live in North County San Diego

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top 10 affordable places to live in North County San Diego

Here are the 10 most affordable places to live in North County San Diego. There are 2 coastal cities in this affordable list: Oceanside, CA and Vista, CA. The rest of these affordable cities in North County are located inland. Consider that although these cities are cheaper than these expensive places, North County still has the highest priced homes in the county of San Diego.

#1 Bonsall, California

Bonsall CA
Bonsall CA

The median home sales price in Bonsall, CA is $909,000 as of December 2022.

Bonsall is a small, rural community located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its equestrian facilities, avocado groves, and scenic countryside. The community is home to several wineries and is a popular spot for horseback riding and other outdoor activities.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Bonsall, CA:

#2 Valley Center, California

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Valley Center, CA

The median home sales price in Valley Center, CA is $818,950 as of December 2022.

Valley Center is a semi-rural community located in the foothills of the Palomar Mountains in San Diego County, California. It is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and historical significance. The area is home to several parks, including the Hellhole Canyon Preserve, which offers hiking and biking trails.

A majority of the new homes built during the pandemic are located in Valley Center, CA.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Valley Center, CA:

#3 Fallbrook, California

Fallbrook CA
Fallbrook, CA

The median home sales price in Fallbrook, CA is $755,000 as of December 2022.

Fallbrook is a semi-rural community located in northern San Diego County, California. It is known for its avocado groves, and the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, held annually in April. The community is also home to several parks, including the Live Oak County Park.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Fallbrook, CA:

#4 San Marcos, California

San Marcos CA
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The median home sales price in San Marcos, CA 92069 is $740,000 as of December 2022. San Marcos CA 92069 is currently the cheapest zip code in San Marcos CA zip codes. The other zip code is 92078.

San Marcos is a city located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its top-rated schools. Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) and Palomar College are located here. There are many outdoor recreational activities available here. The city is home to several parks, including the Double Peak Park, which offers hiking and biking trails, and the Discovery Lake, which features a playground and fishing opportunities.

Kaiser Permanente’s new state of the art hospital is scheduled to open here in 2023.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in San Marcos, CA:

#5 Vista, California

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Vista, CA

The median home sales price in Vista, CA 92083 is $717,500 as of December 2022. Vista CA 92083 is currently the cheapest zip code in all of Vista CA zip codes. The other zip codes in Vista are 92081, 92084.

Vista is a city located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its strong economy, growing population, and proximity to outdoor recreational activities. The city is home to several parks, including the Guajome Regional Park and the Brengle Terrace Park, which offer hiking and biking trails, as well as playgrounds and sports fields, and a large farmer’s market which takes place on Saturdays.

The Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista hosts many outdoor events, plays, and concerts.

Downtown Vista CA is experiencing one of the fastest redevelopments in North County San Diego. The transformation is evident when you drive through Paseo Santa Fe and Main Street. There are lots of new hip restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and new businesses popping up here.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Vista, CA:

#6 Oceanside, California

The median home sales price in Oceanside CA 92057 is $694,950 as of December 2022. Oceanside CA 92057 is currently the cheapest among all Oceanside CA zip codes. The other zip codes in Oceanside are 92054, 92056, and 92058.

Oceanside CA
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Oceanside is a coastal city located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its beaches, surf culture, and military presence. Camp Pendleton is located here. The city is home to several parks, including the Oceanside Harbor Beach and the Buccaneer Beach Park, which offer swimming, sunbathing, and fishing opportunities. Oceanside is also home to the Guajome Regional Park, which features hiking and biking trails, as well as a lake for fishing.

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Oceanside CA

With all its recent redevelopment efforts, Downtown Oceanside is now home to many upscale hotels and resorts.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Oceanside, CA:

#7 Ramona, California

Ramona CA
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The median home sales price in Ramona, CA is $690,000 as of December 2022.

Ramona is a semi-rural community located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its scenic countryside, equestrian facilities, and outdoor recreational opportunities. The community is home to several parks, including the Ramona Grasslands Preserve and the Ramona Oaks Park, which offer hiking and biking trails.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Ramona, CA:

#8 Escondido, California

Escondido CA
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The median home sales price in Escondido, CA 92027 is $662,500 as of December 2022. Escondido CA 92027 is currently the cheapest among all Escondido CA zip codes. The other zip codes in Escondido are 92025, 92026.

Escondido is a city located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its strong economy, growing population, and proximity to outdoor recreational activities. The city is home to several parks, including the Daley Ranch, which offers hiking and biking trails, and the Kit Carson Park, which features playgrounds, sports fields, and Dixon Lake for fishing.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Escondido, CA:

#9 Pauma Valley, California

The median home sales price in Pauma Valley, CA is $500,000 as of December 2022.

Pauma Valley is a semi-rural community located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its scenic countryside, golf courses, and outdoor recreational opportunities. The community is home to several parks, including the Pauma Valley Community Park and the Palomar Mountain State Park, which offer hiking and biking trails.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Pauma Valley, CA:

#10 Pala, CA

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Pala is a semi-rural community located in San Diego County, California. It is known for its scenic countryside, casino and outdoor recreational opportunities. The community is home to the Pala Casino Spa & Resort, which offers a variety of entertainment options, including a casino, spa, and concert venue. Additionally, the Pala Mission, a historic Catholic mission, is located here.

Currently, this is the total number of available homes for sale in Pala, CA:

Sources: North San Diego County Realtors HomeDex Report, Local MLS

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