Located in the heart of North County, Escondido is located inland about 30 miles north of Downtown San Diego. The word Escondido means “hidden” in Spanish, and the city lies in a shallow valley surrounded by rocky terrain, about 18 miles from the coast.

The city has a total area of 37.0 square miles (96 km2) and is central to all San Diego area attractions.

Escondido is also a gateway to the wide array of area landscapes – high desert, low desert, mountains, coastal, and downtown are all within an hour or so drive.

Escondido still has a Mediterranean climate where avocados and citrus fruits can thrive.

Being farther inland, the summer time is usually much warmer than the coastal cities. High temperatures average from 68° F to 89° F, but winters are always cool and comfortable. Overall, the average temperatures vary from 56° F in December to an average of 76° F in August, with annual average rainfall of 15.2 inches and 263 sunny days per year.

Escondido is one of the larger cities in the area. According to the 2010 US Census, the population was 143,911 (estimated at 150,243 as of 2014). The population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 10.7% aged 18 to 24, 28.5% aged 25 to 44, 22.6% aged 45 to 64, and 10.5% of the people who were 65 years or older. The median age was 32.5 years.

The median family income is $48,456, slightly lower than the CA state average of $53,025. There are 23 public schools across 2 school districts and over 20 private or catholic schools serving the area.

In Escondido You’ll Find Plenty to do, See and Taste!

With a rich history, this town is loaded with parks and recreation centers, 6 golf courses, 4 outdoor markets, and plenty of live music and events. It is also home to the upscale Westfield North County Mall, a huge 3-level shopping center.

From wildlife, to wineries and craft breweries, there are multiple and diverse arts and culinary experiences.

Some of the great attractions here include the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, a unique performing arts complex, museum, and conference center; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park; Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens; Queen Califia’s Magical Circle (an amazing sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park created by the late world-acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle), Cruisin’ Grand Escondido (a pre-1975, classic car event), the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum; and Daley Ranch, a wilderness preserve with extensive hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

The charming downtown has a historic feel with eclectic shops, boutiques, museums, theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars, all right next to quaint neighborhoods of small bungalow and ranch-style houses.

John Paul the Great Catholic University is located here in Escondido and both Palomar College and Cal State University are located in the neighboring city of San Marcos.

18 hospitals are located within 25 miles of Escondido. Most notably, the massive Palomar Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Escondido, CA, with 531 doctors.

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Price Change - yesterday
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,560
SQFT
2336 Rancho Diego Ct
Escondido, CA 92029
Southwest Escondido Subdivision
$999,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,250
SQFT
1624 Quail Ridge Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
Price Change - 6 hours ago
$69,500
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,344
SQFT
2280 E Valley Pkwy #78
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
$160,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,573
SQFT
2700 E Valley Pkwy Spc 229
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$569,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,900
SQFT
1527 Tibidabo Dr
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,930
SQFT
1121 E Mission Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$929,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,136
SQFT
10385 Eagle Lake Drive
Escondido, CA 92029
Southwest Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$465,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,420
SQFT
2121 Holly Ave
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$449,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,420
SQFT
661 Maywood St
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$520,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,828
SQFT
1958 Firestone Drive
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,538
SQFT
3177 Via Montaneta
Escondido, CA 92029
Southwest Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$569,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,100
SQFT
2585 Reed Road
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,368
SQFT
2193 Via Cascabel
Escondido, CA 92027
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$335,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,151
SQFT
2400 W Valley #145
Escondido, CA 92029
 
New Listing - yesterday
$589,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,880
SQFT
1415 S Maple Street
Escondido, CA 92025
 
New Listing - yesterday
$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,207
SQFT
3117 Mode Dr
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$369,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
960
SQFT
515 N Fig Street
Escondido, CA 92025
East Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$349,900
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,892
SQFT
8975 Lawrence Welk Drive #233
Escondido, CA 92026
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$338,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,828
SQFT
8975 Lawrence Welk Dr #400
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
728
SQFT
825 N Fig St.
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision

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