Escondido Real Estate - A Tour of Escondido: A Diverse Inland San Diego Community

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Escondido CA - A Diverse Inland Community


Escondido, California is located about 14 miles inland from Carlsbad and adjacent to San Marcos, just west of the I-15 freeway running north and south, given Escondido easy access to San Diego and points north in Riverside County, including Temecula and its famed wine country


Downtown Escondido - Jeff DowlerREAD MORE:

The Escondido City Website

Escondido Community Profile (a lengthy detailed summary of Escondido)


Here are a few tidbits to get you started: 

  • One of the oldest cities in San Diego County, founded in 1888, covering an area of about 36 square miles with 3 lakes


  • The population is around 140,000, of which approximately 51% are Caucasian per the 2000 census


  • Some of the quiet treelined streets of Escondido - Jeff DowlerThe economy is diverse, based on agriculture, tourism, retail, services, light industry, and high technology


  • The climate is mild, but warmer than you will find along the coastline in Carlsbad; average high temperatures range from 68 to 87 degrees


  • Residents in Escondido attend a variety of schools in the Escondido Union School District - there are 7 high schools, 19 elementary schools and 5 middle schools


  • Escondido is home to the San Diego Wild Life Park - a fabulous zoo to visit in a setting more open and very different from the San Diego Zoo 

Downtown Escondido - Jeff DowlerEscondido occupies a valley surrounded by residential areas on hills on three sides.

The community has a fairly significant downtown area with a very broad range of services and shopping (including large stores like Lowes to small clothing, antique, furniture and jewelry retailers), casual and upscale dining (especially in the growing area along Grand Avenue), a major hospital - Palomar Medical Center, and the very popular, well known, and impressive California Center for the Arts which includes a museum and a concert hall.


Looking down on the downtown area of Escondido - Jeff DowlerHousing in Escondido crosses many lines, from million-dollar hillside and view homes to mobile home parks, from contemporary condos to apartments, to vintage bungalows to Spanish style tract homes, from equestrian farms and orchards to hillside hide-a-ways...pretty much anything you can imagine, and cutting across a broad budget.


Overall housing in Escondido is significantly less than you will find along the coast 20 - 30 minutes away. 


As of the date of this article there were  592 detached Escondido homes for sale , ranging from $74,900 (for a 2 bedroom 2 bath 616 SF home) to a fabulous 11,500 SF home with 6 bedrooms and 6 baths (plus 2 half baths) for $5.35 million.


The more exclusive areas include the rural Elfin Forest area, Lake Hodges, Harmony Grove and Eden Valley, as well as Rimrock Estates and Hidden Meadows. There are also charming bungalows and small vintage homes along tree-lined streets close to the downtown area for under $350,000. 

An orange orchard in the hihlls on the outskirts of Escondido


The average price of an Escondido detached home sold  in 2009 is $291,094, down 50% from the peak average for 2006 of $582,744.


There are 151 attached Escondido homes for sale (condos, townhomes) at the current time. With prices that have dropped significantly in the last several years you can find a good number of 1 and 1 bedroom condos for under $100,000. Current pricing for attached homes ranges from $50,000 (that, for a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo) up to $455,000 for a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath new construction condo with 1772 SF of living space. 


The average price of an attached home sold thus far in 2009 is $114,742 (55 days on market, selling at 95% of asking price). This represents a 64% drop in average price since 2005 (YTD average was $318,312) and a dramatic increase in affordability.


NOTE: July 2018:

The average price of a detached single family home is now $608,360, and $332,833 for attached homes (condos and town homes). You can read the market report for June 2018 here.


Escondido is home to a diverse population and diverse economy about 25-30 minutes from the beaches, with housing that has become significantly more affordable than along the coast. If living in an inland community away from the marine layer, coastal fog and cooler temperatures of the coastal communities appeals to you, why not check our the Escondido real estate market.


California Center for the Arts in EscondidoFor a complete list of Escondido homes that meet your criteria, you can search the entire inventory by clicking on the photo to the right >>>>>>>.


Or if you prefer please give me a call at (760) 840-1360 and let me know what you are looking for and I will send you a customized list.



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Comments (12)

Kymberley Page - Quail Valley, CA
The Magic is in the Marketing!

Spectacular post Jeff, as Escondido Resident, So Cal native, and returning Real Estate Agent, I believe Escondido offers all the best of San Diego and Southern California as well.  You can live rustic and privately  just seconds from freeway access and all the conveniences of city life. 


ps. Thanks for providing a standard to strive for.

Mar 25, 2009 02:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Kymberly. I agree - it offers alot in terms of a growing community and housing affordability. I appreciate the compliment.


Mar 27, 2009 01:38 AM
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Jeff - Simply outstanding and informative report.  anyone can get a good idea about this community from your market report.

Feb 14, 2011 08:23 AM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Thanks for the mention of the Temecula Wine Country!  Tying in all of the area really does give readers the big picture!

Aug 10, 2011 04:45 PM
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Jeff: Wonderful report. It really pulls the entire area together and entices the reader to want to know more.

Aug 10, 2011 10:10 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Nice presentation of Escondido Jeff Dowler - As much time as I lived in SoCal, I never spent much time there.  I came to this post off the link on your latest post! Thanks for sharing.

Sep 19, 2016 12:26 AM