San Marcos

San Marcos Living

The fastest growing city in San Diego County is San Marcos. Roughly located halfway between Carlsbad on the west and Escondido on the east, it consists of two ZIP codes divided roughly by Highway 78.  ZIP code 92069 is mostly on the north side of the Highway and ZIP code 92078 is mostly on the south side.


Named after the Spanish land grant Los Vallecitos de San Marcos (Little Valleys of Saint Mark). Incorporated in 1963, the population is now almost 85,000. The city is known for its educational hub, with California State University, Palomar College, and Coleman College. The major growth happened after1956 when the first water from the Colorado River arrived. A major growth period during 1990’s and 2000’s saw a tripling of the population. San Marcos is also known for having some of the best restaurants in North County. Restaurant Row features a large concentration of restaurants and variety of cuisines.


Recreational opportunities abound with several golf courses, notably Lake San Marcos. San Marcos is home to a large population of retired persons and older adults, with a variety of businesses offering services to this population. The award winning park system in San Marcos is extensive with walking trails connecting most areas. Being a newer city, the city formed around a master plan and trail system. Lacking a “downtown” area, plans have been approved for a new major downtown Creek District and University District with homes, businesses, and slow paced streets rivaling San Diego’s Gaslamp District.


Several notable communities that call San Marcos home are Lake San Marcos, a mostly retirement community located near the center of San Marcos, award winning San Elijo Hills on the south side, Santa Fe Hills on the north side, with Twin Oaks Golf Course and homes on the northeast side. A new shopping center known as “Grand Plaza” with it’s upscale clothing stores and restaurants, opened in 2006.  Some other nearby neighborhoods in San Marcos include The Laurels, Las Brisas Pacificas, Discovery Hills, Quail Hills, and Palomar West Mobile Home Park.

San Marcos

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