Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: San Elijo Hills - Award-Winning Master Planned Community in San Marcos

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San Elijo Hills - Award-Winning Master Planned Community in San Marcos

 San ELijo Hills in San Marcos CASan Elijo Hills, in the south west corner of San Marcos, is a highly-rated master planned community on the hills of North County San Diego (actually the highest point in the county at over 3,000 feet above sea level).


Located about 34 miles from San Diego, and a short distance from Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Elijo Hills (some of which is still under construction) was awarded the Master Planned Community of the Year in 2002 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The current population is over 6,500, which continues to increase as more homes are built and occupied.


Experience the San Elijo Hills lifestyle in this short slideshow:



Established in 2000, San Elijo Hills consists of more than 2200 homes in a number of different villages, all with easy access to a traditional Town Center (reminiscent of communities in other parts of California and back East). Once complete, there will be well over 3000 housing units. Because of the location on the hills, many homes have dramatic distant views of the ocean and panorama extending for miles to the south.


NOTE: As of 2016 more new homes are being built and more are available in 2017.


The vision of San Elijo Hills is to provide a self-contained "town" with a feeling of connectedness among its residents and the services and amenities in the local area.


 The Village Center in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos



The elementary and middle schools were built when the community was developed. There are a number of shops, services and a restaurant in the Town Center, a post office, a gas station, small "food mart," and an Albertsons Grocery Store, with more stores to be added.


 New homes in San Elijo Hills, San Marcos CAThe San Elijo Hills Town Center also includes a 30-acre educational campus and 19-acre city park. There are 1100 acres of open space and miles of hiking trails, with gorgeous views of the ocean, hills and panorama, for residents to enjoy.


There is even a Community Director, whose job is to assist residents in planning events and activities.


The main shopping area of San Marcos is perhaps a 10 minute drive, with a wide array of services, shops and restaurants. Since the community borders Carlsbad, there is easy access to the shopping, restaurants, golf, tourist attractions and beaches of Carlsbad.


Homes for sale in San Elijo Hills include condos, townhomes and detached single family homes, some in gated communities, and apartments (Copper Creek), many of which are of Mediterranean, Tuscan or Spanish style, however traditional American architecture is also evident.



The elementary school in San Elijo Hills     Dramatic views from San Elijo Hill in San Marcos



The completed Villages (at the time this article was written - that has changed) include: Acacia, Azure, Calistoga, Morgan's Corner (townhomes), Promontory Ridge, Waterford, Creekside Cottages, WestCliffe, Crest View, WestRidge Cottage Homes, Mariner's Landing, WestRidge Village (townhomes), Meridian, Woodley's Glen, Sagewood, Cambria, Saverne, Carmel, Springfield (townhomes), Cedar Crossing, Village Square (townhomes) and Copper Creek (apartments). Homes range in size from about 1,111 SF up to 4,011 SF, with up to 4.5 baths and 6 bedrooms.


 Model home in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos CA

The views from these new Villages, as well as some of the completed homes, are truly fantastic - to the ocean, north beyond Camp Pendleton, and south to La Jolla and beyond.


San Elijo Hills is a growing and thriving community nestled high in the hills of San Marcos with dramatic views and a sense of community not often found in today's new master planned neighborhoods.


If you are a first time buyer this may be a great community for you to explore, and I am happy to provide more details about the offerings available to you. But is also make work out for growing households, or those who are down-sizing.


If you are relocating and considering the San Diego area (North County) this may be an ideal community for you to settle in.


Whether you are buying or selling, or both, I am happy to sit down and discuss your housing needs and plans, and then plan a strategy to help you meet you goals. Why not give me a call at (760) 840-1360 or email me at so we can find a convenient time to talk!



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Comment balloon 6 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • March 29 2007 06:48PM


I was looking (or waiting) for this.  Excellent work, Jeff.  You really are putting out amazing stuff.  You should put a map together with click links to each one of your posts about the communities
Posted by Brian Brady, 858-777-9751 (San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Brian. I enjoy these profiles although they can be time consuming. Sometimes getting out to do the photos is the hardest part!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 11 years ago
Good information - I like the Slide Tour you have there.
Posted by Abraham Chaffin, Cambria Real Estate (Sand Shell Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks for stopping by adn for your comment, Abraham. It's appreciated.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 11 years ago


Great stuff you are doing! I hope you are saving me one of those California Cove Masterpiece @ Symphony Homes. Their models are amazing.  I am originally from San Diego (working in San Jose, CA) and would like to move into my dream home down there in five years to be closer to my family. Maybe you'll be the listing agent on one of them ;)

Jessica Bell

Posted by Jessica Bell, Realtor, RCC (Intero Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

Jessica - Thanks you. I apperciate the compliment. San Elijo Hills is a prettyneat town, and there is a diversity of hosuing to choose from. The Cove properties are gorgeous, adnt eh views are some of the most amazing in Southern California, as they are perched on top of the highest point in San Diego County. Of course that comes as a rpice, but given the size and view they are a pretty good deal as compared to homes right along the coast. Come on down!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago