North County Inland

A few miles east from North County Coastal, San Diego’s North County Inland area is home to well-known neighborhoods such as Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Scripps Ranch, to name a few. Click below to read more about each one. Click below to get in touch with us regarding a specific home in any of these neighborhoods.
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Bonsall | 92003

With a population of just over 3,500 people, Bonsall is located approximately 13 miles east of Oceanside and roughly 6 miles east of Hwy 15. This quaint community in San Diego County has multiple school options, easy access to the beautiful beaches of Oceanside, Bonsall Nature Preserve, and San Luis Reys Down Country Club. Being able to choose amongst a variety of activities and sceneries is just one of the benefits of living in Bonsall.

Ranging from urban to rural housing options, Bonsall real estate has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy being immersed in the natural beauty of northern San Diego County, or prefer the variety of restaurants and boutiques available, Bonsall provides residents with the ideal living conditions.

Carmel Mountain | 92128

Carmel Mountain Ranch is situated roughly 25 minutes northeast of downtown San Diego and just a short drive away from beautiful Del Mar. With one of the larger populations of the communities within San Diego County, Carmel Mountain Ranch features a variety of local businesses, restaurants and convenient access to a variety of San Diego attractions such as Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve, Sabre Springs, and of course, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Carmel Mountain Ranch real estate truly offers something for everyone. Whether it is attending the annual fall festival hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce, or taking a day trip to the Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve, many have flocked to the San Diego community to eventually refer to it as home.

Carmel Mountain Ranch homes for sale provide not only a beautiful residence, but a sense of belonging to this active community. While away from the coastal areas of San Diego County, those who call Carmel Mountain Ranch home enjoy all the benefits of southern California with an unparalleled sense of belonging.

Escondido | 92025, 92026, 92027, 92029

Located 30 miles north of San Diego and 18 miles inland from the coast, the city of Escondido, California in North San Diego County has scenic views, a high quality of life and an economy based on agriculture, tourism, retail, services, light industry, and high tech. Escondido—which means “hidden” in Spanish— features one of the world’s best climates with annual averages of highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Because of its desirability as a residential location, this Southern California community has more than doubled in population in the past 25 years.

The city of Escondido boasts a 52% owner occupation rate of its single-family homes, and offers the lowest median cost of homes in the North County area. The wide range of Escondido real estate and Escondido homes for sale available encompasses large hillside estates, rustic land with stunning views and many new, well-planned housing developments. Escondido real estate has long been considered a prime location.

As the owner of Escondido real estate, you’ll never run out of fun and exciting things to do! Once known for its citrus and avocado groves, Escondido has developed a new cultural dimension with the addition of the California Center for the Arts. Those who want to take a walk on the wild side will delight in The San Diego Wild Animal Park located on the outskirts of Escondido in the beautiful San Pasqual Valley.

Fallbrook | 92028

Located just 55 miles north from downtown San Diego, 18 miles from the beach and 15 miles from Temecula, Fallbrook is an unincorporated community known for its beautiful country landscapes, historic Main Street area downtown and many, many avocado groves. They have so many avocado groves in fact, that Fallbrook holds an annual avocado festival, and is known as the “Avocado Capital of the World.” With just over 29,000 residents, Fallbrook offers the best that Southern California has to offer, combined with comfortable, rustic country living.

With such a small population in such a large area, there is still a lot of great Fallbrook real estate available. Much of Fallbrook real estate features gorgeous hills, lazy winding roads, and olden oak trees. Because Fallbrook is so agriculturally based, you will find most Fallbrook real estate is in, around or near groves full of green avocado trees.

There is currently a wide range of Fallbrook homes for sale available, from delightful and quaint condos and town homes to stunning single family homes to unbelievably dazzling ranch estates. Hilltop homes overlook the lush groves of Fallbrook and offer spectacular sunset views nightly. Residents close to town have many stores, art galleries, antique shops and fine dining restaurants to enjoy. Fallbrook offers all of the amenities of the big city in a friendly small town setting.

Mira Mesa | 92126

Established in the 1950s as a residential area for the Naval Air station, nearly 80,000 residents now enjoy the diverse and unique community of Mira Mesa. One of San Diego’s largest communities, Mira Mesa is essentially an entity of its own, with a wide range of likeable homes available in this solidly established community. Nearby Scripps Ranch is a unique residential community where residents enjoy secluded homes amongst scenic countryside landscapes. Miramar was originally part of Scripps Ranch, but quickly grew into its own bustling city full of residential areas and commercial and light industrial districts.

Mira Mesa has been largely influenced by the local military community and has become a popular residential area to live off base; however, many other residents are attracted to Mira Mesa real estate due to its ideal location between the I-15 and the I-5 freeways and its close distance to downtown San Diego. In addition to great location, there are eight community parks, Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and the Lopez Canyon Open space in the area, offering a plethora of outdoors activities. Miramar Reservoir is located just across the I-15 from Mira Mesa in Scripps Ranch, and offers residents with a convenient and spacious place for recreational boating, water sports, and fishing.

There is a wide variety of Mira Mesa real estate and Miramar, Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa homes for sale in a wide price range currently available at Sandicor. Many homes are being developed alongside the multitude of high tech firms coming to the western side of town. Housing options include a mix of older and modern homes, affordable condominiums, gorgeous single-family homes, apartments, town homes and large estates. With many new job opportunities, quality schooling and beautiful parks and recreational facilities, the Mira Mesa/Miramar/Scripps Ranch area is a great place to call home.

Poway | 92064

An unincorporated community of San Diego County until 1980, Poway is a self-proclaimed “city in the country” that is home to over 48,000 residents. Although Poway lies geographically in the middle of San Diego County near Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa, it is generally described as North County inland. Poway is well known for its excellent San Diego climate, highly esteemed school district, large availability of outdoor activities and extremely low crime rate.

As the “city in the country,” much of Poway real estate offers larger backyards for more privacy; and space for a swimming pool, fire pit or trampoline; and much, much more. Although many people are led to believe Poway was an old Western cowboy town (due to their popular “Poway Days” celebration and rodeo held every year), the town was actually founded on agriculture due to the extremely fertile land in the area. Poway real estate offers the opportunity to garden, landscape and customize your home’s exterior design to your heart’s content. Most Poway real estate offers quick access to hiking trails, paths for riding horses, many popular parks and gorgeous rolling golf courses.

A large variety of Poway real estate and Poway homes for sale is available through Sandicor. Deemed home to some of the most attractive housing developments and residential areas in San Diego County, over 70% of the residences in Poway are single-family homes. While older sections of Poway have undergone transformation, and the booming downtown area of Poway offers Poway residents (known as Powegians) everything they need for day-to-day life, the community still maintains a one-of-a-kind small town charm and feel.

Ramona | 92065

Located in North San Diego County, about 26 miles northeast of San Diego near Escondido, Valley Center and Julian, Ramona is a thriving rural community home to nearly 40,000 residents. As an unincorporated town, Ramona offers residents a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of city life.

While Ramona is well known for its beautiful weather and clean air, the real highlight of most Ramona real estate is the breathtaking views of the Anza Borrego desert, the sprawling Laguna Mountains, and the many fragrant avocado and citrus orchards located in the area. A horse lover’s dream, Ramona real estate features many ranches, with many mountain trails easily accessible for horse rides. Hikers and mountain climbers especially love Ramona for its location near the mountains, and the nearby Anza Borrego desert is a favorite destination for campers. Despite the town’s unincorporated status, Ramona has its own high school that excels in the areas of academics and athletics.

Ramona real estate and homes for sale include a wide variety of single-family homes, condos, horse ranches, older homes on large estates, and luxury condos. The many Ramona homes currently available are generally more affordable than most other San Diego communities, and many include ample acreage. While small and rural, Ramona still has all the amenities of a large community. Main Street is known county-wide for its great antique stores, and Ramona also has a theater and a museum. With the many outdoor activities, recreational opportunities and great schools, Ramona is a fantastic place to live.

Rancho Bernardo | 92127, 92128

Located just 30 minutes north of Downtown San Diego, and mere minutes from the world famous San Diego Wild Animal Park in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo is a gorgeous master-planned community home to more than 40,000 residents. Rancho Bernardo is well-known for its beautiful aesthetic integrity, many private parks and golf courses, and esteemed school district. You can live in this perfect community and enjoy the wide variety of cultural, entertainment and shopping opportunities in Rancho Bernardo.

Considered to be one of the more upscale communities within San Diego, Rancho Bernardo is made up of a number of distinct neighborhoods, each offering a unique piece that completes the master-planned community. Rancho Bernardo is not only known for its great community feel, but its perfect climate, numerous parks and recreational centers, and award-winning schools too. Rancho Bernardo real estate offers gorgeous views of surrounding mountains and hills, its many golf courses and neighboring Lake Hodges (a popular hotspot during the summer).

Rancho Bernardo was mainly built in the early 1990s, making most of its homes for sale modernistic in design and style. Rancho Bernardo real estate spans a wide spectrum of price ranges for nearly every budget, and includes single-family homes, town homes, condominiums and high-end estates. Rancho Bernardo homes are well-maintained and residential development is monitored strictly to ensure proper adherence to standards, making Rancho Bernardo real estate the perfect choice for picky home buyers. Considered to be a relatively smaller community within San Diego Community, Rancho Bernardo is perfectly situated next to the I-15, which offers quick access to the few amenities the quaint town does not provide.

Rancho Penasquitos | 92129

Rancho Penasquitos is situated just off of the Ted Williams Freeway, east of Poway and west of Del Mar. Somewhat larger than other communities in San Diego, Rancho Penasquitos has a population of roughly 55,000 residents and is home to a variety of local business, restaurants, schools, and parks. The word “penasquitos” is Spanish, meaning little crags, or rocks, which is appropriate for the beautiful landscape of this northern county community as it is adjacent to a canyon and the Black Mountain Open Space Park. Residents of Rancho Penasquitos enjoy a variety of activities around their community such as a plethora of walking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Rancho Penasquitos real estate is not only desired by those looking to be near the mountains, but is also sought after due to its close proximity to the ocean and coastal community of Del Mar. As it is slightly inland, the feeling one receives in Rancho Penasquitos is more relaxed and familial than in some of the coastal communities. With the option of heading into the mountains, relaxing on the beach, or catching a day at the races in Del Mar, Rancho Penasquitos real estate has everything one could possibly ask for in a San Diego community. With its larger population, but geographical size, Rancho Penasquitos residents have the ability to stay in their own neighborhood while having access to a variety of businesses, restaurants, schools, and recreational opportunities.

Many Rancho Penasquitos homes provide breathtaking views of the mountains, while still being able to feel the cool ocean breeze. As it is located off of the Ted Williams Freeway, Rancho Penasquitos homes for sale allow residents to easily access the surrounding communities of Poway and Del Mar, so you will never run out of things to do. This community has so much to offer with its perfect location, temperate weather, and variety of amenities, you will not want to miss out on the currently listed Rancho Penasquitos homes for sale.

San Marcos | 92069, 92078

Incorporated in 1963, San Marcos is one of the relatively newer cities in San Diego County. Located in North County, San Marcos is 30 miles from downtown, 12 miles from the beach, and just minutes from Escondido, home of the world famous San Diego Wild Animal Park. San Marcos is well known as the home of California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), a public, co-educational university in the California State University system. San Marcos is also home to Palomar College, a public two-year community college, the gorgeous Lake San Marcos Country Club, and Old California Restaurant Row which features some of the best cuisine in North County. With just about 83,000 residents, San Marcos is still growing.

San Marcos real estate and San Marcos homes for sale can be found all over the city known as the “Valley of Discovery.” The city has rapidly grown over the last 10 years, yet has still maintained a small town atmosphere with a mixture of country and city lifestyles. The beautiful mountains surrounding San Marcos offer a gorgeous backdrop for many homes, while San Marcos real estate actually located in the San Marcos mountains provide spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

San Marcos real estate and homes for sale range in size from moderate condominiums near CSUSM, to affordable single family homes, to luxurious San Marcos homes for sale in the more upscale communities. With a full offering of businesses, and the popular range of restaurants in Old California Restaurant Row, San Marcos residents enjoy all the amenities of a big city in a beautiful small town setting.

Santaluz and Crosby | 92127


Santaluz gives the impression of living at a resort rather than a community in San Diego County. Adjacent to Rancho Santa Fe and just south of Escondido, the community of Santaluz is truly living at its finest. The most prominent feature of Santaluz is the fact that it is a community designed around the golf course and the other resort-like amenities. The community is just 3,800 acres and at the peaks of which, one is able to see the coast on a clear day. Santaluz provides an unparalleled level of comfort and prestige for the residents who have chosen to call this area home. 

Santaluz real estate is in high demand and when available, is heavily sought. Since the community is only 3,800 acres, it possesses a country club atmosphere, with a variety of activities and amenities suited for families of all ages. Whether it is a day on the links, or a morning at the spa, Santaluz real estate enables residents to relax in style without ever having to leave the boundaries of the community. Named the “Best Master Planned Community in Southern California,” by the Building Industry Association, this community has been carefully laid out with the goal of preserving the natural character and setting of its location. 

Santaluz was purposely designed to enhance the natural beauty of the area and you will immediately understand this when you explore the Santaluz homes for sale. The architecture of each home has been designed such that it portrays early classical Californian architecture while simultaneously embracing the natural landscape. Some Santaluz homes for sale provide residents with breathtaking vistas of either the foothills to the east and the Pacific Coast to the west. Santaluz homes for sale are not to be taken for granted and you will realize why once you have explored all there is to offer with Santaluz real estate.

The Crosby

Perhaps no person was closer to symbolizing the style and charm of Rancho Santa Fe more than Bing Crosby.  For Bing, Rancho Santa Fe was more than a retreat from the rest of the world; it was a place of warmth and sharing with friends and family. 

Like all who experience this place, Bing was inspired by the history of Rancho Santa Fe and the vision of architect Lillian Rice, who, in the 1920s, created the look and feel of the Village.  He even purchased one of the original Village adobe homes – The Osuna House – and commissioned Rice to design a complementary residence.  In so doing, Bing joined the legacy of these gentle hills between mountains and sea.  The shape of the terrain dictated the layout, and the course itself respects the rugged beauty of the land. 

The Crosby Club draws inspiration from these historic structures and from the land itself.  With each passing year the original idea is validated.

Scripps Ranch | 92131

Serendipity was at work when newspaperman E.W. Scripps came to California in 1890 to see his ailing sister, Annie (Julia Anne), in Alameda. Seeing that she was on the road to recovery, he boarded a steamship for a four-day visit to San Diego. He didn’t think much of it, describing it as a “busted, broken down boom town,” but as he traveled north, he became more and more excited. The climate and the foliage reminded him of Algeria, one of the few places in the world where he had remained free of colds that had plagued him all his life. Arriving at a barren, arid mesa 16 miles from town, he decided to build a home, Miramar, named after the Archduke Maximilian’s castle in Trieste, Italy.

He and his mentor, his beloved half-sister, Ellen Browning Scripps, purchased 400 acres of what is today Scripps Ranch for $5,000. Only 30 acres were to be E.W.’s, for his home and grounds; the rest would belong to Ellen. Eventually he acquired 2,100 acres, becoming a laughingstock for investing in the stony, treeless, waterless, hopeless acreage. Undaunted, he immediately started to build what he thought would be a “winter” home, to which he could escape during the cold months in Illinois.

He supervised construction of the ranch for eight years, completing the adobe east wing in 1898. By 1900 it became the family’s year round home, with E.W. seldom leaving it until 1917. He modeled the permanent residence, his dream home, after the architecture in North Africa, building three sides of a square around a paved courtyard with a fountain in the center and turreted rooms on three corners. The estate grounds were covered with citrus, pine, eucalyptus, and other beautiful trees, some of which still stand at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Dr.

Ellen lived at Miramar until 1897 while her home in La Jolla was being built, but sisters Annie and Virginia, and brother George also lived in the mansion at various times. Fred, another brother (there were 13 siblings), had attempted to grow a lemon orchard on the ranch, but was unsuccessful in the effort.

E.W., whose pride and joy in Miramar never waned, conducted most of his business from the ranch, only occasionally making trips to his many newspaper offices around the country. He loved the quality of life it afforded him and his family, just as today’s residents do.

Valley Center | 92082

Valley Center is a community with a population just over 7,000 residents and is located in North Central San Diego County, approximately 10 miles northeast of Escondido and San Marcos. To the immediate east is the community of Hidden Meadows and to the north, Pauma Valley. Poised to expand, Valley Center provides residents with beautiful views of Palomar Mountain State Park in the distance as well as moderate temperatures year round. Many parcels of land in Valley Center have at least two acres, creating a feel of small community, with large amounts of space. Though Valley Center does not have a large business area, its close proximity to Escondido and San Marcos grants residents the best of both worlds; solitude at home with the ability to access a variety of nearby amenities and attractions.

Valley Center real estate is comprised mostly of large detached homes on large property lots. Though this Valley Center does not have a large amount of local businesses, it makes up for it in its sense of community, with such yearly events as the Valley Center Western Days, which is an event in which the community gathers together at the local community center for a rodeo. Valley Center real estate is in high demand by those looking to relocate to a community in San Diego County that offers a sense of solitude and space, but is not completely removed from the perks of living near big cities.

Residents of this community enjoy spacious living with easy access to the larger cities of Escondido and San Marcos. Valley Center homes for sale are perfect for those looking to escape the commotion of more crowded communities without leaving behind the ability to enjoy multiple options for shopping and dining. Explore this North Central San Diego County community and the variety of Valley Center homes for sale.

Vista | 92083, 92084

Named one of the “50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family,” Vista has over 96,000 residents who enjoy its close proximity to the beach, mild climate, great schools, and special attractions. The city is located just seven miles from the beach, boasts an average daily temperature of 74° Fahrenheit, and offers over 25 top schools for children. With six times the national average number of parks, residents take part in a number of outdoor activities year-round.

In a 2008 review of factors such as jobs and business opportunities, education, climate, and cost-of-living, Vista was listed as the seventh-best place in the United States for family life. Strict zoning has kept Vista’s rural natural surroundings intact, but Vista real estate is readily available with many Vista homes for sale featuring open designs and beautiful, indigenous vegetation and landscaping.

With a name that means “view” in Spanish, you can be sure a majority of Vista real estate overlooks breathtaking landscapes and stunning scenery. Available Vista homes for sale include a mixture of classic Spanish homes reminiscent of California’s historical roots combined with modern condominiums, town houses and homes. A business park home to over 800 companies (including a water park, movie theater, two city-supported theatrical amphitheaters and many great restaurants) serves nearly all the needs of residents, making Vista the perfect place to find your new home.