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San Marcos Real Estate

Mostly known as the home of California State University San Marcos, this community in San Diego’s North County is also an attractive place for families and businesses. With a growing population of over 70,000, San Marcos is a well-planned community that takes into account the present and future needs of the residents and business owners. Located along Highway 78 between Interstates 5 and 15, San Marcos is a great place for an easy commute to anywhere else in San Diego County.

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From its beginnings as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad line in 1887, and located in a prosperous valley between mesas, San Marcos developed first as an agricultural area, with farms, dairies, and poultry, and then as a growing small business area in the 1950s when potable water from the Colorado River began to be brought into the area, and Highway 78 was built which enabled commuters to live in the area. In 1963, the city was incorporated and growth took off in the 1980s and 1990s.

San Marcos has always been interested in developing a solid educational infrastructure and now boasts nine elementary schools, an English-learner academy, two middle schools, and two high schools including newly built Mission Hills High School which opened in August 2004. In addition, San Marcos is the home of three colleges: Coleman College, Palomar Community College and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) which opened in 1989 with a modern campus and has continued to stay current with the latest technology, science labs, and computer labs. The growth of Cal State San Marcos has led to great opportunities for young people in the area that helps the city’s robust economy.

San Marcos has low unemployment, low taxes, a low crime rate, and offers a great family atmosphere. Transportation is made easy in the city and for commuting by the proximity of State Route 78 as an outlet to Interstates 5 and 15, as well as excellent bus service, and just six miles to the Palomar Airport and 35 miles to the San Diego Airport.

Within San Marcos are master planned, award-winning communities with a wide range of housing prices and designs. Quality parks and trails, as well as community-wide recreation programs ensure plenty of outdoor activities for families and individuals to take advantage of the Southern California lifestyle. The city is also involved in the preservation of San Marco Creek and the habitats throughout the area. And San Marcos also offers fine hospitals and clinics and is expanding the private nursing care facilities for elderly residents.

San Marcos is one of the older communities in San Diego County, but it has always shown a forward-thinking tendency, as in its successful bid for Cal State to come into the area and for its look at environmental and transportation issues that create solutions to problems before they become unmanageable. San Marcos is indeed a progressive city in the North County, one that takes care of its residents and its businesses and invites visitors in to enjoy the atmosphere and consider staying.


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