For years, our family lived off of Discovery and it seemed that we really only knew what was going on in Discovery Hills and along San Marcos Blvd. After that, we moved into San Elijo Hills and because of our location, we became more familiar with what was going on in Encinitas and Carlsbad and less about San Marcos.
Today, we live over by CSUSM and once again, we’re find ourselves very aware of what is going on over here and less about the other neighborhoods.
I’ve always wished our City felt more connected. Why doesn’t Twin Oaks know what’s going on in San Elijo Hills? Or why doesn’t San Elijo Hills know what’s going on in Richmar? What would happen if we got to know each other a little better? What if we SHARED what’s working in each of our neighborhoods? What if we supported each other? What if we considered what is going on in our neighborhood from not only our own perspective, but that of the entire city?
Once in a while, I drive into another area of San Marcos – and I am amazed at the new projects. Have you driven through Lake San Marcos lately? What about Palomar Station? Or Richmar? San Elijo Hills? Everywhere you look, there’s something to discover.
An interesting bit of San Marcos history – we’ve always been made up of separate neighborhoods. Before we incorporated, San Marcos was really three separate neighborhoods: Twin Oaks, Richland and Barham. It wasn’t until the railroad came through in the late 1800s that we were brought together and it’s why the heart of our City is over near Mission Rd. where the tracks run through.
Today, the City of San Marcos is made up of 8 unique neighborhoods. I recently sat with Eric Flodine, a member of the Planning Commission for an overview, and it was fascinating to discuss what makes each neighborhood unique and how all of it ties together within our Planning Area.
If you’ve ever had an interest in City Planning, attend a Planning Commission meeting and learn about all of the new development projects going on throughout San Marcos. You’ll find the next meeting on our calendar page and website.
Our City has experienced significant growth in the last 20 years and we still have a lot of significant projects that will be developed during the next 20 years. It’s pretty cool to get the inside view.
We’re going to spotlight some of those projects – both recent and future – in upcoming issues of SHARE. Meanwhile, attend those public workshops when you get notices in the mail. Pop into a Planning Commission meeting. Share your thoughts.
San Marcos is still developing and as residents here and now, we are impacting the future of the entire City – right in our own backyards. So, get to know San Marcos! It’s a great place and with an engaged community, it will just keep getting better.
This area has a mix of residential, commercial, open space and park. It’s also home to CSUSM. A wide mix of homes are here – from single-family to estate residential and, of course, higher density apartments and condo complexes close to the university. The new Creekside District is also under development and will be the source of a lot of new growth in the years ahead.
The western part of this area of town is mostly lower density residential single-family neighborhoods, along with four mobile home parks. But, it also includes lots of industrial space. Old California Restaurant Row and the movie theater are all part of this neighborhood. As is Furniture Row, Palomar Community College Transit Station and Bradley Park.
College Area Neighborhood
This area is mainly residential with Santa Fe Hills as the largest planned development. Home to Palomar Community College, this area also houses Palomar Elementary School and San Marcos Middle School. You’ll also find lots of commercial and light industrial land uses along South Santa Fe Road and West Mission Rd.
Lake San Marcos Neighborhood
Lake San Marcos is actually not part of the planning area of San Marcos because most of it lies outside of the City’s municipal boundaries. This area is mostly residential, but if you’ve driven around the Lake recently, you’ll see all sorts of new development (residential, commercial and office) popping up. San Marcos High School sits on the edge of this neighborhood.
Questhaven/La Costa Meadows Neighborhood
This neighborhood is home to two large adopted specific plans: San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch – both of which are still developing. If you haven’t explored Double Peak Park yet, you don’t know what your missing! The southern portion of this area used to be the San Marcos Landfill, but this 200-acre area has been replanted with native coastal sage scrub and will remain designated as open space.
This was one of the first communities in San Marcos to develop. It’s primarily single-family residential developments, except a lot of commercial has developed along East Mission Rd and the 78 – such as Nordahl Marketplace. Knob Hill Elementary, Woodland Park Middle School and Mission Hills High School are all in the neighborhood. Several parks are here as well: Hollandia Park, Knob Hill Park, Montiel Park and Woodland Park.
This is the smallest of the eight neighborhoods, but lots of new things here. Connors Park, which opens this month, Westlake Village, and the new San Marcos Elementary School. City Hall and the Community Center are also here, as well as the Civic Center Transit Station served by the SPRINTER.
Twin Oaks Valley Neighborhood
More than half of the neighborhood is outside of the corporate boundary of San Marcos. This is the place to go to experience a more rural environment. An active equestrian community thrives here as well as agricultural uses – mainly flowers and vegetables. There is also grape production in Twin Oaks Valley – and Twin Oaks Valley Golf Course.