At just 1.8 square miles, Lake San Marcos is one of North County San Diego’s smaller communities. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality of life. Lake San Marcos is one of the area’s premier resort communities, and you’ll find everything from two 18-hole golf courses to a beautiful lake full of fish, geese, ducks, and swan. It has become popular with retirees and offers an abundance of amenities and recreational opportunities for people of all ages.
About Lake San Marcos
Lake San Marcos is home to just 4,400 people, giving it the feel of a small village. It’s just nine miles east of the Pacific Ocean and offers unobstructed cool ocean breezes all year. It is located just outside the City of San Marcos, and although it shares a school district it is its own community.
Homes in Lake San Marcos
There are currently approximately 2,500 homes in Lake San Marcos with more than 20 homeowners associations. You’ll find an array of homes available here, from condominiums and attached homes to single-family residences. Most homes are one story, and many offer great views of the golf course, lake or mountains. They come in a range of sizes and floor plans, anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 square feet. Prices start in the $300Ks and can go upwards to $1 million or more, with a median sales price of approximately $615K.
History of San Marcos
In 1946, a dam was constructed at the south end of the San Marcos Creek, which created a 40-acre lake. Because of the abundance of available water, the area became a popular place to grow avocados and other vegetables, and you can still see avocado groves dotting the hillsides in the community. In 1962, the Frazar Brothers began developing the community, increasing the lake to 80 acres and planning a lakeside community. In 1966, Lake San Marcos was deemed “the best planned community in California” in a statewide competition. The next year, the National Home Builders Association Convention awarded Lake San Marcos “the best planned lakeside community in the nation.”
Lake San Marcos amenities
There is no shortage of amenities in Lake San Marcos. In 2014, the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort was named one of the top 25 hotels in the country by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. Here residents can enjoy lakeside dining and top-notch spa services. In many of the HOA communities, residents also have access to their tennis courts, social clubs, and boating and fishing privileges on the lake.
In addition, golfers will love that there are two golf courses to choose from in Lake San Marcos. The St. Mark Golf Club is a par 71 golf course designed by Harry Rainville that features a link style experience with gorgeous backdrops. It’s perfect for players of all levels. The St. Mark Executive Course features an 18-hole layout where players can enjoy mountain views and ocean breezes.
Finally, you can’t enjoy Lake San Marcos without visiting the marina. Here you’ll find boat rentals, including kayaks, pontoons, and stand-up paddleboards. Or simply enjoy a sunset cruise.
Learn more about Lake San Marcos
This is all just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Lake San Marcos! To learn more about this wonderful community and to view the homes for sale, contact the Cristine Clark and Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We look forward to chatting with you about all your real estate needs!