What is North County San Diego?

If you’re relocating to the San Diego area, you may have heard about North County. But what exactly is North County and which communities are part of it? We’ll help you get the facts straight and let you in on a few of the things that we think make North County so special.

What are the boundaries of North County?

North County features both beach and inland communities and comprises the northern half of San Diego County. Generally speaking, the area includes the neighborhoods that are situated north of where the 5 and the 805 freeways converge.

Which communities comprise North County?

North County is typically divided into two parts – inland and coastal. The coastal communities include:

  • Carlsbad
  • Oceanside
  • Encinitas
  • Solana Beach
  • Del Mar
  • Cardiff
  • Leucadia

Some of the inland communities that are part of North County include:

  • Escondido
  • San Marcos
  • Vista
  • La Costa
  • Carmel Valley
  • Rancho Bernardo

There are also unincorporated communities within North County, including:

  • Fallbrook
  • Lake San Marcos
  • Ramona
  • Valley Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe

In addition, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendelton is in the northwest corner of the county, separating the area from neighboring Orange County. The Cristine Clark and Jamie Gilman Team are experts in many of the North County communities and can help you find just the right neighborhood to suit your needs.

What kinds of houses can I find in North County?

North County San Diego is a very family-friendly area, and you’ll find a large selection of homes that are perfect for families. In fact, North County contains some of the best school districts in the area, which is one of the reasons it’s such a draw for families. In terms of home styles, you’ll find everything from Tudor hilltop estates to cozy beach bungalows. There are guard-gated communities, rural properties with room for horses, and modern mansions with ocean views. Whatever your lifestyle and tastes, there’s a North County home for you.

What are the main attractions in North County?

The area is well-known for its pristine beaches, and you’ll find plenty of places to surf, dive, play beach volleyball, or simply soak up the sun with your family. It may surprise you to learn that North County is a great place for vineyards, and there are many in the area to visit and enjoy tastings. Legoland is a must-visit place if you have kids, as well as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Nature enthusiasts will love the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, which bursts into an amazing display in the spring. And, of course, there are many parks and trails where you can hike, picnic and enjoy the outdoors. The bottom line – you’ll never run out of fun things to see and do when you live in North County San Diego.

What else do I need to know?

If you’d like more information about buying or selling a home in North County, we’d love to chat! Click here or call 760-758-1211 to speak with the Cristine Clark and Jamie Gilman Team. We love real estate and we love North County, and we’d be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

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