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Get to know Fallbrook

Fallbrook is located in northwest San Diego County, California. Here you’ll find 56 square miles of bucolic rolling hills and valleys, blanketed by citrus & avocado groves, vineyards, and many lush & varied growing grounds — a place away from the hustle and bustle, but that still offers easy access to shopping, activities, culture, and so much more.


Topography & Community

Fallbrook is a rare gem — a semi-rural residential community near the Southern California coast

Just 14 miles from Pacific coast beaches and 45 miles north of downtown San Diego, the greater Fallbrook region is defined by a gentle rolling topography filled with open spaces and sweeping vistas to distant mountains. Here you’ll find lots of fresh air, and (with an average population density of barely one resident per acre) room to spread out.

The community of Fallbrook is anchored by a quaint and historic small town center, which is often referred to as the “Village.” The Village serves as the heart of the community and provides nearby residents and businesses with convenient access to a wide variety of services and goods. Founded in 1869, Fallbrook still retains the kind of small town authenticity that has vanished from most Southern California near-coastal communities. A number of Fallbrook residents and business owners have roots dating back decades – even generations. People know each other here and it’s not uncommon to run into friends and neighbors while in and about town.

Fallbrook’s history is steeped in agriculture and ranching, but in more recent times the area has become an inviting and approachable residential community. The Fallbrook zipcode is bounded by Camp Pendleton to the west, Bonsall & the San Luis Rey River to the south, Pala & Rainbow to the east, and De Luz & the Santa Margarita River Valley to the north. The Village has a population of around 30,000 with another, perhaps, 10,000 residents living in the outlying areas.


Real Estate Choices

Fallbrook offers a wide variety real estate options and lifestyles

For home buyers, there are a variety of housing opportunities in the area. The Village district is comprised of predominantly smaller homes and properties, while the outlying areas are generally characterized by larger homes and larger real estate parcel sizes.

Vintage Fallbrook Cottage.

In and near the Village, buyers can find nice homes and cottages starting at $300,000 – $350,000, but there are also some decidedly more upscale streets and newer developments with larger, more luxurious homes starting at $450,000 – $550,000. Looking farther from the town center (north, east, and south), most lots are zoned one acre or larger. Entire segments of these outlying areas are zoned almost exclusively 2-4 acre minimum building lots. In these estate-zoned areas, most residences will start at $550,000 to $600,000 and go up from that price range. Many spectacular $1,000,000 to $3,000,000-plus properties are perched strategically on ridge tops or nestled away in hidden valleys throughout the area.

In the outlying region, the community is defined by low-density land uses. In fact, the majority of the community’s 36,000 acres are zoned either for agricultural use or for single family residential homes built on two acre “estate-sized” parcels or larger. In the estate zoned areas, you’ll find limitless possibilities, whether you seek a gentleman’s (or gentlewomen’s) farm, a vineyard, horse property, or larger estate with outbuildings for car collecting, shop, artist studio, guest accommodations, or more.

Fallbrook offers regional buyers real value in low-density, near-coastal real estate

Fallbrook is perhaps the last near-coastal community (within 15 miles of the Pacific), with an ocean influenced Mediterranean climate, south of Santa Barbara, where you can still buy an “estate-sized” 2-4 acre lot — with home — starting at under $600,000. In this regard, Fallbrook is unique — the fortunate beneficiary of geography, politics, and good timing. It won’t stay this way forever.

Things to do

Fallbrook residents enjoy outdoor pursuits, sports, the arts and more… it’s all here

HORSES • Equestrians can find a variety of properties in Fallbrook zoned for and suitable for horse keeping. The Fallbrook Riders club maintains a 10 acre riding venue in the Green Canyon area for members. An even larger riding venue is located in north Fallbrook along the Santa Margarita River. For over 25 years, the Fallbrook Trails Council (their website) has maintained over 14 miles of horse and walking trails, which meander among over 1400 acres of open space preserve. Access to these trails is from a parking/staging area in De Luz, or by direct access from residences located adjacent to the preserve.

WINE LOVERS • Viticulture (winemaking and grape production) has arrived in Fallbrook. One of the regional leaders is the Fallbrook Winery, Fallbrook’s own award wining winery. (Read the story – from the San Diego Reader, “Nothing But Berries”). And the Fallbrook winery isn’t the only wine maker who has discovered Fallbrook. A number of talented amateur winemakers have also found a home in Fallbrook.

TENNIS • Near perfect weather encourages year-round play for tennis enthusiasts. There are variety of tennis facilities in the area. The Fallbrook Tennis Club is private club offering affordable memberships and league play to players of all ages. The club is a booster of the sport and hosts several USTA-sanctioned junior tournaments during the year. Public courts are also available with facilities at the Fallbrook High School, Rainbow County Park and the Fallbrook Community Center.

CAR COLLECTING • Fallbrook has become a magnet for car collectors. The region offers enthusiasts the opportunity to own residential properties a.) that include existing outbuildings that can accommodate a car collector’s or restorer’s needs or b.) that can accommodate new construction with the space and proper zoning for the construction of purpose-built restoration shops and collector barns. Expertise and specialized services are available locally. A number of prominent car collectors and restorers call Fallbrook home including companies like CPR Classic (Porsche specialists) and The Leman Collection (Mercedes Benz specialists). No matter your level of interest, you’ll find the “Village” a friendly place to pursue your passion. Many local enthusiasts come together by supporting the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club, founded in the 1950s. The club offers enthusiasts at all levels the opportunity to support the community and to share their passion with others.

THE ARTS & CRAFTS • Fallbrook is a budding art community with many residents pursuing a variety of creative passions. From the fine arts to woodworking to metal sculpture, you’ll find friends who share your creative interests. Fallbrook is attractive to creative types not only because of the area’s serene beauty, but also because larger homes and lot sizes means creators have the room for art studios and workshops.

Organizations For The Arts

GARDENING • Fallbrook is for gardeners and lovers of the outdoors. The weather is picture perfect for growing a wide variety of plants. The Fallbrook Gardening Club is one of the oldest and largest gardening clubs in California, which means you’ll have ready access to gardening experts and new-found friends. The region is also a hub for commercial growing grounds, so you are never far from a direct supply of a wide variety of plant materials. In Fallbrook, gardeners often say “the growing is easy”. Additional resources: Cal Poly Tree Selection Tool, Mission Resource Conservation District.


Climate

Fallbrook has year-round near-perfect weather

Fallbrook is located in one of the world’s five Mediterranean climate zones. These are special and rare places that are defined by relatively low humidities, abundant sunshine, mild temperatures and limited rainfall.

Sunset Magazine’s “Western Garden Book”, places Fallbrook in climate zone 23. Greater San Diego County has some half-dozen or more climate zones, each with their unique characteristics, but in general, Fallbrook’s zone 23 has lower Fallbrook-weather-chart3summertime highs than many inland areas of San Diego County, yet still enjoys more days of sunshine than the beach communities. Almost a perfect blend of weather characteristics.

No wonder so many commercial nurseries call Fallbrook home. It’s a year round temperate growing climate, which is human friendly too. Air conditioning is almost unnecessary. Summertime highs average in the mid 80s. Winters are mild with daytime temperatures in the mid 60s. Many winter days will have daytime highs in the 70s and sometimes the 80s. Most precipitation occurs during the winter months.

Fallbrook has many micro-climates, which can reportedly cause temperature variations of as much as 5 degrees or more across the community.

Links to additional local weather information:

Selected Neighborhoods

Peppertree Park
Upscale, gated residential community of single family homes starting at $500,000 to $700,000+.

Sycamore Ranch
South Fallbrook golf course community $700,000 to $1,000,000+.

Morrow Hills & Rolling Hills
Eastern region of Fallbrook with a wide range of housing from $500,000 to $3,000,000+.

East Ridge
Adult 55+ community, single family detached and twin homes from the high $300,000s to $500,000+

Brook Hills
South Fallbrook gated community $800,000 to over $1,000,000+.

Rancho Fallbrook
$900,000 plus

Lake Rancho Viejo
$350,000 to $600,000+.

Pala Mesa
Pala Mesa Greens, Pala Mesa Country Club Villas, Pala Mesa Oaks, and Pala Mesa Fairway Villas. Single Family Homes and Condos from $225,000 to $500,000.

Rancho Monserate
A community of 232 homes, 55+ community, with FREE golf! from $150,000 – $350,000+. See this blog post for more information about the community

Fallbrook Oaks
Fallbrook Oaks is a gated community in the Gird Valley area featuring a pool, tennis courts, basketball court, BBQs and more. Homes from the low $400,000’s and up.

Champagne Crest
Champagne Crest is a gated community overlooking the Gird Valley and beyond. The is an exclusive area of executive homes and estates. Homes range + or – $1,000,000.

Malibar Ranch
Malabar Ranch is located just north of Bonsall in the estate zoned region of South Fallbrook. It’s one of the area’s premier residential enclaves. This gated community of high-end, quality built estates is ideally located for easy access into and out of the community. Homes range from the $900,000s to $1,500,000 and up.

Notable Residents

Dave Mustaine
Co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of Megadeth (and former original lead guitarist for Metallica), Mustaine has a grand ten acre country estate in South Fallbrook.

Jason Mraz
Mraz is a top selling recording artist and singer/songwriter.  San Diego Magazine reported that “When he’s not on the road, Mraz chills at his home in North County, near Fallbrook, surrounded by avocado trees and assorted artist friends.”

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
The couple purchased a bed & breakfast and lived part-time in Fallbrook 2007 – 2009.

Phillip Agassi
(Brother of tennis star Andre Agassi). Former resident Philip Agassi played host to Andre & Steffi (Graf), their kids (along with their Hollywood friends) at his Morro Hills hide-away.

Duke Snider
Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder who played 18 years in the Major Leagues, primarily with the Dodgers (both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles). He later did stints as a Montreal Expo and San Diego Padres play by play announcer. Over the years, he became a Fallbrook fixture, a local businessman, Hollywood actor, and avocado grower. He was a resident of Fallbrook for more than 50 years. He passed away in 2011.

T. Jefferson Parker
Edgar award winning mystery writer lives in and occasionally writes about Fallbrook, CA. Parker’s first novel, Laguna Heat was made into an HBO movie.  “T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer”, says the New York Times. For more on Parker visit his BookReporter Bio.

Frank Capra
One of the world’s most influential directors, Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), owned a ranch in Fallbrook. At his death, he donated a portion of this 1,100-acre (4 sq km) estate to CalTech.

Over the years, other celebrities have had homes in Fallbrook including Martin Milner (Adam 12, Route 66), Henry Fonda, John Barrymore, Lon Chaney, Liberace and Earle Stanley Gardner.


Schools

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

FUESD website

Fallbrook Street School (Grades K-6) • 405 W. Fallbrook Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-731-4000
Iowa Street School (Grades K-8) • 321 N. Iowa Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-731-5440
Maie Ellis Elementary (Grades K-3) • 400 W. Elder Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-731-4300
La Paloma Elementary School (Grades K-6) • 300 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-731-4220
Live Oak Elementary School (Grades K-6) • 1978 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-731-4430
Mary Fay Pendleton School (Grades K-7) • 110 Marine Drive, Camp Pendleton, CA 92058 • 760-731-4050
San Onofre Elementary School (Grades K-8) • 200 Pate Road, San Clemente, CA 92672 • 760-731-4360
William H. Frazier Elementary School (Grades K-6) • 1835 Gum Tree Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-723-6770
Potter Junior High School (Grades 7-8) • 1743 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-731-4150

Fallbrook Union High School District

FUHSD website

Fallbrook High School (Grades 9-12) • 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-723-6405
Ivy High School (Ages 16-18) • 1056 Winterhaven Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-723-6395
Oasis High School • 2208 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-723-1886

Private schools

Fallbrook Montessori School (PK-6) • 127 W. Elder Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-728-4754
St. Peter’s Catholic School (PK-8) • 450 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-728-6961
Zion Lutheran School (PK-8) • 1405 E. Fallbrook Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-723-3500
St. Stephen Lutheran School (K-8) • 1636 E. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028 • 760-728-6814


Shopping and Essential Services

The heart of the community and the region is Fallbrook’s historic town center. For generations, the Village has served area farmers, ranchers, and residents. Today, most basic and essential services can be found within the Village of Fallbrook or in the more recently developed Bonsall shopping district (River Village) adjacent to South Fallbrook. Restaurants, banks, groceries, law offices, accountants, doctors, auto repair, etc are all within minutes of most residential enclaves in Fallbrook.

Essential Services

Tri-City Medical Center – (760) 724-8411
Palomar Medical Center – (760) 739-3000
Temecula Valley Hospital – (951) 331-2200

Fire – North County Fire Protection District – Fallbrook Office (760) 723-2005 (in emergency call 911)
Police – San Diego County Sheriff – Fallbrook Substation (760) 451-3100 (in emergency call 911)


Population Statistics

Fallbrook (for the zipcode area of 92028 including the Village of Fallbrook and outlying areas):
Population as of 2010: 46,239
Males: 23,098 (50%)
Females: 23,041 (50%)
Latest Census Data For Fallbrook


Other Resources

County Of San Diego Community Plan Area Website for Fallbrook
County of San Diego Land Use Map
City-Data Page on Fallbrook
Tom Chester Area Info Website (outdated but useful, often hard to find information on region)
Fallbrook Land Conservancy
Fallbrook Beautification Alliance
Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce
Fallbrook Airpark
Historic Route 395 Information
Fallbrook Vacation Rentals  – Guest Houses, Cottages by the day, week, or month

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