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.
In and near the Village, buyers can find nice homes and cottages starting at $350,000 – $450,000, but there are also some decidedly more upscale streets and newer developments with larger, more luxurious homes starting at $450,000 – $600,000. 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.