Southern California is Horse Country
You’ve found the heart of Southern California horse country. Throughout North San Diego County and up through Southwest Riverside County you’ll find big spaces, clear skies, and an inviting, laid back western-style perfect for keeping and enjoying horses. And it’s affordable too with very good values in both modest and high-end equestrian properties. From near coastal communities to back-country inland areas, there is a place to suite any personality and budget. The map above has the current SANDICOR AND CRMLS listings for properties that may be suitable for keeping horses.
North County San Diego
There is a wide range of pricing for equestrian properties in the Fallbrook region, but expect listing prices to start at $400,000 to $500,000 and reach into the millions. The majority of Fallbrook equestrian properties will be listed for over $500,000. You may find a property that will accommodate horses for less, but they don’t come up often and there may be compromises and issues associated with these lower priced properties.
Most Fallbrook area horse properties are located south of the Village of Fallbrook — along the Green Canyon Road area, northeast of Live Oak Park, or to the west in the Morro Hills/Olive Road area, although you will find horse properties throughout the region.
Bonsall is a noted equestrian region with a number of significant horse properties and operations. As your drive through Bonsall, you step back to a slower, more genteel time in San Diego’s history and you quickly see that you’ve arrived in a place where equestrians gather. The community was formerly anchored by Vessels Ranch, a magnificent 2,000-acre cattle ranch & stallion breeding farm nestled in a fertile valley along the San Luis Rey River. Purchased in the early 1980’s by a well know horse racing enthusiast, Scoop Vessels, the grandson of a wealthy Southern California oilman, the land was one of the last remaining intact Spanish land grants. Now sold, this ranch long ago established Bonsall as a horse keeping center. Today, this legacy continues with the influence of the San Luis Rey Training Center (formerly known as San Luis Rey Downs) is a California Horse Racing Board approved auxiliary training track owned by Santa Anita Racetrack AKA Los Angeles Turf Club Inc.. The facility operates year round, providing trainers a permanent home in Bonsall’s tranquil rural setting. The track’s unique licensing status permits horses to be shipped to any track and raced the same day. The public can view horses in training.
Rancho Santa Fe
Note: We design preset searches using the terms “horse” and “equestrian” to create these customized maps. In some cases, this might provide inaccurate search results. We suggest this method as a starting point and initial screen of possible properties. As with any real estate purchase, you’ll need to undertake a complete review of zoning and other ordinances and neighborhood regulations to make sure that your intended use is legal and permissible. Our “Due Diligence Checklist” can help you determine zoning and land uses allowed on any San Diego County parcel.