Surrounded by lush citrus and avocado groves, the city of Escondido, California is a beautiful place found in a long shallow valley in the coastal mountains of Southern California. Translated “hidden” in Spanish, Escondido is about thirty miles northeast of San Diego, one hundred miles south of Los Angeles, but only eighteen miles inland. This diverse community has the perfect balance of small-town charm and big-city excitement. Among its many remarkable features, Escondido is home to two sparkling lakes, multiple parks, lush golf courses, a sports center, wineries, restaurants, a shopping center and is in close proximity to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The area also enjoys world-class entertainment via the California Center for the Arts. Money Magazine has named Escondido as the Best Place in the West in which to retire, and it has been named a Kid-Friendly City as well, proving it's a fabulous destination for the young and young at heart. Among the attractions that appeal to visitors and residents of all ages, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a gorgeous sculpture garden located in Kit Carson Park. You’ll also find a number of beautiful historic homes here, as well as a vibrant downtown area. Adding to its appeal, this spectacular city has a rich past dating back to 1888, and while it treasures its heritage, it also has its eye on the future. Furthermore, Escondido is home to the 450 acre Laurence Welk Resort community. This gorgeous community boasts Mountain Villas, Villas on the Greens and Interval International Elite-rated Resort Villas, in addition to a long list of truly extraordinary luxury amenities. In addition to its spectacular 6,000 square foot fitness center, it also has lighted tennis courts, two golf courses, a downtown village with shopping and dining, and an abundance of picturesque natural beauty. Schools serving the Escondido community are operated by the Escondido Union School District and the San Pasqual Union School District. The Escondido Union School District also serves the students living in the southern part of Hidden Meadows. Students living in the northern part of Hidden Meadows generally attend schools that are operated by Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District. The Hidden Meadows community is found north of Escondido, along with Jesmond Dene. Residents of Hidden Meadows have an Escondido mailing address but they cannot participate in city elections. Both Escondido and Hidden Meadows residents can easily enjoy the recreation opportunities found at Dixon Lake and Lake Wohlford. Dixon Lake is in north Escondido and boasts picnic, camping and fishing areas. On the northeastern side of Escondido is where you’ll find Lake Wohlford which also has excellent fishing opportunities with annual stock that includes crappie, bass, and catfish. A short drive from Temecula wine country, Hidden Meadows is bordered on the north and east by Valley Center, on the west by San Marcos and the south by Mountain Meadow Road. This mostly rural community is an ideal destination for luxury home buyers wanting a quieter, more laid-back lifestyle. While Escondido has a population around 144,000, Hidden Meadows has a population closer to 3,500 residents. Hidden Meadows only has around 1,400 homes, most of which are single-family homes of Spanish, Craftsman and Tuscan styles. That said, there are many places to build your own custom home, on lots ranging in size from one to twenty acres. While Escondido boasts fifteen parks, Hidden Meadows is anchored by the Meadow Lake Golf Course and is a quiet, secluded community though only minutes from big-city excitement. There is one road in and one road out of Hidden Meadows giving it an exclusive, private feeling. So between Escondido and Hidden Meadows, you can decide which attributes are most important to you, quiet, private, seclusion or abundant, easily accessible conveniences. In the 92029, 92027, 92026 and 92025 zip codes you can find incredible luxury homes from which to choose. Many Escondido luxury homes have captivating ocean and mountain views, among many other extravagant features. Common in the upscale Escondido real estate market are Jacuzzis, large gourmet kitchens, elegant guest spaces, walk-in closets, en-suite bathrooms and numerous other coveted features. The Escondido-Hidden Meadows area is also an ideal destination for horse lovers looking for ranches and acreages that afford opportunities to ride and train year-round. Among the area’s many upscale communities, you will find neighborhoods like the private, gated Rimrock Summit. Rimrock is just north of the Lawrence Welk Resort and consists of 45 gorgeous estate homes on spacious lots boasting awe-inspiring views of the mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean. Each home is unique, yet all have exceptional luxury features and amenities, and this neighborhood is but one example of the many remarkable luxury communities found in Escondido and Hidden Meadows. If you would like to learn more about the diverse luxury real estate opportunities of Escondido and Hidden Meadows, please don’t hesitate to contact us today for assistance.