Downtown San Marcos

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by:Eve Sieminski

Downtown San Marcos
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At last: A new downtown San Marcos?

San Marcos, CA (92078,92069) is a thriving and abundant city in San Diego’s prime North County. It offers many well-planned subdivisions, excellent schools, great shopping and restaurants, and a beach-close location that maintains moderate temperatures year round. San Marcos seems to have it all, until one discovers there is no downtown San Marcos.

But that may be just as well.

On Tuesday evening, July 24, 2007, the San Marcos City Council agreed to move forward with the long-awaited San Marcos Creek Specific Plan, which when implemented will provide this fine city with one of the finest downtown areas in the country. With 217 acres included in the plan, there will be numerous parks, and multi-use buildings that will house commercial ventures, stores and offices on the lower levels, and personal residences above. One of the key goals in this San Marcos Creekside project will be to encourage and celebrate pedestrian traffic. There will be wide paseos (think Santa Barbara) and bike trails throughout. Traffic calming will be accomplished via roundabouts, alleys (which will also reduce curb cuts on the streets) and a multitude of parking garages.

Additionally, the City of San Marcos is considering the offer of free shuttles to move people around the new neighborhoods and streets–and possibly even to and from Cal State San Marcos. The focal point for San Marcos’ Creekside development will be San Marcos Creek, which runs at the far north end of the proposed project. The creek and the land around it are currently in the 100-year flood plain. These potential flood issues will be addressed with new drainage culverts to be placed under the nearby freeway, as well as the construction of levees around San Marcos Creek. The additional issue of silt runoff into Lake San Marcos will be corrected with the construction of check dams which will collect accumulated silt.

One of the key goals in the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan is to create both physical and symbolic links to the creek for which it is named. In addition to parks around San Marcos Creek, there will be numerous water features and fountains placed throughout this new downtown area. The scope of this San Marcos downtown project is quite large. There are projected to be 1.265 million square feet of retail space, 590,000 square feet dedicated to office space, and 2300 dwelling units–most of which will be high-density living. Building heights will range from two to six stories and 43 percent of the land will be dedicated to parks and enhanced open space. The idea of being able to live, work, dine, shop and play within a beautiful and walkable community sounds like a European ideal. How much better that it will be in the center our very own San Marcos, just off San Marcos Boulevard, across the street from Restaurant Row and the Stadium Theaters. It will be bordered by the Lake San Marcos Golf Course to the west, and Bent Avenue to the east. More reports to follow!

For additional information about San Marcos and San Marcos real estate, call Scott or Roberta Murphy bat either 760-942-9100 or 760-613-6190 or email scott@sandiegopreviews.com

In the meantime, listed below are current San Marcos homes for sale near the proposed downtown San Marcos area–including San Elijo Hills:

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3345 Oleander Ave San Marcos, CA 92078

$1,099,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,600 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170006575
Property Type Detached
Completely rebuilt single level 2600 sq. ft. home in 2005. $ bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Tile roof,granite counter in kitchen, travertine flooring new appliances. Oversized finished 2 car garage. Front courtyard and large backyard. Tentative approval obtained to subdivide parcel to 4 additional large lots to build 4 new single family homes. Zoning R-1-10,2 to 4 dwellings per acre. 1.87 acres total, up to 7 total homes allowed.

21237 Questhaven Road San Marcos, CA 92078

$1,500,000 - $1,600,000
9 Beds
6.5 Baths
5,727 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170043173
Property Type Detached
House has good bones but needs updating etc. Home is in good condition , and has not been used much.

650 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd 113 San Marcos, CA 92078

$319,900
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,622 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170055358
Property Type Manufactured Home
Experience the lifestyle of Palomar Estates East 55+ Community. 2014 Skyline, with over 1600 sq. ft.,3 beds 2 baths large hallways/doors for wheel chair access and 9’ ceilings. A large 15 x 12 master bedroom with large walk-in closet with additional storage. Has a large walk in shower, dual shower heads and grab bars. 2nd Bath has shower/tub combo. Huge kitchen with eat at island with cupboards galore.No one behind you. Large outside shed for storage, space rent only $527 on property taxes.

1204 Via San Jacinto San Marcos, CA 92078

$599,000 - $629,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,640 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170062213
Property Type Detached
MUST BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE LEASE! Tenant occupied until 3/19. Great opportunity for an investor (tenants would love to renew the lease) or a buyer that can't or doesn't want to occupy the premises until 2019. Nestled on the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac, this charming floor plan offers vaulted ceilings, an abundance of windows that flood the living areas with natural light, covered patio that spans the length of the house and an oversized 2-car garage. Please see supplement for special features...........

1930 W San Marcos 422 San Marcos, CA 92078

$184,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,545 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180002176
Property Type Manufactured Home
Enjoy ocean breezes at this fantastic 2BR, 2BA in Palomar Estates West! Front covered porch! Sunroom with ceramic tile floors accesses to private back yard! Upgraded baths! Newer dual pane windows! Kitchen has granite counters & breakfast bar that opens to FR! Upgraded carpet & laminate floors! Dining area with built ins! Ceiling fans, skylight, & sola tubes!Exterior & most of interior recently painted!! Shed! Fruit trees! A 5 Star Community w/clubhouse, pool. tennis & more! Great location near all!

1311 Del Rosa Ln San Marcos, CA 92078

$669,500
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,531 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180002287
Property Type Twinhome
PRICE REDUCTION! Don't miss this spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home on the 9th green on the beautiful St. Marks Ex. Golf Course. Panoramic golf-course views. Charming single-story home with designer touches on highly desirable cul-de-sac street. Highly upgraded and model perfect. Entire house completely remodeled with new cabinets, new stainless steel appliances, gorgeous new quartz countertops. New flooring, carpets, new doors. New bathrooms, new designer tile though out showers and baths. Inside laundry.

1930 W San Marcos Blvd. 392 San Marcos, CA 92078

$179,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,440 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180002865
Property Type Manufactured Home
This beautiful 2 bed 2 bath home is located in the 5 Star Community of Palomar Estates West. This home features laminate flooring in the kitchen and family room, painted paneling throughout, vaulted ceiling in the living room, private backyard with fruit trees, porch and shed. Newer exterior paint, re-leveled in 2016, new furnace in 2011, and new roof in 2004. This home is in a quiet area of the park.

1219 E Barham Dr. 42 San Marcos, CA 92078

$249,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,440 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180010745
Property Type Manufactured Home
Quiet interior location, near guest parking, big backyard, new redwood deck off bedroom no. 1 accessed through new sliding door. No. 1 bath has been remodeled with new tub/shower combo, new double vanity, commode and flooring. 2nd Bath is nicely redecorated. Large and roomy Living Room open to Dining area with sliding doors opening to the covered entry deck. Beautiful new Kitchen. 433(C) filed in 1998

222 Treasure Drive San Marcos, CA 92078

$815,900
5 Beds
3 Baths
3,305 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180012053
Property Type Detached
Welcome to Westerly, a 71-home neighborhood in the master planned community of Rancho Tesoro! On Homesite 57 sits a beautiful Spanish style Plan 3 home featuring 3,305 sqft which includes 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2 car garage. Westerly is situated at the western edge of Rancho Tesoro, a new master plan community located in San Marcos featuring parks, recreation area with pool, play structure and BBQ's. This home is filled with designer selected options/upgrades and will be move in ready this April!

214 Jasper Way San Marcos, CA 92078

$904,107
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,359 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180012208
Property Type Detached
Dual master bedroom suites on first and second floor! This exquisite new construction, single family home brings luxury and gated privacy within a premier master plan community in San Marcos. Offering 5 bedrooms 3.5 Baths, Bonus Room and Loft, this residence comes equipped with Apple HomeKit and designer curated options including flooring. Enjoy a special outdoor lifestyle with three private parks, pool, playground, BBQ pavilion and a direct connection to miles of trails.

1219 E Barham Dr Spc 82 San Marcos, CA 92078

$199,900 - $209,876
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,440 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180012668
Property Type Manufactured Home
MOTIVATED SELLER will entertain offers between $199,900 to $209,876. Own in this fifty-five (55+) plus Land Owned Community with clubhouse! Pool! Jacuzzi! Large club house, with kitchen! Rent-able guest home for family and friends! Convenient location to most needed facilities and transportation! This exquisite estate is a must see! This is one of the most reasonably priced 2 bedroom, 2 bath homes on the market today! Please see supplement for more extraordinary features of this fine showcase home!

3535 Linda Vista Drive 58 San Marcos, CA 92078

$165,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,440 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180013737
Property Type Manufactured Home
Privately nestled in the desirable Rancho Vallecitos Estates, a tranquil 55+ community offering amazing amenities such as social activities and events, car wash, clubhouse, spa and pool overlooking mountain views! Low monthly space rent with rent control! Lovely curb appeal and lush landscaping through out. Bright and airy, flowing open floor plan displaying great pride of ownership! Clean and move-in ready! Washer/dryer and fridge included. Convenient location close distance to shops, freeways and more!

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2 responses to “Downtown San Marcos

  1. Eve: What a setting for a downtown San Marcos! Homeowners at Lake San Marcos should be delighted with the area cleanup and development that will come with this San Marcos Creekside project.

    Hats off to the City Council and planners.

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