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.

1144 Adele Lane San Marcos, CA 92078

$465,000
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,746 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170027314
Property Type Detached
Pre Foreclosure sale 4 bed 3 bath home on quiet cul-de-sac. A Fieldstone built home. Community boasts Tennis courts, Walk paths around lake/waterfall to Community Pool. Note: $475,000 sale price does not include 65K in liens that buyer will have to payoff through escrow.

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
Welcome to popular 55+ community of Palomar Estates West in San Marcos, a “rent control park”. Spacious 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1545 sq. ft. home includes California Room w/direct access to backyard. Recent updates include painting of exterior/interior, dual pane windows, blinds, carpet/vinyl flooring, remodeled baths, kitchen granite countertops, several ceiling fans and skylights. Enjoy the wonderful breezes from the coast! See Supplement for further details.

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.

3535 Linda Vista Drive 58 San Marcos, CA 92078

$160,000
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!

784 Hollowbrook Court San Marcos, CA 92078

$849,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
2,805 SqFt
Status Contingent
MLS # 180015177
Property Type Detached
Meticulously maintained home in San Elijo Hills. Elegant style showcasing lots of upgrades including hardwood flooring, upgraded carpet, granite counters, stainless appliances, spa tub in master. 1st floor & 2nd floor master suites. Additional full bath and office/optional 5th bedroom on 1st level. Large pool-size yard. Excellent for combining inside/outside lifestyle. Must see to appreciate.

1219 E Barham Dr 28 San Marcos, CA 92078

$195,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,440 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180015312
Property Type Manufactured Home
Great opportunity to own a home in a 55 or older land owned, community with clubhouse, pool, Jacuzzi, large kitchen in clubhouse, rent-able guest home for family and friends! Convenient location to most needed facilities and transportation! This exquisite estate is a must to see and is a reasonably priced home on the market today, for a 2 bedroom, 2 full baths in a senior community with many amenities! No air conditioner. Please see supplement for more extraordinary features of this fine showcase home!

1930 W San Marcos Blvd. 69 San Marcos, CA 92078

$199,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,512 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180026247
Property Type Manufactured Home
This 2 bed 2 bath home is located in the 5 star community of Palomar Estates West. This home features panoramic views of the San Marcos hills and city lights from the back of the home and a nice sized patio for entertaining, large master bedroom with walk in closet, California room for additional living space and partial replacement of windows with dual pane. This home is also on registration which means NO PROPERTY TAX. The view from this home is a must see.

1673 Archer Rd. San Marcos, CA 92078

$840,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,482 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180025774
Property Type Detached
Exceptionally maintained Craftsman w/ 3 bdrms plus spacious loft /or opt 4th bdrm and unobstructed mt. views on premier elevated exterior rim cul-de-sac in the heart of San Elijo Hills. Walk to town, parks, sought after schools + more! Upgrades throughout. Formal dining + liv. rms. Chef's Kitchen w/ rich cabinetry, stainless appliances + lg center island opens to Fam. rm + views beyond. Bdrms, loft + laundry rm on sunlit 2nd floor. Lg Master suite w/soaking tub + retreat. Pool sized yard. See Supplement.

1930 W San Marcos Blvd 219 San Marcos, CA 92078

$189,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,344 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180021200
Property Type Manufactured Home
Well maintained & upgraded home in 5 star park w/ rent control (only $566/month). Very active & social park w/ many amenities! Close to the coast, downtown San Marcos, golf course, Lake San Marcos, & more! Fully fenced porch & yard w/ a lemon tree & security lights. Interior offers a very open & light floorplan w/ vaulted ceilings & separate Living & Family rooms! Kitchen has granite tile counters, slate backsplash, pendant & recessed lights & solar tube. See more in supplement below for more!

1247 Holmgrove Drive San Marcos, CA 92078

$1,050,000 - $1,088,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,609 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180022243
Property Type Detached
Panoramic views to the coast and beyond from this quiet, light and bright San Elijo Hills home in the coveted hillside community of Atherton. Features include an open floorplan, soaring ceilings, white oak floors, a gourmet kitchen, entry level master suite and private office, an oversized loft ideal for art studio/theatre/playroom, well manicured landscaping, top rated schools, hiking/biking trails, ever changing sunsets and more! This home offers a lifestyle most can only dream of...

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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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