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San Elijo Hills

Welcome to San Elijo Hills


Just north of San Diego on the highest point in North County is a community designed with almost everything in mind… a walkable Towncenter planned with shopping and dining, brand new schools, 18 miles of trails, 1100 acres of open space, a regional park for hiking and horseback riding, a 19-acre community park with ball fields and play structures and homes of every size, shape and feel you can imagine.

We hope this website helps to highlight how our community is so distinctive.  You’ll see pictures of amazing ocean views, you’ll read about the parks, open space and trails, you’ll learn about our schools and our Towncenter and browse through floorplans. 

Unfortunately, we can’t communicate the sense of arrival you’ll feel right when you drive into town.  We can’t deliver the ocean breezes you’ll breathe in when you step out of your car, and we can’t describe the feeling of community that will be so obvious when you walk around and talk with our residents.

Please come visit us in person.  You’ll be so glad that you did



With over 1,115 acres devoted to preserving open space, San Elijo provides a sensible natural balance between development and preservation. Eighteen miles of walking and hiking trails wind through the community, offering breathtaking ocean and canyon views at every turn. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, local canyons, and follow the graceful soaring of a Red-tail hawk. Just step out your front door, and explore.
• Pedestrian oriented community
• Over 50% of the land is dedicated to permanent open space
• 18-miles of walking and hiking trails throughout the community

San Elijo Hills Community Park
Anchoring the Northwest corner of the Town Square is the San Elijo Hills Community Park. This well equipped, 19-acre park hosts both family and community wide events. The park has two ball fields and a soccer field, all fully lighted for night-time games. Neighbors get together at the picnic areas near the tot lots, plus there’s a cool spray-ground for warm-weather fun.
One of the park's focal points is the 6,500 sq. ft. community center, which is home to a daycare facility and meeting rooms, operated by the City of San Marcos. A unique outdoor classroom provides the perfect space for special activities. The park also serves as the main trailhead for the comprehensive 18-mile network of hiking trails.

Regional Park
San Elijo Hills Development Company will start construction this spring on major facilities for the 250-acre Double Peak Regional Park located on the highest peak in coastal North County. The park will include a 150-seat outdoor amphitheatre for interpretive ranger talks, a group picnic canopy, picnic tables, an adventure play area, rest rooms, a ranger station/residence, a public parking lot and – at the eastern edge of the community – an Equestrian Staging Area. Hiking trails within the park are scheduled to open soon, with the rest of the facilities planned to be finished by year-end.


Bark Park
Bring your pooch to play off-leash at the bark park, located right in the center of the community park. With places to play for both big & small, this fenced-off area is the social hub for both mutt and master.




Our Schools

San Elijo Hills is located within the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD), with ten of its schools having received the California Distinguished Schools designation. San Elijo Hills has brought two new schools to the district- San Elijo Elementary School and San Elijo Middle School. Both schools are located right in the heart of the community in the Towncenter.

San Marcos District: (760) 752-1299

Middle School

San Elijo Middle School opened in Fall 2004 and serves sixth through eighth grades. Below is a listing of contact numbers and websites if you'd like more information. Please check the San Elijo School web page often for updates and current photos of the school.

San Elijo Main Office: (760) 290-2800
arrow www.sanelijomiddle.org

Elementary School

San Elijo Elementary School opened in Fall 2006 and is located immediately adjacent to San Elijo Middle School. The Elementary School serves kindergarten through fifth grades. Below is a listing of contact numbers and websites if you'd like more information.

San Elijo Main Office: (760) 290-2600
arrow www.sanelijoelementary.org

High School

Area high school students currently attend San Marcos High School. This school, a comprehensive 9-12 grade school, became a California Distinguished School in May, 1996 and received a Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation in 1997. There is a full roster of academic and elective courses, including an Advanced Placement and Honors program. Students may participate in a myriad of extracurricular activities. Student attendance rates among the best in the country.

San Marcos High School: (760) 290-2200
arrow www.sanmarcoshigh.org




San Elijo Hills
1215 San Elijo Road
San Marcos CA 92078

Visitor Center
Open daily 10am - 5pm

San Elijo Hills Website
  San Elijo Email Address


Going North On Interstate 5
Exit La Costa Ave.
Travel East 4 miles.
Turn Left at Rancho Sante Fe Rd.
Turn Right at San Elijo Rd.
Proceed to Visitors Center.
  Going South On Interstate 5
Exit Palomar Airport Rd.
Travel East 5 miles.
Turn Right at Melrose Dr.
Continue Straight across Rancho Sante Fe Rd.
Turn Left at San Elijo Rd.
Proceed to the Visitors Center.
  On Interstate 78
Exit Twin Oaks Valley Road.
Travel South 4 miles.
Follow signs to the Visitor Center.


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