Beautiful Bonsall encompasses approximately 32.8 square miles of hills and valleys 40 miles north of downtown San Diego and bordered by of Fallbrook to the north, Oceanside to the west, Valley Center to the east, and Vista to the south. It is located in the rolling foothills of the unincorporated area of northern San Diego County and home to the famous San Luis Rey Downs Training Center for thoroughbred racehorses and many other equestrian facilities. Bonsall’s hill and valley topography has resulted in a predominance of low-density estate residential lots and agricultural land uses. Bonsall is known for its golf courses and thriving equestrian facilities. The residents of Bonsall enjoy living the peaceful country life while having quick access to everything the cities around it provide.

Community Details: Population: 54,139, Average Temperature: 75, Median Home Price: $599,100, Zip Code: 92003


The coastal town of Cardiff, formally Cardiff-by-the-Sea, is without a doubt a beach lover’s paradise.  Boasting some of the absolutely best beaches and surfing in Southern California, people who live here long to live in a true beach town.  Cardiff prides itself on its quaint low-key atmosphere and its clean, safe environment with some of the friendliest residents you will ever meet. With a perfect climate year round, it’s no wonder that most people measure the distance of everything by its walkability. Many of the streets are named after towns in the United Kingdom as the developer of Cardiff was English.  Close to many horse trails, restaurants, and golf, living in Cardiff is pure paradise.  A top pick for most Southern Californians in terms of ideal beach towns, this charming and unpretentious town is truly paradise.

Community Details: Population: 11,053, Average Temperature: 70 degrees, Average: Home price: $1,820,000, Zip Code: 92007


Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city with a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County. Referred to as “The Village by the Sea” by locals and home of Carlsbad Ranch’s Flower Fields, Carlsbad is 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. Carlsbad is bordered by Oceanside to the north, Vista and San Marcos to the east, and Encinitas to the south. Carlsbad is home to luxury hotels, world-class golf, and top-notch equestrian farms, ranches and trails.

Community Details: Population: 105,328, Avg. Temperature: 75, Median home price: $776,600, Zip Codes: 92007, 92008

Del Mar

An exclusive seaside community with multi-million beachfront properties, Del Mar is also a world-class equestrian community. Home of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego Polo Club, Del Mar National Horse Show, the Del Mar Horse Park, and the 2017 Breeder’s Cup, Del Mar attracts some of the most influential horsemen and women in the world during the Summer while remaining a quaint seaside village during Winter. With extraordinary equestrian activities year-round, Del Mar has earned the nickname “Where the Turf meets the Surf.”

Community Details: Population: 4,311, Average Temperature: 70, Average: Home price: $2,412,000, Zip Code: 92014


Olivenhain (pronounced Oh-LEE-ven-hine) is one of five communities in the City of Encinitas that stretches from San Elijo Lagoon in the south, along Manchester Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road, and out past the northern reach of Lone Jack Road. Olivenhain features several private equestrian facilities and has a rural feel with its winding two-lane roads, rail fences, and trails for horses, bicycles, and pedestrians. The “Dark Skies” policy, which limits outdoor lighting, allows residents an unparalleled view of the evening sky.

Community Details: Population: 50,941, Avg. Temperature: 73 degrees, Median Home Price: $2,644,698, Zip Code: 92024


Escondido means “hidden” but it’s no secret there’s a lot going on here! Located just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and 20 minutes from the Pacific, Escondido is home to major attractions, beautiful equestrian properties, wineries, craft breweries, Lake Hodges, arts and theatre, delicious culinary experiences and a charming historic downtown. Enjoy Escondido’s beautiful climate with year-round riding, golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, and fantastic events!

Community Details: Population: 147,514, Average Temperature: 77 degrees, Average: Home price: $453,800, Zip Codes: 92025, 92026, 92027


Centrally located on the North Shore between San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside is the third-largest city in San Diego County and forms a tri-city area with Vista and Carlsbad. A classic California beach community, Oceanside offers warm sandy beaches, a historic wooden pier and Cape Cod-style harbor village complete with unlimited water sports and recreation. The home of Camp Pendleton’s military base, Oceanside features many equestrian boarding and riding facilities and offers a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle.

Community Details: Population: 180,794, Avg. Temperature: 66 degrees, Median home price: $473,500, Zip Code: 92054


Poway is a city in East County, California. Originally an unincorporated community in the county, Poway officially became a city in 1980. Poway’s rural roots gave rise to its slogan “The City in the Country.” The population has grown over the years from a small country town on Old Highway 395 to a thriving community. There are many equestrian properties within Poway with horseback riding at Lake Poway and nearby Iron Mountain Trailhead. Poway is also home to Royal Ridge, Lucidi Farms, and the Poway Equestrian Center. Poway offers a great diversity of housing for everyone. The “City” is composed of many small and large housing developments. The “Country” offers homes on more land, ranches, estates, and a feeling of space.

Community Details: Population: 59,848, Average Temperature: 77 degrees, Average: Home price: $882,450, Zip Codes: 92064, 92065, 92128, 92131

Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Santa Fe is located 20 miles from downtown San Diego and 4 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. This premier horse community is surrounded with upscale estates, many with equestrian facilities. “Rancho” is known for its beauty and wealth, it is the highest income community in the U.S. Famous for the expertise of the equestrians who live and train here, Rancho Santa Fe is a haven for serious horsemen. Equestrians in “The Ranch” have access to miles and miles of beautiful trails, pristine golf clubs, and ideal climate year-round.

Community Details: Population: 3,117, Avg. Temperature: 76, Median Home Price: $2,800,000, Zip Code: 92067

San Diego

Known as “America’s Finest City,” North County San Diego boasts exceptional horse properties for equine enthusiasts. The mild year-round climate is ideal for both horse and rider. There are so many choices for horsemen in this part of Southern California. Being surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, mountains, pastures, and beautiful residential and rural areas makes the choice to live in San Diego easy. No matter where you are in San Diego, there is a horse farm, riding trail, boarding center or racetrack right down the road.

San Marcos/Twin Oaks Valley

Offering a semi-rural lifestyle with housing options ranging from suburban single-family homes to upscale equestrian estates in the country, Twin Oaks Valley is the perfect place to find a horse ranch, farm or dream home to meet your needs.  North Twin Oaks Valley also offers homes in both semi-rural and suburban settings, which expands the options for hopeful homeowners who may find their next dream home here. You will find mostly single-family homes, ranches or vacant land for sale in this neighborhood, and prices can vary significantly. This is likely due to the length and odd shape of the neighborhood, which places residential blocks in areas that vary in popularity and appeal.

Community Details: Population: 95,898, Average Temperature: 77 degrees, Average: Home price: $569,500, Zip Code: 92069

Solana Beach

Solana Beach is Southern California’s best kept Secret. Located directly on the coast with homes high on the bluffs, this charming seaside community is only a mile from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and minutes from some of the best equestrian trails and boarding facilities in California. With the Amtrak/Coaster station in the heart of town, getting around Southern California from Solana Beach is virtually traffic free.

Community Details: Population: 12,867, Avg. High Temp: 70, Median Home Price: $1,195,000, Zip Code: 92075


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