North County Inland is a vast region that lies just beyond the coastal mountains and extends all the way out into the desert. Whereas the coastal communities in San Diego’s North County are densely populated, traveling inland affords you miles of wide open spaces and diverse terrain. The sun shines a bit brighter here, as it is far enough away from the coast that the marine layer fog doesn’t darken the sky. You’ll find neighborhoods sprinkled amongst hills covered with groves of avocados, citrus, and grapes.
Plan on spending time outdoors with the plethora of activities to choose from. Hiking, biking, and camping top the list of popular excursions. If you would prefer to imbibe, you’ll be in heaven with dozens of craft breweries. In the lush valleys beyond each set of rolling hills, you’ll find vineyards and wineries to suit even the most discerning oenophile. Of course, you’ll have to navigate around the over 40 golf courses in the area to get there. The ever popular San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located in Escondido and is a must do.
Military families flock to this region for the suburbs with affordable housing, more space, and a chance at a yard. Neighboring MCAS Miramar supplies a healthy stream of military residents, and a lot of Navy families opt to commute to the inland communities as well. This region is located halfway between downtown San Diego and Anaheim and is just a quick drive on the freeway to the beaches.
North County Inland is an affordable, suburban locale inhabited predominantly by young professionals, working class, and military families. The vibe is still solidly Californian in its mellow, laid back culture, but a little less focused on leisure and the beach. Residents here tend to be either working or busy taxiing children around during the week.
The temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees warmer inland than on the coast, increasing the likelihood of homes with central A/C and a pool. Most homes tend to be a bit larger than on the coast, but you will still be hard-pressed to find anything with more than three bedrooms. Neighborhoods are hilly with lush landscaping.