San Elijo Hills

San Elijo Hills

Exclusive, master-planned community with many parks and trails.


Welcome to San Elijo Hills

Exclusive, master-planned community with many parks and trails
San Elijo Hills is an exclusive, master-planned community located eight miles east of the ocean in the rolling hills of San Marcos. Home to just over 8,000 residents, this peaceful, suburban community was designed to offer its residents an exceptional array of amenities. San Elijo Hills is anchored by a pretty town center with a clock tower and fountain surrounded by shops and restaurants. Three schools from the award-winning San Marcos Unified school district are located within San Elijo Hills, and the area also boasts beautiful parks and 18 miles of trails.
San Elijo Hills is subdivided into several village-like neighborhoods with an eclectic array of housing options and architectural styles. The community features many Mediterranean-inspired properties with detached single-family homes and apartments drawing on Spanish and Tuscan architectural influences. There are also properties based on traditional American styles.

What to Love

  • Pretty town center full of shops and restaurants
  • Village-like neighborhoods
  • Beautiful parks and 18 miles of trails
  • Sweeping views of the ocean

People & Lifestyle

This peaceful community has the welcoming and self-enclosed feel of a small town. The hilly terrain means many properties enjoy sweeping views and rolling backcountry to the Batiquitos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. Residents enjoy access to lots of outdoor recreation space, including hiking trails ascending to the highest point in North San Diego County at 200-acre Double Peak Park.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

San Elijo Hills’ pretty town center is lined with a fine choice of local shops, restaurants, and services. Shane’s Pizza & Pints pairs a dozen craft beer taps with delicious pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, and wings.
San Elijo Vine & Tap also boasts a substantial selection of San Diego craft brews alongside boutique wines from California and overseas. Vine & Tap’s exceptional drinks selection can be enjoyed alongside an eclectic array of small plates, flatbreads, artisanal sandwiches, cheese boards, salads, and signature mac and cheese topped with gourmet toppings. Tapa Tapa Bar and Kitchen offers a drinks menu of local craft brews and Spanish and Italian wines. These are paired with an extensive choice of cheese and cured meat plates, vegetable dishes, seafood specialties, and mouthwatering sliders and flatbreads. 
Other businesses in San Elijo Hills’ town center include Albertsons for grocery shopping, as well as fitness studios such as SoulShine Yoga and CycleBar. San Elijo Hills is just a ten-minute drive away from many more shopping and dining options in San Marcos, including Old California Restaurant Row. Neighboring Carlsbad offers even more options for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Things to Do

San Elijo Hills offers residents a community-oriented lifestyle with a variety of local social and sports groups. Community events take place throughout the year, with highlights including an Easter Egg Hunt, Independence Day Celebration, Oktoberfest, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Concerts in the Square. 
These events take place in either the town square or the events plaza at 19-acre San Elijo Park. San Elijo Park’s many amenities include a dog park, horseshoe court, soccer field, two baseball diamonds, and a water spray play area for kids. Most trailheads for the community’s 18-mile network of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails are accessible through San Elijo Park. The 200-acre Double Peak Park features a rugged natural landscape with trails ascending to the highest point in North San Diego County. From this summit, hikers enjoy mesmerizing views across San Marcos to the Pacific Ocean.


San Elijo Hills is served by the award-winning San Marcos Unified school district.
  • Double Peak School, Public, K-8.
  • San Elijo Elementary School, Public, K-5.
  • San Elijo Middle School, Public, 6-8.
  • San Marcos High School, Public, 9-12.

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