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Calavo North County Neighborhood Guide


Calavo is a small, family-friendly neighborhood in Fallbrook in North County San Diego. This centrally located community offers semi-rural living close to town and is just minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment options. As is true of most Fallbrook neighborhoods, opportunities for outdoor recreation are just a short drive away from Calavo, and some are even closer, such as Palomares House & Park and Dinwiddie Preserve, which are just across the street.

The professionals, families and retirees that call Calavo home enjoy the close proximity of parks, local eateries, wine tasting rooms, golf courses, equestrian centers and more. Plus, convenient access to Highway 76 and Interstate 15 means that the expanded options in Oceanside and Temecula are easy to reach.

Calavo History

Most of the homes in Calavo were built between 1954 and 1994.

Calavo Housing

The small, family-friendly community of Calavo is primarily comprised of detached, single-family homes that have three to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and about 2,000 feet of living space on a half-acre of land.

In the past twelve months, Calavo homes for sale spent an average of 74 days on the market and sold in the range of $445,000. The current median sales price of homes in Calavo (at the time of this writing) is $463,000, and the current median listing price is $579,000 (

Calavo Restaurants

Calavo Shopping, Dining & Entertainment

If you have visited Fallbrook in the past or have been researching it for a potential move or trip, you likely already know about the thriving art community found here. Whether you are a local or new in town, there is always something new to see in the art scene. So, the next time you are in the downtown Fallbrook area, grab a cup of coffee at Fallbrook Coffee Company on South Mission Road, and then head to Brandon Gallery to check out local art, wander around the village in search of public art installations, stop by the Fallbrook School of the Arts to pick up a list of upcoming art classes, and visit the Fallbrook Art Center to see the latest exhibit. Be sure to stop by Café de Artistes for a sweet or savory treat before you leave the center.

If you have a bit more time, see what live performances are on stage at Mission Theater or, if you are visiting at the right time of year, you might even be able to catch the Fallbrook Film Festival hosted by the Fallbrook Film Factory.

With so many community events going on in Fallbrook throughout the year, it is almost certain that there will be some type of street fair or festival taking place while you are here. And, with so many events to choose from, there really is something for everyone, including the Fallbrook Garden Club Flower Show, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, Wine and a Bite Holiday Art Walk, Holiday in the Village, Fallbrook Christmas Parade, Movies in the Park, craft fairs and the well-known Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

On those days when you would rather be wine tasting but really have to get through your list of errands, you will surely appreciate that Calavo is just minutes from Fallbrook’s downtown area where you will find all of the grocery stores, mail stops, pharmacies, dry cleaners, banks, gas stations, gift shops and salons that you might need for your everyday essentials.

Most of your errands will be accomplished in the three main shopping centers in town – Colony Plaza Shopping Center, Mercantile Shopping Center and Fallbrook Towne Centre – all of which are located off of South Mission Road.

While you should be able to find just about everything you need right in Fallbrook, Oceanside and Temecula are within driving distance for those times when you need expanded options.

Just a few of the local eateries you will find in Fallbrook include Robertito’s, Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, Dominick’s Sandwiches, Nessy Burgers, Café Bloom, Garden Center Café and Grill, Rosa’s, Main Street Café, Fallbrook Rib Shack, Harry’s Sports Bar & Grill, and Firehouse Que & Brew. Of course, there are plenty of well-known options as well, such as Chipotle, Denny’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and Starbucks.

Things to do in Calavo

Calavo Parks & Recreation

All Fallbrook neighborhoods are close to opportunities for outdoor recreation, but few have the advantage of being right across the street from the Fallbrook Land Conservancy headquarters, Palomares House & Park and Dinwiddie Preserve. This means that Calavo residents can step out their front doors and, in minutes, can be on a trail enjoying nature.

Dinwiddie Preserve is probably going to be your favorite spot for a morning walk, but you can also easily grab your furry friends and head just a few minutes west to Los Jilgueros Preserve, which is another of the 11 nature preserves managed by the conservancy. Since some of the preserves offer only limited public access or are periodically closed to the public to protect vulnerable habitats, it is always a good idea to check the conservancy’s website before heading out to hit the trails.

The preserves offer some great opportunities to nike close to home, but there are also plenty of other options for hiking, trail running, horseback riding and mountain biking within easy reach. Some of the nearest trails are found in Palomar State Park, Cleveland National Forest and the Santa Margarita River Trail System, but if you are willing to drive just a bit farther, you can check out more than 160 trails and paths located throughout North County San Diego.

Fallbrook is also home to several community parks, some of which have walking trails, such as Live Oak Park on Reche Road. This is also where you will find the nearest off-leash dog park. So, if you have dogs, you will definitely want to check out this beautiful park. Like most of the parks in Fallbrook, it is also home to picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports fields and courts.

Another park you will likely want to check out is Fallbrook Community Center and Park, which offers tennis courts, a basketball court, sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, a playground, and an auditorium with a kitchen and meeting rooms. Aside from these amenities, the community center offers a wide variety of programming that includes events, classes and activities for locals and visitors of all ages. Additional tennis courts can be found west of Calavo off South Mission Road at the Fallbrook Tennis Club.

Of course, if golf is more your style, you will not miss out living in Fallbrook. Your closest options are Arrowood Golf Course, Golf Club of California, Pala Mesa Resort and Welk Resort, but you also have lots of other options located throughout North County.

There is also the Fallbrook Airpark private airport, lots of boarding and training stables in and around Fallbrook, and the beaches of Oceanside, which are only about 30 minutes away.

Calavo Schools

Calavo Schools

Fallbrook neighborhoods in this area are served by the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Fallbrook Union High School District. Most public school students living in Calavo will attend Live Oak Elementary School, James E. Potter Junior High School and Fallbrook High School. Other options offered through these school districts include Ivy Continuation High School and Fallbrook Homeschool Academy.

Nearby private schools include Peppertree Montessori, Fallbrook Montessori, Montessori Adolescent Academy, New Covenant Christian Academy, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Alpha & Omega Academy, Fallbrook United Methodist School, Spirit Mountain School, Rock Rose School for Creative Learning, A Step in Time Preschool and St. Stephen Lutheran School.

Adult learners also have plenty of options, including Palomar College’s Fallbrook campus, MiraCosta College, Miramar College, San Joaquin Valley College, California State University San Marcos, National University and John Paul the Great Catholic University.

Calavo Boundaries

The Calavo neighborhood is located just west of Calavo Road, north of Rod Street, south of Pepper Tree Lane and east of McDonald Road.

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AJ Davis-Varela: AJ is a freelance writer and blogger at Articles by AJ specializing in travel, real estate, natural wellness and green living. She is a magazine columnist, a former San Diego newspaper columnist, has been published in a variety of print and online publications, and regularly contributes to several websites and blogs. You can connect with AJ on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+