The Escondido Country Club neighborhood was once largely a retirement community; however it is now a mix of retirees, professionals and younger families. The area’s close proximity to the neighborhoods of Central Escondido and North Broadway allows residents to enjoy city amenities and attractions while also enjoying a more tranquil lifestyle outside of the downtown core.
When the majority of the community was developed in the 1970s, it was largely a thriving retirement community where the tight-knit residents enjoyed a country club atmosphere and a community golf course. Homeowners’ association (HOA) fees were used to cover the costs of maintaining green spaces and common areas, such as the golf course.
Many changes over the years led to the golf course being sold and changing hands more than once before finally closing in 2013. There was an effort by the current manifestation of the homeowners’ association to find a solution allowing the community to keep the golf course open to the public and maintain common facilities. At the same time, the owner of the property was considering developing the land to add about 280 additional homes to the neighborhood. The Escondido City Council also threw the City’s hat in the ring with a unanimous vote on August 14, 2013 to adopt an initiative to designate the golf course as open space for recreational use.
The Escondido Country Club Golf Course controversy is ongoing, which means the future of this area could include maintaining the former golf course as open space or could include the potential addition of nearly 300 homes to the area. The City continues to research what could happen under the R-1-7 zoning the land now has, and – at the time of this writing – the City of Escondido website states that the City has not received an application for development for this land.
The Escondido Country Club area has homes built as early as pre-1949 and up to about 2010. The majority of construction in this area occurred in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, with a newer, centrally located section of the neighborhood constructed after 2000. Housing options primarily include single-family, detached homes.
At the time of this writing, the average listing price of homes that came on the market in Country Club for the week ending July 9th was $457,332. The median sales price for the period between April 2014 and July 2014 was $412,000. This is an increase of $43,000 (11.7%) over the same period the previous year. A year-on-year comparison shows a 10.6% decrease in the number of sales in this area.
According to the real estate website Trulia.com, Country Club is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Escondido. Of the neighborhoods listed as among the most popular, Country Club has the highest average listing price for homes; however, the average listing price is less than half of the average listing prices in some of Escondido’s higher-end neighborhoods, such as Daley Ranch, West Ridge and Lake Hodges.
At the time of this writing, there are mobile homes on the market for less than $200,000, and the most expensive home I found for sale in the neighborhood was a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home listed at $859,000. There are several homes in the $300,000s, $400,000s and $500,000s.
Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment
The vast majority of the Escondido Country Club neighborhood is zoned residential and does not have businesses or restaurants. There is a small commercial area at the junction of West El Norte Parkway and Interstate 15 where you will find the El Norte Parkway Plaza. Residents can shop for groceries, get a haircut, grab a pizza at Killer Pizza from Mars or do other errands in this shopping center, which has a Vons, a gas station, a postal shop, two salons, a preschool and daycare, a chiropractor, a dry cleaner, a coffee shop, a veterinarian, a Mexican food restaurant, a sushi restaurant, Rita’s Italian Ice, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, Subway and more.
You can also drive just a bit further into Central Escondido for greatly expanded dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Parks & Recreation
There is a large open space in this neighborhood that was once home to the Escondido Country Club golf course. The City of Escondido City Council voted to preserve this area as open space; however, it is currently privately owned, and the future of this land is not yet decided.
Aside from this potential open area, residents in the Country Club neighborhood can enjoy a number of nearby parks, including Jesmond Dene Park at the corner of North Broadway and Jesmond Dene Road at the border between the neighborhoods or Jesmond Dene and North Broadway. This community space offers picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, sports fields, a concession stand and a playground.
The adjacent Reidy Creek Golf Course on North Broadway has an 18-hole, executive golf course for residents and visitors to enjoy as well.
Just on the other side of Interstate 15, you will find the Escondido RV Resort on Seven Oakes Road, which offers RV camping to locals and visitors with 125 sites, laundry facilities, a heated pool, a dog park, a clubhouse, barbecue grills and more.
Rod McLeod Park is right next door to the RV resort in the North Broadway neighborhood and offers 18 developed acres with a playground, picnic tables, tot lot, barbecue grills and restrooms.
For those in search of a greater variety of outdoor recreation options, Daley Ranch and Dixon Lake are just a short drive away from the Escondido Country Club neighborhood.
Public elementary school students living in the Country Club area are served by the Escondido Union Elementary School District. Most students will attend North Broadway Elementary School or Lincoln Elementary School. Some students living in the northwestern part of the neighborhood may attend Richland Elementary School in San Marcos, and some in the southernmost part of the neighborhood may attend Rock Springs Elementary School.
Public middle school and high school students are served by the Escondido Union High School District. Most middle school students attending public school will go to Rincon Middle School. Some living in the northwestern section of the community may attend Woodland Park Middle School in San Marcos instead.
The majority of public high school students living in Escondido Country Club will attend Escondido High School, but those living in the northwestern corner of the neighborhood may attend Mission Hills High School in San Marcos.
To the east, Escondido Country Club is bordered by Interstate 15 and the neighborhoods of Central Escondido and North Broadway. The southernmost part of the community borders Highway 78 and the Vineyard neighborhood. Country Club’s northern neighbors are the Jesmond Dene neighborhood and Mesa Rock. To the west of Country Club, you will find the Rock Springs and Mulberry neighborhoods.
Potential homebuyers considering the Escondido Country Club neighborhood should stay abreast of developments in the former golf course controversy, particularly in light of how it may affect home values in the area, traffic and the way of life within the community.
The City of Escondido Planning Division has put together a mailing list for concerned folks who would like to receive information about development proposals submitted to the City regarding this property. If you would like to add your name to this mailing list, you can call (760) 839-4546 or email the Director of Community Development, Barbara Redlitz, at [email protected].
The current owner of the property that was once the Escondido Country Club and Golf Course, Stuck in the Rough LLC, has also created a way for folks to contact them with their questions or concerns by calling (619) 495-9074.
Interested parties might also want to check out the Escondido Country Club Homeowners’ Organization (ECCHO) Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding this ongoing issue.