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Hill Ranch North County Neighborhood Guide

Hill Ranch Fallbrook

The Hill Ranch neighborhood in the town of Fallbrook in North County San Diego is a semi-rural community of single-family homes on parcels that mostly range from about 2.5 acres to 10 acres. Many of the properties have citrus or avocado orchards, you can keep your horses at home here, and the location is ideal for folks who want access to the smaller villages of Fallbrook and Bonsall, as well as the city amenities found in Oceanside and Vista.

Hill Ranch History

Hill Ranch and the surrounding Fallbrook neighborhoods make up a historically agricultural area where avocados, citrus fruits, flowers, olives, nuts and other produce were grown. This agricultural history is still evident in the citrus and avocado groves found on properties here today.

Hill Ranch Fallbrook Housing

Hill Ranch Housing

Hill Ranch is a neighborhood of single-family homes on large lots with some parcels exceeding 10 acres in size. Some of the homes here have security gates, and many of the properties are located within a gated community that has 38 home sites. Homes here range from small, moderate, older homes to newer, upscale estates. The types of amenities found in this neighborhood include detached guest houses, horse facilities, citrus and avocado orchards, swimming pools, and upscale outdoor living areas.

Hill Ranch Restaurants

Hill Ranch Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

Although Hill Ranch is a Fallbrook neighborhood, some residents will likely find it more convenient to head southeast on Olive Hill Road to go to Bonsall for their everyday essentials. The main shopping plaza here is River Village Plaza, which is home to shops, restaurants, salons, professional services, and the nearest movie theater. This great location on the western edge of Fallbrook also makes it easy to get to Oceanside and Vista, where you will find expanded dining and shopping options, including most of the larger chains you will not find in Fallbrook or Bonsall.

However, between Bonsall and Fallbrook, you should be able to find just about everything you need, including grocery stores, pharmacies, gift shops, gas stations, banks, mail stops, salons, hardware stores, feed stores and more. The three main shopping centers in Fallbrook are Colony Plaza Shopping Center, Fallbrook Towne Centre and Mercantile Shopping Center. All of these are located off of South Mission Road, which is the corridor along which you will find most of Fallbrook’s shopping and dining options.

A few of the options along South Mission Road that are closest to the neighborhood are Casa Estrella Mexican restaurant, Second Chances Barn, Button & Burlap Gift Shop and Hawthorne Country Store, which is the kind of shop where you can find just about everything you need for your country lifestyle.

While Fallbrook is a small town known for its semi-rural charm, it offers a wide array of dining options that includes most of the well-known fast food chains, as well as local favorites, such as Firehouse Que & Brew, Dominick’s Sandwiches, Main Street Café, Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, Pedro’s Tacos, and Garden Center Café & Grill. You can get your caffeine fix at Starbucks or Fallbrook Coffee Company, take out-of-town guests for an afternoon of wine tasting at local wineries, try local, craft beers at Fallbrook Brewing Company, and get your first taste of Fallbrook’s thriving art scene at Café de Artistes.

Fallbrook, included in John Villani’s list of 100 Best Art Towns in America, is truly an art destination with live performances at Mission Theater, the Fallbrook Film Festival hosted by the Fallbrook Film Factory, exhibits at Brandon Gallery, and art programs and classes at Fallbrook School of the Arts.

Fallbrook Art in Public Places is an organization dedicated to making art a part of everyday life through sculptures, murals and other public art installations. Fallbrook Art Association, is dedicated to supporting the arts throughout Fallbrook. And Fallbrook Art Center is a central hub for events, exhibits and art programs.

There is always something to do in Fallbrook, whether you are an art lover or not, so be sure to check out the craft fairs, weekly farmers market, swap meets, movies in the park, Pops on the Green, and many street fairs and events that take place throughout the year. Just a few examples of these annual events include the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, Fallbrook Christmas Parade, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, Holiday in the Village, Stagecoach Sunday, and the Fallbrook Garden Club Tour.

Things to Do in Hill Ranch

Hill Ranch Parks & Recreation

Fallbrook neighborhoods make the perfect home base for folks who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle. Hill Ranch, in particular, is perfectly positioned for residents and visitors to enjoy the beaches of Oceanside and Carlsbad, nearby golf courses and country clubs, the area’s many boarding and training stables, and the 160+ hiking, biking and riding trails found throughout North County San Diego. It is also close to Fallbrook Airpark, which is a private airport, and several parks in Fallbrook, Oceanside and beyond.

The Fallbrook Tennis Club and the hiking trails in Los Jilgueros Preserve are just up South Mission Road, while Bonsall Preserve and Hellers Bend are even closer to home. There is a total of 11 nature preserves in and around Fallbrook that are managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy. Most of these are at least partially open to the public, offering trails and picnic spots within minutes of Hill Ranch homes. The conservancy also manages several miles of trails in the Santa Margarita River Trail System, and you can find even more nearby trails in Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Mountain State Park, and the San Luis Rey River Valley Trail System.

If you like to get outside but prefer grassy lawns, picnic tables and playgrounds, there are plenty of community parks in this section of North County San Diego. In Fallbrook, there is Ingold Sports Park, Don Dussault County Park, Clemmens Lane Park, Ball Park and Live Oak Park. Live Oak Park is where you will find your nearest off-leash dog park, so dog lovers will definitely want to check this one out. There is also Fallbrook Community Center and Park, which has sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a playground. Programming at the community center offers something for all ages, including sports leagues, after-school programs, art classes, fitness classes, and adult education classes.

Because of the neighborhood’s close proximity to Oceanside, you can also easily reach Guajome Regional Park with its trails and campgrounds, as well as Melba Bishop Park & Center, which is home to basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, baseball and softball fields, playgrounds, picnic tables and barbecue grills, horseshoe pits, a weight room, and a skate park. Programming offered here includes day camps, sports camps, after-school programs, fitness classes and dance classes.

Golfers probably already know that North County is home to several popular golf courses and country clubs. Some of the options closest to Hill Ranch include Arrowood Golf Course, Golf Club of California, Pala Mesa Resort, Marine Memorial Golf Course, Oceanside Golf Course and Vista Valley Country Club.

Hill Ranch Schools

Hill Ranch Schools

Public schools serving the Hill Ranch neighborhood include Fallbrook Street Elementary School and Fallbrook Homeschool Academy in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and James E. Potter Junior High School, Fallbrook High School and Ivy Continuation High School in the Fallbrook Union High School District. Due to the neighborhood’s location, some students may attend schools in the Bonsall School District.

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

Options for adult learners include California State University San Marcos, National University, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Palomar College (which has a Fallbrook campus), Miramar College, MiraCosta College, and San Joaquin Valley College.

Hill Ranch Boundaries

Hill Ranch is south of Morro Hills Road, east of Sleeping Indian Road, north of Valle Del Sol, and just west of Olive Hill Road. Most of the homes in this western Fallbrook neighborhood are located on Hill Ranch Drive, Puerta De Lomas, Lemonwood Drive, Minneola Drive, Circa De Loma, Rancho Adarme Road, Creek Oak Drive, Villa Del Cielo Drive, Tangerine Lane, Miles Ranch Road, Camino Jasmine and Paseo Lindo.

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Map Photo Credit: Google 2018, Real estate and demographic data gathered from Neighborhoods.com, Trulia.com, Redfin.com and Zillow.com.

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+