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Morro Hills Fallbrook North County Neighborhood Guide

Morro Hills Fallbrook

The Morro Hills neighborhood of Fallbrook in North County San Diego is on the westernmost edge of town along the border shared with Camp Pendleton. This semi-rural community also crosses over into the northeastern section of Oceanside, and this part of the community is referred to as Morro Hills or South Morro Hills. We are going to focus on the section of Morro Hills where residents have Fallbrook addresses here, but you can learn more about the Morro Hills neighborhood in Oceanside here.

Morro Hills History

The area that is now known as Morro Hills, both in Fallbrook and Oceanside, has historically been an agricultural area where families and farmers have grown avocados, nuts, citrus fruits, olives, flowers, palm trees and vegetables. This tradition continues today on many of the properties found in Morro Hills.

Morro Hills Housing

Morro Hills Housing

Moro Hills is made up of single-family homes on large lots, farms and ranches with views of Camp Pendleton, Morro Hill and the Sleeping Indian ridgeline, Oceanside, rolling hills and, in some cases, even the ocean. There is a mix of upscale and more modest homes in this area, which opens the neighborhood to a broader array of potential homebuyers.

Examples of homes for sale in Morro Hills at the time of this writing include:

  • A four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,028-square-foot home on one acre listed at $788,000
  • A three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,936-square-foot home on one acre listed at $799,000
  • A three-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,942-square-foot home on 2.45 acres listed at $825,000
  • A five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 5,122-square-foot home on 2.71 acres listed at $1,525,000

Morro Hills Fallbrook Shopping

Morro Hills Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

The quaint village of Fallbrook is going to have just about everything you need when you head out to run errands, but one of the great things about Morro Hills is that you have easy access to Oceanside and Carlsbad without even having get on Highway 76. This means that you can easily access the shopping, dining and entertainment options of these two cities in addition to what you will find in Fallbrook and Bonsall.

Bonsall is super close to Morro Hills, so – before we delve into all that Fallbrook has to offer — it is worth mentioning that you will find a movie theater, professional services, restaurants, salons and shops in the River Village Plaza just a short drive from home.

As you head towards downtown Fallbrook on South Mission Road, you will begin to see the closest shops and restaurants, including local spots like Casa Estrella Mexican restaurant, Button & Burlap gift shop and Second Chances Barn. Much of what you need in Fallbrook will be located in Fallbrook Town Center, Mercantile Shopping Center, Colony Plaza Shopping Center or scattered throughout the downtown area. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, salons, banks, gas stations, gift shops, professional services and a hardware store.

Some of the eateries you will find in Fallbrook include Fallbrook Coffee Company, Pedro’s Tacos, Firehouse Que & Brew, Garden Center Café & Grill, Main Street Café, Robertito’s Mexican Food, Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Denny’s, Dominick’s Sandwiches and Café de Artistes. Plus, you can spend the afternoon at wine tasting rooms working your way through some of the local wines or find your way to Fallbrook Brewing Company’s tasting room to try out craft beers.

You may or may not know that Fallbrook has much more to offer than horse property and small-town charm: There is also quite the thriving art scene here. In fact, Fallbrook has been named to John Villani’s list of 100 Best Art Towns in America, and there are plenty of people and organizations here making sure that the town lives up to this reputation. Fallbrook Arts, Inc. is one of the main art organizations in town and is the parent organization of Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook School of Arts, Fallbrook Brandon Gallery and Fallbrook Art in Public Places. There is also the Fallbrook Art Association, Mission Theater and Fallbrook Film Factory all doing their part to keep the arts alive and well in Fallbrook.

Aside from the exhibitions and events offered by the Fallbrook Art Center throughout the year, some of the other many community events here include Summer Movies in the Park, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, Stagecoach Sunday, Fallbrook Holiday Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, Fallbrook Christmas Parade, Holiday in the Village, the Fallbrook Garden Club Tour, Reins Country Hoedown and, of course, the well-known Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Morro Hills Fallbrook Recreation

Morro Hills Parks & Recreation

North County San Diego is known for its equestrian centers, golf courses, country clubs and miles of trails. Fallbrook’s Morro Hills neighborhood is perfectly positioned for residents and visitors to enjoy all of this and more. Boarding and training stables can be found within minutes of the community, golf courses and country clubs are within a short drive, and some of the best hiking, mountain biking and riding trails in North County can be reached in about 30 minutes or less.

The trails that are closest to Morro Hills are mostly found in a handful of the preserves managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, including the nearby Hellers Bend, Los Jilgueros Preserve, Dinwiddie Preserve and Bonsall Preserve. There is currently a total of 11 preserves, and the conservancy also manages several miles of trails in the Santa Margarita River Trail System. Other nearby options include those found in San Luis Rey River Valley, Cleveland National Forest and Palomar Mountain State Park. And, of course, if hiking is your thing and you live anywhere near North County, you have to add the Sleeping Indian Trail to your list and get to know Morro Hill and the Sleeping Indian ridgeline.

If a picnic in the park is more your speed, there are plenty of options in the area, including Live Oak Park, Luiseno Park, Don Dussault County Park, Ball Park, Ingold Sports Park and Clemmens Lane Park. For parks that also offer community centers, there is either the Fallbrook Community Center and Park in Fallbrook or the Melba Bishop Park & Recreation Center south of Arrowood Golf Course in Oceanside.

Melba Bishop Park & Recreation Center is a 16-acre facility with a skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, baseball and softball diamonds, a weight room, playgrounds, picnic tables and barbecue grills. At the recreation center, you will find a variety of community programs that include day camps, after-school programs, dance and fitness classes, sports camps and other programs for participants of all ages.

At the Fallbrook Community Center, there are tennis courts, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, a playground and picnic areas. There is also an auditorium with a kitchen and meeting rooms that can be rented by community groups. Programming at the center includes youth and adult sports leagues, fitness classes for all ages, a variety of educational and arts classes, and additional programming for youth, teens, adults and seniors.

Guajome Regional Park is a bit farther away but also worth checking out for its lake, trails and campsites. If you have kids, you should also check out Wild Wonders in Bonsall. This hands-on wildlife education center offers tours and programs to teach folks of all ages with the help of more than 150 animals living on site.

For the golfing and country club set, you will find lots of options throughout North County San Diego and the Temecula area. Some of the courses and clubs in closest proximity to Morro Hills include Arrowood Golf Course, Marine Memorial Golf Course, Oceanside Golf Course, Golf Club of California, Welk Resort, Pala Mesa Resort and Vista Valley Country Club.

Pilots with private planes will appreciate that Fallbrook Airpark is nearby and, of course, the beaches of Oceanside are just a short drive away.

Morro Hills Fallbrook Schools

Morro Hills Schools

Public school students living on the Fallbrook side of Morro Hills are served by the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Fallbrook Union High School District. Most attend Fallbrook Street Elementary School, James E. Potter Junior High and Fallbrook High School. For students who learn better in a different setting, other options include Fallbrook Homeschool Academy and Ivy Continuation High School.

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

If you are interested in continuing your education in the area, options for colleges and universities include the Fallbrook campus of Palomar College, MiraCosta College, San Joaquin Valley College, Saddleback College, San Diego Miramar College, National University, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Soka University of America and California State University San Marcos.

Because sections of Morro Hills are located in Fallbrook and sections are located in Oceanside, friends living near each other in this neighborhood could be living in different school districts and will attend different schools. For example, those living in South Morro Hills and other areas in the southern and western sections of Morro Hills that are considered Oceanside may be served by the Bonsall Union Elementary School District or the Oceanside Unified School District.

Morro Hills Boundaries

Morro Hills is located at the western border of Fallbrook adjacent to Camp Pendleton. It is east and south of Camp Pendleton, north and east of the Oceanside section of Morro Hills, and west of Olive Hill Road.

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Photo Credit: INEGI/Google 2017, Real estate and demographic data gathered from 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+