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Rancho Camino North County Neighborhood Guide

Rancho Camino Fallbrook Neighborhood

Rancho Camino is a neighborhood of single-family homes on acreage in the town of Fallbrook in North County San Diego. Here, you can enjoy the tranquility of semi-rural living, keep your horses at home, grow your own fruit in a family orchard, and enjoy the proximity of downtown Fallbrook, Bonsall and Oceanside.

The beach is only about 20 minutes away, nature preserves are just up the road, riding stables are in every direction, and the shops, restaurants, and art scene in downtown Fallbrook are minutes away.

If you are looking for a semi-rural community where you can enjoy country living close to city amenities, this is one Fallbrook neighborhood that should probably be on your short list.

Rancho Camino History

Before the development of residential neighborhoods in Fallbrook, most of the land was used for agricultural purposes. Farms and orchards here grew nuts, avocados, olives, citrus fruits and flowers, many of which are still produced in the area. Residential development of Rancho Camino began in the early-1970s.

Rancho Camino North County Neighborhood

Rancho Camino Housing

Rancho Camino is a community of single-family homes on acreage ranging from about one acre to more than five acres. Most of the homes here have three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms, ranging in size from about 1,800 square feet to about 4,100 square feet.

Along with larger lot sizes, potential buyers looking in this neighborhood will find homes with guest houses, swimming pools, horse facilities or family orchards.

Homes here rarely come on the market (it looks like there has been only one listing per year for the last few years), so keep your eye on the market if you are hoping to find Rancho Camino homes for sale.

Rancho Camino Restaurants

Rancho Camino Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

From Rancho Camino, residents can easily head south on Olive Hill Road to Bonsall or north to downtown Fallbrook for most of their everyday essentials. If you choose to go to Bonsall, most of what you need will be located at River Village Plaza, which has restaurants, shops, services, salons and the closest movie theater that shows the latest releases.

If you stay in Fallbrook to complete your to-do list, you will find most of what you need on South Mission Road, which is home to the three main shopping centers in town: Fallbrook Towne Centre, Colony Plaza Shopping Center and Mercantile Shopping Center. In and around these plazas, you will find grocery stores, banks, shipping centers, salons, gift shops, pharmacies and gas stations.

Just off South Mission Road and in the downtown area is also where you will find most of the restaurants in Fallbrook, such as Casa Estrella, Firehouse Que & Brew, Fallbrook Coffee Company, Main Street Café, Garden Center Café & Grill, Dominick’s Sandwiches, and Trupiano’s Italian Bistro. Of course, you are also going to find some chains here, such as Starbucks, Domino’s, Denny’s, and Chipotle.

A couple of stops that you should check out south of town on South Mission Road are Button & Burlap Gift Shop, Second Chances Barn and Hawthorne Country Store, which sells all those essentials you need for country living.

Sometimes small towns do not have much to offer when you need to entertain out-of-town guests or are looking for something fun to do on the weekend. This is definitely not the case in Fallbrook. There is always something to do here – whether it is the weekly farmers market or regular craft fairs, wine tasting at local wineries, finding your favorite local brew at the Fallbrook Brewing Company’s tasting room, or meeting your neighbors at one of Fallbrook’s many community events.

Just a handful of the annual events that happen in Fallbrook include the Fallbrook Art Association Spring Fine Art Show, Fallbrook Christmas Parade, Fallbrook Garden Club Tour, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, Holiday in the Village, Easter Brunch, Summer Carnival, and the well-known Fallbrook Avocado Festival. There also monthly networking events, bi-weekly bingo nights at Fallbrook Senior Center, fundraisers for local organizations, movies in the park, and family wellness fairs.

Aside from the many community gatherings taking place each month, Fallbrook also has a thriving art scene supported by local organizations. For example, the public art installations you see throughout the downtown area are thanks to Fallbrook Art in Public Places, while the Fallbrook Film Factory hosts the Fallbrook Film Festival. You can take art classes at Fallbrook School of Arts, check out exhibits at Brandon Gallery, catch a live performance at Mission Theater, or stop by the Fallbrook Art Center for art programs, exhibits, events, or the historic soda fountain at Café de Artistes.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy or participate in Fallbrook’s art scene, you will quickly see why John Villani named Fallbrook on his list of 100 Best Art Towns in America. Plus, this is Fallbrook, so you can even take outdoor art classes on a farm where you will get to know the farm animals and several art mediums. Farmer Arlene teaches these Art on the Farm classes for youth and adults at Old Fliegler’s Farm right in the Rancho Camino neighborhood, so you can hone your goat-drawing skills close to home.

Old Fliegler’s Farm also offers a variety of workshops ranging from gourd decorating to making your own herbal tea, so if you live in Rancho Camino – or, really, any Fallbrook neighborhood – you might want to get on their mailing list.

Things to do in Rancho Camino

Rancho Camino Parks & Recreation

North County San Diego is known for its hiking and riding trails, equestrian lifestyle, golf courses, country clubs. and beaches, which means an opportunity for outdoor recreation is always nearby.

The beaches of Oceanside are only about 20 minutes from Rancho Camino, so you could easily go trail riding in the morning, spend the afternoon at the beach, and then meet up with friends for tennis in the evening.

Private pilots have the nearby Fallbrook Airpark and, while you can keep your horses at home in Rancho Camino, there are dozens of training and boarding stables in and around Fallbrook as well.

For golfers, the closest options are Arrowood Golf Course, Golf Club of California, Oceanside Golf Course, Marine Memorial Golf Course, Pala Mesa Resort, Welk Resort and Vista Valley Country Club. Some of these also offer tennis, but real tennis enthusiasts will likely want to try out the members-only Fallbrook Tennis Club off South Mission Road.

There are public tennis courts at Fallbrook Community Center and Park, which is also home to sand volleyball courts, a playground, picnic areas, and a basketball court. The community center offers a wide array of programming for youth, teens, adults and seniors, including fitness classes, educational classes, art classes, sports leagues, and after-school programs.

Other community parks in Fallbrook include Don Dussault County Park, Ball Park, Ingold Sports Park, Clemmens Lane Park, and Live Oak Park, which is a 27-acre park set among the oaks that has an off-leash dog park, walking trails, picnic areas, and sports courts and fields.

Rancho Camino is one of the westernmost Fallbrook neighborhoods, which means it is only a short drive to Oceanside for Guajome Regional Park or Melba Bishop Park & Recreation Center. The rec center is home to the nearest skate park, as well as horseshoe pits, playgrounds, softball fields, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, a weight room, and picnic tables with barbecue grills. The center also offers lots of community programming, including fitness classes, sports camps, day camps and after-school programs.

If you are looking for a summer day camp even closer to home, Old Fliegler’s Farm in Rancho Camino offers summer day camps for kids six to eleven where activities range from making soap and goat cheese to planting crops and caring for animals.

As if all of this was not enough to fill your weekends, the Fallbrook area is also home to eleven nature preserves that are all within an easy drive of Rancho Camino. Heller’s Bend, Bonsall Preserve and Los Jilgeuros Preserve are closest to the neighborhood, but you will probably want to explore them all, if you enjoy spending time on the trails. These nature preserves, as well as several miles of trails in the Santa Margarita River Trail System are under the care of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, so be sure to visit the conservancy’s website to make sure the preserve you want to visit is currently open to the public. Most of them are, but some close periodically to protect vulnerable habitats.

You can find even more trails close to home in the San Luis Rey River Trail System, Cleveland National Forest and Palomar Mountain State Park.

Rancho Camino Schools

Rancho Camino Schools

The Rancho Camino neighborhood is located in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Fallbrook Union High School District. Most public school students here attend Fallbrook Street Elementary School, James E. Potter Junior High School and Fallbrook High School. For students who learn more effectively in a different environment, there is the Fallbrook Homeschool Academy offered by the elementary school district, as well as Ivy Continuation High School in the high school district.

There are also many private schools within driving distance of Rancho Camino and other Fallbrook neighborhoods. Some of the options located in Fallbrook include A Step in Time Preschool, Peppertree Montessori, Fallbrook Montessori, Montessori Adolescent Academy, Rock Rose School for Creative Learning, Spirit Mountain School, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Alpha & Omega Academy, St. Lutheran School, Covenant Christian Academy.

If you are hoping to keep your kids close to home after they graduate, colleges and universities nearby include California State University San Marcos, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Palomar College’s Fallbrook Campus, MiraCosta College, Miramar College, and San Joaquin Valley College.

Rancho Camino Boundaries

The Rancho Camino neighborhood is located on the southern and northern sides of Rancho Camino, which runs east from Olive Hill Road. Hellers Bend nature preserve is to the northeast, South Mission Road is to the east, and Rolling Hills Estates is to the south. Homes here are primarily located on Rancho Camino, Via Acquaviva, Los Vecinos, and Rancho Camino Norte.

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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+