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San Marcos Neighborhood Guide: Mulberry

Mulberry Park Walking Path

Mulberry offers family-friendly, suburban living located between the cities of San Marcos and Escondido. This allows for easy access to the shopping, dining and entertainment options offered by both, as well as access to Highway 78 and Interstate 15 for commuters.


The first official European settlement in what is now known as San Marcos was established by Major Gustavus French Merriam. This was followed by an influx of Dutch and German immigrants and the founding of Barham in 1884, which was the first official town in what is now San Marcos. The San Marcos Land Company purchased most of the land that is now San Marcos from the Couts family in 1887.

The area had primarily an agricultural economy during this time and continued to grow. The City of San Marcos was not officially incorporated until 1963, and the city has seen a growth in its high-tech industry since the establishment of California State University, San Marcos.

Mulberry Park in San Marcos


The Mulberry neighborhood has a variety of housing options available to prospective homebuyers, including a good selection of older homes built before 1949, many homes built between 1970 and 1999, and a healthy selection of newer homes built since 2000.

To give you an idea of the real estate market in Mulberry, here are some examples of homes for sale at the time of this writing:

  • 1,400-square-foot, three bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home priced at $199,000
  • 1,376-square-foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom foreclosure listed at $279,822
  • 2,112-square-foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home priced at $499,000
  • 3,400-square-foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom foreclosure listed at $878,679
  • 3,043-square-foot, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with ocean views priced at $689,900

Nordahl Marketplace

Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

Mulberry is primarily a residential neighborhood with few commercial enterprises; however, there are plenty of shopping and dining options within just as short drive from most homes. The Mulberry Plaza shopping center is located at the corner of Mulberry Drive and East Mission Road, and Albertsons is just a bit farther down East Mission Road.

If you continue on East Mission Road, you will also find the Vallecitos Town Center, Costco and Nordahl Markeplace, which is home to stores and eateries like Kohl’s, Walmart, Cold Stone Creamery, Burger King, Elam’s Hallmark, Payless Shoesource, Rubio’s, KFC and Starbucks.

Woodland Aquatic Facility

Parks & Recreation

Just about in the center of the Mulberry neighborhood, you will find Mulberry Park. Located at 751 Mulberry Drive, this small park has picnic tables, a water playground, a tot lot and an open, grassy area.

Woodland Park and Woodland Aquatic Facility are located on Woodland Parkway on the eastern border of Mulberry. At the park, you will find a playground, a pond and fountains, and an 11-acre picnic area. At the aquatic center, you will find three swimming pools, a diving pool, a waterslide and a children’s pool. Tennis lovers are sure to enjoy the nine tennis courts available for use at the nearby Woodland Park Tennis Courts.

Hollandia Park, which is southeast of Mulberry in the Rock Springs community, is located at 12 Mission Hills Court and has softball fields, a multi-purpose field, an off-leash dog park, a skate park, walking and hiking trails, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, an amphitheater and a playground with a climbing wall.

Golfers will enjoy the close proximity of the Twin Oaks Valley Golf Course, which was designed by Ted Robinson and is located at 1425 North Twin Oaks Valley Road.

Mission Hills High School


Public school students living in the Mulberry neighborhood are primarily served by the San Marcos Unified School District. The two elementary schools serving students in this area are Richland Elementary School and Twin Oaks Elementary School.

Middle school students generally attend Woodland Park Middle School, and public high school students usually attend Mission Hills High School.

Adult learners living in Mulberry can continue their education at Palomar College or California State University, San Marcos.

Mulberry Park


The Mulberry neighborhood shares its western border with the communities of Richmar and North Twin Oaks Valley. The Barham – Coronado and Rock Springs neighborhoods are to the south, and the eastern border of Mulberry is shared with Rock Springs, Mesa Rock and Escondido’s Country Club community.

Additional Information

Those looking for a single-family home in a suburban area close to shopping, dining and entertaining may want to consider San Marcos’ Mulberry neighborhood. North County, as a whole, is a more expensive place to live; however, Mulberry’s variety of housing options makes this a community that is open to a wider range of prospective homeowners.

Woodland Park


Photo Credits: The Mulberry Park photographs are courtesy of the City of San Marcos website. The Nordahl Marketplace photograph is courtesy of the Nordahl Marketplace website. The Mission Hills High School photograph is courtesy of the Lusardi Construction Company website. Real estate data gathered from

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