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Tanglewood Estates North County Neighborhood Guide

Tanglewood Estates

Tanglewood Estates is a small, upscale, cul-de-sac community in the town of Fallbrook in North County San Diego.

Residents here enjoy the tranquility and privacy of living in a small community while being just down the street from Fallbrook High School and just a short drive from Fallbrook’s downtown village. Shopping, dining, parks, hiking trails and this small town’s well-known art scene are all just minutes away. Plus, there is always something going on nearby, including community events, crafts fairs, farmers markets, wine tasting and so much more.

If you are looking for small-town living near everyday essentials and with easy access to larger cities, Tanglewood Estates is definitely one of the Fallbrook neighborhoods you should add to your list when you start searching for your next dream home.

Tanglewood Estates History

Most of the homes in Tanglewood Estates were build in 2000 and 2001.

Tanglewood Estates Housing

Tanglewood Estates Housing

The upscale, cul-de-sac community of Tanglewood Estates is home to about 55 detached, single-family homes that are between approximately 2,684 and 3,323 square feet in size. Homes here are located on large lots and offer three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Amenities you may find at homes for sale in Tanglewood Estates include natural stone counter tops, fireplaces, family orchards, swimming pools, solar panels, putting greens, small sports courts and great views.

According to, there were 11 home sale in Tanglewood Estates in 2016 with sale prices between $595,000 and $730,000. Homes spent an average of 62 days on the market during this time.

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Tanglewood Estates Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Folks who live in other parts of San Diego County often think of Fallbrook as primarily an equestrian community with avocado orchards, upscale communities and a quaint downtown village. While all of these things are true, people who have not spent much time in Fallbrook too often overlook the well-established art community that has landed this small town on John Villani’s 100 Best Art Towns in America list.

Visitors and locals can take in the public art installations as they explore the downtown area, take art classes at the Fallbrook School of the Arts, see what’s on stage at Mission Theater, browse Brandon Gallery, or head to Fallbrook Art Center where they can view exhibits, learn more about the local art scene, or stop into Café de Artistes for a sweet or savory treat.

In conjunction with the lively art scene, there are lots of community events in Fallbrook that are held throughout the year. Some of these include the Fallbrook Film Festival hosted by the Fallbrook Film Factory, Fallbrook Christmas Parade, Holiday in the Village, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, Wine and a Bite Holiday Art Walk and, of course, the well-known Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

When you are not attending an art opening or a community event, you can always pass the time at the weekly farmers market, check out the regularly held craft fairs, grab your friends for an afternoon of wine tasting, or head to Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens to see what’s new at the nursery, browse the gift shop or meander through the butterfly garden.

For days when you actually have to get stuff done, you might be surprised that you can find all of your everyday essentials right in Fallbrook. While it is easy to get to Oceanside or Temecula for expanded options, Fallbrook is home to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, salons, feed stores, healthcare providers, banks, mail and shipping centers, hardware stores and just about anything else you might need.

The three main shopping centers in town are Fallbrook Towne Centre, Colony Plaza Shopping Center and Mercantile Shopping Center, which are all located off South Mission Road. With most of the town’s shopping and dining options right in this area, this is a great place for newcomers to start so that they get to know the area. This is also where you will find your caffeine options – mainly Starbucks or Fallbrook Coffee Company – so that you can fuel up for a day of checking off boxes on your to-do list.

Fallbrook has its share of fast and fast casual restaurants, such as Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, KFC and Chipotle. This, of course, means that you can satiate those fast food cravings within a short drive of Tanglewood Estates. However, when the opportunity arises, you really must try some of the local favorites, including Main Street Café, Café Bloom, Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, Rosa’s Mexican Food, Robertito’s Mexican Food, Nessy Burgers, Fallbrook Rib Shack and Dominick’s Sandwiches.

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Tanglewood Estates Parks and Recreation

Dog lovers living in Tanglewood Estates will definitely want to check out the off-leash dog park at Live Oak Park and the trails in the nearby Los Jilgueros Preserve.

Live Oak Park on Reche Road is a beautiful community space that also has sports courts and fields, playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic tables and walking trails. It is one of several parks in Fallbrook, with other options including Ingold Sports Park, Clemmens Lane Park, Ball Park, Alturas Street Park and Don Dussault County Park. There is also the Fallbrook Community Center and Park, which is home to a playground, sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, tennis courts, picnic tables, and an auditorium with a kitchen and meeting rooms. Aside from the park amenities, the community center offers programming for all ages that includes classes, activities and events.

Los Jilgueros Preserve, which is just a short drive west of Tanglewood Estates, is one of 11 preserves managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy. There is also the nearby Dinwiddie Preserve and Palomares House & Park, as well as several others within a short drive. Some of the preserves are not open to the public or periodically close to protect vulnerable habitats, so be sure to check the conservancy’s website to help plan your outing.

While you are sure to never grow tired of hitting the trails in the preserves, if you do feel like expanding your mountain biking, hiking or trail riding options, there are more than 160 paths and trails located throughout North County San Diego. Some of the closest trails that are outside of the preserves are found in Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Mountain State Park and the Santa Margarita River Trail System.

If you prefer your outdoor recreation to take place in a more manicured setting, you might be more interested in some of the nearby golf courses, sports clubs and country clubs. Your closest options for golf are Golf Club of California, Arrowood Golf Club, Pala Mesa Resort and Welk Resort. For tennis lovers, your closest options are Fallbrook Tennis Club, Pala Mesa Resort and Fallbrook Community Center.

There is also the Fallbrook Airpark for private pilots, lots of equestrian centers for horse lovers, and the beaches of Oceanside just 30 minutes away.

Tanglewood Estates Schools

Tanglewood Estates Schools

Public school students living in Tanglewood Estates most often attend Live Oak Elementary School in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, and then James E. Potter Junior High School and Fallbrook High School in the Fallbrook Union High School District. The elementary school district also offers the Fallbrook Homeschool Academy, and the high school district offers also offers Ivy Continuation School.

Fallbrook High School and Ivy Continuation School are just northwest of the community on the opposite side of Winter Haven Road, so students living in Tanglewood Estates can walk or ride their bikes to school.

Private school options serving Fallbrook neighborhoods include Fallbrook Montessori, Peppertree Montessori, Montessori Adolescent Academy, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Rock Rose for Creative Learning, Fallbrook Methodist School, Alpha & Omega Academy, St. Stephen Lutheran School, New Covenant Christian Academy and Spirit Mountain School.

For those who want to stay close to home after graduation, colleges and universities serving North County include Palomar College’s Fallbrook campus, MiraCosta College, Miramar College, San Joaquin Valley College, John Paul the Great Catholic University, National University and California State University San Marcos.

Tanglewood Estates Boundaries

The Fallbrook neighborhood of Tanglewood Estates is located south of Clearcrest and Winter Haven, east of La Buena Vida, west of Havencrest Drive and north of Hughes Lane. Residents here live on Clearcrest Lane (south of Winter Haven Road), Shadowcrest Lane, Vantage Place, Round Meadow Court and Fire Crest Way. The only entrance to this cul-de-sac neighborhood is Clearcrest Lane, which is off of Winter Haven Road.

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