The North County neighborhood of Winterwarm is part of the larger Fallbrook community, which offers a small-town atmosphere where residents enjoy both semi-rural living and a thriving arts and culture scene.
The area’s strong ties to agriculture are evidenced by the ranches, avocado and citrus orchards, and flower fields that surround residential neighborhoods and Fallbrook’s quaint downtown village. From the surrounding country estates and family farms, residents mingle with tourists to explore art galleries, view public art installations, taste wines at local wineries, and meander down the old-fashioned main street to check out the shops and eateries.
To add to the eclectic nature of this family-friendly, close-knit community, you can also see farmers rubbing elbows with one of several celebrities who have fallen in love with the area so strongly that they have made it their full-time or part-time home.
While residents in Winterwarm and the larger Fallbrook area enjoy small-town life away from the city, the amenities of Vista, San Marcos, Temecula, Escondido and Oceanside are just a short drive away, and it only takes about 30 minutes to get to the beach.
To add to the small-town charm and strong sense of community, there are also lots of community events happening throughout the year that are hosted by local organizations. Just some of the events that offer opportunities to get to know your neighbors include Hot Summer Nites, Warm Winter Nites, the Fallbrook Christmas Parade, the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, Wine and a Bite Holiday Art Walk, Holiday in the Village, Breakfast with Santa, the Annual Flower Show and the Fallbrook Vintage Car Show.
The Fallbrook area was first inhabited by Native Americans and later settled by Europeans arriving in the area. The first known permanent settlement was that of the Vital Reche family who established the settlement in 1869 and named it Fall Brook in honor of their Pennsylvania homestead.
In 1885, the Fallbrook townsite was laid out and, in 1890, one of the town’s first churches was built, which is still providing worship services today. The historic Fallbrook Schoolhouse can still be seen in town and is now the Reche Clubhouse.
Since the time of European settlement, the primary industry in Fallbrook has been agriculture. In the early-1900s, olives were the main crop grown here, but after World War II, some farmers began to move towards growing flowers and avocados.
For folks who would like to learn more about Winterwarm and the Fallbrook area, be sure to stop by the Fallbrook Historical Society located at 1730 Hill Street in Fallbrook.
Most of the housing available in Winterwarm is made up of detached, single-family homes on large lots. There are just a handful of homes for sale in Winterwarm at the time of this writing, most of which are in the mid- to high-$500,000 range.
One example is a one-acre property zoned for horses with a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,314-square-foot home on the market for $556,000.
Another example if a slightly larger horse property with a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,900-square-foot home listed at $575,000.
This area is considerably more affordable than many parts of North County San Diego, particularly if you are looking for a larger lot or horse property.
Winterwarm Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment
Those who choose to live in Winterwarm or other areas of Fallbrook are often drawn to the small-town setting and semi-rural lifestyle this area offers. However, this does not mean that they must sacrifice when it comes to options for shopping, dining or finding fun things to do. While you may choose to drive to Vista, San Marcos or Temecula for some of your bigger errand days, there are lots of options nearby where you can enjoy dinner with your family or pick up everyday essentials.
Some of the spots you are sure to frequent in Fallbrook include Walgreens, CVS, Albertsons, Village Market and Liquor, Major Market, Northgate Gonzales Market, gas stations, banks, auto parts stores, and some local favorites, such as Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery, Madd Potter and the Farmhouse Gift Shop. There are also lots of dining options, including the expected fast food spots, Fallbrook Café, Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, Café Bloom, Fallbrook Coffee Company, Robertito’s Mexican Food, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Denny’s.
The Fallbrook Brewing Company tasting room is the place to go to try local, craft beers, and Café des Artistes will likely be your regular hangout if you prefer a setting with local art and a soda fountain. There is also the weekly Fallbrook Farmers Market at Vince Ross Village Square where you can pick up local produce and browse crafts produced by local artisans and the Fallbrook Community Center, which is home to craft fairs and swap meets throughout the year.
Fallbrook is also home to several art galleries, public art programs and art events, Fallbrook School of Arts, Mission Theater and Fallbrook Film Factory, which shows just how much of a focus there is on arts and entertainment in this small town.
The nearby Pala Mesa Resort offers lots of special events and live entertainment, and there are expanded dining options, shopping options and a movie theater just a few minutes away in Bonsall.
Winterwarm Parks & Recreation
Semi-rural living in Winterwarm means being surrounded by riding and boarding stables, hiking and riding trails, and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Many of the hiking trails in this area are within the bounds of one of the 11 nature preserves managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy. The preserves vary quite a bit with some offering only limited access to trails, some closing on and off to protect habitats, and some offering both trails and other attractions. For example, Palomares House & Park is one of the preserves and is home to a historic farmhouse, gardens, sculptures and a memorial tile path.
The other preserves currently managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy include Heller’s Bend, Rock Mountain Preserve, Bonsall Preserve, Dinwiddie Preserve, Appleton Preserve, Engel Family Preserve, Monserate Mountain Preserve, Durling Preserve, Margarita Peak Preserve and Los Jilgueros Preserve. There are also several miles of riding and hiking trails managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy Trail Council located in the Santa Margarita River Trail system.
To find out more about the trails and which preserves are currently open to the public, visit the conservancy’s website.
There are also a handful of parks in the Fallbrook area, as well as a community center that offers a wide variety of programming. One of the primary gathering places for the community is Live Oak Park, which offers 27 acres with softball fields, a volleyball court, soccer fields, playgrounds, a basketball court, picnic areas, trails, an amphitheater and even wedding venues.
Another popular option is Ingold Community Sports Park, which also has wedding and event spaces, but is more frequently visited for the wide range of sports programming. This is a great place to get to know your neighbors through a sports league or events, which include baseball tournaments, Pop Warner football, adult football, rugby, softball, soccer for adults and kids, and lacrosse.
The Fallbrook Community Center is located at 341 Heald Lane in Fallbrook and is just a short drive from Winterwarm. Community programming offered here includes fitness classes, dance classes, and lots of events, such as swap meets and craft fairs. Other community parks in the area include Fallbrook Park, Alturas Street Park and Ball Park.
There are plenty of golf courses and country clubs scattered throughout North County San Diego with some that might be surprisingly close to this inland community. Two that might be of particular interest to the country club set are the Vista Valley Country Club and The Pala Mesa Resort.
The Vista Valley Country Club is home to a members-only golf course, a swimming pool and spa, fine-dining restaurant and fitness center. Some of the programs offered at the club include youth golf camps and golf clinics.
At the Pala Mesa Resort there is a championship, par-72 golf course that is open to members, who can also enjoy a swimming pool, pro shop, fitness center, and discounts to the Aqua Terra restaurant and on guest rooms at the resort.
If you are looking for a semi-rural community with an airport you can fly into and out of with your private plane, there is the Fallbrook Airpark near downtown Fallbrook.
Also, while this is an inland community, keep in mind that it is only about 30 minutes from Oceanside and about 50 minutes from Del Mar for beach lovers.
The Winterwarm area is served by the Bonsall Unified School District and the Fallbrook Union High School District. Most public school students living here attend La Paloma Elementary School, James E. Potter Junior High School and Fallbrook High School. Other high school options in the Fallbrook Union High School District include Oasis High School and Ivy Continuation High School.
Some of the private school options closest to Winterwarm include Fallbrook United Methodist School, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Zion Lutheran School, Rock Rose School for Creative Learning, St. Stephen Lutheran School, Montessori Adolescent Academy, Peppertree Montessori and A Step in Time Preschool.
Adults learners also have nearby options including the Fallbrook campus of Palomar College, California State University San Marcos and National University.
The Winterwarm neighborhood is southeast of downtown Fallbrook. It is primarily east and south of Green Canyon Road, west of Fallbrook Country Club and north of Bonsall.
Nearby North County Neighborhoods
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