San Marcos, probably the city with the most diverse real estate options in North County, offers several different types of properties and lifestyles. Only five miles from the ocean, San Marcos consists of several smaller communities such as San Elijo Hills and Lake San Marcos to name a few. San Elijo Hills is an idyllic hillside master planned community that overflows with small town charm. With a delightful town center, this community has its own elementary and middle school, walking and hiking trails throughout, and several well designed neighborhoods consisting of both townhomes and large detached properties. Lake San Marcos is a charming area with several lakeside neighborhoods and developments that cater to a more laid back lifestyle. With many smaller single story homes and some senior living complexes, this area is ideal for the downsizing couple or those desiring an escape from the hustle and bustle. San Marcos proper is a mixture of some older homes and newer well planned family friendly neighborhoods. With a newly remodeled state of the art high school and more affordable home prices, San Marcos should be at the top of your list when looking to purchase in North County.