San Elijo Hills, San Marcos, California

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San Elijo Hills, California
Sunset in San Elijo Hills
Sunset in San Elijo Hills
Flag of San Elijo Hills, California
CountryUnited States
CountySan Diego
CitySan Marcos
 • Total1,921 acres (777 ha)
Time zonePST
 • Summer (DST)PDT
ZIP code92078
Area code(s)760, 442

San Elijo Hills is a master-planned community in the southwest of San Marcos, California, built by San Elijo Hills Development Company, and managed by HomeFed Corporation.[citation needed] San Elijo is home to three of the largest schools in San Marcos Unified School District.[citation needed] Unlike the rest of San Marcos, San Elijo Hills has its own town center, featuring a clock tower, a fountain, a common area and rows of shops.


In 1769, the Portola Expedition named the area San Alejo in honor of Saint Alexius.[citation needed] The term "Elijo" is an Anglo-Saxon misspelling of a proper name "Alejo."[citation needed] (The word "elijo" in Spanish means "to choose.")


  • 1994 - 1,921 acres (3.002 sq mi) San Elijo Hills property purchased by The San Elijo Hills Development Company, planning commenced.[citation needed]
  • 1997 - Overall plan approved by the San Marcos City Council.[citation needed]
  • 2004 - San Elijo Middle School opened, with the elementary and middle schools sharing facilities for two years, until the completion of the elementary school.[citation needed]
  • 2004 - San Elijo Park, a 19 acres (77,000 m2) city park, opened.[citation needed]
  • 2004 - Peace Monument installed at the eastern entrance to the community’s town square on Sept. 11.[citation needed]
  • 2006 - San Elijo Hills Elementary School completed.[citation needed]
  • 2008 - Fire station opened in San Elijo Hills.[citation needed]
  • 2009 - MarketWalk, a residential/retail project in the town center opened.[citation needed]
  • 2009 - Double Peak Park opened.[citation needed]
  • 2016 - Double peak k-8 opened


San Marcos Unified School District[edit]

California State University, San Marcos[edit]

San Elijo Hills is served by California State University, San Marcos, located in San Marcos.



The San Elijo Hills Homeowners Association organizes a number of community events, including a golf outing, Concert in the Square, Oktoberfest, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Independence Day Celebration, and Easter Egg Hunt.[citation needed]



Double Peak Park[edit]

Double Peak Park features a 150-seat concrete, terraced amphitheater for interpretive ranger talks, a group picnic shelter, individual picnic tables, an adventure play area, restrooms, a resident park ranger, and a parking lot.[citation needed]

San Elijo Hills Park[edit]

San Elijo Hills Park includes a soccer field, two baseball diamonds, picnic/barbecue areas, a children's water "sprayground", an enclosed dog park, jogging paths, and a plaza for large events. The park is also the main trailhead for a network of 18 miles (29 km) of trails. The park's Community Center, operated by the city of San Marcos, has facilities for classes, parties and special events.[citation needed]


San Elijo Hills has 18 miles (29 km) of trails that are popular for hiking, biking and horseback riding.[citation needed]

AYSO Region 1505[edit]

AYSO Region 1505 is a volunteer run youth soccer program in San Elijo Hills and the surrounding communities. The organization fielded 75 teams with more than 600 players in 2010.[citation needed]

San Elijo Flyers[edit]

The San Elijo Flyers is a powered radio-controlled flying group for RC Plane and Helicopter enthusiasts.[citation needed]


A panoramic view of San Elijo Canyon from 2009 offers views of San Elijo Hills on the left, and western San Marcos on the right.


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Coordinates: 33°06′N 117°11′W / 33.100°N 117.183°W / 33.100; -117.183