Lake San Marcos

Lake San Marcos is a master-planned community made up of distinct neighborhoods, some of which are for homebuyers 55+ while others are without age restrictions. The community's location in San Marcos puts residents just outside of San Diego and about 10 minutes from the Pacific Ocean coastline. The community is home to an abundance of amenities, including two golf courses, a natural lake, and dozens of clubs, activities, and social events for residents to enjoy with their neighbors.

Homebuyers looking for homes for sale in San Marcos, California will want to explore everything that Lake San Marcos has to offer. 

Lake San Marcos Amenities 

Residents at Lake San Marcos have access to a community center which includes amenities such as a fitness center, four restaurants, and a hotel. There are a variety of retailers available within the community as well. 

Outside, there are two community pools and additional private pools throughout specific neighborhoods. There are two golf courses as well, an 18-hole championship course and an executive course. In addition to the public and semi-private courses, residents can enjoy the pro shop, putting green, and driving range. There is also access to the lake, and it’s easy to rent boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. 

By choosing a Lake and Lodge Membership, residents can use the pools and towel service, tennis courts, and pickleball courts throughout the many neighborhoods of Lake San Marcos. Other amenities include billiards, bocce ball, and horseshoes. 

Lake San Marcos Homes & Real Estate

A number of builders have worked on construction in Lake San Marcos between the years of 1964 and 2018. There are currently 2,000 single-family homes, condos, and attached villas constructed as duplexes available on a resale basis. There are several distinct neighborhoods within the community, including two 55+ communities.

With over 20 homeowner’s associations within Lake San Marcos, buyers can choose whether they want to live in an area with an HOA or if they’d prefer to buy a home in a neighborhood that doesn’t have one. Some neighborhoods within the community are gated and others are not. 

Condo properties come in four, six, or eight-unit buildings. Some of them are one-story, and others are two or three-story. Many of the duplex properties are on the water, and several neighborhoods provide direct access to one of the golf courses. Parking availability depends on the neighborhood and the home that is purchased. 

Lake San Marcos Lifestyle

Residents enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to most neighborhoods being within a homeowners’ association that takes care of things like landscaping and exterior maintenance. With plenty of free time and a strong sense of community, homeowners at Lake San Marcos participate in the dozens of clubs and activities that are available. Some of the most popular clubs include the garden club, yacht club, travel club, and wine tasting club.  

Surrounding Area 

Lake San Marcos is located in San Marcos, an unincorporated area of San Diego County. The community is only seven miles east of the Pacific Ocean, making it an ideal spot for beachgoers. Residents have easy access to all their daily shopping needs as well as fun recreational opportunities. 

Residents of Lake San Marcos can find four restaurants and plenty of shops within the community. When they need to get out, grocery stores are just a few minutes away, including Ralph’s and Sprouts Farmers Market. There is also a Walmart and a Best Buy in the area. Lake San Marcos is also close to multiple health care providers, including Kaiser Permanente and Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. 

When dining out, residents can enjoy the tastes of restaurants such as the Sublime Ale House, Mama Kat’s Restaurant, and Oscar’s Mexican Food nearby. When residents are looking for entertainment options, they can catch a movie at Regal Edwards San Marcos or enjoy happy hour at The Cowshed. There’s also The Palomar College Planetarium and The CADO Museum. A bit further north from the community is Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum. 

Lake San Marcos residents who want to get outside will find plenty of options close by. Golfers have two courses within the community and can also find multiple courses to play nearby, including Boulder Oaks Golf Club and Shadowridge Golf Club. There are also plenty of parks and trails to enjoy, including Connors Park, Double Peak Park, and Sunset Park. 

Residents who want to visit nearby metropolitan areas are in luck. San Diego is just half an hour south, providing easy access to the San Diego Zoo, colleges and universities, and everything the city has to offer. For longer trips, San Diego International Airport is only 37 miles away. 

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Lake San Marcos Amenities

There are plenty of activities available in Lake San Marcos. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.

  • Clubhouse/Amenity Center
  • Golf Course
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Billiards
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Basketball Court
  • Outdoor Patio
  • On-site Retail
  • Multi-Purpose/Meeting Rooms

Lake San Marcos Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes

There are plenty of activities available in Lake San Marcos. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.

  • Basketball
  • Democratic Club
  • Duplicate Bridge Club
  • Garden Club
  • Golf
  • Knit, Crochet, and Needlework
  • Ladies's and Men's Golf Clubs
  • Newcomers Mixer Club
  • Palomar Orchid Society
  • Pickleball
  • Racquet Club
  • Republican Women
  • Table Games Club
  • Table Tennis
  • Toastmasters
  • Travel Club
  • Ukulele Club
  • Widows & Widowers Club
  • Wine Tasting Club
  • Writers Club
  • Yacht Club

Lake San Marcos Reviews (1)

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One of California's most beautiful climates, as well as a wonderful retirement community. Because it is precisely the right distance from the beach, Lake San Marcos enjoys coastal breezes without the dismal clouds that are usual straight on the coastline. North County San Diego is maybe the best retirement neighborhood in the country, with a plethora of senior institutions and recreational opportunities nearby. My other relatives live in a similar retirement home,, and they regularly visited us. They wished to relocate in order to fully experience the magnificence of the setting. The Chateau at Lake San Marcos offers elegant condominiums with full-service personnel for independent or assisted living, a variety of programs and recreational activities on-site, and award-winning landscaping.

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