Escondido was first settled by Native American Tribes, like many early San Diego towns. Then between the late 1700's and early 1800's Spain gained control. Once Mexico was able to gain its independence from Spain, the land was divided into large "ranchos". The land that is now Escondido was once Rancho Rincon del Diablo.
The Escondido History Center, located in the historic Grape Day Park, features the original Santa Fe Depot, a railroad car, the city's first library, a Victorian house, and a working blacksmith shop. The museum tour through the historic site takes you through the depot and into the railroad car. You are then able to walk inside the Victorian house and barn, while watching classes in session in the blacksmith shop on Saturday's. Exhibits are displayed within the depot and library, showcasing Escondido's rich heritage. Escondido sits just east of San Marcos and north of Rancho Bernardo. Its location is settled within gentle rolling hills which feature avocado and citrus groves. Escondido is a diverse community and one of the fastest growing cities, with a population of around 135,000. It features many restaurants, wineries, and wonderful shopping opportunities.
The Escondido Center of the Arts also has an extensive offering of plays, musicals, and shows. Not only do they provide entertainment, but they have a wide variety of arts education programs for all ages and backgrounds. These programs provide for lifelong learning in the visual arts, music, dance and theatre.
If you happen to be in town on Friday from March 30th to September 28th, you can see American made cars pre-1974, stroll the streets throughout Historic Downtown Escondido.
Escondido offers homes to fit any lifestyle. From apartments, to condos, to large family homes, you won't have to worry about finding the right place as there are over 46,815 residences. There are currently close to 80 residential subdivision projects under review in the City of Escondido. These include small and large tracts, new condominium developments, and condominium conversions.
The city also offers the lowest median costs of homes in the North County area. Housing Services within Escondido analyzes low-to-moderate-income-housing needs and provides housing information and services. For first time buyers, the service also provides participating lenders in the First Time Home Buyers Program.