Regional Overview – Moving to and Living in the Paradise CircleSM  Communities of Bonsall, Fallbrook, Rainbow & De Luz

basic-area-mapv3We like to call this area (the communities of Bonsall, Fallbrook, De Luz and RainbowThe Paradise CircleSM because its a special place, unique among San Diego County regions. In fact, there is nowhere else quite like it. Some residents consider this place to be one of the top, all-around, destinations to live in America, so if you are thinking of relocating for retirement, or simply to change your life, don’t overlook this special place in Southern California. There is much to like about The Circle’s laid back lifestyle, friendly people, scenic beauty, and fabulous weather. Let’s take a quick look at what’s here.

The hub of the region is Fallbrook, which is located in northwest San Diego County (California), just 14 miles from Pacific coast beaches and 45 miles north of downtown San Diego. Here you’ll find 56 square miles of bucolic rolling hills, valleys, and ridges blanketed by citrus & avocado groves, vineyards, and many lush & varied growing grounds. It’s a gentle topography that offers sweeping vistas to distant mountains — a place away from the hustle and bustle, but that still offers you easy access to shopping, activities, culture, and so much more. Here you’ll find lots of fresh air, and (with an average population density of almost one resident per acre) room to spread out.

Bonsall is just south of Fallbrook and a quick 12 miles east of Pacific Ocean beaches and approximately 40 miles north of downtown metropolitan San Diego. It’s a tranquil area characterized by rolling hills, valleys, and thousands of acres of open spaces, lush green groves, and archetypal western style ranches and haciendas. In Bonsall, you’ll find stunning vistas of distant mountains and the nearby Pacific Ocean abound.


The Fallbrook Winery in Springtime — © K Cru 2013

To the north of Fallbrook is fabulous De Luz. In this rural and sparely populated Southern California community you can still find a rare sense of openness, wild natural beauty and quiet. It truly is a road less traveled. De Luz is a geographic anomaly — a place that still offers full-time and second-home residents a rural lifestyle, but with the added benefit of a wonderful near-ocean Mediterranean climate — and quick freeway access to all points in San Diego, Riverside, LA, Orange County, and Hollywood. De Luz is located along the northern San Diego and southern Riverside County borders with easy access to Temecula and Fallbrook for local shopping, services, and entertainment.

To the east lies the rural community of Rainbow at the northern border of San Diego County, just 20 miles from Pacific Ocean beaches and a quick 47 miles north of downtown San Diego. Rainbow is immediately east of the neighboring village of Fallbrook and is a quick hop south of bustling Temecula. But despite Rainbow’s proximity to convenient shopping and services, it remains a sleepy “four corner town” — a world apart and throwback to another era.

Real Estate

The region offers a variety of housing, from castles to cottages, at surprising affordable prices.

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Lake-Vista-HomeThe region is located in one of the world’s five Mediterranean climate zones. These are special and rare places that are are defined by relatively low humidities, abundant sunshine, mild temperatures and limited rainfall.

Sunset Magazine’s “Western Garden Book”, places the Fallbrook/Bonsall region in climate zone 23 (see Map). Greater San Diego County has some half-dozen or more climate zones, each with their unique characteristics, but in general, this area’s zone 23 has lower summertime highs than many inland areas of San Diego County, yet still enjoys more days of sunshine than the beach communities. Almost a perfect blend of weather characteristics.

No wonder so many commercial nurseries call region home. It’s a year round temperate growing climate, which is human friendly too. Air conditioning is almost unnecessary. Summertime highs average in the mid 80s. Winters are mild with daytime temperatures in the mid 60s. Many winter days will have daytime highs in the 70s and sometimes the 80s. Most precipitation occurs during the winter months.

It’s surprising to newcomers, but the region has many micro-climates, which can reportedly cause temperature variations of as much as 5 degrees or more across the community.

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For further information, to verify school district boundaries or to enroll, contact the appropriate school or district office.

Search For Homes Using The Fallbrook High School District Boundary Map
Search For Homes Using The Fallbrook Union (Middle School and Elementary) School District Boundary Map


Fallbrook Union Elementary Schools
Contact For Additional Information

Fallbrook Street School
(Grades K-6)
405 W. Fallbrook Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Iowa Street School
(Grades K-8)
321 N. Iowa Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Maie Ellis Elementary
(Grades K-3)
400 W. Elder Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028

La Paloma Elementary School
(Grades K-6)
300 Heald Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Live Oak Elementary School
(Grades K-6)
1978 Reche Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Mary Fay Pendleton School
(Grades K-7)
110 Marine Drive
Camp Pendleton, CA 92058

San Onofre Elementary School
(Grades K-8)
200 Pate Road
San Clemente, CA 92672

William H. Frazier Elementary School
(Grades K-6)
1835 Gum Tree Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Potter Junior High School
(Grades 7-8)
1743 Reche Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Fallbrook Union High Schools
Contact For Additional Information

Fallbrook High School
(Grades 9-12)
2400 S. Stage Coach Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Ivy High School
(Ages 16-18)
1056 Winterhaven Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Oasis High School
2208 S. Stage Coach Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028


Fallbrook Montessori School
127 W. Elder Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028

St. Peter’s Catholic School
450 S. Stage Coach Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Zion Lutheran School
1405 E. Fallbrook Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028

St. Stephen Lutheran School
1636 E. Mission Rd.
Fallbrook, CA 92028


For further information, to verify school district boundaries, or to enroll, contact the Bonsall Union School District

News Update: The Bonsall Union School District becomes the Bonsall Unified School District and will now include a Bonsall High School. More information here.

Norm Sullivan Middle School Grades 6-8
(Bonsall Union School District)
7350 West Lilac
Bonsall, 92003

Bonsall Elementary School Grades K-5
(Bonsall Union School District)
31555 Old River Rd.
Bonsall, 92003







Bonsall West Elementary Grades K-5
(Bonsall Union School District)
5050 El Mirlo Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057

Fallbrook High School Grades 9-12
(Fallbrook Union High District)
2400 South Stage Coach
Fallbrook, 92028

Search For Homes Using The Bonsall Union School District (Elementary and Middle School) Boundary Map
Search For Homes Using The Fallbrook Union High School Boundary Map

Notable Residents

Hills-Trees-and-AvosFrank Capra — One of the world’s most influential directors, Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), owned a ranch in Fallbrook. At his death, he donated a portion of this 1,100-acre (4 sq km) estate to CalTech.

Jason Mraz — Mraz is a top selling recording artist and singer/songwriter.  San Diego Magazine reported that “When he’s not on the road, Mraz chills at his home in North County, near Fallbrook, surrounded by avocado trees and assorted artist friends.”

Rita Coolidge — Multiple Grammy Award-winning American vocalist, Rita Coolidge now resides in a glorious, hidden away corner of Fallbrook.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott — The couple purchased a bed & breakfast and lived part-time in Fallbrook 2007 – 2009.

Phillip Agassi – (Brother of tennis star Andre Agassi). Former resident Philip Agassi played host to Andre & Steffi (Graf), their kids (along with their Hollywood friends) at his Morro Hills hide-away.

Proximity To Shopping And Services

The heart of the community and the region is Fallbrooks historic town center, which is the commercial center for this region. The town has long served the farmers, ranchers, and residents of this region for generations. Today, most basic and essential services can be found within the Village. Restaurants, banks, groceries, law offices, accountants, doctors, auto repair, etc are all within minutes of most residential enclaves in Fallbrook.

More urban shopping districts can be found within a 10 to 15 minute drive. Major shopping centers, big box stores (including Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, etc) and most services & supplies can be found in nearby in Temecula, Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside or Escondido.

Essential Services:

Fallbrook Hospital – (760) 728-1191
Tri-City Medical Center – (760) 724-8411
Palomar Medical Center – (760) 739-3000
Fire – North County Fire Protection District – Fallbrook Office (760) 723-2005 (in emergency call 911)
Police – San Diego County Sheriff – Fallbrook Substation (760) 451-3100 (in emergency call 911)

Basic Services:


Nearby medical, dental, emergency, grocery, post office, etc.

Activities & Points of Interest


The Fallbrook residents enjoy outdoor pursuits, sports, the arts… it’s all here.


Fallbrook Riders – 10 acre riding venue.

In general, the region is ideally located for quick access to some of Southern California’s best great equestrian show venues. In fact, many consider these venues to be among the best in the Country including the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar Show Park, Galway Downs in Temecula, and the Oaks-Blenheim Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. The area also boasts easy access to county and state maintained riding trails.



The Arts


Fallbrook is for gardeners. The weather is picture perfect for growing a wide variety of plants. The Fallbrook Gardening Club is one of the oldest and largest gardening clubs in California. So gardeners have ready access to fellow gardening experts, plus the region is a hub for commercial growing grounds, so you are never far from a direct supply of a wide variety of plant materials. Most gardeners say “the growing is easy”.

MnMs Nuthouse Macademia Nut Processing and Expertise

Click here for a list of nearby nurseries and plant suppliers.


Fallbrook (zip 92028, 92088):
Population in July 2007: 30,652.
Males: 15,529 (50.7%)
Females: 15,123 (49.3%)
Latest Census Data For Fallbrook

Bonsall (zip 92003):
Population in July 2007: 3,844.
Males: 1,945 (50.6%)
Females: 1,899 (49.4%)
Latest Census Data For Bonsall

Tax Rates


County Of San Diego Community Plan Area Website
Historical Weather Data For San Diego at Lindberg Field (40 Miles South)
Western Regional Climate Center Historical Data (COOP Stations)
NOAA Weather San Diego Homepage
City-Data Page on Fallbrook
MesoNet Current Weather For San Diego
Weather Underground
Tom Chester Area Info Website
Sunset Magazine’s Climate Zones Map and Description for San Diego County
Fallbrook Land Conservancy
Fallbrook Beautification Alliance
Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce
Legacy Endowment
Cast Academy
Fallbrook Music Society
Fallbrook Vintage Car Club
Fallbrook Art Center
Fallbrook Art Association
Fallbrook School of the Arts
Fallbrook Airpark
Historic Route 395 Information
Cal Poly Tree Selection Tool 













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