Lake San Marcos

Lakeside and golf course living in a peaceful and established community.

Welcome to Lake San Marcos

Lakeside living in a peaceful and established community.
Located approximately 15 miles outside of Carlsbad and just over 36 miles from San Diego, Lake San Marcos provides residents with a one-of-a-kind personality. As its name suggests, Lake San Marcos runs through the town that shares its name. Locals enjoy nearby golf courses and dining, as well as breathtaking views from their lakefront properties.
One of the top reasons people choose to live in Lake San Marcos is its older, well-established neighborhoods. Life here is peaceful, serene, and considerably more relaxed than it is in the city.
For those who are in search of waterfront property who don’t want to buy on the ocean, Lake San Marcos is an incredible value. The current average list price for single family homes in this area is near $1.2k, making it far more affordable than the surrounding areas. In addition to properties with a lake view, there are condos and single-family homes located around the golf course! 

What to Love

  • Established, older neighborhood that is quiet and peaceful
  • Views of Lake San Marcos
  • Golf Course Community
  • Mostly Single Level Homes
  • Affordability

People & Lifestyle

Living in Lake San Marcos can often feel like being on vacation. No matter what leisure activity you most enjoy, there is something for everyone to do. People are friendly, the area is largely residential, and locals place a high value on keeping the surrounding neighborhoods as serene as possible.
Spending time on the water is a big deal in Lake San Marcos. If you have a boat or have been considering the purchase of a boat, you can get plenty of use out of it here. There are also boat rentals in town if you are not ready to commit. Cast off from the LSM Marina and soak in the gorgeous views and relaxing breeze.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

In Lake San Marcos, you’ll find a handful of exceptional places to shop and dine. Each spot provides quality service that will keep you coming back.
On the northern edge of town (just off of W San Marcos Boulevard), you can get most of your daily goods. Stores in this area include Albertsons, FedEx Office, CVS Pharmacy, Banks, and more!
If you have your heart set on lakefront dining, look no further than Amalfi Cucina Italiana — where you can order some of the area’s best Italian cuisine. Those who have a sweet tooth will definitely want to check out D’liteful Chocolat — a dessert cafe that offers a sumptuous menu of sugary goodies. Near and around W San Marcos Boulevard, you can easily locate favorite national chain restaurants, including Pizza Hut, Del Taco, Subway, and Arby’s.

Things to Do

Golf, leisure boating, and outdoor recreation are among the favorite things to do in Lake San Marcos. Those who have a passion for these activities will certainly want to consider the area when looking to relocate.
If you are a golf enthusiast, there are two courses in town. Located off of San Pablo Drive is the St. Mark Golf Course. This premier course offers tournaments, lessons, clinics, and a fantastic restaurant. Venture across the lake, and you’ll find St. Mark Executive Golf Course. This course is a par 58 at 2,700 yards. It is open to the public and features a casual dining restaurant.
Days on the lake start at LSM Marina. Here, you can book a luxury boat or a pontoon for the afternoon. You can also reserve paddleboards and kayaks for those who prefer. One business — The Black Swan Gondola Company — even offers themed gondola tours.


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