The Bonsall Community Plan area encompasses approximately 32.8 square miles or approximately 21,042 acres. It is located in the foothills of the Penninsular Mountain Range in the unincorporated area of northern San Diego County. The southern boundary of the Bonsall Community Plan area is approximately 40 miles north of downtown San Diego. The plan area is bordered by the community of Fallbrook to the north, the City of Oceanside to the west, the community of Valley Center to the east, and the North County Metropolitan Subregion and the City of Vista to the south. The community of Bonsall is characterized by a series of hills, valleys, and drainage areas. This hill and valley topography has resulted in a predominance of low-density estate type residential lots and agricultural land uses. Also characterizing the Bonsall area is its golf courses and equestrian facilities. Commercial activity in Bonsall is centered on the Mission Road/Olive Hill Road and Highway 76 area.
The community of Fallbrook began in the area known today as Live Oak County Park. The first permanent recorded settlement was in 1869 when the Vital Reche family settled here. They named the new community Fall Brook after their former homestead in Pennsylvania.
The present townsite was plotted in 1885. The original Fallbrook School, though closed as a school in 1939, still serves the community as the Reche Clubhouse. One of the community’s churches was constructed in 1890 and is still in use today. Indeed, Fallbrook’s gift is a quiet, persistent allure to research and preserve its story. The result is a remarkable historical museum that attracts visitors to its pictures and stories. It serves to honor old-timers for their contributions while challenging newcomers to become part of the legacy.
Oak trees were the original primary trees in Fallbrook. Olives became a major crop by the 1920s and continued through World War II, but were eventually phased out in favor of the present avocado and floral industry. Though the population continues to increase at a moderate pace, Fallbrook maintains an easy lifestyle and retains its “Friendly Village” atmosphere loved by residents and envied by visitors.
Fallbrook has always featured a rural countryside with all the amenities nearby. Our community of approximately 50,000 is spread over 127 square miles. A drive around the area reveals active lifestyles. Four golf courses meander through rolling hills within a 10-mile radius of the town center.
Fallbrook is “life in the country” with a feel which sets us apart and gives all who live here a special pride. It is as country as you want yet within a two-hour drive of the major west coast urban areas.
Much of Main Street will remind you of a vintage main avenue through the old part of town. The wooden buildings, many of which are historical, with unique fronts, are but a small part of the charm of Fallbrook. Art, gifts, antiques, jewelry, and hand-made items abound in the area.