Sally and I have selected what may be our home for the rest of our
lives. The technicaly correct address per the USPS is 1949 Via Ladera,
Fallbrook, CA 92028-8055. That is the nearest post office.
We started looking around in September of 2008. We considered many
places in the western US including Flagstaff and Prescott, AZ, Santa
Fe, NM, Boulder, CO, and northern California. We finally concluded that
we were too acclimated to sunshine, didn't want to shovel snow, and
mostly didn't want to be too far away from Sally's family in San Diego.
The growth and congestion in San Diego has become overwhelming. I-15,
a mile or so from our old house in Scripps Ranch, is being
to add 4 more lanes. I think
that this will make the freeway about 16 lanes across. When I look up
in the sky, I can only see a couple dozen stars. But everything
(stores, hospitals, doctors) is nearby -
So to stay in San Diego ..... but not to stay in San Diego.
Like any pursuit, compromises occur. I was looking for an area with
dark skies so I can pursue my astronomy. We wanted to be in a quiet
area. We needed to be fairly close to hospitals and doctors (we are
old, you know). Sally wanted to be able to continue her volunteer
teaching (in Spanish) and had to be near a Unity Church. I wanted about
5 acres of
Our searching led us to the northern part of San Diego County. We
looked in Fallbrook, Vista, Pala, and Valley Center. We looked at a few
homes which had large fruit orchards and decided that was not right for
us. Some of the homes in this area had million dollar price tags and
that was not going to work. Some were fixer-uppers that needed way too
We finally settled on the small unincorporated area just on the
northern border of San Diego County called Rainbow. Although Rainbow is
about 41 miles north of our old home in the Scripps Ranch
section of San Diego, its only about 10 miles south of Temecula
in Riverside County. Temecula has all the needed modern conveniences -
Henry's,WalMart, Home Depot, Jack in the Box, Kohls, and
Starbucks. Rainbow is
far enough from any civilization that the skies are still dark. The
home we selected is about 4 miles from the I-15 freeway and we
actually see the freeway from our patio off in the distance.
We got a lot of help in the search by Connie and
at Keller-Williams Realty. They live just a few miles from our old
home in Scripps Ranch. They were right in the path of the Cedar Fire of
2003 and several homes around them burned to the ground. Fire will
continue to be an issue at our new home location. There were large fires
in the northern San Diego County area in 2007.
The home is built to new fire standards and includes an automatic water
sprinkler system, tile roof and the very, very important 100 feet of
cleared brush around the house.
We became official owners on 8 Jul 2009..
First off, where is Rainbow?
As I mentioned, Rainbow
is in an unincorporated area of San
So it comes under county government jurisdiction. California does not
have the township type of government unit that I've seen a lot in the
east. Population in 2006 was 2026. From Wikipedia:
The area, previously
known as "Vallecitos", (little valley), was
renamed "Rainbow Valley" in the late 1880s, after Mr. J.P.M. Rainbow,
who bought a homestead there.
The mailing address is Fallbrook which is the nearest post office. Zip
92028 and Area Code 760. Our cell phone numbers, though, won't be
changing. This map is from Wikipedia
and shows the location of Rainbow in red (gray areas are incorporated
Here are two descriptions of the property that I found in two different
Real Estate listings:
Not A Short Sale-Must Sell! Gorgeous 3200+ Sq Foot Home
On 4.59 Acres
With Incredible Views All The Way To The Ocean! Builder's Own Custom W
4 Bdrms,2 Of Which Are Downstairs W A Huge Great Room, Kitchenette +
Separate Entrance If Desired. Wonderful Open Floorplan. Perfect For
Large Or Extended Families Or Guest Quarters. Wonderful Outdoor Covered
Patio To Enjoy The Views. Huge 6+ Car Garage. Private Gated Enclave Of
Only 14 Homes W No HOA. Seller Motivated! Great Commuter Location.
This home was built in 2005 and is in a wonderful and very private,
gated community. Animal designator code L-unlimited horses
personal use. Tons of potential with the land-perfect climate
grow just about anything. The neighbor grows wax flower,
and tea tree. You could not rebuild this house for this
incredible value! Situated 4 miles from I-15-and a short drive to
Temecula, the Wine Country and Fallbrook, yet feels like worlds
away! Must sell!
of idyllic weekends in the country? Come to Rainbow and enjoy idyllic
all year-round where warm days and cool evenings are ideal for outdoor
living. Builder's own custom home on 4+ acres with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths,
2 of which are downstairs with a separate entrance. Spend the afternoon
relaxing on the patio and enjoy the panoramic views to the ocean as you
entertain guests alfresco on the covered lanai. In the evening, curl up
with a good book in front of a roaring fire and watch the sun set in
the distance. Garage your collection in the attached 6+ car garage!
Here is an aerial view from the south of the property.
The property follows the paved road (Via Ladera) on the west
the dirt road on the north and east. On the south, the tree line and
the driveway mark the edge. Sally says that Via Ladera is Spanish for
Hillside Road. Our property is pretty steep. The house is perched on
rocks. The area on the west end (left in this view) is flatter.
The previous owner had cleared a piece of it to use but a lot
that is now over grown.
Here is a better view of the property outline:
Here are some exterior views of the house from one of the on-line
Ocean View --- way out there... somewhere (neighbor's trees &
Cactus Garden - I hope we don't kill it off.
Sidewalk and Front Door
Via Ladera Gate
Via Ladera is a private road so we have a small yearly maintenance fee
Here are just a couple of interior views. We will add more photos after
we decorate a little better.
Sally's Organ in the Great Room
Three views of the
great room which combines the living and dining rooms.
propane stove - just like camping out)
This room was added on by the previous owners. They used it a formal