Joy Pots are available in five sizes and each comes with its own color-coordinated saucer. Each is painted, decorated, and glazed for indoor or shaded outdoor use. Personalization is available with names, dates, or scripture. Joy Pots make fabulous gifts. Come shop on my Lake San Marcos patio by appointment. $10 to $45. 

Merian Snow Lake San Marcos

Cell 760-322-3355 call/text

San Elijo Hills Community Yard Sale (NORTH of San Elijo Road)-TOMORROW!!

Community Yard Sale (NORTH of San Elijo Road)-TOMORROW!!
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting our annual community-wide yard sale!   All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! 

This year we will split the community into two sections (North and South).  This will allow residents to shop and participate in the sale! 


Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating.

Gates for Promontory Ridge, Saverne/Azure, Westcliffe, The Summit, and The Estates will be held open from 7 am to 5 pm; in all other neighborhoods, please check with your community regarding access.
Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8 PM the night before so long as it is removed promptly after the event.

If you have any questions, please email

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Decorate your yard to be the most SPOOK-TAC-ULAR house in SEH!

This year YOU have the power to vote! Vote for your favorite entries in each category! The San Elijo Hills Cpommunity Association Board of Directors will pick from the top two with the most votes in each category to determine the final winner!

A $500 prize will be awarded to 1 final winner in each of the following categories:

¨ SPOOKIEST: Overall sense of (family-friendly) fright!
¨ Best EFFECTS: Special effects to surprise & entertain everyone!
¨ Best OVERALL THEME: Show us your best Halloween-based theme!

Honorable mention to the best street!!

All participants must register in advance. The deadline to register is no later than October 18th 
Community Judging will take place the evenings of October 22, 23, 24th. 

A link with the contest entries/map will be published on October 20th 
*Only 1 vote per household; IP addresses are traceable through our network.
The Board will make their final selections on Friday, October 28th!

If you win, a sign will be displayed in your yard to show the world you are at the top of your decorating game!

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San Elijo Hills Front Entry Renovation Project Update

This week we are wrapping up the demo phase of the front entry renovation project. In the next few weeks you’ll begin to see rock work and renovations being done to the pond, regrading of the soil, and the first phase of our electrical upgrades.

As mentioned in our last correspondence, this project is being driven by ongoing maintenance challenges. In addition to the invasive roots that were compromising our front entry, the pond was constructed in such a way that when turned off, the lowest pond does not have the capacity to contain all the water as the uppermost ponds drain into it. We will be making some changes to the pond area next week to be able to raise the water level to increase its visibility, but also minimize flooding potential. We will be regrading the area to create some depressions to divert water, as well as increase visibility of the pond, it’s waterfalls, and our new lighted welcome sign with water feature.

As that work is performed, we’ll have our electricians out trenching and laying conduit for our new landscape lighting. With those beautiful rock walls now exposed, we’ll be adding Hunter’s FXLuminaire lighting system that will really bring these renovations to life. The Luxor Lighting Controller, combined with RGBW versions of their LED fixtures will give us the enhanced capability of creating event and holiday based lighting themes. We have attached some rendering of what the area will look like lit up at night.

We’ll continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

If you have any questions, please email


San Elijo Life is not the HOA
**Since 2006 provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

Double Peak Challenge-Saturday, September 25th!

City of San Marcos News: Double Peak Challenge-Saturday, September 25th!
It’s time for the Double Peak Challenge 10k/5k/Kids Trail Trot on Saturday, September 25th! The competitive 10k trail run will offer scenic views of San Marcos and beyond. The swag pack for the 10k will include racer’s bib, wood medal, socks, and race shirt. The 5k Fun Run is not timed but still offers the chance to beat your previous time on the course. The 5k Fun Run swag pack will include racer’s bib, wood medal and socks. The Kid’s Trail Trot offers a quick sprint course for younger kids and they will receive a medal. To participate in this year’s event REGISTER HERE or visit
This event may impact your neighborhood due to an influx of event participants that may decrease the amount of available street parking, increased trail usage between 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and may cause some traffic delays along Elfin Forest Road near Archer Road and Windemere Drive. Double Peak Park will remain closed to the public until the race finishes.  Parking at San Elijo Park and the surrounding area will be heavily impacted.  Ball field lights at San Elijo Park will be turned on from 5 a.m. – sunrise for event prep.  The City of San Marcos apologizes in advance for any inconvenience!  We hope to see you there!

San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department

San Elijo Hills Real Estate Market Update for end of Summer 2021

Average Price Per Square Foot in San Elijo Hills

The average home selling in San Elijo Hills is closing for 106% of the listing price in an average of 18 days. The price per square foot in August was $479, down from $482 in July. Currently, only 9 active homes are for sale in San Elijo Hills, and 20 homes are pending in escrow. With 23 homes selling in August. San Elijo Hills is highly sought after for its sense of community, schools, trails, and town center restaurants and shops. The market Low mortgage rates and historically low inventory of homes for sale make now the time to sell your San Elio Hills Home.

Please call or text 760 496-8134, and we can talk about selling your home in this amazing market.

760-496-8134 (Call/Text)
Edward Philbrick: REALTOR Lic #01967137
Corcoran Global Living Lic #02109201  

City of San Marcos News: San Elijo Hills Dog Parks Closed For Maintenance

City of San Marcos News: San Elijo Hills Dog Parks Closed For Maintenance
Ground maintenance will take place next week at the large and small dog parks at San Elijo Hills Park to keep the park safe and enjoyable. The closure dates are listed below:

Large Dog Park Closed: Wednesday, September 15
Small Dog Park Closed: Thursday, September 16
Other dog parks will be open at Sunset Park, Montiel Park and Hollandia Park. For questions, please contact the Public Works Office at (760) 752-7550.

Kelly Nicholl, professional North County-based photographer offers dynamic local images of North county and San Elijo Hills

Kelly Nicholl, professional North County-based photographer offers dynamic local images of beach scenes, wavescapes and landscapes.All images available on large print, canvas and metal.

Stay connected with Greeting cards featuring community images of Lake San Marcos, San Elijo Hills and Carlsbad. Fun, outdoor photo sessions for individuals, family and pets.

Kelly Nicholl Lake San Marcos

Cell (845) 242-5126 call / text



San Elijo Hills Front Entry Renovation Project

Association News from The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA)

Front Entry Renovation Project
The Board has inherited significant challenges regarding trees throughout the community. 
Many trees have reached their capacity to thrive in their current locations or become
problematic due to their proximity to various structures.  The Board has been working tirelessly
to resolve these issues.

The Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum) trees in the concrete cut out boxes in town center, for
example, have been lifting concrete and creating hazards and liability issues. On the bright side,
the Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle) trees that we’ve been replacing them with are a great
addition to our tree palette, with flowers in the spring, and beautiful fall foliage in autumn, as
well as eliminating those pesky seedpods (aka spikey balls).

One of the areas we are currently working on is the front entry feature. The Pinus canariensis
(Canary Island Pines) that were planted in this area are oversized for the space. Additionally,
the Erythrina caffra (Coral) trees and Populus nigra (Poplar) trees in that same space have very
invasive root systems and are starting to compromise the rock retaining walls in that area. The
elimination of the deciduous trees above and around the pond will alleviate water chemistry
and litter issues that they cause with the pond itself.

Starting Wednesday, September 8th we will begin removing the trees in the front entrance to
our community. This will kick off a renovation project in this area where we plan to accomplish
the following: remove the trees with invasive root systems, renovate the pond feature so that
the water level can be raised without flooding, regrade the area to enhance the visibility of the
pond, plant new trees that have been properly selected for the space, install water-wise plant
material that can be maintained on drip irrigation, install a lighted welcome sign and landscape
lighting to increase the aesthetics of the main entry to our community.

We will be releasing additional details as the project progresses and we have included a
concept plan of what the space will look like once completed. In the meantime, please give
yourself more time Wednesday through Friday (September 8-10) during the tree removal phase
(approximately 8:30 am- 2 pm each day). Our contractor is familiar with the traffic concerns
during commuting hours and will do their best to limit their lane closure to the side of the road
that is opposite traffic.

If you have any questions about this project, please email the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA):

Thank you,
Your San Elijo Hills Board of Directors

The Escondido Creek Conservancy Earns National Recognition

For sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship

One thing that unites our Nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the wild lands they love. Since 1991, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) has been doing just that in North San Diego County. The Conservancy announced today it has achieved national recognition for its work – joining a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust.

“We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means special places–such as the LeoMar, Keithley, and Sardina preserves–will be protected forever, making the region an even greater place for us and our children,” said Conservancy Director of Finance and Operations Rita Petrekova, who led the multi-year accreditation effort.

The Escondido Creek Conservancy provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive independent third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that the Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Around the Nation, non-profit accredited land trusts steward almost 20 million acres of land–the size of Denali, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades, and Yosemite National Parks combined.

“Accreditation demonstrates the Conservancy’s commitment and ability to provide permanent land conservation through ethical business practices, good corporate governance, and top-notch long-term stewardship.” said Leonard Wittwer, Conservancy co-founder and current Board President.

“It is exciting to recognize The Escondido Creek Conservancy with this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 450 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at

About The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Over the past three decades, the Conservancy has helped protect over 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat and currently manages 3,000 acres of wildlands in North San Diego County. The Conservancy also annually implements outdoor educational programs to 5,000+/- students and provides compatible outdoor recreation to children and adults, including all third graders in the Escondido Union School District. The Conservancy strongly believes the benefits of outdoor education are numerous and exposing young people to nature enriches their lives and helps them understand why it is so important to protect wild spaces.

Recent Conservancy conservation efforts include the Missing Lynx campaign–a continuation of the Conservancy’s successful 2015-2019 Save 1000 Acres campaign. In 2021, as part of the Missing Lynx effort, the Conservancy created a new preserve in Olivenhain called LeoMar. The recent purchase of 104 acres of land adjacent to the Gaty reservoir is serving as a centerpiece of the new LeoMar Preserve The Conservancy is also promoting the Park in the Park to create new park space for Escondido residents and improve water quality in the creek and ocean. The Conservancy believes all people should have access to nature close to where they live, which is one of the reasons why it is advocating for creek restoration in the City of Escondido.

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit

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