A rural community 


   Look around...if you see anything, enchanting, you'll know you're at the right place. Elfin Forest is one of the last rural neighborhood in coastal north San Diego County.  This small 300 home equestrian community is nestled north of Rancho Santa Fe, between Escondido and Encinitas and south of San Marcos.  

Inviting coastal breezes, an extensive trail system, the Escondido Creek and friendly neighbors make this area so special.  Children flourish in the open spaces and award winning schools.

The name Elfin Forest is a term used to describe the native chaparral that covers much of the area and supports many endangered plants and animals including the gnatcatcher. Many acres of open space lace the community.  The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve consists of 750 acres of native habitat, the new Olivenhain Dam and reservoir and miles of trails.  

In 2002, 452 acres were added with the purchase of the Derbas property by the County of San Diego and the Escondido Creek Conservancy.  Jerry Gradisher was honored to represent the principals in this transaction which will provide trail links to Lake Hodges and the Coast to Crest trail.


Elfin Forest is in the unincorporated County of San Diego and is designated as Rural Residential with 2 acre minimum lot size.  Many homes have horse facilities and most have a direct trail connection.  All types of housing styles are here as the area has been developed slowly with custom homes.  A few lots are remaining to build your dream home.




Elfin Forest is an excellent place to raise your children in a rural atmosphere with horses, sheep and other animals.  For the younger children several play groups are active and sponsor various outings.  

Schools are excellent.  much of Elfin Forest is in the Rancho Santa Fe School District.  East of Colina Encantada is in the Escondido School District .   

The Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council sponsors the annual Fourth of July Parade and Picnic. 





The reason Jerry's family moved to Elfin Forest was for the equestrian lifestyle.   Elfin Forest has miles of trails and is home to several world class trainers.  Support services such as feed and tack shops are close by and good veterinarian care is readily available with the Helen Woodward Equine Hospital located close by in Rancho Santa Fe.  



The Elfin Forest community is active and dedicated to rural lifestyle.  The Town Council works to ensure new development is compatible with the existing community.  The Elfin Forest Landscape Foundation has built the signature signage. The Foundation has also built and maintained miles of trail and is supported by an annual garden tour each spring.  The Elfin Forest Fire Station has one of the  the nicest gardens in all of southern California.


Want more info on Elfin Forest Real Estate?  Link to current listings

Want to talk to an equestrian who lives in Elfin Forest?  Call Nancy at (760) 471-7933 or e-mail.

Want more info on the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove town council, click here.