Hidden Meadows Statistics
Demographic and Crime Statistics for Hidden Meadows
While the community of Hidden Meadows neither collects nor publishes statistical
information, there are public and private sources that maintain such collections. The
following statistical reviews are the latest available. Obviously, toward the end of a 10
year National Census, the information is not as good as it is right after the census is
taken, but we must wait a few years for the latest and best information.
The area called "Hidden Meadows" comprises the census tract numbered
060730191052, and that demographic data has been updated as of 2003.
We have 3,463 residents in our community of 8.5 square miles. Females
comprise 51.9% of that total population.
The median age of the community is 56. Buyers are younger as homes are
sold. The median family income for the community is $57,545. The median
house price, as judged from the homes for sale on November 9 is $589,000.
The educational level of the community is high. We have 251 graduate degrees, which
means that more than 13% of the community carry advanced degrees, compared to 8.9%
countywide. More than 35% of the community residents have had undergraduate
to just over 25% for the entire county.
Those who travel to work drive a mean time of 32.4 minutes in drive time.
More than 75%% of the community are married couples. White
non-Hispanics make up 89.5% of our population, while Hispanics comprise 5.9%
and Blacks comprise less than 1%.
Our unemployment rate is less than 4%.
||This document is Copyrighted, 1998
and 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 by Allen Polk Hemphill, Broker-Associate, Dolphin Realty. It may not be
reproduced in any way, shape, manner, fashion, or form -- including electronic. Portions
of this document are taken from information originally printed by the Association of
Resident Owners (ARO) and rewritten or edited by Allen Polk Hemphill for ARO, and are
printed with their permission.
Welcome to Hidden Meadows! This First Section is a personal
document, written from the perspective of Jean and I as new residents in February of 1994.
I remember our initial search for tradespeople, and shopping, despite the fact we had
lived only 25 minutes away for the previous 22 years.
This First Section will address less the governance questions and more personal
information _ like who delivers good wood for your fireplace, and who does good work in
cutting your lawn. Not all tradespeople will come "up the hill" to provide
service in the Meadows, even from Escondido, and not all who will, should.
There is no organization to this booklet _ it is stream of consciousness writing _
whatever topics came into my mind, I wrote. Someday I may rearrange it alphabetically, but
not today. This edition is designed for content, not style.
In some cases we will cite several people, and tell you whom we use, but, because we
are in business and might have some perceived legal responsibility in this litigious
society, these should not be considered "recommendations". (How have we come to
So these are not recommendations. These are the people we use, or would contact
if we had the need for certain services.
Anyway, knowing where we shop and what tradespeople we use may help you. Jean and I
have lived in North San Diego County for more than 40 years, and we have developed our
share of favorites. Over time you will develop your own list, and it will have been
influenced by recommendations of friends and neighbors, salted to taste by your own
We have included complete driving instructions to many of those places
that we use (those names are followed with a number, as in (Enclosure 3)
which is keyed to the enclosures at the end of the First Section), all
printed from the World Wide Web. All directions begin at our real estate
office, Dolphin Realty, near the "Four Way
Section Two is the Welcome pamphlet that I have edited for the Association of Resident
Owners and reedited for distribution on the Internet. It will tell you who picks up the
garbage, where to call for fire protection information, and who runs the swimming pool.
Periodic updates will be done for both sections.
I started to put Aladio under "yard work" _ then I remembered that he has
painted our home; designed and installed two brick patios; fixed our sprinklers; brought
his entire family to cut up and haul off a tree that fell in a wind storm;
designed and built our waterfall and Koi Pond, and has built
some of the best rock walls in the Meadows. He has brought in a crew to do a roof for a
neighbor, and who knows what else. A true entrepreneur, he knows people who can do just
about anything. He is our "one-stop problem solver."
He probably has all the work he can handle, but he will just find more helpers if he
needs to. I don't actually know that everyone he hires is legal, but I strongly suspect
that they are from the professional tools they use and their mannerisms. Some of the
causal labor you see along the road at the Four Way Stop is illegal, but many are legal.
Just to avoid any problems, I have Aladio hire the labor and manage my projects. He knows
all the people at the local Nurseries, and his street knowledge of plants is superb. I
trust him, implicitly. When we go on vacation, we leave money with our next door neighbor,
and if she sees a problem, she just calls Aladio.
Others in the Meadows use other yardmen. Several years ago I was told that there were
12 commercial yardmen who worked regularly in the Meadows. They must be good or they would
not have much business with so much competition, and you can always ask your neighbors for
Aladio can be reached at 749-8674. It is best to call him at night.
If it is just general yard work, lawn cutting, sprinkler repair and trimming, we use Arno
at 806-8150. He is good, very reasonable, and never misses a day. He requires no
direction, he just makes our place look good. It is difficult to do better than that.
The nursery at the bottom of the hill, Plant World, on the far side of the freeway, is
excellent. Their selection is very good, their prices are reasonable, and they know what
grows well in Hidden Meadows.
For specialty growing items, like large bags of fertilizer, or farm-size cans of gopher
bait, or anything that a commercial grower might need, Grangetto's in
Escondido is a great source. Just as an aside, the two pests you might be able to control
in the Meadows, and for which Grangetto's is useful, are snails and gophers. Buy a large
can of Cook's gopher poison and a big 20# bag of Metaldehyde granules. They have a long shell
life, and you will use them often, so take advantage of the economies of scale. Buy BIG!
Although we have not yet had need for him, Meadows resident Steve Lamphier has a good
local reputation, and we would not hesitate to call him first if we needed anything beyond
handyman work. Steve can be reached at 749-0316.
You may have noticed, we have a lot of sun in Hidden Meadows. We all love the views,
but we don't necessarily like the accompanying heat and none of us like the attendant
fading of fabrics and artwork. Our home had generous window tinting when we bought it, but
children had scratched some of the existing window tinting, and some had peeled. We had
Meadows residents Bill and Janie Talvy of Contract Window Tinting do some of the newest
clear protection and the results are dramatic. We can actually feel the difference. You
can have the great views AND less heat.
Bill and Janie can be reached at 749-4353.
We had Meadows resident Kathy Machir of
Decorator Den help us with new window treatments, new colors of walls, and
many other assorted items. Kathy has an excellent reputation and though we
are partial to local residents, we will not use them automatically without
recommendations. Kathy comes with many recommendations from other Meadows
residents, and she is GREAT! She did a fantastic job at our home, at
a reasonable price. She was easy to work with, knew her business well, and
we would use her again in a heartbeat..
Kathy can be reached at 751-1937.
FEDEX and UPS
There is a FEDEX box immediately outside the two story building in the
Meadows. You can pick up a small envelope and shipping label in the top of
the box, and you can pay by account, credit card or check. Pickup is usually
around 4:15 PM, Monday through Friday. For the amount to write the check,
There is a UPS drop-box outside the office next to Dolphin Realty, at
27739 Mountain Meadow Road, Suite 5...
This one is easy. Dolphin Realty has a new copy machine, charges nothing
for a single copy. Not only a good price, but it keeps you from going "down
the hill" just for a few copies.
Another easy one. Dolphin Realty will let people fax you at our office
for free. Outgoing messages are $2 for the first page and $1 per page
thereafter, with long distance charges added at the end.
Deanna McMurdo, who will also come to your home -- call her at
525-3883 or 751-0025.
Getting in shape, or staying in shape, is hard without a gym. Actually,
the closest commercial facility going south on I-15 is a gym appropriately
called LA Fitness
||So much for all your
excuses. This gym is clean and neat, with good equipment, but it is NOT a
spa setting. Ask for Bill, he is nice. There is a pool, a Jacuzzi, many
treadmills, free weights, a good assortment of weight machines, and clean
showers. As is normal with all gyms, the music is AWFUL, so invest in a good
iPOD, a belt carried CD or tape system.
Border's (11160 Rancho Carmel Dr. San Diego) in Carmel Mountain Ranch is the best we
have found. They have a huge book selection, a great Cappuccino Bar, and a huge selection
of CD music that you can listen to before buying. They also have free concerts. We heard
Peter White in concert there (free) before he became famous, and they have great (free!)
children's readings. We consider Border's to be a $100 store, which is to say it usually
costs us $100 before we leave.
There is a Barnes and Noble in the same area.
AAA _ Southern California
It is hard to drive in this area without the assistance of the AAA. There is a good
office in Escondido (800 La Terraza Blvd., Escondido), with all the maps, books, travel
arrangements _ all that people use the AAA for. Their phone number is 1-800-222-8794.
Extreme Electric (Justin) lives in the Meadows, and can do many different
electrical tasks. His cell is 807-7688.
Nordstrom, where else? Great service, good prices (really!), and they will get it for
you if it is not in stock. In the Men's department, we use Judy, who is as good as it
gets. Nordstrom will match any price in town, but it is their service that makes the
difference. Nordstrom's is in the North County Faire Shopping Center as it
was called for generations -- now it is the Westfield Shopping Center.
Since we have used several local plumbers, we are most comfortable calling Greg Meek of
Meek Plumbing in Escondido. Not only a very responsive man, but his people do excellent
work, and are expert at solar systems. There are many solar systems in Hidden Meadows.
Meek Plumbing can be reached at 480-9100.
Retirement Homes, Nursing Homes
Why list these? Because many of us want our parents near us, or we become responsible
for friends or family.
In our case, I held the Durable Power of Attorney for Health for a family friend of 30
years. Jean and I have, at her
request, moved her several times from facility to facility, so we know the local
facilities very well. She passed away several years ago.
We will personally, depending on our financial conditions and our health, consider
Redwood Towne Center, Red-
||wood Terrace, Remington Club and
Casa De Campanas for Retirement Homes.
There is a Group Home in Hidden Meadows,
749-9122, caring for six or seven people, and our investigation showed that it is
excellent, but it was not for our friend. Doris Caregivers, 749-4519, in the Meadows can
arrange for in-home care, and that would be our first choice.
For Skilled Nursing care or Full Nursing Care, we would first consider Villa Rancho
Bernardo and Casa De Campanas.
We have had our friend in Casa for her final two years. She is getting the best of
care, but at a high cost of more than $7,500 a month. For this price she had a double room
made into a private suite. This is beyond our means, but it is the best if you can afford
Houston at 744-4435.
Air Conditioning and Heating
We have used Air King for many years, and through two homes. We are very satisfied with
Ned Davis can be reached at 739-8750.
When we moved to the Meadows, our first major requirement was a new roof
to replace our aging shake shingle roof. There are still about 100 shake shingle roofs in the
Meadows, so it is possible a new resident may need a new roof. After much checking we
selected Piva Roofing in Escondido (1192 Industrial Ave., Escondido). We had known them
for many years by reputation, and we found they lived up to that reputation. A family
owned business for decades, they met all their schedules, and cleaned up so thoroughly
that we threw a party at our home during the roofing, and no one at the party knew there
that the roof was being completely replaced! They are not the least or the most expensive,
just good quality work at a reasonable price.
Piva can be reached at 745-4700.
Scott's Drywall removed the "popcorn ceilings" that dated our home, and did
other drywall work for us. Their three person crew was very professional, took great pains
to make certain everything was done right, and left the home clean. In addition, they were
really nice young men, courteous, and more than a cut above what you might expect.
Scott's Drywall is in Vista, and can be reached at 758-6202.
Medical & Dental Services
For several years, Jean and I have utilized Dr(s). Rabee and Ian McDonald
-- and we could not be happier. Dr. Rabee McDonald has a regular Dental
practice at 1060 E. Grand Ave. in Escondido (747-1811). When something
more complicated is necessary, such as extraction or dental implants, her
husband Dr. Ian McDonald is at the North County Oral & Facial Surgery Center
-- he is both a Medical Doctor and a Dental Surgeon -- and is superb. The
Surgery Center is at 488 East Valley Parkway, Suite 105, in Escondido.
Our community is served well by the Paramedic personnel in the Fire
Department at the intersection of Mountain Meadows Road and Meadow Glen Way
East, and they respond quickly. If hospitalization is necessary, patients
are taken to Palomar Hospital in Escondido, about 15 minutes away. The
hospital has a good reputation and Jean and I are content to be patients in
their care, should the need arise.
Internet Service Provider
We use Cox Internet Service as a cable modem fast access provider. There are many good ISP in San Diego, but if you use telephone
dialup, you must make certain that the local telephone number you use is NOT a Toll Call!
For those who cannot get COX, Starband is expensive but it works...and
Verizon, Cingular, and T-Mobile are expanding cell-based Internet service.
One may work for you.
Hidden Meadows is blessed with an unusual number of EXCELLENT artists, and we have
exhibited their work in our office on a rotating basis. If you are decorating your home,
and want to brighten it with new paintings, the work I have seen will certainly do the job
_ and I have not seen the work of half the artists in the community.
One of the best portrait painters I have ever seen is Stephanie McGraw Her portraits
are absolutely stunning, and she offers a "money back guarantee" in a fashion.
She will have you sit for a portrait, and if you are not happy with the work, you do not
have to take it. She did not start doing portraits until she was 89 years old!
Pamela Wise is an accomplished artist, and her work currently hangs in our office. I
have known Pamela for some time and had no idea she was so talented. Her work is eclectic
_ she can apparently do many different things, She has one character face that is
excellent, some B&B type work, and she has done prints and greeting cards from some of
The main watercolor in our office was painted by Pamela Brasel. She is a
fine water color expert, with may "one Person Shows" to her credit. I have
some of her paintings on my website at
There are actually too many artists to mention in this booklet, but these artists
mentioned will be glad to tell you about their friends who do sculpture or who work in
The El Norte Parkway exit has a Mobile station that has a fair car wash. If you get gas
there, and the gas is not the most expensive in the area, you can take $0.10 off the price
of the car wash for each gallon of gas that you buy. On Wednesdays, the price of gas is
reduced a few cents a gallon, so Wednesday is a good day to fill up and get a car wash. We
usually use Auto Park Car Wash, which is at the corner of Auto Parkway and Hale.
Because we are not in a place where we pass a car wash every day, it is wise to keep
our cars clean during what may be long periods between car washes. I have been dedicated
to keeping my cars looking good for many decades, and I have usually had black or maroon
cars, which are very hard to keep clean.
Here is a good method to avoid car washes for as long as possible.
If you have a dusty car, or one with a few water spots or handprints, a Kozak Cloth has
worked for me for forty years. It is near magic, and can be bought in some car stores and
easily by mail order. (6 South Lyon Street, Batavia, NY 14020.)
For a slightly dirtier car, or one that is water spotted, I use a spray called Maguiars
Final Inspection or EagleOne's
||Wet Wipe and Shine. (During the
summer months, it is not unusual to get caught by one of the golf course sprinklers as you
come home late at night. You would not like to get your car washed each time this
When a car gets still beyond the spotted point, "Dri Wash `n Guard"
advertised as a "Waterless Car Wash" really works. People in the Concourse
show car business use this as a final buff-up before the judges appear. You can buy this
through many multilevel marketing representatives, and the stuff is better than you might
think something like that could be. It won't work on caked mud, but anything short of
that, it is excellent.
Recently I have used a car washing system by “Mr. Clean” which can be
purchased at any automobile parts store. Assembly at first is a bit of a
mystery, but the system is designed to provide pre-wash water, soap, and –
most importantly, ionized water from a filter that REDUCES the need to dry
the car. You can take it for a spin around the block and then just touch up
the rest with a synthetic chamois.
The synthetics chamois are much better than the real thing. I personally
prefer “The Absorber” and keep one moist in each car. In their case they
will remain moist for months…if I have a 10 minute wait anywhere I use it on
One other item I should mention – after awhile, new cars get a lot of
invisible bug tar and tree sap on them that is virtually invisible but
detectable by running your hand over the surface and feeling the bumps.
There are plenty of products called “clay” available in auto parts stores
that can remove this annoyance, but I use a clay from Mothers. It must be
wiped over a moist surface, so I use Final Finish as the moistener, then
finish up with a new coat of Final Finish and a 100% Carnuba paste
Finally, if you want to quick wax your car, you can buy what the professional detailers use,
Flash Wax. If you use these products, you will need far fewer car washes. It is not the
cost of the car washes that kills you, it is the time. It takes an hour and a half to
drive to the Mobile station, get the wash and come home. You can do a good job in 1/3 the
time, get your needed exercise, and feel virtuous about saving time and money.
For personalized auto detailing, we use our daughter, Laurie
(760-489-9261), who keeps both Lexi looking beautiful. She also does all
five of our sons family cars...
We are looking for a new recommendation.
Automobiles have become so complicated that they can be expensive to
repair, and the most expensive are the factory shops.
I have used Auto Technique in Escondido for many years. Anthony is the
owner, and maintains my Lexi, It is located at 141 Andreasen Drive, Suite B.
You can call Anthony at 760-738-5120. He is a no-nonsense,
Why mention this? Because it is often easier to fly from little known Palomar Airport
(2198 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad) than it is from the huge San Diego Airport. You can
get to Palomar Airport in 20 minutes, there is free parking for up to 14 days, and the
walk from the parking place to the "terminal" is less than 50 yards!
Currently, only United shuttle planes fly from Palomar, and these are relatively small
planes (30 passengers or so), but if you must make a connecting flight in LA, this is the
way to fly. There are plans to expand the terminal.
If you can get a one-stop to your destination through the San Diego Airport, that is
fine, but I avoid that airport, its crowds, its parking problems, anytime I can.
As civilization begins to encroach upon our hidden community, we are the target of an
occasional vandal. In many cases, these are vandals who live in our community. I don't
pretend to understand their motivation to destroy that which they are incapable of
building, but that is a plague of modern society. We are not immune.
||Thus far, we have been
"tagged" only by "Tagger Crews" _ local spray-can vandals, who are not
affiliated with gangs. There is a distinct difference between the graffiti of gangs and
"Taggers", and we only have "Taggers."
The Meadows Homes
Association, the Association of Resident Owners, and the Neighborhood Watch all have a
coordinated effort to get the graffiti the day it is visible.
The Welk Resort
The Welk Resort is so close to Hidden Meadows that it needs to be mentioned for a
number of reasons. Our relationship with Welk includes their ownership of the Meadow Lake
Golf Course until 1997 when they sold it to the current owners, Cresta Verde Corporation;
their sale of the Pavilion, swimming pool and two tennis courts on 5 acres to the Meadows
Homes Association in 1997, and their continued ownership of substantial amounts of real
estate in the Meadows, including a huge parcel called "The Island" in the center
of the golf course. Over the years there was a close relationship between the Welk Group
and Hidden Meadows, because the Welk Group needed an 18 hole Championship Golf Course to
attract tournament play, which was their interest before Lawrence Welk died and the
corporation decided to shift it development interest to Branson, Missouri.
The Welk Resort has a number of shops and activities that can serve us here in Hidden
Meadows. They have a restaurant, and a motel that you may wish to accommodate your
friends. Welk has a Dinner Theatre, hair salon, a yogurt shop, and a Texaco station _ but
the gas prices are substantially higher than across the freeway from the entrance to the
Meadows, at the ARCO station.
There is a HUGE destination resort and convention center going through the hoops to be
developed just to the north of the Welk Resort. It will consist of several hotels, an
amphitheater, and many shops, all around a floral theme. It has some financial tie-in with
Welk, and the Deer Park Museum and Winery, but of course all that is "yet to be
For several years, "Juan" has had his truck with fresh flowers parked at the
entrance to Hidden Meadows, in front of the entrance to the "Park & Ride".
His cut flowers are fresh, and very reasonable. There are excellent hanging baskets for
sale, in season.
Juan's location, right at our entrance as you start up the hill, as a last reminder
before we go home, has probably made many marriages happier. Juan's flowers have certainly
made our home brighter.
Our office has fresh flowers sent from Kauai each month, just to keep our
Our "old cleaners" has been sold, and because of the new "basis" the
prices have risen. We now use the Cleaning Connection...use the frontage
road to Country Club Drive, turn left and it is in the shopping center on
the right at the end of the first block.
California Center for the Arts
While it may seem a bit presumptuous for Escondido to declare its center as THE
California Center for the Arts in Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido), if you
wish to see Nuryev dance (gosh, is he still around?) or see Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain, it is as close as
||the California Center for the Arts
in Escondido. The Moscow Ballet danced a beautiful Nutcracker at Christmas,
and, in truth, it is a very good center with excellent talent and an active schedule,
but it runs at a terrible deficit.
I call Rodrigo Chan, 740-8533. He comes to your house, is fast, very reasonable, and
many people in the Meadows swear by him, including me. He built my last computer to my
specifications, and I call him often, because if I have trouble it is really trouble. (I
am a retired Professor of Computer Science.) Rod is very good, but then he
is former students of mine. when I taught computer science at a local
If you like music, subscribe to Cox Music Service. Thirty CD-quality stations with
nothing but music 24 hours a day, for $4.95 a month. Soft jazz, hard rock, several
classical stations, and everything between.
There is a wood lot in San Marcos (282 E. Mission Road) that is superb,
Colonello Equipment Rental. Tons upon tons of wood, mountains of wood. They
deliver, and for a fee they stack -- and they stack for an extra fee. They
have so much wood that they can deliver many different sizes of wood.
San Diego is blessed with many good restaurants, and some are close to
Hidden Meadows. Restaurant Row in San Marcos must have 20 in the same block
and all are considered excellent. There
are many great ones to choose from and there must be one that serves whatever it is that
makes your taste buds water.
In Escondido,Jean and I love the Golden Egg Omelet (316 W. Mission Ave., Escondido), both for
breakfast and lunch. It also happens to be owned by a Hidden Meadows couple, but I have
not met them -- all I know is that their omelets will feed an army! This is a favorite
place for many, so try to avoid the obvious crowded times.
You will hardly believe The Wagon Wheel on the Southeast corner of Center
City and Mission -- it is right out of the 50s -- and in fact it has been
there since 1953. The food is excellent, the prices are great, and the red
plastic booths are not retro decorating -- they are the way it has always
been. Home cooking at prices you will think are also from the 50s...it looks
awful from the outside but you will like the service, the food -- and the
price! I love he ground round steak and onion rings,
The Westside Cafe on 9th Avenue is another local favorite, and for
good reason -- just plain good food at a good price. Don't try the meatloaf
unless you love curry!
Portinos in Valley Center looks like a dive, but it has terrific Italian
food, and the best Blue Cheese dressing in North County, Their ravioli is
fantastic. Absolutely fresh everything. Highly recommended.
Our favorite toward the beach is on Encinitas Blvd, just a block outside
Rancho Santa Fe, called Bentleys. Absolutely first rate food.
There are several excellent restaurants in nearby Rancho Bernardo. Carver's (11940 Bernardo
Plaza Drive, Rancho Bernardo) is superb, and we like the Chinese food at Chin Szechwan
(15721 Bernardo Heights Parkway, Rancho Bernardo). Right across the parking lot from
Chin's is the French Market. The food and ambience is superb! You will not regret eating
at the French Market.
Often, Jean and I settle for a "coffee house" just to have breakfast. In
Escondido we like CoCo's (1280 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido), Carrows 510 W. Valley
Parkway, Escondido), and of course, Denny's (510 W. Mission Ave., Escondido). Many Meadows
residents have adopted IHOP in
||Escondido, partly because you can
get there quickly without going onto the freeway, but I find their prices higher than
normal. These casual restaurants serve a full menu, but they feature breakfast, which we
like at all times of the day.
If you are new to San Diego, you need to have lunch at
Mister A's (2550 5th Ave., San Diego) on a clear day, and breakfast or dinner at the
Marine Room (2000 Spindrift Dr., San Diego) at high tide.
We also buy the Entertainment Book each year. It will force you to get out more often,
and save you a ton of money.
Electronics _ Stereo, Computers
Now that Circuit City has closed, the best nearby store is Best Buy in
COSTCO (725 Center Drive, San Marcos) in San Marcos also has great prices, and deserves
to be checked. I check COSTCO first for computer software, because their prices are
usually best, but you must know the latest version release because sometimes COSTCO
carries a previous version. I don't think they knowingly do this, but they are
merchandisers, not computer experts.
Personally, I buy my computers from Dell, Micron, and Gateway. You should
check with each vendor and compare net cost for any specific computer system, including
tax. California law states that you have a responsibility to pay a users tax equal to the
sales tax that has not been collected by mail order companies.
Also you need to compare the hours that Technical Assistance is available at each of
these mail order companies, and if they currently have an 800 number. These change, so I
will not comment lest my information be in error.
Mountain Meadow Mushrooms (26948 N. Broadway, Escondido), a huge mushroom farm on North
Broadway in Escondido, is owned and managed by a Meadows resident, Bob Crouch. Every year,
Bob lets ARO arrange a tour of his "plant" where he harvests more than 15,000
pounds of mushrooms a day! Since mushrooms don't weigh anything, that is a lot of
mushrooms. Bob also gives 10 yards of mushroom compost, free, to Meadows residents.
Mushroom compost is very rich in nutrients, so take advantage of this generous offer.
Mountain Meadow Mushrooms are for sale nationally, but locally at Boney's in Escondido.
Why mention such a distasteful subject? Because at one time or another we
will each need the help of a specialist in dental surgery. I hate to say
that my experience was painless, lest you have some pain...but in truth my
surgery was indeed painless! I hate dentistry, and hate surgery even more,
but I am a believer in North County Oral & Facial Surgery Center at 488 East
Valley Parkway in Escondido. I had a Surgeon right out of Harvard and am still marveling about his skill.
Go http://www.ncofsc.com/ All of their Dentists are Doctors as well!
Groceries and Sundries
Our rule-of-thumb is that for small shopping, generally less than $50, we happily go to
Alex's Deli. His prices are very good. He obviously cannot compete on price with COSTCO,
or even VON'S, but he is actually very reasonable, and his sandwiches are GREAT. Why do
you see the Highway Patrol and the Sheriff cars making their shift exchanges several times
a day in front of the Deli? They know where the best sandwiches, and Pizza, are in North
County. You owe it to yourself to try several food items at the Deli. Alex's Deli is
When we have a need for more items, generally more than $50, we go to VON'S, at the El
Norte turnoff -- the second exit going South on I-15. Actually, there are two VON'S, one
block to the right on El Norte and another two blocks
||to the left.. Both have a deli and a
bakery, and both have "value packs" to compete with COSTCO.
When it comes to
really major shopping, we use COSTCO _ either the near one in San Marcos or the one in
Carmel Mountain Ranch. COSTCO zones their merchandise by neighborhood _ you should see
the one in Palm Springs! The COSTCO in San Marcos lacks some of the upscale
merchandise you can find in the COSTCO in Carmel Mountain Ranch, just South of Rancho
We shop for tires at COSTCO, because they give free rotation and balancing for the life
of the tire. Since that should be done regularly, about each 7,500 miles, and one local
dealer charges $60 for the service that COSTCO provides for free, it pays to buy your
tires at COSTCO.
We have had the opportunity to examine the Animal Care Center (ACC) on Mission Blvd. in
Escondido (1328 West Mission Rd., Escondido). Their facilities are clean and neat, and
their prices appear to be reasonable. As this is written, their price for large dogs is
about $20 a day. It is probably easier and cheaper to leave them home and have Kate's
Errand Service feed them.
Motor Home Storage
Many residents of the Meadows own motor homes or other recreation vehicles. Owners who
live out of the Covenant have no problem, because they can store on-site, but residents in
the Covenant may not do so. The easy answer is to befriend someone out of
the Covenant. Residents over the age of 55 may store their RVs at the nearby
Ivy Del RV Park and Storage Park (25235 N. Center City Parkway, Escondido), and the rates
are about $40 a month. They can be called at 745-2131.
Hazardous waste is difficult to get rid of, and there are all sorts of problems with
trying to put it in the trash, but there are ways. The Poway Collection Center at 12325
Crosthwaite Circle is a collection point for hazardous waste. They can be reached at (619)
Many of us moved to the Meadows with more furniture than our homes would comfortably
handle. In some cases the solution is a garage sale, but in many cases nothing short of an
estate sale will do. I would call Kay Chambers of Chambers Estate Services at
858-672-3242. She is licensed, bonded, and I trust her.
Jean and I are partial to wood and laminate floors, but our home was
bought with wall-to-wall carpeting, so we were stuck. At least we were until
our sunken living room was flooded and we had to replace the carpeting. Call
Leo at RB Flooring in Rancho Bernardo.
Our housekeepers are Pamela. who lives nearby in Circle
R...760-749-5099 and our daughter, Laurie, 760-489-9261 who also details
cars and cleans homes for us. Both clean homes our company manage as
rentals, and homes that we sell and must be cleaned before new occupancy.
Both are terrific.
Custom Cabinet Work
Bill Gagnon assisted on our kitchen, and we were so impressed that we
employed him to design and build my home office in beautiful Koa woods.
After the kitchen we subsequently commissioned Bill to make us a custom desk of
Koa, and design and
build a custom wall unit of Koa. Bill builds beautiful wood kayaks...they
are so beautiful that I would never put one in the water, just on the wall.
Bill Gagnon can be reached at
Sprinklers and Yard Work
Everyone in Hidden Meadows needs an OPERABLE sprinkler system.
Rob Larson has done a lot of work on our systems and we have found him
excellent. Like most people, we move plants around, add and update
plantings, so our watering system never seems to be where the new
plants are going...so we call Rob.
You can call Rob also at 751-2862
Dry Cleaning and Laundry
Fortunately, there is a Dry Cleaning Station just to the south of the
Meadows, in the Country Club area of Escondido -- and even better, they pick
up and deliver in the Meadows. 555 W. Country Club Lane. 747-0066. The price
for pickup and delivery is per item.
Gate Service and Repair
If you are looking for a business to go into, try this service business.
All of the vendors are incompetent, costly, and unresponsive. I have a
neighbor who tried five services, and settled on the best he found...when I
tried them they failed miserably.
Local Obligatory Sight-seeing
Wild Animal Park
O.K., so you are not the Zoo type. It makes no difference, the Wild Animal Park is
worth a visit. Try to schedule your train ride around the park for as late a train as you
can manage. Many of the animals are smart and avoid the heat of the day, and feed at dusk.
That is the time to get on the train.
Conclusion of Section One
Suggestions for Improvement
If you have any suggestions for categories that might improve the first few days of a
newcomer, your suggestions are appreciated.
||If you want to get
good driving directions to anywhere, you can do the same thing I have done
with the included directions: Go to the Internet.
Driving Directions from the Internet
To get driving directions for the "enclosures", I used www.mapquest.com, and clicked on "Tripquest". I set
the switches to "door to door" and "text only". You can get driving
directions to anywhere in the United States, city to city, or door to door, on this site.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N. Broadway, Escondido 745-2125
Escondido Main Post Office
1157 W. Mission, Escondido 1-800-275-8777
Orange Glen Branch Post Office
1770 East Valley Parkway, Escondido
San Marcos Post Office
420 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos
San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
||SBC Telephone Co.
Second Street, Escondido 800-310-2355
555 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido 739-3000
Western Union 1-800-325-6000
Valley Center Municipal Water District
29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center 749-1600
Fire/Emergency Services (emergency) 911
Deer Springs Fire Department (business) 749-8001
Sheriff's Department, San Diego County, (emergency) 911
24 hour non-emergency 758-6301
187 Santar Pl., San Marcos
SBC Customer Service 1-800-310-2355
Cox Cable TV 599-6060
United Parcel Service 1-800-742-5877
Meadow Lake Golf Course 749-1620
San Diego County Street Repair 694-2198
Police protection is provided by the San Diego County Sheriff's department in San
Marcos. Numbers to call are: non-emergency 758-6301
Call 911 in case of burglary, vandalism or other emergency
The Deer Springs Fire Protection District was formed on December 15, 1981. The District
covers approximately 44.5 square miles and is protected by two fire stations located at
the intersection of I-15 and Deer Springs Road and at 8709 Circle R Drive. The District
has purchased the lot at the corner of Meadow Glen Way East and Mountain Meadow Road --
right across from our office! This new facility for the fire department will probably be
built in two or three years. There are paid personnel and paid call personnel in the
Department. All of the paid personnel are state certified at the E.M.T.-medical level. The
California Department of Forestry operates the stations.
The District has automatic aid response agreements with the San Marcos Fire Department,
Vista Fire Department
||Escondido Fire Department and the
North County Fire Protection District (Fallbrook). The District also has mutual aid
agreements with the remaining fire departments in San Diego County and the California
Division of Forestry Fire Department. Through these agreements and the District's
personnel, first responder medical service, rescue, defibrillation, and vehicle
extrication services are available.
When you request assistance in a time of emergency,
try to have someone at your location to direct the emergency responders to the emergency
site. Easily identifiable house numbers are important and they are required by County
When requesting fire, medical or rescue emergency service:
DIAL: 911 (DON'T USE CELL PHONE UNLESS NECESSARY)
GIVE: Your name and location of emergency
REQUEST: Dispatcher to notify Deer Springs Fire Protection District
Business calls: 749-8001 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m..)
Contract carriers working from the Orange Glen Branch Post Office provide postal
delivery. The rules for mailbox location differ with the contract carriers, so be sure to
check with the Post Office prior to installing any new mail box.
The Orange Glen Branch Post Office, 741-6098, is located at 1770 E. Valley Pkwy.
Another nearby Post Office is at 420 Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, 744-1030. The Main
Post Office is located at 1157 W. Mission, Escondido, 745-1912.
Residents in the area are on a rural route, so the local mail carrier can furnish
services not required to be performed by city mail carriers. These services include buying
stamps & money orders, posting mail and packages, etc. Many residents leave a deposit
with their mail carrier agent, which she/he can work against.
WATER AND SEWER
The Hidden Meadows area receives its water supply from the Valley Center Municipal
Water District, 29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center (Tel. 749-1600).
Homes located in the major subdivision area of Hidden Meadows (the
Covenant) are on a sewer system
also run by the Valley Center Municipal Water District. Most homes located in adjacent
areas use individual septic systems.
ELECTRICITY AND GAS
The majority of Hidden Meadows homes utilize electricity for heating and cooking
purposes. Electricity is provided by the San Diego Gas and Electric Company, 455 So.
Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800-411-7343.
Natural gas is not available. Some homes use propane gas. Vendors listed in the Yellow
Pages supply this fuel.
Sanitation service is not provided by the county. Each resident
must make private arrangements with a sanitation firm or dispose of his own trash and
garbage. Mashburn Sanitation Company, San Marcos, 744-2700, and Valley Center Disposal and
Recycling (749-0466) each provides service for this area, and compete for your business.
Some residents prefer to handle their own sanitation chores and haul their trash and
garbage to sanitary fills. Mashburn and Valley Center Disposal and Recycling also operate
a weekly recycling collection.
For information pertaining to education, it is suggested that you phone or visit:
Escondido Union Elementary School District, 1330 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 432-2400 and/or
Escondido Union High School District, 302 N. Midway Dr., Escondido, 480-3000. Some homes
are in the Valley Center Union School District (K-8), 28751 Cole Grade Road, Valley
Center, 749-0464. Valley Center also has a new High School. As of June 1, 1998, high
school students living south of Vista Montanosa are scheduled to Escondido High and those
to the north go to Valley Center High, but transfers are permitted. Inter-district
transfers are also available on a case-by-case basis to Fallbrook and San Marcos schools.
There is a thorough analysis on the local schools on this website. (Click
Here to view this analysis.)
Excellent adult education is available through the Escondido High School system,
Palomar College, Mira Costa College and National University. Cultural attractions are
available at these schools and at California State University, San Marcos.
The San Diego County Library brings its Bookmobile to the Meadow Lake
Country Club lower parking lot on alternate Tuesday mornings from 2 p.m. until
4 p.m.. On the same day,
the Bookmobile is at Welk Village from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free library cards are
available on the Bookmobile. Books, cassettes, and magazines may be checked out for 28
days, with no renewals.
The locations of Hidden Meadows Polling Places are announced in the voter information
booklet mailed to each registered voter before each election. New residents may register
to vote by contacting Registrar of Voters at 5201 Ruffin Road, San Diego (P.O. Box 85520),
MEADOW LAKE GOLF COURSE
Meadow Lake Golf Course is located at 10333 Meadow Glen Way East and offers an
excellent 18-hole championship golf course. The main club house features a cocktail
lounge, the upstairs Fireside Room, and the Pro Shop, headed by a registered PGA member.
Details on membership can be obtained at the Club office. The club has recently been
purchased from the Welk Organization, and the new owners, Cresta Verde will be announcing
new policies regarding membership.
MEADOW LAKE GOLF COURSE MEN'S CLUB
The Men's Club is associated with the Southern California Golf Association and operates
under rules established by that body. Each Wednesday is designated as Men's Day and golf
tournaments are held twice monthly. The
||Bogey Men, a group of 9-holers, play
Friday mornings. Other Men's Club events are the Club Championship, the President's Cup
Matches and Member-Guest Days. Membership in the Meadow Lake Country Club is not mandatory
for individuals wishing to join the Men's Club.
MEADOW LAKE GOLF COURSE WOMEN'S
The Meadow Lake Country Club Women's Golf Association is a member of the San Diego
County Women's Golf Association, and Santa Margarita Women's Golf Association. Handicaps
are computed by the Integrated Data Corporation. There are two groups of golfers: the
18-holers who play regularly on Thursday morning, and the 9-hole group which plays on
Tuesday morning. Membership in the Meadow Lake Country Club is not mandatory for women
wishing to join the Women's Association.
COMMUNITY SPONSOR GROUP
The Community Sponsor Group for the Hidden Meadows area meets monthly in the Pavilion.
They are appointed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and provide a
communications link with the San Diego County Planning and Land Use Department. They
review and make recommendations on all types of land use, building matters, and other
planning issues that impact our community life. Kent Smith is the Chairman. Their area of
interest is bounded on the south by the city of Escondido, on the west by I-15, on the
north by Castle Creek, and on the west by Valley Center.
ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT OWNERS
In 1973, the people living in the Hidden Meadows area organized themselves for social,
civic and lobbying purposes. For want of a catchier name they called themselves the
"Association of Resident Owners of the Hidden Meadows Area", which came to be
abbreviated as "ARO" and pronounced "Arrow."
True to its name, the group has been "straight-arrow" ever since and done a
good job of helping people meet their neighbors and enjoy the charms of life in The
Meadows. Each year ARO organizes a number of social activities for members, bus trips,
picnics, dances, and excursions to plays, concerts and sporting events. Additionally, ARO
has aided in the organization of other worthy community groups, such as the Newcomers, the
Arts and Crafts Fair, Computer Club, Garden Club, etc.
Through its MeadowLark newspaper and the ARO column in The Roadrunner newspaper,
ARO has promoted the activities of these independent Hidden Meadow groups
and also the bridge marathon, bridge classes,
and computer classes, to name just a few.
ARO has been active in beautifying The Meadows through Christmas decorating awards, and
planting of key corners for improved appearance. ARO urges homeowners to keep their
property neat and clean.
||ARO encompasses a broad geographical
area called the "country town of Hidden Meadows." As such, ARO provides a
central organized voice for property owners in relations with state, county and city
governments and other private or quasi-public agencies. The ARO area definition is:
"If you drive home on Mountain Meadow Road you live in Hidden Meadows." Rimrock
is also included. The geographical boundaries for Hidden Meadows and ARO are:
* To the
North, up to but not including Moosa Canyon,
* To the East, up to but not including Turner Lake and Valley Center,
* To the South, up to but not including Jesmond Dene & North Broadway
* To the West, up to Champagne Blvd. and including Rimrock, but not including Welk
Village and Champagne Village.
ARO annual membership dues are $15.00 per family. They are payable to ARO and may be
given to the Membership Chairman or any member of the Board of Directors. It is hoped that
all residents of the area will want to be members of ARO and will join in its activities.
MEADOWS HOMES ASSOCIATION (MHA)
Membership in the Meadows Homes Association is mandatory for those people who reside in
the major subdivision known as Hidden Meadows. Purchase of a lot or a home automatically
makes one a member.
The primary function of this organization is to enforce the building codes and the
CC&R's (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) established by the organization; to
review and approve final building, grading and landscaping plans for new homes and
remodeling by its Environmental Review Board; and to be responsible for maintenance of
private streets and "open areas" in Hidden Meadows. It owns the Meadows
It maintains liaison with developers, builders, and government offices. It has no set
dues, but does levy annual and special assessments when necessary, usually about
per year. The Secretary of the MHA can be reached at 749-7278..
Hidden Meadows Neighborhood Watch is an effort to help secure each community members
safety and property, and is chaired by Mike Richman at 749-2325. There are Block Captains
for all areas of The Meadows. To learn the name of your Block Captain or to volunteer to
assist in this important work, call the Neighborhood Watch chair. Although Hidden Meadows
is a very low-crime-rate area, from time to time meetings are held to hear from the
Sheriff's Department Crime Prevention Specialists. There is an active effort to develop a
"Disaster Plan" under Neighborhood Watch, particularly for the potential of
wildfires in the area. This "Firesafe" effort is being chaired by Tom Francl
at 751-1111. Tom is
developing alternate escape routes, a warning system, and a list of community resources.
MEADOWS COMMUNITY CENTER
In 1997, the Meadows Homes Association purchased the Pavilion building,
an Olympic size pool, two tennis courts — all on a 5 acre parcel. Residents
who live in the Covenant support this facility through their $295 a year Homeowner's Fee, and residents who live
outside the Covenant but in Hidden Meadows may belong for a fee of $295 a year. Call
Pat Huff, the Secretary of the MHA at 749-7278.
The Hidden Meadows Newcomers Club meets regularly and has about a dozen
special interest groups, such as dine-out, social, bridge, pinochle,
walking, crafts, and ballroom dancing. Residents can join the Newcomers if
they have lived in Hidden Meadows for fewer than five years and they may
continue t o be members for five years after joining. Annual dues are $10
per couple, $5 single, which covers all interest groups. Chairperson is John
Snyder at 751-1241
Hidden Meadows Foundation
The Hidden Meadows Foundation, started in 1998 by Allen Hemphill,
has three components: An Endowment Fund, which will benefit The Meadows
Homes Association over a long period of years with the interest generated
from substantial donations, a Pass-through Fund, which funds will pass immediately to the Association of Resident Owners
for their use in beautification, and a Scholarship Fund. Donations may be made to either fund, or both, at the
wish of the Donor.
Donations to any fund will be tax exempt. Call Tom Francl at
||SOURCES OF INFORMATION
THE VALLEY CENTER ROADRUNNER
The Roadrunner is a local weekly newspaper. Our first newspaper, known as The
Messenger, was founded in 1989 by a local resident. When it was sold it kept its name, but
was later combined with the Valley Center Roadrunner and enjoys a circulation all along
the I-15 corridor including Hidden Meadows, Bonsall and Fallbrook. Most local events are
publicized in the Roadrunner. Local subscribers ($18 per year) receive the paper by mail
weekly. The calendar of events column lists times, dates and places of meetings.
The Roadrunner is happy to publish local news, club news, weddings, births, etc. The
phone number for news items and subscriptions is 749-1112.
THE MEADOWLARK (ARO NEWSPAPER)
The MeadowLark is published "almost" month by the Association of
Resident Owners (ARO) and is delivered to all residents as a public service. It contains
news of The Meadows area as well as announcements of coming activities for all
organizations. If you have not received a copy of the MeadowLark, please contact
any member of the Board of Directors.
ARO publishes a Roster of its membership, including address and phone numbers. Members
find this a very convenient way of locating their neighbors and friends in The Meadows.
In the ARO roster are ads which pay the cost of the printing. There are also calling
cards of services and tradespeople. The only cards accepted for the Roster are those whose
services have been recommended by an ARO member. Naturally ARO cannot endorse any of its
advertisers or calling card holders, but we are grateful for their financial support.
Hidden Meadows Blog
I publish a Blog on Hidden Meadows, concentrating on real estate but with
a lot of general information as well.
Read my (almost) daily Meadows real estate Blog
I also publish an almost daily current events Blog
Monthly bridge for women is held at the Meadow Lake Country Club on the
second Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m.. Interested women may contact:
Janet Jacobson at 749-1150.
A couples bridge marathon is held during the winter months. For further
information, please contact Jim Seymour at 751-3481.
Bridge Lessons are given periodically by a resident Master Bridge Teacher-Member of the
American Bridge Teacher's Association, Cliff Krueger, 749-3999.
Newcomers sponsors several monthly social events,
organized around activities at homes on a rotating basis. Each group is
limited to about 15 couples so that each home can easily accommodate the
guests. This is a great way to meet people, and it requires that you drive
many of the streets in the area to get to the homes. Each group has a
different "theme", for example one is a pot-luck and hors d'oeuvres group.
Please call John Snyder at 751-1241..
The Hidden Meadows Computer Club meets regularly to exchange ideas and tips. For
information call Cliff Krueger at 749-3999.. The meeting is held the third Monday of the
Month at the Meadows Community Center at 7 p.m.
The ARO Fashion Show in the Spring presents a delightful entertainment. Contact:
Pam Wise at ..
SEW AND SO CLUB
Women interested in joining the Sew and So Club, a social group which meets on the
first Tuesday of each month in a member's home, may call the chair, Pepi' Lauerman,
749-1500, to find the hostess to contact.
Everyone in the community who is interested in gardening is invited to participate in
the Meadows Garden Club, sharing ideas, learning more about plants and even swapping
plants, bulbs, cuttings and seeds. Chairman is Pat Wagner at 749-0365 The Garden Club
maintains a library for checkout at Dolphin Realty.
This is a committee designed to provide cards and flowers to the sick and shut-ins.
Please contact Norma Stirens at 749-4166.
||Facts about the Hidden Meadows Area
* There are approximately 1,412 residences, divided about 60-40 between working
and retired families... friendly people, small town feeling. You can be just
as involved as you choose. It all began about 40 years ago with the major subdivision around the Golf
* Meadow Lake Country Club is the Golf Course, owned by the Cresta Verde
Corporation. The Tennis Club and Swim Club, now owned the Meadows Homes Association, and
all families who live in the Covenant are automatic members. Residents who live outside
the Covenant may join if they wish.
* The 550 custom homes around the Golf Course range from 30-years-old to brand new, and
they feature full services: water, sewer, electricity and cable. They are on lots of
approximately a quarter of an acre.
* In addition there are over 600 custom homes on acreage sites to the north, east and
west of the Golf Course, and these have individual septic systems, grand views, plus space
for agriculture: avocado, macadamia, florist flowers, citrus, etc.,
* There are 203 tract homes, built in 2002-2004 by Greystone Builders.
* Shopping: Just 12 minutes to El Norte Parkway in the City of Escondido are 2
Vons stores, 6 cinemas, other services and stores. There's a pleasant frontage road for
those who prefer to avoid the freeway. It's 20 minutes to North County Fair, a major
regional shopping plaza. The Meadows Deli convenience store is located next to the Dolphin
Realty building which also has other services upstairs including the Meadows Beauty and
Facial Salon. A few more shops (at some time in the future) may be built at the corner.
But there will never be much commercial activity in The Meadows.
* Pleasant year-round climate at 1,500 -1,800 foot elevation with ocean breezes
most days, means clear atmosphere, usually above the fog, and cheerful sunlight from sunup
which makes for great solar-powered hot water heating.
* Good schools: These include Valley Center grade school district (K-8) , or
Escondido North Broadway Elementary School (K-5) and Rincon Middle School (6-8), and
Escondido High School. Calvin Christian School is nearby. There is bus service to VC
School and Escondido HS.
* Medical services abound: walk-in clinics and doctor's offices are in
Escondido, Palomar Hospital in Escondido, plus many dental offices. Emergency service is
by our Fire District.
* Just 50 minutes to San Diego airport (20 minutes to Palomar Airport) and
downtown events such as symphony, theater, opera, Old Globe, Padres and Chargers, the zoo
and Sea World. The Wild Animal Park is only 25 minutes away. And nearby are Dixon Lake,
many parks and other lakes, the Cleveland National Forest, and the California Center for
the Arts at Escondido.
* Safe, quiet living. This cul-de-sac community has no roads out to the north,
and only gravel roads to the east and southeast. It has a very low crime rate. There's
little through traffic and, in fact, very little traffic at all. It's country living with
birds, rabbits, coyotes and other wild life, starry nights, mountain sunrises, thrilling
||* Property values and quality
construction of homes. Proximity to prestigious Rimrock promotes high standards in the
area. And, in the major subdivision, an active Homeowners' Association makes for
uniformity and quality.
* Pastoral way of life, not a city and not a part of
Escondido City, but governed by San Diego County. Water is from the Valley Center
Municipal Water District. Propane is available from various private suppliers. Cable TV is
available. Hidden Meadows has until just lately been well "hidden". The San
Diego Union Tribune indicated that it has been "found," but only by a select few.
Note: This information has been collected from sources deemed reliable, but we cannot
guarantee it. Any suggestions or corrections should be referred to Dolphin Realty.
||The Flavor of Hidden Meadows
||Hidden Meadows came about its
name honestly. It is a small country town, and if a town's stress can be measured by its
stop lights we don't have any! Cellular phones don't work well in our community,
but they seem to work quite well when we get back to the freeway. We do have one four-way
stop, a deli/grocery store, one attorney, a one-chair beauty shop, and two real estate
offices. As a mountain meadow, our 1,500 foot altitude gives us a great microclimate with
abundant birds, wildlife, and temperatures that support everything from tropicals to oak
trees that are hundreds of years old!
We have an Escondido address, and get water from
the Valley Center Water District, but we are not part of either community. We have a golf
course, and we are an unincorporated area of San Diego County. We have only one paved road
leading to the community, so we don't have much crime. Most people who live 5 minutes away
have never heard of Hidden Meadows. Suits us fine. The Meadows has had residents since it
was the home of a Mexican bandit in the late 1700s, and has been continuously occupied
since the 1860s. Our oldest resident homesteaded her property as a child in 1932.
We have about 1,210 homes in The Meadows, about half of them surrounding the golf
course and about half in a less formal setting. The homes around the golf course are
referred to as being "In the Covenant" because they are under a strong set of
Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions (CC&Rs) controlled by The Meadows Homes
Association. The Meadows Homes Association owns the Meadows Community Center, which has a
swimming pool, two tennis courts and a pavilion.
Everyone in The Meadows can belong to the Association of Resident Owners (ARO), and
that group organizes the social activities of the area including the Newcomers Club, a
computer club, several bridge clubs and many other activities.
We have a few apartments, a few condos, and lots of custom homes. There are no tract
homes in Hidden Meadows. We are home to writers and talk-show hosts, but the writers don't
write about Hidden Meadows and the talk-show hosts don't talk about Hidden Meadows. If too
many people find out about Hidden Meadows, it won't be hidden very long.
Although many residents have been, or still are, in charge of something, no one is in
charge of Hidden Meadows. We don't have a Mayor. Don't want one either. We are officially
designated a Country Town by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, but we don't think
any of them know where we are. Good! We hope we can keep it that way.