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Ramona - town with rural roots in San Diego foothills

Situated in eastern part of the county is the bustling town of Ramona. Above the coastal fog line but well below the snow line, the residents of Ramona enjoy an abundance of warm, sunny weather all year round. With a charming downtown Main Street, horse ranches and open spaces, Ramona still reflects its rural roots.

"Everyone knows everyone here," said Alexa Seidel who is 27 and has lived in Ramona since 1993. Her parents discovered the town during an excursion to Julian. "There have been a lot of changes since we moved here, but it still has a small-town feel."

Ramona Main Stage Theatre
Downtown Ramona has a small town feel that reflects its rural roots.

Ramona is an unincorporated area located 36 miles northeast of San Diego in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains. Over 30,000 people live in this area. The local governing body is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, however, many governmental functions operate at the local level. Escondido, the closest city is 18 miles away. The coastal cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside are 38 miles away.

Rural homes in Ramona
On the hillsides around Ramona, homes are sited to take advantage of beautiful views of the rural landscape.

There is a wide range of real estate prices in this community. In May, 2015 the median price of homes sold was $430,000 according to DataQuick. There are single-family detached homes listed for as low as $180,000. At the high end, there are homes over $1 million. View real estate in Ramona has great vistas of both city lights and the surrounding mountains. Many homes here feature spacious lots, with plenty of room for horses or farming.

Horse coral in Ramona, CA
Ramona is one of the most horse-friendly towns in Southern California, and owners enjoy the freedom to ride their horse throughout the town.

Ramona is one of the most horse-friendly towns in Southern California, and owners of equestrian properties in the area enjoy the freedom to ride their horse throughout the town. Unlike many towns in San Diego County, Ramona has not forgotten its rural heritage, where horses are a regular part of daily life.
While many in the more urban areas of the county might consider this an outpost, the residents of Ramona enjoy all of today's modern conveniences and stay connected with satellite television and the Internet. Shopping and dining abound, as well as an ever-growing number of antique shops. This community also has four public parks, horseback riding trails and championship golf courses.

Ramona Town Hall
Ramona Town Hall.

For live music, Ramona's Main Stage Theatre hosts a variety of national and local bands in its art deco building (626 Main Street). Here you can hear live performances from the likes of Pat Travers, The Yardbirds, Larry Carlton Trio, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet and Sprung Monkey. Kenrix Sushi Company (2330 Main St.) also hosts live music on Thursday and Friday nights.
The area around Ramona is also known as "the valley of the sun." With its clean, clear air and glorious days of sunshine and gentle breezes, Ramona is a great place to live. It's also a great place to stop and visit on your way to Julian.

Antique stores in Ramona
Ramona is known for a great place to shop for antiques.

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