The Village of Fallbrook has been nationally recognized in publications as one of the more desirable locations in the nation in which to live and to retire. Although the population continues to increase at a moderate rate, Fallbrook maintains an easy lifestyle and retains its "friendly Village" atmosphere which is loved by residents and envied by visitors.
A short 18-mile drive from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, the greater Fallbrook area is well known for its gently rolling hills, lush groves, ancient oak trees, equestrian and walking trails, riparian areas, nature preserves, and Mediterranean climate.
The village of Fallbrook began in the area known as Live Oak County Park. The first permanent settlement was in 1869, when the Vital Reche family settled there. They named the new community Fall Brook after their former homestead in Pennsylvania.
The current village site was plotted in 1885. The original Fallbrook School, though closed as a school in 1939, still serves the community as the Reche Clubhouse. One of the community's churches was constructed in 1890 and is still in use today.
Stepping forward to protect this sought-after environment are many volunteers who comprise the Fallbrook Land Conservancy. The Fallbrook Land Conservancy diligently pursues donations of land to protect open spaces. The Save Our Forest and Treescape arm of the organization carefully plants hundreds of trees annually to enhance the environment.
It's favorable climate is one of the most valuable assets of the community. It is ideal year-around with pleasant summers and mild winters. The average daytime high is 76 degrees, with the warmest summer temperatures seldom exceeding 90 degrees. Most of the area is frost-free. During the coldest periods the average night time temperature is about 42 degrees. Annual rainfall is about 16 inches and occurs mostly between November and April.
It is often said that there are only three places on the globe where you can plant anything that is grown elsewhere in the world: Greece, Brasil, and Fallbrook, CA.
Oak trees were the original primary trees in the area. Olives became a major crop by the 1920's and continued through World War II, however, they were eventually phased out in favor of the present avocado and floral industry. Fallbrook is fondly called the Avocado Capital of the World. It is also home to more than 60 different nurseries which are located in the area. For example: the Fallbrook Gardens nursery is located immediately north of Golden Gardens at the intersection of Golden Road and Fallbrook St.
In addition to stately oaks, you can see varieties of eucalyptus, magnolia, sycamore, and pepper trees adding beauty to the area. Dedicated volunteers care for these picturesque trees, many of which line the downtown village.
The area is ideally suited for avocados, fruits, berries, tomatoes, many sub-tropical fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The Fallbrook Healthcare District was established in 1998 to administer hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual property tax revenues to fund health-related programs that help area residents maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle. Numerous programs that address medical, dental, rehabilitation, and preventative needs are funded through grants bestowed by this organization.
The Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation supports the local health care effort by encouraging, obtaining, and administering funds to be used for charitable purposes such as adult day-care centers, Health Care Resources (information services), SeniorNET (computer classes taught to seniors at their own pace), Project CARE (support for the frail, elderly, and disabled), and more.
The rich soil of the area has also produced some beautiful gemstones and minerals in nearby mines. Just over a century ago, large quantities of blue topaz, pink-tinged tournmaline and burnt ornage garnets were discoverd in the nearby foothills. Gem experts have shipped billions of dollars of beautifully colored tourmaline worldwide from these mines, which are now primarily inactive. Pink and green tourmaline—unique to San Diego County and which was carved in the years of the Chinese Manchu dynasty—came from our local mines, as did rubies and other gems. The fascinating displays at the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society Museum on Alvarado Street tell the story of this interesting aspect of the area’s history.
Bill Larson, the owner of Pala International, a mining company headquartered in the countryside of Fallbrook, has bought or leased more than a dozen mines in northern San Diego County since the 1960s. His retail store located in the wooded countryside attracts gem dealers from around the world.
The Fallbrook Library has the distinction of being the first branch in the San Diego County library system, and was established over 90 years ago. In 1963, members from the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) started the Friends of the Fallbrook Library to provide ongoing community support for the library. Today, their efforts have resulted in construction of a new library for the community.
Taking advantage of the region's climate, there are a number of wineries in the immediate area, including the Fallbrook Winery which produces excellent wines distributed over a large geographical area.
Source: Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce