Valley Center – Rural Charm at Its Best
Valley Center is a place to embrace country living: Acres of agricultural land, hiking trails, horse riding trails, a world famous observatory, entertaining casinos, and family values!
Valley Center is a small rural town located north of Escondido in San Diego County. It has been going through a transition to a suburban "bedroom" community for several years. This has been in huge part to some agriculture, such as large fruit orchards, giving way to new housing developments. The growth of Valley Center has been slowed somewhat by a minimum of 2 acres being required for most parcels. However to most people you ask, that is just why they live there. If you ask around, not many people would even be able to tell you where Valley Center is, but that is quickly changing.
Some changes in the community can be attributed to the expansion of Indian casinos in the area - Harrah's Rincon and Valley View Casino. Harrah’s Rincon gives you more of the sights, sounds and sizzle of Vegas-style action. You can play all of your favorite games, including 1,600 hot slots, and more than 60 exciting table games. Harrah's Rincon also offers unique games like Rincon Craps and Volcanic Roulette Bingo along with all of your favorites like Fortune PaiGow Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat and Three Card Poker. Valley View Casino knows no limit to the fun you can have with San Diego's only Certified Loose Slots and exciting table games. Whether you love video poker, keno, penny, nickel or higher denomination slots, Valley View Casino is home to over 1,900 of the newest and most exciting slots with San Diego’s most innovative slot floor.
Despite these changes, there are still no chain department stores in the community. Residents do their shopping in smaller "mom and pop" stores or drive to Escondido just 20 minutes away. It is all part of its amazing charm!
Once a year, parts of the city are closed down for an event known as Western Days. This event is traditionally held over the Memorial Day Weekend and combines an old-fashion parade, Western Shoot-Outs, a carnival, lots of vendors, good eats, live music and boot scootin' fun! Another event of particular interest is the Lavender Harvest Festival at Key Creek Lavender Farm. This USDA Certified Organic Lavender Farm opens its doors to the public during the height of the bloom season. Features include an on-site essential oil distillery, a lavender labyrinth and a farm store/gift shop.
Lifestyles are as varied as the crops. And for all its rural charm, Valley Center is about an hour from downtown San Diego, with all its cultural attractions. But you don't need to go that far. The California Center for the Arts Escondido is 20 minutes away and offers symphonies, ethnic music, jazz, country and rhythm & blues. Right here in town is the recently opened Maxine Theater, on the campus of Valley Center High School, which offers homegrown theater, as well as visiting artists from all over the country.
Nearby is the Valley Center Library, with its cozy stone fireplace (which gets a lot of use in the winter), local history room, and community & seminar rooms. Next to the library is the Valley Center History Museum with special exhibits and displays which are on view for limited engagements.
Just a few minutes away is lovely, peaceful Pauma Valley and overlooking it, magnificent Palomar Mountain, which in the winter often glistens with fresh snow. Home on Palomar Mountain is the world famous, Palomar Observatory. The Palomar Observatory is a world-class center of astronomical research that is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. The observatory is home to five telescopes that are used nightly for a wide variety of astronomical research programs. The research is conducted by Caltech’s faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students, and by researchers at Caltech's collaborating institutions. As you can see, this is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. It has all the right ingredients to raise your family!
Valley Center Real Estate
So no matter what your interests may be, Valley Center has something for everyone. Its small rural town feel makes it country living at its best! We love Valley Center and can go on and on about all the wonderful things to do in Valley Center and the great quality of life here. Hopefully this was a good introduction and it made you curious to learn more about our beautiful community. Whether you are looking to relocate to Valley Center or invest here, buying or selling a home in Valley Center, your local Coldwell Banker Valley Center realtors can help you with all your Valley Center real estate needs in various neighborhoods including Aerie Park, Butterfield Estates, Cedar Trails, Circle R, Citrus Pointe, Cole Grade, Cool Valley Ranch, Couser Canyon, Gold Coast, Heritage Valley, Hidden Valley Estates, Hilltop Ranch Estates, Lilac, Oak Meadow, Old Castle, Paradises Mountain Estates, Rancho Vallecito, Ridge Ranch, Rolling Hills, Schaffer Ranch, Sherwood Heights, Sky Ridge, The Ranch, Tyler Ranch, Valley View Ranch Estates, and Woods Valley. So begin your search now for Valley Center real estate and homes for sale in Valley Center.
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