In North San Diego County, just forty miles northeast of San Diego, there is a splendid census-designated place known as Valley Center, California. Composed of 98.7 square miles, Valley Center is a naturally beautiful place and is home to the 1901-acre Hellhole Canyon Preserve and its 13.5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Valley Center is connected to Escondido via Valley Center Road, and Interstate 15 serves as its western border. The southern boundary is Hidden Meadows, Daley Ranch, Jesmond Dene and Lake Wohlford and to the east is Palomar State Park. This remarkable community is a low-density rural development that boasts large areas of beautiful open space and agriculture. Home to around 25,000 residents, Valley Center also has a rich and remarkable past dating back to the late 1700s, and many splendid destinations that preserve bits of the community’s history. Bates Nut Farm is one such destination. This quaint farm was founded in 1921 as a walnut farm but today is host to all sorts of family-friendly activities, events, and festivals. Other points of interest in this scenic small town include Woods Valley 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, Sengme Oaks Water Park, Palomar Mountain Observatory, Keys Creek Lavender Farm, and Lakes Wohlford. The Wood Valley Kampground and RV Park is in the heart of Valley Center and has picnic areas, horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, swimming pool, and fishing pond. Just south of Valley Center you’ll find the hiking, biking and riding trails of Daley Ranch, as well as Lake Dixon, a popular fishing destination. In addition to these places for exploration and recreation, Valley Center also has some delightful dining options that include many local favorites like Corner Skillet, Country Trader Coffee Shop, Country Junction Deli, Fat Ivor’s Rib Rack, Portino’s Fresh Italian and Casa Reveles. More upscale dining options can be found at Black & Blue Steakhouse at the Valley View Casino and at Fiore Steak & Seafood at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Harrahs’ Resort is also home to a Starbucks, Oyster Bar, The Cafe, Fortunes Asian Restaurant, ‘Rita’s Cantina and a buffet. There are also multiple establishments from which you can choose within the casinos if you want to grab a drink and don’t want to leave the city. If you are a luxury home buyer with children, you’ll also enjoy the many family-friendly venues of Valley Center, including Adams Park. The Valley Center Parks and Recreation manages a community center there, in addition to the park’s covered picnic area, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pit, and heated swimming pool. Parks and Recreation also manage several athletic fields including those at Scibilia Field and Cole Grade Park, as well as The Pavilion, an event venue comprised of a gazebo, dance area, and covered stage. Valley Center also boasts an extensive list of delightful events held throughout the year, the largest and most celebrated being the Western Day and Stampede Rodeo. This week-long event held each May includes a parade, rodeo, a carnival and live music. Children residing in Valley Center are served by the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District which operates Valley Center Prep School, Valley Center High School, Oak Glen High School, Valley Center Middle School, Pauma School, Lilac School, Valley Center Elementary School and Valley Center Primary School. So with an alluring semi-rural atmosphere, Valley Center is a great place to raise a family and homebuyers who want to be within driving distance of big-city amenities, but prefer a more tranquil small-town lifestyle, will love living here. Valley Center luxury real estate includes some very large and luxurious country estates, sprawling acreages, working farms, and a few gated communities. All properties have lots of at least 2-acres so homebuyers are assured more privacy than they might typically find in other Southern California communities. If you would like more information regarding luxury homes in Valley Center, California, please allow us to assist you and contact us today.