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Valley Center is a census-designated place that resides in North San Diego County, California. With a smaller population, Valley Center has more of a country Californian charm to it, and the fields tend to extend across the entirety of the area. Historically, it shares many similarities to the areas around it, having been part of the discovered lands by both Native American tribes seven to ten thousand years ago, and then founded by missionaries from Spain later on. Valley Center was also the site of the capture of the largest California Grizzly Bear in all of history in 1866. The grizzly weighed twenty-two hundred pounds and was killed in the area. Though the town had been formed in 1845 and homesteaded in 1862, it had no formal name until the event, which gave it its first name of Bear Valley. The name was changed several times: to Valley in 1874, to Valley Centre in 1878, and then finally to the Valley Center known today in 1887. As it stands today, Valley Center is an area surrounded by beautiful nature, convenient locations on all sides, and plenty of opportunities for both potential house hunters and visitors alike to enjoy its beauty.
Valley Center experiences the typical Californian weather, as well as the swells, heat and light breezes off of the Pacific coast, with higher heats in the rocky hill areas. Temperatures stay fairly consist throughout the year with higher heats, precipitation and humidity involved, especially in the summer months. Residents and visitors alike can expect occasional rainstorms, thunderstorms and high wind velocities associated with storms off the Pacific coast, especially during hurricane season.
Valley Center might be a small place, but it is a lovely area that offers plenty in the way of activities for nature lovers, history buffs and everything else to get you and the whole family out and adventuring.
Nurture By Nature – 15630 Rim of the Valley – (760) 638-0880
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum – 320 N Broadway – (760) 233-7755
San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd – (760) 747-8702
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden – 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy
Valley Center has plenty of options for every kind of shopper out there. With its variety, convenient location in proximity to San Diego, this little community has all the amenities you could want to indulge in some retail therapy sitting right outside your doorstep. Whether you want to indulge in some of its local wildlife or farm goodies, or treasure hunt for some glorious antiques or vintage fashion, Valley Center has your number.
Keys Creek Lavender Farm – 12460 Keys Creek Rd – (760) 742-3844
Matilda Mouse Antiques – 29200 Miller Rd – (760) 751-3345
Valley Center Resale – 28746 Valley Center Rd – (760) 749-1850
Inspirations Quilt Shop – 27350 Valley Center Rd – (760) 751-9400
Valley Center has plenty in the way of variety and charm when it comes to local foods. You can easily get classic American foods or something more exotic to hit the taste buds in all the right ways. No matter what you are craving, Valley Center has what you need to get that stomach satisfied.
Black & Blue – 16300 Nyemil Pass Rd – (760) 291-2130
Portinos – 28746 Valley Center Rd – (760) 751-0077
The Yellow Deli – 32011 Lilac Rd – (760) 742-2064
Country Junction – 29115 Valley Center Rd – (760) 749-0123
Valley Center has plenty in the way of pubs, breweries, wine bars and live entertainment. Whether you want the local experience of Valley Center and San Diego itself, or just want a dive bar to drink in and watch the game, Valley Center has everything you need to thoroughly enjoy the nightlife. You really can’t go wrong having the charming local venues and the big casino boys around either.
Corked – 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way – (951) 760-1461
Diamond Lounge - 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way – (760) 751-3100
The Main Stage Bar – 16300 Nyemil Pass Rd
Sports Pit - 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way – (760) 751-3100
Valley Center is highly praised for its school systems throughout its many suburbs. Those looking to raise a family, or to further their own education, need not worry about a shortage of schools, both conventional and unconventional; it’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to surf and further your career at the same time!
Valley Center Primary School – 14249 Fruitvale Rd – (760) 749-8282
Pathways Academy Charter School – 1782 La Costa Meadows Dr – (760) 494-9646
Keys Creek Lavender Farm – 12460 Keys Creek Rd – (760) 742-3844
Equissage California – Valley Center, CA – (760) 473-9893
Population density: 345
Median age: 41.8
Male / Female ratio: 1.0:1
For those who are looking to make the move to any area within the Valley Center area, the local job market is not in short supply, nor is the income many residents can expect. There are a feature of many big names and hubs, as well as smaller boutiques, shops and restaurants that can make use of all kinds of varying talent residents might have to offer
SeaWorld San Diego – 500 Sea World Dr – (800) 257-4268
The Classical Academies – 390 W Valley Pkwy – (760) 317-9147
Harrah’s Resort Southern California – 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way – (760) 751-3100
San Diego State University – 5500 Campanile Dr – (619) 594-5200
Valley Center is surrounded by landmarks and local history, basically no matter which direction you look in. Even if you want to avoid the more cluttered landmarks in San Diego, you can easily go to the surrounding communities and areas to get a mix of history, natural beauty and an experience that you won’t soon be forgetting.
Canyon Hills Open Space – Mira Mesa
Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead – 12655 Sunset Dr – (760) 432-8318
Miramar Air Show – Miramar Way at Altair Ave
Old Poway Park – 14134 Midland Rd – (858) 668-4576
Valley Center really does have all the charm of a smaller town in California, but doesn’t skip out on the glamour of the big city either. For those looking to settle down in California and are fans of solitude, Valley Center is the place for you. For visitors who are looking for some small town enjoyment and charm, you can find more than enough in Valley Center.
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