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Valley Center

You can't miss that wonderful feeling of spaciousness here. Our 20,000 locals are happily spread over a 100 square mile planning area. Indeed, Valley Center folks are proud of their Community Plan, which offers a small country town center, surrounded by miles of grove lands studded with custom homes on minimum 2 acre lots. Our town center provides convenient local shopping, medical and dental services, and restaurants.

Our award-winning school system is a key attraction for many. With primary, elementary and middle schools flourishing, Valley Center High School opened its brand new campus in September for the 1998 school year. Our most recent community amenities, the new Valley Center Public Library and adjacent Valley Center History Museum welcome visitors and residents of all ages and interests.

Local attractions include Bates Nut Farm, a terrific local picnic and special event area, with gift shop and world-famous roasted nuts, dried fruits and tasty confections. A short drive to Palomar Mountain rewards you with an invigorating alpine environment, views to the Pacific and downtown San Diego, lovely camping sites and hiking trails, and Palomar Observatory, with its world-famous telescope.

Live the Good Life in Valley Center

Individual and family activities abound here. With public swimming and tennis, youth sports leagues, equestrian events and riding areas, 4-H clubs, various church activities, service clubs, Western Days celebrations . . . we’re bursting with fun opportunities. Our local reservoirs, Lake Wohlford and Lake Dixon, challenge trout and bass fishers. Along with our own Woods Valley Golf Course in Valley Center, four other golf courses are located at nearby locations, including:

The magnificent California Center for the Arts as well as regional shopping, beautiful California beaches, Temecula wine country, and Palomar Mountain are all just 20 to 40 minutes away. To admire the bright lights of downtown San Diego takes less than an hour’s drive.

With the advent of high-tech communications, Valley Center has become a favorite for home businesses. And with low crime rates and ample fire protection, Valley Center is a safe haven for families and retirees alike.

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Located just northeast of Escondido California, Valley Center is close enough for career, medical, shopping and cultural advantages, yet distant enough for quiet, rural charm.


Driving Instructions
From Los Angeles and Orange Counties, take Interstate 5 south, Highway 78 east to Escondido. Continue east as 78 becomes Lincoln Ave. Turn right on Ash Street and go 3 blocks to Valley Parkway. Turn left on Valley Parkway and continue about 5 miles into Valley Center.

From San Diego, take Interstate 15 north to Escondido. Take the Valley Parkway exit east (right) and continue across town about 8 miles, into Valley Center.

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