Valley Center Horse Community | Paradise Mountain | North San Diego County

Life in Valley Center has a rural feeling yet it so close to all conveniences, located 50 minutes from downtown, with horse properties previewed in SAN DIEGO COUNTY. Valley Center is also just five miles northeast of Escondido. Also about 25 mi NE of Rancho Santa Fe. It is a community of about 21,000 residents and is one of San Diego county's best kept secret.  Residents tell us once they moved here they would never live anywhere else. Most homes come with a minimum of two acres, making it a very horse friendly place.

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Daley Ranch and Hellhole Canyon are the two hiking/riding preserves. Daley Ranch is on the southwest side of town and Hellhole Canyon is on the east side.   In spring residents pick lavender at the lavender garden.  Valley Center has a 18 hole golf course with new homes completed. There is Harrah's up-scale casino which has six restaurants. Temecula wine country is about 30 minutes to the north.

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With an elevation of 1300 feet and land area of about 30 square miles, Valley Center, for almost a hundred years has been composed of avocado and citrus farms, ranches and riding and hiking trails. For these very reasons, more and more people are finding their way to this desirable area. Today, properties are about 2 acres of land for the most part, guaranteeing a rural feel. Because many young families are relocating here and commuting to work the school district is growing with courses focused on science, math, and technology with ample sports and activities offered throughout the community and schools. Residents enjoy water sports and fishing in the two area lakes along with horseback riding. There is also a full-sized farm in Valley Center offering fresh local produce, and the Indian Reservation offers local color.


Memorial Week-End - Usually, this is when the Vacqueros (from the "Spanish Cowboy Days) put on their Old Timers Show at Aerie Park the weekend before Western Days and then the Marshal's Posse start having shoot-outs around town the week leading up to the 3-day event. Opening Day of the Festival is usually held at the Community Center begins Friday 5:00 p.m. with the Honorary Mayor's Race Showdown. Food and Commercial Vendor booths open up. The mechanical bull ride is set to go, the gates open to the beer garden and live music & dancing set the evening in full swing. The crowd will be dancing to Moon Dance which performs r&b, blues & classic rock well into the night. The carnival will have rides for all ages and will be open at noon adjacent to the Community Center for the early birds.


There is a small commercial district which caters primarily to area residents where friendly local merchants, restaurateurs, and professional people, who are mostly residents of Valley Center themselves. Many people come to Valley Center to retire, but get caught up in various activities. There are senior groups, service clubs (Rotary, Optimist, Kiwanis) a horse organization, and others.


Valley Center has a wide variety of homes and price ranges. It is the third largest growing area in San Diego County. You can't miss that wonderful feeling of spaciousness here. Our nearly 20,000 locals are happily spread over a 100 square mile planning area. Residents of this charming unincorporated community cherish views or green, rolling hills and seasonal streambeds lined with native live oak and sycamore trees, and the panorama of Rodriguez Peak and the Palomar Mountain range. It is just five miles from Escondido which has one of the best shopping centers in San Diego County, a wonderful hospital district, and boasts all the advantages for which one could ask.


On the east side of Valley Center, California, Northeast of San Diego, is the neighborhood community of Paradise Mountain. It is a small neighborhood of approximately 500 homes.  Paradise Mountain is one of the few remaining communities in San Diego where equestrians can ride from their homes directly to trails without having to trailer. Paradise Mountain is the home to Hellhole Canyon County Preserve with miles of hiking and riding trails for the public to enjoy. The trails can be rough and steep in areas, but with some conditioning, the horses soon learn to navigate them quite easily. Paradise Mountain overlooks Rancho Guejito to the east and Valley Center to the West. Rancho Guejito is a 22,000 acre parcel of land that was originally a Spanish land grant. Rumor is: it's the largest original Spanish land grant still intact in Southern California. This area also includes the community of Skyline Ranch Country Club - a 55 plus community centered around a 9 hole golf course.

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