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Affectionately known as the “City in the Country,” Poway is a popular chance for prospective San Diego homeowners. Located east of I-15, between the sprawling communities of Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo, Poway offers a range of housing options along with easy access to both freeways and beautiful hiking trails.
The name “Poway” is tied back to the people who historically lived in this area, the Diegueno and Luiseno people. Stemming from the word “Pauwai” or “Paguay,” the word generally means “the end of the valley” or “the meeting of little valleys.” Many families settled in the Poway area in the 1800s and built homesteads to farm the land. By the late 1800s, the community had grown to almost 1,000 people. The San Diego Central and Southern Pacific Railways once planned to lay train tracks through Poway, until they abandoned the plan and built the railroad line to Escondido instead. Today, Poway is a robust community with large lot sizes and a sense of small-town community that has persisted into the 21st century.
Poway is well-known for its exemplary public schools. With an A+ rated school district on Niche.com, many families choose to buy in Poway to send their children through the Poway Unified School District (PUSD). PUSD is a K-12 public school system that includes forty-one schools and serves over 35,000 students! It is the third largest school district in San Diego and many of its schools are the county’s best, having earned National Blue Ribbon Honors, a Golden Bell Award, and many other distinctions. Niche.com ranks Poway Unified in the top twenty-five school districts in California!
Notable elementary schools in Poway include Chaparral Elementary School, Painted Rock Elementary School, Tierra Bonita Elementary School, and Valley Elementary School. Poway students are served by two middle schools, Twin Peaks Middle School and Meadowbrook Middle School. Students at the high school level attend Poway High School. Private schools include several Montessori and Christian school options.
Poway offers a robust selection of real estate offerings. From condos and townhomes to single family homes, horse properties, land, and exquisite luxury estates, you can find plenty of Poway real estate for sale. Many people choose to buy in Poway because of the larger lot sizes. Even if you’re just looking for a big backyard for your dog or room to grow the garden of your dreams, you can find it in Poway. If you’d like to cultivate a small vineyard or keep horses at home, you can find properties that fit those criteria as well. Poway real estate offers something for everyone at a variety of price points.
For a single family home in Poway, the median home price is $1,149,000. For a condo or townhome in Poway, the median home price is $788,939.
Poway residents love leading an outdoor lifestyle. From gardening to golf to hiking and horseback riding, there’s so much to do right in your own backyard!
One of the more unique aspects the community offers for residents is the Poway Valley Riders Association (PVRA). This is a public horse facility with five riding arenas and fourteen acres of grounds. In addition to hosting the annual Poway Rodeo, the Poway Valley Riders Association offers horse shows throughout the year including barrel racing, western, dressage, hunter jumper, gymkhana, and working equitation shows. They also hold polo tournaments. Membership fees give you access to the facility among other privileges. Head to their website for more information about the price structure and work hours component.
Poway is also home to some of San Diego’s most beautiful hiking and walking trails. Notable trails in the area include Iron Mountain, Blue Sky Canyon, Twin Peaks, and the Lake Poway side access to the popular Mt. Woodson Trail, home of the famous “Potato Chip Rock.” Lake Poway offers seasonal camping, boating, fishing, and other recreational activities.
Prefer quiet and less outdoorsy activities? The Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) shouldn’t be missed! PCPA holds different shows and exhibits year-round. From plays to art shows and concerts, there’s a lot to do and experience at PCPA! Many PUSD school events are also held here, as PCPA has an 809-seat theatre.
Old Poway Park is another community gem. Centrally located off Midland Road, this park is home to the Poway Midland Railroad Train Depot, the historic Templars Hall, the Porter House, and many local restaurants and businesses. It also offers a large grassy area for children to play. The Poway Midland Railroad is a “a full-size, narrow-gauge railroad” that allows visitors to ride on vintage railroad cars. They also host special events throughout the year which are a lot of fun. Old Poway Park itself is the site of many of Poway’s most important annual events including Poway Winter Festival and Poway’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration.
As Poway is located inland, it tends to be warmer and drier than the beach areas of San Diego. It also gets less of the coastal fog effect, leading to more sunshine and hotter temperatures. Many Poway residents have A/C and a backyard pool to keep cool in the summer.
In keeping with its small-town charm, Poway offers many great local restaurants and boutique shops. Notable local eateries include Smokin J’s BBQ, the Hamburger Factory, the King’s Craft Coffee Company, Tong Sake House, Crafted Culture, the Hop Stop, and Franco’s Flapjack.
Poway has a weekly Farmers Market at Old Poway Park every Saturday morning from 8am-1pm. This is a great way for Poway residents to support their neighbors, get to know local growers, buy fresh vegetables and fruits, and meet new friends.
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