Poway – city in the country

With a population of approximately 50,000, Poway is a unique city in San Diego County. The city incorporated in 1980 and adopted the slogan: "The City in the Country." It maintains a rural amid thriving businesses and a wide range of shopping conveniences. The main commercial area is along Poway Road where there is every variety of store to meet your needs. Beautiful mountains dotted with large boulders tower above the city - the most dramatic being Twin Peaks just east of the city.

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Poway Road winds through town toward Twin Peaks.

Twelve miles from the coast, Poway is located in the center of San Diego County, north of the City of San Diego and south of the City of Escondido. Nearby communities include Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, and Ramona. Interstate 15 is three miles to the west and is the main freeway to head north or south. The Ted Williams Parkway (Highways 56) heads west past Carmel Valley to the beaches of Del Mar and Torrey Pines.

Poway Lake
Lake Poway is a popular recreation area that offers fishing, picnic grounds, playgrounds and over three miles of trails.

While many think of Poway as an old Western-style cowboy town, its original roots lie in agriculture. The soil proved to be well-suited to a variety of crops, including peaches, grapes, apricots, pears, hay, and alfalfa. Some farmers captured swarms of wild bees and cultivated honey. Most families kept a cow for milk and butter, chickens for eggs and meat, to sustain them while they farmed. The former farm town has transformed into a community of small commercial businesses and shopping centers. For shopping there is SteinMart, Kohls, WalMart, Home Depot, Costco, PetCo and Dixieline. For groceries you have the choice of Von's, Albertsons, Henry's and North County Produce (a middle-eastern market).

Horses in Poway
Many of the homes in Poway have large acreage with room for horses and small farming.

From Mexican food to sushi, there are restaurant options to satisfy every taste. One Poway fixture is The Chicken Pie Diner. Everything in the place, from menu to decor, is from the 50s and a vintage jukbox plays favorite songs from the era. Other restaurants popular with locals and visitors are The Hamburger Factory, The Brigantine, Filippis, Isumi and El Ranchito. For live entertainment there is O'Harleys restaurant/bar. For quick bites there is Rubios, Denny's, McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle and Jack in the Box. For coffee deserts and smoothies you have Starbucks, Cocos and Jamba Juice.

Poway Road
Shopping, restaurants and busineses centered along Poway Road.

The Poway Center for the Performing Arts hosts professional performances ranging from major plays and concerts to appearances by individual artists of national acclaim. "We couldn't be more excited about the 20th Anniversary Season." said Foundation Executive Director Michael Rennie "We look forward to the return of some friends who have packed the house in the past, and we also welcome some new faces to the Center's stage."

The weather here is perfect for outdoor activities. Lake Poway is a popular recreation area that offers fishing, picnic grounds, playgrounds and over three miles of trails for hiking and riding. You can rent variety of rowboats, sailboats, pedal boats and motorboats. Trout are planted on a weekly basis during the winter season, and catfish during summer, when night fishing is permitted. Poway Lake is open daily.

Horse crossing
The "country" side of Poway.

Poway has an abundance of parks and open space. At Old Poway Park you get a taste of local history with a 1909 farmhouse, a blacksmith shop and a restored 1907 Baldwin steam engine that takes folks throughout the park. The railroad operates on Saturdays and Sundays only. Aubrey Park encompasses 8.5 acres and includes four softball fields, a snack shop, walking trails, picnic areas and native tree groves. Other parks in Poway include: Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Starridge Park and Goodan Ranch.

Home prices in Poway range from under $150,000 for a two-bedroom townhouse to over $3 million for custom homes on large lots. In August, the median price for resale homes was $450,000. Further out from the center of town, there are homes with horses, barns and small-scale farming.

There are a number of notable residents that have lived in Poway. Professional athletes that have lived here include Tony Gwynn, Antonio Gates, Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips, Luis Castillo, Randy Jones, LaDanian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers. Tom LeLonge, singer/guitarst for the band Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves, grew up here.

Whether you want to take a hike, catch a fish, enjoy a local restaurant or see a Broadway musical in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway has something for just about everyone. "The City in the Country" is a slogan that fits.

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Adobe Bluffs Elementary
8707 Adobe Bluffs Dr.

Chaparral Elementary
17250 Tannin Dr.

Garden Road Elementary
14614 Garden Rd.

Painted Rock Elementary
16711 Martincoit Rd.

Pomerado Elementary
12321 Ninth St.

Tierra Bonita Elementary
14678 Tierra Bonita Rd.

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13000 Bowron Rd.

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14727 Via Azul

Midland Elementary
13910 Midland Rd.


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