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Poway, also known as “The City in the Country” is a beautiful rural community located in North San Diego County. Over the years Poway has transformed itself into a thriving bedroom community adjacent to San Diego while preserving much of its rural appeal. Poway is renowned for its excellent schools, and it has the lowest crime rate in the region; because of this it’s deemed a perfect place to raise a family. With a mix of residential options available, there is surely something to please! Large lots, horse properties, luxurious estate homes, many no HOA/no Mello Roos properties and gorgeous view lots are available in Poway. The prestigious Heritage Estates of Poway, a 24-hour guard gated community is home to some of San Diego’s top athletes. The Old Winery Estates similarly provides sprawling estate living in a gorgeous rural setting. Come and see all Poway has to offer!

The area’s commercial development lies mostly along Poway Road and the remainder of the community is defined by landscaping, trees, and open spaces. The area is also renowned and zoned for horses and stables.

Due to its centralized location in San Diego County, businesses are strategically situating themselves in Poway. As a matter of fact, Outlook Magazine ranked Poway as the #6 city in California in which to relocate a business. The Poway Business Park is home to over 600 businesses which employ over 20,000 employees. Many national and international businesses have located their headquarters here.


The name “Poway” (Pau-wi) comes from the idiom of the Diegueno and Luiseno Indians. The time-honored translation means: “the meeting of little valleys” or “end of the valley”. The region was first documented in the Mission San Diego de Alcala files as “Paguay”, and this name appeared on maps up until 1869. However, when the area’s application was approved by the Postmaster General, he deleted the name that had been recommended and replaced it with “Poway” fixing the existing spelling once and for all. It was the first post office centrally located between San Diego and San Bernardino.

In 1839 the land was granted to Rosario Aguilar; however he did nothing to improve it and or inhabit it. The first settler, Philip Crosthwaite, built his home in the area in 1859 when he started ranching. The area demonstrated to be ideal cattle range and was sold by Crosthwaite to others who continued cattle ranching. The area also attracted farmers and eventually the valley’s terrain became an agricultural area planted with peaches, grapes and produce.

There were eight hundred people residing in the valley by the year 1887 and subdivisions were assigned in expectation of a rail connection through the valley. However, this never came to pass and the subdivisions were never fully developed. This area is currently known as Old Poway. In the 1950s, water and sewers came to the valley and this stimulated the expansion of the area.


Old Poway Park is the heart of the community features numerous events yearly with craft shows, farmer’s markets and blacksmith displays. The park also features a vintage train that provides rides to visitors every weekend.

Amidst the groves of Eucalyptus and California chapparal is picturesque Lake Poway. Created during the construction of the Poway Dam, is a great place to go fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking with your family. At the base of the dam is Wilderness Campground. Its four acres equipped with eight camping grounds, restrooms, an amphitheatre and areas to tie up your horses.

Home to The Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway also provides residents and visitors with the opportunity to view a variety of live theater and music performances. For some everyday recreation, visit Poway Community Park. It features many athletic grounds, swim center, a Boys and Girls Club, and a Dog Park for romps with your trusted four-legged friend!

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