There are many reasons why San Diego is "America's Finest City". Of course, the year round sunshine and 70 miles plus of coastline help the cause. Fortunately, there are many great neighborhoods as well. Speaking from experience, (having grown up in Rancho Bernardo, currently living in Poway, having family in 4s Ranch), I can safely say that being within the Poway Unified School District is a very safe bet. If you want a great school district (with relatively newer schools) and a ton of kids in the neighborhood, you'd be hard pressed to find a more accommodating area than 4s Ranch or Del Sur (both in 92127). Part of the reason these areas are so nice has to do with the Mello Roos, which is a supplemental tax that is used for building up communities (most people associate it with funding schools.) On the one hand, it can be a little tough to stomach paying these additional monthly fees/taxes, but when you see how nice the neighborhood and schools are, it may very well make sense. Having said that, there are plenty of other neighborhoods in the PUSD (Poway Unified School District) that do not have Mello Roos.
I believe it helps to tour the various neighborhoods (either on your own, or preferably with someone who knows the areas as well as the different schools within those boundaries.)
Chad Basinger, REALTORÂ®, CPA, CFPÂ®