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Shaw North County Neighborhood Guide

Shaw Torrey Highlands North County San Diego

Shaw is a Torrey Highlands neighborhood that offers both detached, single-family homes and condominiums. It is more affordable than many of the communities in this area, and homes here are designed to maximize living space on relatively small lots. Some of the floor plans in the section of the neighborhood that has detached homes are designed with two master suites and two kitchens, making them particularly appealing for extended families, folks with aging parents or parents with adult children returning home.

Both sections of Shaw are located just off of Highway 56, which provides easy access to employment centers, downtown San Diego, North County attractions, shopping, dining and more.

Shaw Single Family Homes North County San Diego

Shaw Housing

Shaw is a small neighborhood located on both sides of Highway 56. The section located on the northeast side of the highway is a small community of condominiums. There are two entrances to the community and a common area with a swimming pool and hot tub.

The section located to the southwest of the highway offers detached, single-family homes that are located close together with smaller-than-average yards, which maximizes the size of the house compared to the lot size. There are two entrances to the community, but the homes are located on streets with little through traffic, which adds to the family-friendly atmosphere.

I found just one home for sale in Shaw at the time of this writing, which as a four bedroom, four bathroom, 2,317-square-foot home with two master suites and two kitchens on a 2,500-square-foot lot listed at $735,000.

I also found a three bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 1,707-square-foot home that sold in February of 2015 for $620,000.

Most of the single-family, detached homes in Shaw have estimated values ranging from the $600,000s to the low-$700,000s.

Shaw Condominiums North County San Diego

Shaw Restaurants & Shopping

Shaw residents who live in the condominiums northeast of Highway 56 are a very short walk from their nearest shopping center. In this plaza, there are salons, a bank, a grocery store, Studio Barre, Peet’s Coffee, Pick Up Stix, Rubio’s, Vittorio’s, Luna Grill and PizzaRev. About a block farther on Camino Del Sur, there is another plaza with Subway, Cotija’s Taco Shop, Fresco Urban Cafe, Prodigy Dance Company and a dental office.

These two shopping centers are also easily accessed from the homes in the section of Shaw that is southwest of Highway 56; they are just a bit more a walk or a bike ride away. Folks living on this side of the highway also benefit from having a Mobil gas station and Circle K just outside of the neighborhood before you get to the highway.

Shaw residents on both sides of the highway are also fortunate to be living by the new, upscale Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center. There are still unoccupied spots just waiting for additional shops to move in, but there is already plenty to enjoy here. Current offerings include Starbucks, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Crudo Restaurant, Dolce Pano E Vino, Panera Bread, Vitality Tap, Baked Bear, Urban Girl, Title Nine, Keane Studios, Crunch Fitness, Fresh Brothers and more.

Torrey Highlands Village Center is just a short drive away with Albertsons, The UPS Store, Earthwise Pet Supply, a dry cleaner, a bank, hair and nail salons, and other shops and services. Eateries in this plaza include Villa Capri I, Carvel Ice Cream, Peet’s Coffee, Pick Up Stix, Rubio’s, Bread Bites & More, and Luna Grill.

Rancho Peñasquitos is only a few minutes away and is home to Rancho Peñasquitos Towne Center and Plaza Rancho Peñasquitos for additional offerings. These include Armstrong Garden Centers, veterinarians, grocery stores, salons, banks, BadAss Coffee, Wonderful Sushi, Cheers Bar & Grill, Sab-E-Lee, Pho Saigon & Grill, Sushi Hana, Pitchers Sports Bar, Cotija’s Mex Grill and Seafood, Smashburger and Fujisan Sushi Bar.

For some of the popular chain stores you are sure to need from time to time, you can head to Carmel Mountain Ranch. This is where you are going to find your nearest Costco, Sprouts Farmers Market, Best Buy, Home Depot, Petco, Party City, Staples, Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Ross Dress for Less and Marshall’s. This is also where you will find your nearest Olive Garden, Claim Jumper, Islands, The Habit, California Pizza Kitchen and movie theater.

Shopping Near Shaw North County

Shaw Parks & Recreation

Shaw is not surrounded by open space like some of the other neighborhoods in North County, but it is just east of Santa Monica Ridge and north of Del Mar Mesa Preserve, and each section of the neighborhood has access to a trailhead leading into nearby open space. Residents on both sides of the highway also have easy access to the SR 56 Bike Trail, which is particularly close to the homes southwest of the highway. Another option for morning jogs or evening walks is the paved walking path that runs adjacent to Camino Del Sur.

There are many community parks and recreation centers in this area, which is one the reasons this area is so popular with families. Recreation centers nearby include the Rancho Peñasquitos Tennis Center, the Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park, Canyonside Recreation Center at Canyonside Community Park, Hilltop Recreation Center at Hilltop Community Park, Black Mountain Multipurpose Center and Rancho YMCA. Other community parks in the area include Rancho Peñasquitos Linear Dog Park, Adobe Bluffs Neighborhood Park, Torrey Del Mar Neighborhood Park, Twin Trails Neighborhood Park and Peñasquitos Creek Park.

Other outdoor recreation areas include the beaches of Del Mar and Solana Beach, Black Mountain Open Space Park, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, Del Dios Highlands Preserve, Lake Hodges and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

North County is also well known for its equestrian community and country clubs, so if you prefer to spend your weekends playing tennis, teeing up or trail riding, you have lots of options when it comes to clubs and stables.

Some of the country clubs and golf courses closest to the Shaw neighborhood are the Grand Del Mar, Del Mar Country Club, The Santaluz Club, The Farms Golf Club, Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course, Rancho Valencia Spa & Tennis Resort, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club and Morgan Run Club & Resort.

Equestrian facilities in the area include San Diego Polo Cub, Del Mar Horse Park, Del Mar Racetrack, Cherokee Training Stable, Jasmin Stair Stables, Canyonside Stables, Seabreeze Farms, South Coast Equestrian, Ridgemar Equestrian Center and KDB Training Stables.

Westview High School

Shaw Schools

Public schools serving the Shaw community are part of the prestigious Poway Unified School District. The elementary schools closest to the neighborhood are Deer Canyon Elementary School, Sundance Elementary School and Park Village Elementary School. Students living in Shaw and attending public school go to Black Mountain Middle School followed by Westview High School. The high school is located on Camino Del Sur and is within walking or biking distance from the neighborhood.

If teens want to stay close to home while they begin taking college classes, they can do so by attending Palomar College at the Rancho Peñasquitos campus.

Families who prefer a private school setting for their children’s education have plenty of options to choose from in North County San Diego. Some of the options nearest to Shaw include Halstrom Academy, The Cambridge School, Diegueno Country School, Cathedral Catholic High School, Horizon Prep, The Nativity School, Lifetime Montessori and Christ the Cornerstone Academy.

Shaw Neighborhood Boundaries

The Shaw neighborhood in North County San Diego is located in Torrey Highlands. It is north of Torrey Santa Fe, west of Greystone Torrey Highlands, south of Torrey Ranch and east of McMillin Torrey Highlands. The community is divided by Highway 56 with single-family homes to the southwest of the highway and condominiums to the northeast of the highway.

The condominiums are located on Via Magdalena and Via Cristal off of Torrey Meadows Drive. The single-family homes are located on Via Santillana, Via Carillo, Via Rivera, Via San Lorenzo, Via Rovello Court, Corte Stellina, Corte Villanueva and Healis Place. The part of the neighborhood that is southwest of the highway is accessed from Torrey Santa Fe Road.

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AJ Davis-Varela: AJ is a freelance writer and blogger at Articles by AJ specializing in travel, real estate, natural wellness and green living. She is a magazine columnist, a former San Diego newspaper columnist, has been published in a variety of print and online publications, and regularly contributes to several websites and blogs. You can connect with AJ on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+