Host said: Where is the good life? For families? Singles?
For families the best schools in the area are in the Poway Unified District. IMHO. The school district lines were drawn before the northern "towns" of Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, etc were designated and built. Go for a place that falls in the PUSD district rather than SD Unified. Again IMHO. You can search for poway unified school district on the web, they have extensive info on their website as well as links to all the schools. Newest schools are in what is called 4S Ranch area where the largest newest homes are (on smallest postage stamp yard), but older neighborhoods have smaller homes and somewhat larger yards, you won't have acreage.
Black Mountain Middle School has an "Academy" program as well as AVID to push kids toward College, well worth it. Has just been refurbished.
Mt Carmel HS just been refurbished this year too. Grammy winning Band Program (Adam Lambert's old HS) incredibly well estabilished AP Program one of the best HS in CA. Westview, not a slouch either, RB high can't be complained about, brand new HS in 4S Ranch starting up this fall.
Now if you are interested in private education, Poway has St Michael's Catholic School, La Jolla Country Day School is top notch, but you're rubbing elbows with the "Gotrocks" if you know what I mean.