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Beautiful neighborhood along Sweetwater River

Rolling hills above the Sweetwater River provide a timeless quality to this area in southern San Diego County. In Spanish, bonita translates to "nice," "beautiful" or "pretty." These are good descriptions for this place called Bonita.

Politically designated as an unincorporated community, Bonita is bordered by the cities of Chula Vista, San Diego and National City. It occupies a five-mile stretch of the Sweetwater River, its valley, and surrounding hills on either side. Bonita is bounded upstream by the Sweetwater Reservoir, and downstream by Interstate 805. Its northern boundary is State Route 54 and reaches approximately one mile south of the river. It is only 20 minutes from Downtown San Diego, Coronado, the San Diego International Airport and the Mexican border. Over 12,000 people live in here.

Bonita - houses and west view
Many hillside home in Bonita enjoy panoramic views of Point Loma, San Diego Bay and the Downtown San Diego skyline.

"Bonita is the hidden jewel in the South Bay with its established neighborhoods, beautiful canyons, wide open spaces and mature landscaping," said Mike Watson, a local real estate agent for Keller Williams Realty.

In May 2015 the median price for a single-family home was $570,000. The median price for condos was $225,000.

"Many of the homes are custom built and some have fantastic views of downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. With two golf courses, several horse riding trails, Bonita is a wonderful family-oriented community," Watson added.

The Bonita Museum offers historical and contemporary artifacts, photographs, and other materials relating to the history of the area. The museum is located at 4355 Bonita Road, next to the new Bonita-Sunnyside County Library. Along with the Bonita Historical Society, the museum aims to preserve the culture and history of the Sweetwater Valley area of south San Diego County.

Bonita golf and museum photos
LEFT: The Bonita Museum features historical and contemporary artifacts, photographs, and other materials relating to the history of the area. RIGHT: The Bonita Golf Club features a par 71 golf course along the floor of the Sweewater River Valley.

Jere Kausch is a volunteer at the museum bookstore and has lived in Bonita since 1984. "It's a great place for kids," Kausch said. She recalls how her two children enjoyed riding horses along the Sweetwater River Valley. "You can ride horses all around the golf course, past the new nature the preserve and all the way to summit park," Kausch added. Bonita is considered a rural and equestrian enclave in the middle of suburbia where many residents keep their own horses and can be seen riding the trails. The Bonita Valley Trails organization monitors the network of trails throughout the valley.

The climate in Bonita is a combination of the coastal and inland valley climates of San Diego County. Warmer and during the May Gray and June Gloom periods than coastal areas but not as hot as inland valleys such as El Cajon, or even nearby Spring Valley. In summer, Bonita's climate is usually pleasant. There are a number of parks including Fred H. Rohr Park, Sweetwater Regional Park, Sweetwater County Park and Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail. For golf, there is the Bonita Golf Course (5540 Sweetwater Road) and The Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course (4475 Bonita Road).

Bonita water tower view
View toward the northeast of coastal hills and Sweetwater River Valley.

Along Bonita Road there are many restaurants to choose from. For Mexican food try Jalisco Mexican Café (4026 Bonita Road); Murrietas (5170 Bonita Road) or La Finca D'Adobe (5202 Bonita Road). Other restaurants include Ono's Café (4154 Bonita Road); House of Nine Dragons (4164 Bonita Road); TJ Oyster Bar (4246 Bonita Road); Romesco Baja Mediterranean Bistro (4346 Bonita Road); Mandarin Gourmet (4410 Bonita Road); Donny's Cafe (3901 Bonita Road) and Buon Giorno Italian Restaurant (4110 Bonita Road). Han's & Harry's Bakery (5080 Bonita Road) is famous for delicious pastries, cakes and other baked goods. Caribe Restaurant And Nightclub (5080 Bonita Road) is a popular spot that offers live music, dj's, Mexican-style buffet and fully stocked bars.

There is much to offer the residents who call this place home. It's also a nice place to visit for a round of golf and dining at one of the local restaurants. With its temperate climate, beautiful rolling hills and valley, it's easy to see why this place is named Bonita.


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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Allen Elementary
4300 Allen School Rd.
Bonita, CA 91902

Burton C Tiffany Elementary
1691 Elmhurst St.
Chula Vista, CA

Bonita Country Day School
625 Otay Lakes Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91913

Daly Academy
4300 Allen School Lane
Bonita, CA 91902

Valley Vista Elementary
3724 Valley Vista Way
Bonita CA, 91902

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