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Second-largest city in San Diego County has everything

With a population of 240,000, Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County. This community is tucked between the foothills of the coastal mountains and San Diego Bay. In Spanish, Chula Vista translates to "beautiful view." Many homes here have views of San Diego Bay and the Downtown San Diego skyline.

Founded in the early 1800s, Chula Vista has a rich history and culture. There are many homes that were built more than 50 years ago. There are also as a number of new-home developments in the eastern part of the city.

There is something for everyone here: fantastic shopping, dining, cultural diversity, beautiful parks, golf and an abundance of local public and private schools. All of this and affordable housing prices make Chula Vista a popular place to live.

houses in Chula Vista
Nestled among the coastal foothills are the newer homes at Eastlake.

"Everything you need is here," said Mike Watson, who has lived in Chula Vista since 1999. Watson moved here from Downtown San Diego when he and his wife were expecting their third child. He cites the convenient highways, good schools and great shopping as reasons he chose to live here. "You often get more home for your dollar compared to other areas of the county," said Watson who is a real estate broker with Prudential California Realty.

"Average single family home prices range from $350,000 to $400,000," he said. "Anything you want, from a $100,000 condo to a $12 million executive home, is available here. Chula Vista is a great place to live and my children love it here," said Watson.

Cultural and educational facilities include the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, Onstage Playhouse, and the Chula Vista Public Library system. Downtown Chula Vista hosts a number of cultural events, including the Lemon Festival, Starlight Parade, and Chula Vista Rose Festival.

Marina in Chula Vista
The Marina area has restaurants, public parks, walkways and picnic grounds.

At the foot of West J Street is the Chula Vista Marina with slips for over 500 boats. Many boaters come and go from Chula Vista Marina to visit other marinas farther north along the coast, as well as destinations such as the Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii. The Marina area has restaurants, public parks, walkways and picnic grounds.

The near-perfect Mediterranean climate here is a draw in itself. In 1888, the Sweetwater Dam was completed to bring water to Chula Vista residents and their farming lands. Citrus trees were the most successful crop for the area and for a while Chula Vista became one of the major lemon-growing centers. Today, most of the farmland is covered with houses, roads and businesses. You can still buy locally grown produce at the farmers market on Third Avenue on Thursdays.

Southwestern College is located on a 156-acre plot just west of Hwy. 125. Established in 1961, this community college has over 22,000 students. More than a half million students have attended Southwestern College since it opened its doors nearly 50 years ago.
Other points of interest and events include the Chula Vista Nature Center, the Third Avenue Village, the Olympic Training Center and Knott's Soak City. Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre is a major concert venue in the county with a seating capacity of 19,400. In October Cricket will host rock legend Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson.

Southwester College students
More than a half million students have attended Southwestern College since it opened its doors in 1961.

Chula Vista has a wide variety of shopping opportunities - from large shopping centers to historic Third Avenue and numerous other retail locations. Chula Vista Center and Otay Ranch Towne Center are the two largest shopping centers. Otay Ranch Town Center is the first major shopping and entertainment center to come to the San Diego metropolitan market in more than 20 years. Macy's, REI, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sephora are some of the stores you'll find here. Other shopping areas include Bonita Point Plaza, Eastlake Village Center, The Marketplace at Windingwalk and Terra Nova Plaza.

Chula Vista shopping center
The Chula Vista Shopping Center.

There are a variety of restaurants in Chula Vista including: P. F. Chang's China Bistro, South Bay Fish and Grill, Cheesecake Factory, King's Fish House, California Pizza Kitchen and the Galley at the Marina. La Bella Cafe & Games is an historic Italian Restaurant which local residents claim has the best pizza in town. Located on Third Avenue, it's been in business for 55 years.

In recent years new home developments among the eastern hills of Chula Vista are bringing new residents as well as boosting the local economy. There are many features that make Chula Vista a great place to live - convenient shopping, parks, tourist attractions, restaurants and beautiful views of San Diego Bay and beyond. These are the reasons that will continue to draw new residents to this historically rich and vibrant area.

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map link Chula Vista


Casillas Elementary
1130 East J St.

Castle Park Elementary
25 Emerson St.

Clear View
455 Windrose Way

Daly Academy
4300 Allen School Ln.

Eastlake Elementary
1955 Hillside Dr.

475 East J St.

Harborside Elementary
681 Naples St.

Heritage Elementary
1450 Santa Lucia Rd.

Hilltop Drive Elementary
30 Murray St.

Liberty Elementary
2175 Proctor Valley Rd.

Loma Verde Elementary
1450 Loma Ln.



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