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Lakeside – East County town with cowboy grit

The rural surroundings and horse ranches give the town of Lakeside its unique "cowboy" character. The Lakeside Rodeo is an annual professional rodeo event that attracts many visitors to witness the excitment of steer wrestling, bareback riding and bull riding.
This is the image most people have of Lakeside. Located approximately 20 miles east of Downtown San Diego, Lakeside became a townsite in 1886. Today Lakeside is an unicorporated community of San Diego with a population of approximately 20,000.

According to the local Chamber of Commerce, "Lakeside is a great place to lay down roots and raise your family. People move here to experience small town living. After moving to Lakeside most people don't ever leave. Being a resident of Lakeside is like being a part of a large family."

houses-living in Lakeside, CA
The median price for a single family home in Lakeside was $372,000 in July.

Real Estate

Lakeside is in the 92024 zip code. Home prices range from $300,000 to over $1M according to DataQuick. In May, 2015 the median price of a single-family home was $414,000. The median price for condominiums was $169,000.

Lake Jennings Lakeside CA in San Diego County
Lake Jennings is a recreational facility providing fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The lake is open to the general public for fishing three days a week on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The campground is open seven days a week.

Today the city's location near Interstate 8 and Highway 67 gives residents easy access to Downtown San Diego and other areas of the county. Lakeside has a Main Street area where you can find quaint shops and restaurants. The Barona Casino is just north of Lakeside and offers a hotel, golf course, concerts and gambling.

Barona Casino
Barona Resort and Casino offers Las Vegas style gambling along with a hotel, golf and dining.


Lakeside started as resort town in the 1880s and was focused around the Lakeside Inn. The architecture of the 80-room inn was similar in grandeur to the Hotel Del Coronado. The inn was a destination for health and relaxation. At the time it took a full day buggyride to reach the inn which was torn down in the 1920s. The town has grown slowly over the years and retains its rural feel. Lakeside became known for boating, fishing, hunting and relaxing.

Lakeside historic district - living in Lake Hodges
Historic downtown Lakeside along Main Ave. and Lakeshore Drive.


The Lakeside Union School District has seven elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), a home school program and a charter high school. Most middle school graduates of the Lakeside Union School District attend El Capitan, a comprehensive high school that is part of the Grossmont Union High School District.

River Valley High School, the charter school, has 120 students. The total district enrollment is slightly less than 5,000 students. The size of the district enables it to provide a wide range of programs in small to average settings, allowing personalized instruction for each child.

Lindo Lake - Lakeside living
Situated in the middle of town, Lindo Lake is a great place for family or group picnics. Facilities include picnic tables, barbecues and water with each space. People love to ride horses on the trails. There are tennis courts, playgrounds shaded pads which accommodate large parties. Boating is not allowed, but there is fishing.



map - Lakeside San Diego neighborhood community

Lakeside Chamber of Commerce

Lakeside Historical Society


Lakeside Community Center
9841 Vine St.

Lakeside River Park
12108 Industry Rd.

Louis Stelzer County Park
11470 Wildcat Canyon Rd.

Lake Jennings Recreation Area
9535 Harritt Rd.



El Capitan High School
10410 Ashwood


Lakeside Middle School
11833 Woodside Ave.

Tierra Del Sol Middle School
9611 Petite Ln.


Lakeview Elementary
9205 Lakeview Rd.

Lemon Crest Elementary
12463 Lemon Crest Dr.

Lindo Park School
12824 Lakeshore Dr.

Riverview Elementary
9308 Winter Gardens Blvd.


Lakeside neighborhood community
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