National City neighborhood profile

South Bay city famous for its Mile Of Cars

Located five miles south of Downtown San Diego is the City of National City with a population of nearly 60,000. The City is bordered by the San Diego Bay to the west, the city of San Diego to the north and east, Chula Vista to the south, and the unincorporated area of Bonita to the southeast. The City is over one hundred years old.  However, most of it was built between 1940 and 1970. The median price in May, 2015 for a single-family home in the 91950 zip code of National City was $335,000 according to DataQuick. The median price for condominiums was $200,000.

National City houses
National City has many single-family homes and townhouses with prices that are more affordable than most areas of the county.

National City is well-known for having a large number of auto dealers. The automotive heritage began in 1904 when Ralph Granger bought one of the first motor cars in area. National Street was not yet paved for his new 'horseless carriage" but the thoroughfare had been heavily traveled. The dirt road was well known by the Spanish explorers, missionaries and pioneers who had traveled its ruts northward for a hundred years. 'El Real para de Frontera", was the earliest name of National Street, according to the early maps. Its name would eventually become National Avenue, then National City Boulevard. National City was founded in 1868, and by the time it was incorporated, in 1887, National Street was the city's main thoroughfare. Today every make and model of trucks and cars are available from dealers along the boulevard that attracts buyers from all over the county as well as across the border in Mexico.

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National City Mile of Cars.

Drawing locals and travelers alike, National City is a vibrant Southern California bayfront destination. The City offers a variety of indoor and outdoor shopping experiences including the Highland View Center, Old Schoolhouse Square, Price Breakers, South Bay Plaza Shopping Center, Sweetwater Crossing Shopping Center, and the newly expanded Westfield Plaza Bonita Shopping Mall.

Historic train depot in National City
This National City California Southern Railroad depot built in 1882 is designated as a historic landmark.

The first Pacific Coast terminus station of the Santa Fe Railway system’s transcontinental railroad is located in National City and is designated as a historic landmark. The station was the West Coast general office and figured prominently in Santa Fe’s effort to break the economic and transportation monopoly of California held by the Central/Southern Pacific Railroads. The first transcontinental trains arrived in November 1885, resulting in one of the largest land booms in the history of California. Of the original five transcontinental railroad terminus stations, this unique Italianate designed station is the lone survivor.

The restaurant scene in National City offers a variety of choices. Options range from traditional American cuisine, steak houses and Mexican and Filipino restaurants. You'll find dining options in National City are as diverse as the local population. Locals and visitors can choose from lively family-friendly restaurants and banquet halls for most any dining occasion.

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Olivewood Elementary
2505 F Ave.

Central Elementary
933 E Ave.

Ira Harbison Elementary
3235 East 8th St.

Otis Elementary
621 East 18th St.

Kimball Elementary
302 West 18th St.

Las Palmas Elementary
1900 East 18th St.

Lincoln Acres Elementary
2200 Lanoitan Ave.

Rancho de la Nacion
1830 East Division St.


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