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East County Information

East County refers to the communities in the eastern part of San Diego County in Southern California, namely those of Alpine, El Cajon, La Mesa,  Santee and Spring Valley. Unlike the coastal western portion of the county, which is famed for its sun and beaches and sits at a very low elevation, the eastern part is more rural and diverse, with mountains, lake, and canyons.

El Cajon, with more than 100,000 residents, is the largest city in East County and as such is home to the most amenities in the region, including many businesses, the Grossmont Hospital and the Scripps Hospital East County, and several higher education institutions, like Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College and the San Diego Christian College. La Mesa and Santee are the area's second cities, with a population of around 55,000 each.

The area is home to the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, plus countless smaller local and community park,s and it is home to several Native American tribes. Both the Ewiiaapaayp Band and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Native Americans have their headquarters in Alpine, and there are several Native American-owned and operated casinos in the region. The year-round temperate climate makes the region a favorite among golfers, and dozens of courses line the region. The San Diego Trolley has its eastern terminus in Santee, which also features a large shopping area for departing passengers to explore.

There are countless events and festivals held throughout the year in the region, from an annual rodeo to "Back to the '50s" car show and an Oktoberfest to several varieties of winter holiday celebrations. Though having a quite different feel from western San Diego County, most East County areas are situated well within just a few miles of major freeways or interstates, ensuring downtown San Diego and some of the world's best beaches, are only minutes away by car.

Newest East County Real Estate Listings

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10010 Resmar Place, La Mesa

In 2015 this home was awarded with the Grossmont Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) Curb Appeal Award. Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac and on a .43 acre ...

  • Beds4
  • Baths2.0
  • MLS160046782

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6781 Delfern, Del Cerro

Charming Allied Gardens single story home in a very desirable neighborhood in Del Cerro on a quiet street,located on a corner lot w/detached two car garage.Well maintaine...

  • Beds3
  • Baths2.0
  • MLS160046778

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32435 Evening Primrose Trl, Campo

Welcome Home to this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,879 square foot, single family home in the gated community of Campo Hills. This home is situated on a prime lot near the to...

  • Beds4
  • Baths2.0
  • MLS160046776

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722 Mountain View Place, El Cajon

This professionally designed and built split- level home is where perfection and function meet! This open floor plan allows for either intimate or large gatherings insid...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3.0
  • MLS160046767

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