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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

5141 Guild Street, La Mesa CA 91942


5141 Guild Street, La Mesa

M-Zoned Free-Standing Building in the Heart of La Mesa! 2,678 Square foot Industrial/Flex Building situated on an approximately .07 Acre Lot. Building includes two (2) ...

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  • MLS 140053229

1377 Oakdale Ave, El Cajon CA 92021


1377 Oakdale Ave, El Cajon

Condo map ready to record on these attractive 3br and 2br 2ba homes with solid rental history. Built in 1992, exterior recently painted, newer playground equipment instal...

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  • MLS 140053371

Bonita Street Unit #2707, Spring Valley CA 91977


Bonita Street Unit #2707, Spring Valley


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  • MLS 140053331

Crummy Ct Unit #50, El Cajon CA 92020


Crummy Ct Unit #50, El Cajon

Extremely nice .54 acre lot, flat and ready to go. All utilities available, water meter approximately $15,000, sewer connection in rear of lot. Prime location priced to s...

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  • MLS 140053235

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