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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

801 Silvebrook Unit #14 & 15, El Cajon CA 92019

$78,990

801 Silvebrook Unit #14 & 15, El Cajon

Almost level .22 acre lot that backs up to the creek. Previous home burned down in the Cider Fire. Seller may be willing to carry 1st Td.

  • Beds
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  • MLS 140057594

5700 Baltimore #57 Unit #57, La Mesa CA 91942

$159,900

5700 Baltimore #57 Unit #57, La Mesa

Lake Park Condo Complex, Awarded LaMesa Urban Forest designation by City of La Mesa.Enjoy walking thru the 24acres in this park like complex.Complex also is in walking di...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 140057684
  • Bldg. Lake Park

4589 Dauer Ave, La Mesa CA 91942

$569,000

4589 Dauer Ave, La Mesa

New Custom 2014 Design & Construction home w/Finest materials, quality constructed & beautifully finished. Open design by PQ Design Studio built by established builder Ca...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 140057681

2544 Katherine Ct, El Cajon CA 92020

$749,000

2544 Katherine Ct, El Cajon

Flexible floor plan with large granny flat & remodeled top to bottom. Dream kitchen with island & breakfast bar, Viking gas range, double oven, Bosch appliances, granite ...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 4.0
  • MLS 140057676

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