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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

9363 Via Arturo Rd Unit #PAR 4 PM15311, Descanso CA 91916

$199,000

9363 Via Arturo Rd Unit #PAR 4 PM15311, Descanso

Don't miss out on this hidden gem tucked away up in the hills behind Viejas ! Seller has power to the property, well on property and pad has been graded just needs some f...

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  • MLS 140058082

000 Payson Unit #A, Julian CA 92036

$69,000

000 Payson Unit #A, Julian

Great opportunity to build a weekend getaway or full time residence within walking distance to Historic Julian, CA. The property is nestled in the quiet community of the ...

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  • MLS 140058000

326 Washington, El Cajon CA 92020

$599,000

326 Washington, El Cajon

326 West Washington Avenue is a 4 unit apartment complex located in the city of El Cajon. Originally built in 1948 and consisting of 3 separate structures on a 10,454 sq...

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  • MLS 140058067
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5435 Eldridge Court, Del Cerro CA 92120

$479,900

5435 Eldridge Court, Del Cerro

Allied Gardens charmer is located on a quiet Cul-De -Sac. Enjoy panoramic views while relaxing under a large covered patio by the sparkling swimming pool and tropical lan...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 140058136

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