When you think of a city with a beautiful view, think of Chula Vista (Spanish for beautiful view). This city, located in the South Bay region of San Diego, is the second largest city in the metro area with a population of about 245,000 people. Chula Vista is situated halfway between San Diego and the Mexican border and is named for its scenic location between the Bay and the coastal mountain foothills.
As a rapidly growing community, Chula Vista is becoming a tourist destination in the San Diego area. There are several outdoor venues for family fun such as Knott’s Soak City USA, a huge water park; Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, the only one in the area; several ecological preserves including the Sweetwater marsh and other wildlife refuges; area golf courses; and, a number of annual downtown events. Additionally, the ARCO Chula Vista Olympic Training Center is a huge tourist draw with its daily tours to view the facilities that focus on Olympic training in track and field, soccer, archery, cycling and other outdoor, warm weather sports.
Aside from the tourist attractions, Chula Vista features excellent shopping at area centers like Otay Ranch Town Center, EastLake Village, and others. Here you can find popular stores and other local businesses that are popular with area residents.
Locals enjoy gathering at the Third Avenue Village to shop and eat at some of the town’s favorite places. Additionally, every Thursday afternoon, residents and tourists enjoy the local produce and other products at the Third Avenue Farmer’s Market. Another area farmer’s market is held every Tuesday afternoon on Main Street in Otay Ranch.
As for higher education, Chula Vista is home to the California location of the Pima Medical Institute, a school providing a top quality education in medical careers. Another area college is Southwestern College, an excellent community college with over 300 associate degree possibilities for students.
With the population just under 245,000 people, Chula Vista is the second largest city in the San Diego metro area and the 14th largest in the state of California. An interesting fact about the population worth noting is that there was a 40 percent increase in the population between 2006 and 2010. Although it has a strong Hispanic presence, it is a well-known culturally diverse area in the country with a strong mix of different races and nationalities. The median household income is about $70,000 with about 60 percent of the households being owner-occupied. The residents in Chula Vista love where they live and want to see this community thrive.
The great thing about Chula Vista is that there are homes in every price point. Divided into east and west Chula Vista, most of the newer, desirable neighborhoods and those that are master planned communities are located in the eastern half of Chula Vista. Popular neighborhoods are located in the communities of Otay Ranch, Eastlake, San Miguel Ranch, Rolling Hills and the Woods, and feature condominium homes and single family homes as low as $200K and topping $4 million. The western part of Chula Vista features older homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. Most are priced between the mid-$100s and low-$500s.
A Great Place to Call Home
If you are interested in a very family oriented community within a short driving distance of San Diego, Chula Vista is a wonderful place to live. With the attractions and broad spectrum of homes in different price ranges, there is something for everyone. Spend some time here and you will see what everyone loves about this area.