East County San Diego Real Estate
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About East County
The expansive East County comprises over three-quarters of San Diego County. While most people recognize its name, it’s a bit of a contradiction as East County itself isn't a county. The dynamic appeal of East County is its back-country attractions and its affordable family-friendly living.
East County Real Estate
Unlike the coastal western part of San Diego that is popular for its sun and beaches, East County is synonymous with rural areas. The vast terrain features deep canyons, great lakes, and enormous wilderness alongside several incorporated and unincorporated communities.
East County comprises five incorporated cities with a small-town atmosphere that is simple and leisurely. These cities include:
- El Cajon
- La Mesa
- Spring Valley
With a population of over 100,000 residents, El Cajon is the largest city in East County. This part of San Diego has the most amenities in the county including the Grossmont Hospital and the Scripps Hospital East County, Grossmont College, San Diego Christian College, and Cuyamaca College.
A romantic 1880s gold rush mining town, the small town of Julian is in East County. The town features country shops, good restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, horseback riding as well as plenty of backcountry tranquility. Further east is Borrego Springs, a small desert resort community that boasts the largest desert in continental USA.
Residents of East County appreciate the region's convenient location just within a few miles of major interstates and freeways. This ensures outdoor aficionados are only a few minutes away by car from downtown San Diego and some of the world's best beaches.
Commuting is a breeze thanks to easy access to Interstate 8, and state highways 52, 76, 78, and 94. Other areas such as La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, and Santee have access to bus and trolley lines. In addition, the San Diego Trolley has its eastern terminus in Santee, which also features a shopping center for passengers to explore.
Outdoor Fun and Recreation
East County is diverse with both desert and lakes allowing you to get your fill in any type of outdoor activity. Spend an afternoon mountain biking through Mission Trails Regional Park, stroll by the shores of Lake Murry, enjoy fishing on El Capitan reservoir or go hiking in Cowles Mountain. Flower lovers must visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for the spring wildflower bloom where a blanket of color covers the desert floor. In winter, the huge national forest draws residents with its snowcapped mountains.
One of the main areas for nightlife in East County is the casinos. The region is home to five Native American-owned and operated casinos that rival those in Las Vegas with glitz and glamour, and are near high-end resorts. The resorts offer some of the best golf experiences you can imagine, thanks to the challenging courses that were built around natural obstacles, historic sites, and near highways. Because East County is increasingly becoming popular as a wine region, there are seven wineries to explore. They include the 89,000 acres Ramona that was approved as an American Viticultural Area in 2006.
You should look no further than East County if you're searching for a true community way of life. Each community hosts its festivals, events, and activities that celebrate the Wild West. From an annual rodeo to "Back to the 50s" car show and an Oktoberfest to the cycling tour of Borrego, there are countless festivals and events held throughout the year in the region.
The most famous annual attraction is the Mother Goose Parade which draws over 100,000 people. Surpassed only by the Rose Bowl Parade, it's the second oldest Parade on the West Coast. When it comes to things to do in East County, annual parades, concerts, and recreation activities are just the tip of the iceberg.
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