El Cajon Real Estate
El Cajon, which name means “the box” in Spanish, is a large, rural and suburban community located in the valleys of East County, San Diego. El Cajon’s 14.6 square miles is surrounded by beautiful mountains and foothills, and is an approximate 20 minute drive from Downtown San Diego and beaches.
El Cajon Homes for Sale
Interstate 8 offers access to neighboring towns like Lakeside to the east, La Mesa to the west and Jamul to the south. Originally settled as a cattle ranch, El Cajon is now a burgeoning city with manageable and highly successful growth set on a picturesque landscape of rolling hills of granite.
El Cajon is made up of several distinct neighborhoods such as Fletcher Hills, Granite Hills, Dehesa, Bostonia, Crest, Grossmont, a portion of Rancho San Diego, and others. Fletcher Hills and Downtown El Cajon offer many condominium opportunities in addition to comfortable single-family homes. Newer communities such as Silverado, Monarch Ridge, and Singing Hills Estates feature larger luxury ranch and Spanish style homes.
Many of the outlying areas have a more rural feel, with many property owners keeping horses on large lots. Rancho San Diego, which is in the southern portion of El Cajon, as well as parts of Spring Valley and La Mesa, is a master planned community covering 4800 acres. New shopping centers, schools, and a wide array of housing options have made this a popular choice for home buyers.
El Cajon, as a community, does much to preserve its quality of life. The local government has had success maintaining and growing this vibrant community. El Cajon’s climate is perfect for outdoor activities. Golf is never far away – Singing Hills features three 18-hole courses, Rancho San Diego (formerly Cottonwood) has two 18-hole courses and Steele Canyon in Jamul is one of the most challenging courses in the county.
El Cajon has a thriving light manufacturing industry in addition to booming shopping and business districts. Parkway Plaza features over 200 stores and restaurants, and Grossmont Center is not far away. Downtown El Cajon is home to art galleries, photography studios, shopping, and restaurants, as well as the East County Performing Arts Center, which presents national performers. The downtown area received a National Main Street Certification and has also received the designation from California.
The El Cajon Speedway provides great entertainment for the family with quality racing that includes Stock Cars.
Cuyamaca College provides higher education to the community as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center. There are nine parks in El Cajon and four swimming pools. Opportunities for traditional sports are abundant, with El Cajon producing many elite, professional athletes—likely a testament to the pleasant year-round climate, strong community support and great competition among schools and local sports leagues.