Spanish for “beautiful view,” Chula Vista is the crown jewel of San Diego’s South Bay region, famous for its commanding view of San Diego Bay. Located 7 miles from the Mexican border and 7 miles from Downtown San Diego, Chula Vista is one of America’s most culturally and economically diverse cities and one of San Diego’s best suburbs.
Founded in the 1880s, Chula Vista was originally known for its fertile lemon groves, but early in the 1900s, the town became a center for munitions manufacturing, serving the US Navy, and ever since, the city has been home to many military families based in San Diego’s many naval and army bases. In fact, during most of the 20th century, the US Army maintained a large base in the heart of Chula Vista in what is today the Otay Ranch neighborhood at the corner of Main Street and Albany Avenue.
Today, Chula Vista is home to more than 243,000 residents, making it the 14th largest city in California. Even though Chula Vista is located very close to San Diego’s tourist attractions, the suburb has many excellent attractions all its own, including a popular water park and concert venue, the Chula Vista Marina, and the Chula Vista Nature Center.
The city is also home to the United States Olympic Training Center, one of a few year-round facilities for US athletes to prepare for their Olympic dreams. All in all, Chula Vista is where thousands of families come to fulfill their dreams.
Like many older suburbs, Chula Vista features many charming and distinct neighborhoods, each with their own benefits to offer. From Bella Lago to Terra Nova, from Eastlake Greens to Village Center, Chula Vista’s neighborhoods are as diverse as their hometown and offer something for everyone.
The South Bay’s mild Mediterranean climate is a given, but Chula Vista’s tree-lined residential streets attract many young families to the area, taking advantage of Chula Vista’s many excellent schools, both public and private.
In West Chula Vista, young professionals are attracted to the area’s waterfront and amphitheater, while neighborhoods in East Chula Vista take advantage of the city’s many beautiful acres of green space.
Meanwhile, Third Avenue in Downtown Chula Vista is a popular shopping and dining district that attracts people from all over the San Diego area. The City of Chula Vista contains countless surprises for residents and visitors alike.
San Diego’s housing market is making a big comeback, and it’s starting in places like Chula Vista, the jewel of San Diego’s South Bay region.
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