Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County and in the Spanish language the words Chula Vista translate to Beautiful View. With the San Diego Bay on the western border and Otay Mountain to the eastern border the views are wonderful in either direction.
In recent years Chula Vista has had a real estate explosion. Many new home communities were built in the eastern part of Chula Vista. New home builders like McMillin, Pardee, Davidson, K Hovnanian, Pulte, Lennar, Brookfield, KB Home, D.R. Horton, Standard Pacific Homes, Cornerstone, Davidson, Baldwin, Shea Homes to name some, built wonderful homes to buy and live in. Contact The Lewis Team at Keller Williams to find out more about Chula Vista Real Estate.
Chula Vista has many different communities, parks, shopping areas and more to enjoy. The weather is wonderful year round and is similar to the weather in the Mediterranean.
There are beautiful mountain views in many areas of Chula Vista and in eastern Chula Vista communities like EastLake, Otay Ranch, Rolling Hills Ranch and Bella Lago the views of the mountains are spectacular. Otay Mountain is from the Kumeyaay Indian word meaning “otie” which means “brushy”. I’ve hiked up there a few times and the landscape is very brush like with small plants and tumble weeds. Otay Mountain has two lakes at its base, one is the Lower Otay Lake and the other is the much smaller Upper Otay Lake. The lower lake is can be fished on some days of the week although there is no swimming or waterskiing in either of the two Otay Lakes. New home communities and real estate tracts have crept very close to the Otay Lakes in neighborhoods like EastLake Vistas, EastLake Woods and Rolling Hills Ranch. Otay Mountain is the largest mountain in the San Ysidro Mountain chain and has an elevation of 3,566 ft. San Miguel Mountain is just north of Otay Mountain.
Chula Vista is located just about 8 miles from downtown San Diego but add another 5 miles or so on to your odometer if you’re going to travel into the newer East Chula Vista to communities like EastLake, Otay Ranch, Rolling Hills Ranch, Bella Lago and Windingwalk. Chula Vista is also located about 7 miles from the boarder of Mexico. It’s has a nice mix of older and newer communities to live in. Most of West Chula Vista is the older part and then newer communities and homes are in the Eastern part. There are new home communities in Chula Vista being built even today and should continue for quite some time. One of the more recognized sites in East Chula Vista out by EastLake and the Lower Otay Lake is the United States Olympic Training Center.
The history of Chula Vista starts as early as 3,000 B.C. with Native Americans settling the area. The Kumeyaay tribe moved into the area much later and was living in the area when the Spaniards arrived in 1542. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo the commander of 3 Spanish ships sailed into the San Diego Harbor and claimed the land for Spain. Chula Vista became part of the Rancho Del Rey meaning “The Kings Ranch” land grant in 1795 and the land was renamed Rancho de la Nacion years later. This is where the community of Rancho Del Rey in Chula Vista gets its name. After the Mexican-American War, California became part of the United States. The land grants that were already in place were allowed to continue as private property by the United States Government.
The first house that was built by the developer, San Diego Land and Town Company, was in 1887. They had purchased the land of the Rancho de la Nacion and began a 5,000 acre development. The Sweetwater Dam, built in 1888, helped Chula Vista become a farming community which at one time was the largest lemon growing area in the world.
Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
There are 3 United States Olympic Training Center campuses and Chula Vista has one of them. The other 2 are on Colorado and New York. The Chula Vista Facility which opened in June of 1995 is a year round, warm weather facility. It was a gift from the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation to the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Olympic Training Facility sits on 155 acre complex and has training for the following sports; cycling, archery, BMX, canoe and kayak, field hockey, rowing, rugby, beach volleyball, soccer, tennis, track and field, triathlon, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports. You can visit the site and take a tour – Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.
Chula Vista Marina
Chula Vista Beaches are non-existent but don’t worry you can easily get to and enjoy the beaches in Imperial Beach, Silver Strand and Coronado. Chula Vista does have a very nice Marina if you are interested in boating and keeping a boat of your own in the water. The Chula Vista Marina is located in the older part of the city at the very end of J Street. There are a couple of restaurants at the Marina as well and is a great place to have a stroll or spend a few hours. There are also some very nice views of Downtown San Diego and the sunset from this location.
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Allen 619-479-3662 4300 Allen School Road Bonita, CA 91902
Arroyo Vista 619-656-9676 2491 School House Road Chula Vista, CA 91915
Camarena, Enrique S.619-591-5500 1650 Exploration Falls Drive Chula Vista, CA 91915
Casillas 619-421-7555 1130 East J St Chula Vista, CA 91910
Castle Park 619-422-5301 25 Emerson Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Chula Vista Hills 619-482-7066 980 Buena Vista Way Chula Vista, CA 91910
Chula Vista Learning Comm Charter Middle 619-946-4200 314 Park Way Chula Vista, CA 91910
Chula Vista Learning Community Charter 619-426-2885 590 K Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Clear View 619-498-3000 455 Windrose Way Chula Vista
Cook, Hazel Goes 619-422-8381 875 Cuyamaca Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91911
Daly Academy 619-479-3665 4300 Allen School Lane Bonita, CA 91902
Discovery Charter 619-656-0797 1100 Camino Biscay Chula Vista, CA 91910
Eastlake 619-421-4798 1955 Hillside Drive Chula Vista, CA 91913
Feaster Charter 619-422-8397 670 Flower Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Finney, Myrtle S. 619-690-1334 3950 Byrd Street San Diego, CA 92154
Gardner Charter (Howard Gardner) 619-934-0300 647 E Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Halecrest 619-421-0771 475 East J Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Harborside 619-422-8369 681 Naples Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Hedenkamp, Anne & William 619-397-5828 930 East Palomar Chula Vista, CA 91913
Heritage 619-421-7080 1450 Santa Lucia Road Chula Vista, CA 91913
Hilltop Drive 619-422-8323 30 Murray Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Juarez-Lincoln 619-690-9222 849 Twining Avenue San Diego, CA 92154
Kellogg, Karl H. 619-420-4151 229 East Naples Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Lauderbach, J Calvin 619-422-1127 390 Palomar Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences 619-420-0066 229 East Naples Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Liberty 619-397-5225 2175 Proctor Valley Road Chula Vista, CA 91914
Loma Verde 619-420-3940 1450 Loma Lane Chula Vista, CA 91911
Los Altos 619-690-5880 1332 Kenalan Drive San Diego, CA 92154
Marshall, Thurgood 619-656-6252 2295 MacKenzie Creek Road Chula Vista, CA 91914
McMillin, Corky 619-397-0103 1201 Santa Cora Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91913
Montgomery, John J 619-422-6131 1601 Fourth Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91911
Mueller Charter 619-422-6192 715 I Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Olympic View 619-656-2030 1220 South Greensview Drive Chula Vista, CA 91915
Otay 619-425-4311 1651 Albany Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91911
Palomar 619-420-0134 300 East Palomar Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Parkview 619-421-5483 575 Juniper Street Chula Vista, CA 91911
Rice, Lilian J 619-420-7071 915 Fourth AV Chula Vista, CA 91911
Rogers 619-656-2082 510 East Naples Chula Vista, CA 91911
Rohr, Fred H 619-420-5533 1540 Malta Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91911
Rosebank 619-422-8329 80 Flower Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Salt Creek 619-397-5494 1055 Hunte Parkway Chula Vista, CA 91914
Silver Wing 619-423-3950 3730 Arey Drive San Diego, CA 92154
Sunnyside 619-479-0571 5430 San Miguel Road Bonita, CA 91902
Tiffany, Burton C 619-421-6300 1691 Elmhurst Street Chula Vista, CA 91913
Valle Lindo 619-421-5151 1515 Oleander Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91911
Valley Vista 619-479-7171 3724 Valley Vista Way Bonita, CA 91902
Veterans 619-216-1226 1550 Magdalena Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91913
Vista Square 619-787-5185 540 G Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
Wolf Canyon 619-482-8877 1950 Wolf Canyon Loop Chula Vista, CA 91913
Chula Vista Middle and High Schools – Sweetwater Union High School District
Bonita Vista Middle School 650 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91910 Phone: (619) 397-2200
Castle Park Middle School 160 Quintard Street Chula Vista, CA 91911 Phone: (619) 498-6000
Chula Vista Middle School 415 Fifth Avenue Chula Vista, Ca. 91910 Phone: (619) 498-6800
EastLake Middle School 900 Duncan Ranch Road Chula Vista, CA 91914 Phone: (619) 591-4000
Hilltop Middle School 44 East J Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 Phone: (619) 498-2700
Rancho Del Rey Middle School 1174 East J Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 Phone: (619) 397-2500
Bonita Vista High School 751 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91913 Phone: (619) 397-2000
Castle Park High School 1395 Hilltop Drive Chula Vista, CA 91911 Phone: (619) 585-2000
Chula Vista High School 820 Fourth Avenue Chula Vista, Ca. 91911 Phone: (619) 476-3300
Eastlake High School 1120 Eastlake Parkway Chula Vista, CA 91915 Phone: (619) 397-3800
Hilltop High School 555 Claire Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91910 Phone: (619) 476-4200
Olympian High School 1925 Magdalena Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91913 Phone: (619) 656-2400
Otay Ranch High School 1250 Olympic Parkway Chula Vista, CA 91913 Phone: (619) 591-5000
Palomar High School 480 Palomar Street Chula Vista, CA 91911 Phone: (619) 407-4800
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