Chula Vista is Spanish for “beautiful view,” which makes San Diego County’s second-largest city very aptly named indeed. Overlooking San Diego Bay and edged by coastal mountain foothills, this community of approximately 250,000 is less than a 10-mile drive south from downtown San Diego and is the South Bay area’s favorite shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Like much of the rest of the region, Chula Vista enjoys a balmy Mediterranean climate, with more than 260 sunny days on average in a year and cool, mild winters. The city has a diversified economy and its location midway between San Diego and Mexico is ideal for business growth. Top employers here include UTC Aerospace Systems and the 343-bed Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.
Chula Vista is made up of a variety of neighborhoods, including several master-planned communities. Single-family homes are the dominant property type, with a few condos and townhomes here and there as well as a sprinkling of lots. Typically, the most highly valued homes are located in neighborhoods like Eastlake Woods, San Miguel Ranch, Rolling Hills Ranch, and Rancho del Rey.
The city also has a significant collection of historic homes. Here you’ll find classic Craftsman bungalows, the so-called “Orchard houses,” which were built during the Victorian era and reflect the styles of the period, and a wealth of Spanish Revival homes.
Parks, golf courses, shopping centers, performance venues and historic and cultural attractions abound in Chula Vista. The city has over 60 parks and open areas and is home to the 155-acre U.S. Olympic Training Center, which is right next to the Lower Otay Reservoir. A warm-weather facility, it has a variety of sport venues for sports such as BMX, cycling, tennis, soccer, track and field, canoe/kayak, beach volleyball, archery, and more. Golf courses in the city include the municipal course, the Salt Creek Golf Course, and the EastLake Country Club.
Nature lovers and birdwatchers usually head to the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, a unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It contains the Living Coast Discovery Center, which is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium and is where most area kids learn about the native flora and fauna of the region.
As for shopping and dining, you will find an array of shops and restaurants at the historic Third Avenue Village, the Otay Ranch Town Center, or the Chula Vista Center. The city also has its own marina, the Chula Vista Marina & Yacht Club.