San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Chula Vista


    Chula Vista, meaning “beautiful view” in Spanish, is named for its scenic location between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills, just 7.5 miles north of the Mexican border and less than 10 miles south of Downtown San Diego. In addition to being culturally diverse, Chula Vista is also environmentally diverse, made up of more than 52 square miles of coastal landscape, canyons, rolling hills, mountains, parks, trails, and urban areas. Continue reading to learn more about San Diego County’s second largest city, including things to do, dining, and real estate in Chula Vista.

    Outdoor Activities in Chula Vista


    Chula Vista is popular among outdoor enthusiasts like hikers, runners, kayakers, boaters, cyclists, and birdwatchers because of its great year-round weather, miles of trails, marinas, parks, and open spaces.

    Chula Vista is home to the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a protected area made up of 316 acres of salt marsh, wetlands, and coastal uplands. Within the refuge, Sweetwater Marsh provides a safe habitat for four endangered or threatened species and more than 200 species of birds have been recorded there. Other points of interest on Chula Vista’s bayfront include The Living Coast Discovery Center, The Chula Vista Marina & Yacht Club, and the Bayshore Bikeway.

    The city offers more than 60 parks and sports fields for recreation and picnics, and has several local golf courses to enjoy. During the hot summer months, families love visiting Sea World’s Aquatica water park with 32 acres of rides, slides, and marine animals.

    Chula Vista is also home to the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, a 155-acre U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site.

    Shopping in Chula Vista


    Chula Vista offers tons of great shopping, with two large malls and a historic downtown district lined with stores. Otay Ranch Town Center is a 675,000 square foot open-air mall with more than 100 stores, restaurants, an adjacent dog park, and even a library. Chula Vista Center near the city’s downtown also boasts a variety of retailers and restaurants in addition to a movie theater. Third Avenue Village, known as the cultural center of Chula Vista, features historic buildings, unique shops, restaurants, a weekly farmers market, and occasional outdoor music concerts.

    Restaurants in Chula Vista

    Chula Vista’s restaurants are as diverse as its residents– from world-class steak and seafood, to mouthwatering street tacos, and everything in between. Many favorite local joints can be found on Chula Vista’s historic Third Avenue; at its waterfront marinas; or its outdoor malls. You can view TripAdvisor’s list of the 10 best restaurants in Chula Vista by clicking here.

    Arts & Entertainment in Chula Vista

    Mattress Firm Amphitheatre is a 20,500-seat outdoor amphitheater that brings many visitors to Chula Vista to see famous artists perform rock, country, pop, rap, R&B and more. Live music can also be found at various times of the year at Memorial Bowl, local restaurants/bars, and on Third Avenue. OnStage Playhouse in downtown Chula Vista also offers live community theater with six or more plays per year. Chula Vista is also a short drive away from downtown San Diego’s art and entertainment scene.

    School Districts in Chula Vista

    Chula Vista contains 64 schools. Its school districts include Chula Vista Elementary School District and Sweetwater Union High School District with San Ysidro Elementary School District nearby. According to, the top-rated elementary schools in Chula Vista with a 9/10 rating are: Chula Vista Hills Elementary School, Wolf Canyon Elementary School, Arroyo Vista Charter School, and Hedenkamp (Anne and William) Elementary School.

    Chula Vista Demographics (

    • Chula Vista’s Population in 2014: 260,988
    • Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $440,400 (it was $187,100 in 2000)
    • Median gross rent in 2015: $1,360

    Chula Vista Real Estate


    Chula Vista’s real estate market is bustling. However, homes for sale in Chula Vista are still more affordable than many areas of San Diego County. You can view some homes for sale in Chula Vista by clicking here.

    Ascent Real Estate’s REALTORS® are experts in the Chula Vista housing market and are happy to answer any of your questions. Contact Ascent Real Estate today to learn more about buying or selling a home in Chula Vista at

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