East County

In terms of neighborhoods, San Diego’s East County is the city’s largest county and boasts charming mountain areas such as Julian or La Mesa. Click below to read more about each one. Click below to get in touch with us regarding a specific home in any of these neighborhoods.
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Alpine | 91901

Located just 30 miles east of the city of San Diego, Alpine is a beautiful forested community sitting at the base of the Cuyamaca Mountains. While most widely known as the home of Viejas Casino, a popular casino with entertainment, restaurants and a popular outlet center, Alpine is also a haven for lovers of the outdoors, with a wide variety of activities such as hiking, boating, fishing and horseback riding available.

With a population of just over 13,000 people, there is still a fantastic selection of Alpine real estate and Alpine homes for sale to be found. One of the easternmost communities in San Diego County, Alpine is thought to be one of the most forested communities as well. Residents of Alpine enjoy access to many hiking trails and camping spots in nearby Cleveland National Forest, which borders Alpine to the north and east. A lot of Alpine real estate actually looks over the wilderness, making for dazzling views and stunning sunsets.

Picturesque Alpine features a great selection of homes for sale, including small ranches, larger country estates, sprawling Alpine real estate properties and residential homes. With a wide variety of local events and activities such as the Alpine Viejas Western Days and Parade, the Alpine Village Christmas Light Parade, food tastings and many more fun and entertaining festivities, Alpine residents enjoy a small town familiarity in a gorgeous setting.

Boulevard | 91905

Boulevard is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County. At the 2010 census, it had a population of 315. The area is rural desert along the Mexican border near the eastern extent of San Diego County.

The Boulevard area encompasses the communities of Manzanita, Live Oak Springs and Tierra Del Sol.

Campo | 91906

Roughly 10 miles south of Hwy 8, Campo is located near the U.S – Mexico Border and has a population of roughly 3,200 residents. Campo is home to three historical museums: the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, the Motor Transport Museum, and the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store. Campo is also the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail and provides residents with a variety of recreational hiking and equestrian trails.

Campo is approximately 3,000 feet above sea level and just east of the Laguna Mountains. Campo real estate is made up of a variety of housing options perfect for someone looking to experience the beauty and nature of southeastern San Diego County.

Sandicor has many listings for Campo real estate and Campo homes for sale, many of which provide homeowners with spectacular views of the Laguna Mountains, easy access to a variety of historical museums, or a close proximity to the natural beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail and Lake Morena County Park. If you are looking for a community full of history and immersed in nature, Campo is an ideal place to live.

Descanso | 91916

Descanso is nestled east of Alpine and west of Pine Valley, in eastern San Diego County. The community is named after the Spanish word meaning a place of rest and it will not require more than a short visit to understand why Descanso is so properly named. Located a short drive from Cleveland National Forest and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Descanso is called home by just over 2,000 residents. Whether enjoying an evening hike in the mountains, or seeking solitude in the Cuyamaca campgrounds, Descanso provides a quaint, peaceful ambiance for all.

Descanso real estate is unique from other San Diego communities in part due to its beautiful natural surrounds. Away from the coastal communities and sitting at an elevation of 3,450 feet, Descanso enjoys a more pronounced change in seasons and variety of weather. Descanso real estate is perfect for those looking to see a different side of San Diego County while still having the ability to enjoy the beautiful beaches of San Diego, located less than an hour drive away.

Within close proximity to some of San Diego County’s most beautiful natural surrounds, Descanso homes for sale are sought after by those who appreciate the beauty of being immersed in the mountains, changing seasons, and the peaceful surroundings of eastern San Diego County.

Dulzura | 91917

Located roughly 30 miles southeast of downtown San Diego, Dulzura is rural community made up of a population of under 1,000 residents. Close to the southern edge of Cleveland National Forest and east of the Otay County Open Space Preserve, Dulzura provides a peaceful and beautiful environment in which to live, while still being a convenient drive to the coast.

Dulzura real estate is immersed in natural surroundings and ranges from historic rural property to more contemporary architecture. With a smaller population, some of the Dulzura real estate available provides owners with an amount of land larger than the average San Diego County homes if desired, or reasonably priced traditional lots. If you are looking to locate in a quaint rural community, Dulzura real estate is a must see.

With warmer temperatures than other areas in San Diego and a variety of outdoor activities within reach at Cleveland National Forest, Dulzura is perfect for those looking to become part of a rural community while still being able to enjoy the beauty of San Diego County. Dulzura homes for sale truly offer a unique experience compared to the rest of San Diego and should not be overlooked when considering a place to call home.

El Cajon | 92019, 92020, 92021

While many believe it to mean “the big box,” El Cajon, which is home to over 95,000 people, means “the drawer” in Spanish. Located east of La Mesa, north of Spring Valley, and south of Santee, this exciting and historically rich community offers laid back suburban living while still providing quick and easy access to San Diego.

El Cajon real estate is some of the most diverse in San Diego County, with beautiful hills and mountains, gorgeous greenery and vegetation, and widespread scenic views for homeowners to enjoy. While El Cajon only covers 14.6 square miles, this culturally diverse community is still growing, with a lot of beautiful El Cajon real estate and homes available for those who want to live there. El Cajon real estate can offer you the chance to purchase the ideal home you’ve been dreaming of, and the convenience of living close to San Diego, without breaking the bank.

With a great quality of living and convenient accessibility to the beach, the mountains, the desert and downtown San Diego, El Cajon offers peaceful suburban living with all of the convenience of downtown at much more affordable prices. El Cajon homes for sale range from condos and townhomes to affordable single-family homes to million dollar estates. Well known for its year round mellow climate, great schools ranking in the top 10%, and beautiful parks and golf courses, El Cajon provides the low-maintenance, easy lifestyle everyone craves.

Jacumba | 91934

Jacumba is a small community located south of Hwy 8 and just north of the California – Mexico national border. At an elevation of 2,829 feet above sea level, Jacumba is situated roughly four miles southeast of the Jacumba Mountains, a mountain chain that stretches 10 miles long and contains well-known areas such as Anza-Borrego Desert. As Jacumba is around 45 miles west of El Centro, and close to an hour and a half drive from the coastal communities, Jacumba is perfect for those who are looking to locate to an area where the stars of the night sky are not impeded by local city lights. Offering a sense of solitude difficult to find in most San Diego County communities, Jacumba also enjoys warmer temperatures in the summer and crisp cooler winters. With a population of roughly 600 residents, Jacumba is called home by those able to see the beauty of this southwestern landscape and you can discover what makes Jacumba such a great community.

Jacumba real estate ranges from large properties with open land to smaller single family homes perfect for those seeking a relaxing environment for which to call home. In close proximity to the Jacumba Mountains and the In-Ko-Pah Mountains, Jacumba provides its small population with a variety of outdoor adventures ready to be enjoyed to their fullest. Jacumba real estate grants access to a different pace of life, while not being completely removed from the other aspects of San Diego County that make the area such a great place to live.

While not directly near to the coastal areas, or more densely populated communities within San Diego County, Jacumba homes for sale provide residents with the ability to enjoy the southwestern landscapes, high desert temperatures, and beautiful flora and fauna, unavailable in other parts of the county. If you are one who would rather listen to the sounds of your environment, enjoy the unhindered southwestern sunsets, and gaze at the night sky constellations, Jacumba homes for sale could be exactly what you have been looking for.

Jamul | 91935

Roughly 11 miles southeast of both La Mesa and El Cajon, rests the community of Jamul. At the foothills of the Jamul Mountain range, Jamul is a popular area for those looking to find solitude and relaxation in a community known for beautiful weather and a variety of outdoor activities. With an average elevation of around 1,000 feet above sea level, the temperate climate of Jamul brings people year round to enjoy the warm sunshine, as well as the cooler winter evenings. Jamul is unrivaled by other communities in San Diego County in that it provides access to the beautiful mountain ranges of Southern California, while still being a short drive away from other San Diego attractions such as Fashion Valley, and of course, the beautiful beaches on the Pacific Coast.

Jamul real estate offers a variety of architectural choices as well as lot sizes for those who are seeking to locate to East San Diego County. Within this small community resides a close knit group of residents living in beautifully landscaped neighborhoods and vistas of mountain ranges stereotypical of Jamul real estate. With the perfect location, being central to parks and recreation as well as the cities of El Cajon and La Mesa, Jamul real estate is perfect for those who want to enjoy the finer things in life, while being removed from the crowds and noise of some of the larger San Diego County communities. Those who desire to be immersed in natural beauty while not sacrificing the convenience of a larger community will fall in love with Jamul.

Within this quaint community sits neighborhoods boasting homes of a variety of sizes and suiting nearly all tastes. Jamul homes for sale allow you to enjoy quiet evenings and flawless night skies, while still being able to take the afternoon to drive to the ocean, or explore the shopping and restaurants of El Cajon and La Mesa. For those who are interested in Eastern San Diego County, but do not wish to be in the crowded communities, Jamul homes for sale could be exactly what you are looking for.

Julian | 92036

Home to about 1,600 residents, Julian is a charming mountain town full of beauty and history. An unincorporated community located about 60 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Julian offers a close-knit, small-town feel for residents and a quaint getaway for visitors, especially during fall when the leaves turn gorgeous autumnal colors and the town’s many apple trees contribute to the 10,000 apple pies that are baked between September and November. Named after a Civil War officer, Mike Julian, the town of Julian was originally a prime destination for displaced Confederate veterans looking to take part in San Diego’s first and only gold rush. Dedicated to maintaining its history of a gold mining town, tourists can still visit an inactive gold mine and pan for gold recreationally.

Julian real estate offers a respite from city life with clean fresh air, clear starry nights and beautiful views of rolling meadows and majestic pine and oak tree covered mountains. Most owners of Julian real estate enjoy expansive backyards and the satisfaction of true country life, while still having the luxury of visiting San Diego when wanted or needed. Julian boasts a colorful downtown area with delightful boutiques, rustic antique shops, and of course, many restaurants featuring Julian apple pies. With an elevation of 4,200 feet, Julian real estate features a multitude of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, camping, and mountain biking.

There is a wide variety of Julian real estate and Julian homes for sale currently available, including condos, single-family homes, horse properties for equestrian fans, and large sprawling properties that combine the allure of rural living with all of the best modern-day comforts and amenities.

La Mesa | 91941, 91942

Located in East County just a short drive on the I-8 from Downtown San Diego, La Mesa is home to more than 56,000 residents. Spanish for “the table” or “the plateau,” La Mesa stands above the rest in San Diego County due to its close community feel, great schools, walk-able neighborhoods, and flourishing retail and commercial areas.

Nicknamed the “Jewel of the Hills,” La Mesa provides a wealth of opportunities and choices to people seeking La Mesa real estate and La Mesa homes for sale. The area offers many shopping centers (Grossmont Center is just a short drive away), churches, local parks, and community events, not to mention the lovely, pleasurable weather San Diego is famous for. Popular community festivals and events include Oktoberfest, Kids Care Fest, Movie Night under the Starlight and the La Mesa Flag Day parade.

La Mesa has recently undergone a number of real estate revitalization projects to further enhance its pedestrian-friendly environs and hometown feel. La Mesa real estate consists mainly of single-family homes (both classic and modern styles), town houses, condominiums, hilltop estates and larger custom homes. Popular communities within La Mesa include Grossmont and Mount Helix. La Mesa is bordered by Spring Valley and Lemon Grove on the south, the city of San Diego on the north and west, and El Cajon on the east. Nearby Lake Murray and Lake Murray Park is a popular way for La Mesa residents to spend a relaxing day in the area.

Lakeside | 92040

Lakeside is a great place to lay down roots and raise your family.  People move here to experience small town living. After moving to Lakeside most people don’t ever leave. Being a resident of Lakeside is like being a part of a large family.

Lakeside has one of the top school districts thanks to the Spanish and Mandarin language immersion program that was implemented in 2006.www.lsusd.net The local high school, El Capitan has one of the only agriculture programs in the county www.elcapitan.guhsd.net. Parents are moving to Lakeside to ensure their children get a top notch education.

You know you are in Lakeside when you occasionally have to stop your car to allow horses or geese to cross the road!

Lakeside has something for everyone… We have beautiful Lindo Park and Lindo Lake in the heart of Lakeside that provides fishing, picnicking, bird watching and plenty of recreation for all http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks There is plenty of hiking, rock climbing and equestrian trails in Lakeside.  On an occasional windy day you can look east and find hang gliders.

We have 4 lakes,  El Capitan Lake where you can fish, boat and jet ski, Lake Jennings has camping and fishing and San Vicente Reservoir will be open for boating and fishing in 2014-2017 www.sdcwa.org/san-vicente-dam-raise

For you golfers we have 2- 18 hole golf courses, one is championship level. www.barona.com/golf/

Lakeside has 15+ churches with a strong spiritual base.

Our public library system that has earned an award as being one of the top ten library systems in the nation! www.sdcl.org Our community center offers many classes and workshops for youth, adults and seniors, as well as a senior lunch everyday. Right next to the Community Center is the Teen Center with plenty of activites to keep the teens busy. Right now they are having great success working on opening a Skatepark in Lindo Park www.lakesideskatepark.org

Also, for the children of Lakeside there is a BMX track, clay oval track, baseball, softball, football and soccer fields. Lakeside is proud of having one of the strongest 4H programs in the State of California.

We are an equestrian town full of farms, ranches, and dairies. We are host to the 2nd largest Western Parade with the most equestrians in California!

Our own Rodeo Stadium hosts a minimum of 2 sanctioned rodeos per year with numerous concerts and other happenings! www.lakesiderodeo.com

And if that isn’t enough we have our very own 5 star resort and casino with 5 star dining! www.barona.com

Lemon Grove | 91945

Home to around 26,000 residents, the small town of Lemon Grove and the surrounding community of Casa de Oro feature beautiful year round mild weather, quick access to downtown San Diego and a charming small town feel. Named for the large number of orange and lemon groves that dominated the area in the early 1900s, most of Lemon Grove’s groves have disappeared, but community pride it the town’s unique roots remains. With 300 days of sunshine each year, Lemon Grove claims to have the “Best Climate on Earth.”

Located in the east of San Diego County, a lot of Lemon Grove real estate is rural, with the opportunity to have a large backyard with extensive room for landscaping or gardening, or a horse property. While considered rural in many places, Lemon Grove real estate is still very well developed, with a thriving Downtown Village commercial district that features a multitude of booming businesses, shopping centers, recreational parks and even an art complex and theater.

There is a wide variety of Lemon Grove real estate, Lemon Grove homes for sale, Casa de Oro real estate and Casa de Oro homes for sale through Sandicor, including single-family homes, town homes, condos and estates, and a selection of new and older homes to fit nearly any budget. Lemon Grove provides a technically advanced award-winning school district and a great number of recreational opportunities available.

Mt. Laguna | 91948

A pleasant drive along Highway 8 East of San Diego will lead you to a tiny mountain town call Mount Laguna. Mount Laguna residents enjoy the benefits that living at 6,000 feet elevation provides such as beautiful views and seasonal changes in weather. Mount Laguna property is nestled in deep Jeffery Pine forests and even enjoys enough snow occasionally to offer cross country skiing and sledding for the kids. Mount Laguna residents experience a taste of the old California history with only one small general store in town. Roughly an hour west of this community, residents are able to enjoy all of the benefits of San Diego County with direct access to the downtown area, shopping centers, and the coastal communities.

Mount Laguna real estate offers a variety of options not typically imagined when searching for property in San Diego County. Consisting of beautiful cabins and A – frames built on wooded plots of land Mount Laguna real estate embraces the old world charm of San Diego County. Mount Laguna real estate is highly appreciated as vacation rentals for many and for those who call this community home year round, they are able to truly able to take advantage of the characteristics that make Mount Laguna such a great community in San Diego County.

Mount Laguna homes for sale are highly sought after as a summer home or vacation rental, as well as those who enjoy the peace and quiet provided by living so close to natural attractions in San Diego County such as the Cleveland National Forest. With occasional snow to play in, the Mount Laguna homes for sale offer a perfect setting for those who want to enjoy all four seasons. Spend the day sledding on a hill, and the evening sitting on the beach. Whatever sort of activities you prefer, Mount Laguna homes for sale truly caters to everyone, especially those who may not want to live in the more crowded areas of San Diego County, but want to be able to access everything that makes San Diego such a great place to call home.

Pine Valley | 91962

Pine Valley is beautiful community located roughly 10 miles east of Alpine along Hwy. 8. This quaint east county community provides residents with a different kind of living as compared with the coastal communities or the more centrally located communities of San Diego County, without removing residents from the ability to easily access some of the best attractions in San Diego. Pine Valley is located in Cleveland National Forest and allows those who call this community home to explore some of the most naturally beautiful areas of San Diego County such as Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to the north, and the Imperial Sand Dunes to the east.

Pine Valley real estate is perfect for those who enjoy a different pace of life while wanting to be able to easily access a variety of areas in San Diego County. Being located directly off of Hwy. 8 allows Pine Valley real estate owners to quickly head west to the coastal communities, shopping centers, and other attractions such as SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Though a small community, Pine Valley is rich in character and is defined by the natural beauty that envelopes this eastern San Diego County area. Pine Valley real estate is diverse, offering prospective homeowners a variety of options when it comes to size of house and property.

One of the attributes that make the properties available in Pine Valley so great is the beautiful vistas provided by being a part of Cleveland National Forest. As a resident of Pine Valley, you will be able to enjoy an immersion in nature difficult to find in other communities within San Diego County. Pine Valley homes for sale are highly sought after by those who wish to live surrounded by natural beauty, but also desire convenient access to other aspects of life in San Diego County. Spending just minutes in this community will cause you to fall in love with the area and help you decide if our group of Pine Valley homes for sale is right for you.

Potrero | 91963

Potrero is a small community located just north of the Mexico – America border and just east of Campo. Potrero is perfect for those who seek a calm, secluded way of life in a place that allows one to be close to natural beauty and enjoy warm weather year round. Just south of Lake Morena County Park and east of the Otay County Open Space Preserve, residents of Potrero are able to truly enjoy San Diego County in a way those who live on the coast can scarcely imagine. With beautiful night time skies and a quiet ambiance, Potrero is a community ready for those who are looking to escape the hustle of the more western county communities.

Potrero real estate is made up of a variety of options for those who are looking to locate to a peaceful community surrounded by mountains and canyons. Just a one hour drive from the large city of Chula Vista, those who have decided to call this community home are able to take a short trip in order to take advantage of amenities found in a more developed community while not sacrificing their sense of solitude while at home. Potrero real estate not only offers access to nature, but to developed cities as well, making this a perfect place for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.

At night, Potrero residents are able to gaze at the nighttime sky and take in sites not available to the larger communities in San Diego County as the scene is not overrun by artificial light created by local businesses and attractions. Potrero homes for sale are consist of a variety of options ranging from small to large lots and beautiful designed homes, truly accentuating the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Whether you are someone specifically looking to move somewhere separated from the commotion of the larger communities, or just interested in seeing what else is available in San Diego County, Potrero homes for sale should definitely be at the top of your list.

Rancho San Diego | 91978

ust south of El Cajon, you will find the community of Rancho San Diego. This beautiful east county community sits on the northern edge of Steele Canyon County Park and just south of Casa de Oro Mount Helix. With its inland location, Rancho San Diego and its population of just over 20,000, enjoy warm temperature and beautifully sunny weather. Though it is not located on the coast, Rancho San Diego is a mere half hour drive from the beaches, allowing residents to pick and choose where and when they would like to enjoy the activities offered by living near the Pacific Ocean. For options more close to home, there are a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as the larger city of El Cajon, which provides a variety of restaurants, shopping centers, and other activities.

Rancho San Diego real estate provides homeowners with beautiful surroundings, as it is located between Casa del Oro Mount Helix and the Steele Canyon County Park. You could spend a lifetime exploring the area and never see everything there is to experience. Rancho San Diego real estate is made up of a variety of lot sizes and architectural design, but share a common connection in the fact that all provide residents with the ability to quickly access other great attractions in San Diego County. Head east on Hwy. 8 towards Fashion Valley, Qualcomm Stadium, and the beaches, or head east in the wintertime to go sledding in the mountains surrounding Julian and Alpine.

As a community made up of just over 20,000 residents, Rancho San Diego is a moderately sized San Diego County community, which has caused it to become home to local restaurants and businesses ready to be enjoyed. Whether you are looking for a sizeable piece of property, or a newly built home in a welcoming neighborhood, there are a variety of options when looking at our list of Rancho San Diego homes for sale. Take a moment to explore this eastern county community and you will quickly see why people year after year decide to locate to Rancho San Diego.

Santee | 92071

First developed in 1980, Santee is located in east San Diego County, just 20 minutes from Downtown San Diego near El Cajon and Lakeside. Home to more than 54,000 residents, Santee is known for The Santee Trolley Square, a major entertainment and shopping center and Barona resort and casino, both easily accessible by the 52 and 125 freeways.

More and more San Diego residents are purchasing Santee real estate due to the countless benefits it offers. Although Santee is growing by leaps and bounds, it has managed to preserve a pleasant, peaceful home town feel that many people seek as an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Santee has a highly regarded school district, many parks and recreational facilities, a plethora of stores and business centers all within its safe community. Santee was ranked as having one of the lowest crime rates in the nation for several years running.

From convenient, well-located condos to affordable single-family homes, from town houses in new master-planned developments to large secluded estates, we can help you find the exact type of Santee real estate that you want and need.

Spring Valley | 91977, 91978

Named after a natural spring that initially attracted settlers to the area in the 1880s, Spring Valley now has so much more to offer. Spring Valley offers all the laid back comfort of living in a rural setting with just a short commute to Downtown San Diego. Officially an unincorporated community of San Diego County, Spring Valley has about 27,000 residents, but is often grouped with nearby La Presa for census purposes.

The 13.5 square miles of Spring Valley real estate that comprise the city are located in east San Diego County, bordered by El Cajon and La Mesa to the north, Lemon Grove to the west, Bonita to the south and Jamul to the east. Communities within Spring Valley include Rancho San Diego, Mount Helix, Casa de Oro, Bancroft and Dictionary Hill. Originally an agricultural region, residents enjoy a quiet lifestyle in Spring Valley’s rural setting, while still taking advantage of all that San Diego has to offer. Downtown San Diego is just 11 miles away, an easy driving distance for a commute to work or a night on the town.

With a great quality of living and convenient access to the beach, the mountains, the desert and downtown San Diego, Spring Valley offers small town living with all of the conveniences of downtown at much more affordable prices. Spring Valley homes for sale range from reasonably priced condos, town homes and apartments to traditional single-family homes and million dollar estates. Well known for its spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and hills Spring Valley real estate is a commodity in San Diego County.

Tecate | 91980

Tecate is an unincorporated community in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County, California, directly adjacent to the Mexican city of Tecate, Baja California. The area is best known for its border crossing between the United States and Mexico, and nearby Tecate Peak.