5 Reasons Lakeside San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2022 | 2023

5 Reasons Lakeside San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2021

Those longing for waterside living have choices in California and Lakeside is among the top picks. There are several reasons this community can be the right choice for you and your family including plenty of water sports, a great family atmosphere and diversity.

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Lakeside has a population of 21,827 and grew by almost 20,000 residents from the 2000 census to the 2010 census. Its median home value is $586,800 and the median rent is $2,220, making it one of the more affordable areas of California to live. Statistics state 69 percent of those who live in Lakeside own their home.

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Military families have additional options in Lakeside because the U.S. Navy has two large housing complexes especially for military dependents.

The median household income is $69,912, well above the national average of $55,322. One notable feature is it is also home to Turning Point for God, a church founded by pastor David Jeremiah.

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This community east of San Diego began with 6,600 acres surrounding Lindo Lake, a natural lake in the area. It was founded in 1886 when the El Cajon Valley Land Company bought it. The company immediately sunk a considerable amount of money into the area to promote it and built the Lakeside Hotel, an 80-room Victorian inn. The community connected to the railroad system three years later and soon became a busy, thriving area.

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Today, the community has access to three nearby reservoirs as well as the original lake. There is San Vicente Reservoir, El Capitan Reservoir and Lake Jennings. 

Those who need more convincing to look at Lakeside should consider the following five reasons to make it your home.

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

Reason 1 - It’s Out of The City.

Lakeside is located about 30 minutes from downtown and the coast. While that is a reasonable drive for commuters, it makes a world of difference for family life as well. It is within 15 minutes from most freeways, so getting to other parts of San Diego isn’t an issue.

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Reason 2 - It Offers Many Activities.

The three reservoirs and Lindo Lake provide plenty of outdoor activities. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife keep the reservoirs stocked with fish, including rainbow trout, catfish and large mouth bass so sport fishermen would love it here. El Capitan and San Vicente allow wake boarding and jet skiing also. San Vicente is currently closed to the public, but will reopen sometime after 2014. 

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Besides the lakes, there are other outdoor activities for the whole family. There are many trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. One of the most popular is River Park, located along the San Diego River. There is also the trailhead to climb to the peak of El Cajon Mountain. 

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Those who seek a night out will love the nearby Native American casinos. The most popular is the Barona Resort & Casino, located north of Lakeside. Others include Viejas Casino, east of Lakeside on I-8, and the Golden Acorn found further down the freeway.

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Reason 3 - It is Excellent for Diversity.

This community gets a top rating from neighborhood ranking systems regarding diversity. It includes Native American, Latino and Filipino populations, most of which began moving into the area around 1950. 

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There is a solid range of ages among residents too, with each age group making up between 10 and 15 percent of the population. Around 44 percent of those who live in Lakeside have some college experience or an associate’s degree. Eleven percent has a bachelor’s degree and five percent have a master’s or higher-level degree.

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Reason 4 - It is Socially Engaged.

Those who love to volunteer will find it easy to fit in at Lakeside. There are a number of social, service, and charity groups that are incredibly active. Some of those are youth soccer, baseball and football leagues, the Cactus Park BMX track, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks, Optimists, Soroptimist, 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, Future Farmers of America, both the Boy and the Girl Scouts and the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

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Reason 5 - It Has Good Schools.

There are 25 public schools that serve the Lakeside community, including one charter school called River Valley Charter School. Other top public schools include Grossmont Middle College High School, Helix High School, Steele Canyon High School and Granite Hills High School.

All receive top ratings for their educational programs. 

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Those who live in Lakeside describe it as a quaint town, a rural suburb community with friendly people. It isn’t a fast-paced area and is very family oriented. For people looking for something more family-friendly in a place to relax after a long workweek, Lakeside could be the spot you are longing for. 

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4
Beds
2
Baths
1,373
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
1
Day on Site
305720838
MLS
PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP shines through on this beautiful, turn-key townhome in highly sought after Le Mar Acres PUD community in Lakeside. This unit is one of 8 located in a private cul-de-sac community....
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,900
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305719932
MLS
This Lakeside paradise has a variety of special features and several areas of beauty and ambience. There are amazing views from the rear deck and the evening sunsets are divine. The front yard has a...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,749
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
3
Days on Site
305718706
MLS
****MOTIVATED SELLER! BRING US AN OFFER!! **** Gorgeous home sitting on one of the favorite streets in Lakeside! Welcome to 13109 Wellington Hill Drive. This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,748 Square Foot...
$699,900
Neighborhood: Winter Gardens
5
Beds
2
Baths
1,576
Sq.Ft.
1953
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020795
MLS
MOVE-IN READY single-level home located within the heart of lakeside. This amazing residence features fresh interior and exterior paint, crown molding, a cozy fireplace, central AC, new carpet, and...
$710,000
Neighborhood: Sunrise Hts
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,312
Sq.Ft.
1957
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305716604
MLS
Lovely 3 BR 2 Bath set back on quiet semi private street. Home has been completely renovated leaving the best of the original period, with the beauty and convenience of today. Duel paned windows ,...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,295
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
5
Days on Site
305717497
MLS
BEAUTIFUL FLOORPLAN WITH NICE SWIMMING POOL, RECENT INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINT, NEW CARPET, NICE KICHEN WITH NEW CABINET AND TILE COUTERTOP, 2 BATHROOMS REMODELED. IT IS READY FOR MOVE-IN CONDITIONS....
Open 8/13
8629 Sage Shadow Dr Lakeside, CA 92040
$695,000
Neighborhood: Boulder Point
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,465
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
7
Days on Site
220020503
MLS
BEAUTIFUL turnkey home in the HIGHLY coveted Bolder Point Community of Lakeside is NOW available! The OPEN layout features HIGH ceilings letting in NATURAL light. The large master bedroom comes...
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
924
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
7
Days on Site
220020533
MLS
Best location in the complex - your new 2 story 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhome has a great view of the pool with a new fence and new roof. The inside has been upgraded in the kitchen and bathrooms....
Open 8/13
10314 Escadera Dr Lakeside, CA 92040
$784,900
Neighborhood: Lakeside
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,353
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
8
Days on Site
220020372
MLS
BEAUTIFUL POOL, FULLY PAID OFF SOLAR, RECENTLY UPDATED! This home features a backyard built for entertainment complete with a pool, side patio, and brand new fresh sod. The floor plan has a nice flow...
Open 8/13
12559 Via Diego Lakeside, CA 92040
$829,000
Neighborhood: Los Coches Estates
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,660
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
8
Days on Site
220020404
MLS
Updated and sparkling this gorgeous home is ready for you! The exterior and interior have been freshly painted, new flooring has been installed, both bathroom vanities have been replaced, and there...
Open 8/13
9317 Riverview Lakeside, CA 92040
$899,000
Neighborhood: Riverview Farms
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,021
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
8
Days on Site
220020426
MLS
Welcome to 9317 Riverview Ave. Two stories of endless possibilities and ultimate views. This open space features solar, granite countertops, SS appliances, upscale bathroom vanities, modern front...
$695,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,362
Sq.Ft.
1957
Year Built
9
Days on Site
220020203
MLS
An enviable lifestyle like no other awaits those lucky enough to call this residence their home! You ll live on approximately a half-acre lot within Lakeside and enjoy breathtaking mountain views at...
Open 8/13
13101 Lindo Lane Lakeside, CA 92040
$679,900
Neighborhood: Lakeside
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,176
Sq.Ft.
1961
Year Built
9
Days on Site
220020204
MLS
THE PERFECT STARTER HOME! Move in & make it your own, this is it! Looking for peace & quiet while being centrally located? In the heart of Lakeside, this well maintained home offers tremendous value!...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,386
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
9
Days on Site
305715244
MLS
Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with PAID SOLAR. Great yard space in front and spacious backyard for entertaining with gazebo and gas firepit. Majestic king palm planted in back adds to privacy....
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,592
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
9
Days on Site
305715419
MLS
A private backyard, two car attached garage, laminate flooring, high ceilings and an open concept will you have entertaining anytime. Recessed lighting, granite countertops and sleek laminate are...
Open 8/14
13010 Lakeshore Dr Lakeside, CA 92040
$899,000
Neighborhood: Lindo Lake Lakeside
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,175
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
10
Days on Site
220020121
MLS
Awesome property: .34 acre lot, circular drive, sits high off and away from the street. Walk to Lindo Lake, updated and move-in ready, single story Pool home. Entertainers delight with open kitchen...
Open 8/13
13149 Chrissy Way Lakeside, CA 92040
$750,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,316
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
10
Days on Site
220020174
MLS
Bright and beautiful! This 3 bed 2 bath home situated in a cul-de-sac features an open concept living space with a large living and dining room. The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances,...
$825,000
Neighborhood: Garden Knolls II
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,757
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
12
Days on Site
220019926
MLS
Open and inviting floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Crown molding, recessed lighting, ceiling fans and ceramic wood flooring on first level. Second level has large 3 bedrooms with new Laminate...
Open 8/13
12553 Mapleview Street Lakeside, CA 92040
$437,000
Neighborhood: Downtown Lakeside
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,024
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
14
Days on Site
220019866
MLS
Another opportunity to own in the wonderful, well-maintained Mapleview Townhome community! Located in the Heart of Lakeside, this two-story 2 bed, 1.5 bath unit has no one above or below you, & has a...
$717,000
Neighborhood: Co Sd Track 4542
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,592
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
15
Days on Site
220016103
MLS
Even newer lower price. Must see! This well kept home is ready to move in. Close to schools and shopping. Low HOA fees with park, that has sport court, play ground and pick-nick area. Kitchen...
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,242
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
16
Days on Site
305709482
MLS
WOW the Views are so Beautiful!! Private driveway leading you up to those views. Looking for a large upgraded Move in Ready home? Well here it is this 4 bedroom 2 bath home has plenty of room for the...
$899,000
Neighborhood: Pinery Grove
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,868
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
16
Days on Site
220019645
MLS
First time on the market! MUST-SEE Corner Lot Lakeside home! This beautiful 4 bed, 3 bath home is open and spacious with beautiful details throughout. The living room is welcoming with vaulted...
$736,000
Neighborhood: Unknown
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,437
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
16
Days on Site
220019649
MLS
Welcome to this gorgeous neighborhood! Terrific 3 bedroom and 2 bath home! Enjoy cooking in this stylish kitchen with stainless appliances and sleek counters, great for food preparation. Entertaining...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,400
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
17
Days on Site
305473875
MLS
SELLER MOTIVATED! Take a look at the video walk thru please. Turnkey single-story home on cul-de-sac. Newer kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, beautiful new bathrooms,...
$749,000
Neighborhood: Rancho
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,101
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
18
Days on Site
220019427
MLS
Price reduction, sellers want home sold... Great Family Ranch style Home situated on a little over half an acre of usable land. Well maintained by owners of over 30 plus years. Beautiful Hardwood...
$749,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,926
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220019306
MLS
Beautiful, charming and unique home awaits you!! First time on the market, original owners! So much historical charm and pride of ownership throughout this amazing house. Features include, 2 wood...
$707,000
Neighborhood: Unknown
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,592
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220019328
MLS
Welcome to this gorgeous neighborhood! Terrific 4 bedroom and 2.5 bath home with a 2 car garage. Enjoy preparing meals in this impressive kitchen equipped with ample cabinets and generous counter...
$950,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,703
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
22
Days on Site
305705706
MLS
Spectacular Entertainers Dream Home!!! Located at the end of a cul-de-sac this property shows true pride of ownership and features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge living room with fireplace, vaulted...
$839,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,808
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
23
Days on Site
220018866
MLS
S.W.E.O.B. $799,000- $839,000 = AMAZING VIEWS - 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath renovated beauty waiting for you! This home offers so much including stainless steel appliances, custom tile, laminate wood flooring,...
$675,000
Neighborhood: Rancho El Cajon
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,571
Sq.Ft.
1961
Year Built
24
Days on Site
220018810
MLS
In the heart of Lakeside beautiful home on the hillside with beautiful views. This is a great home for a multi-family. The garage has been converted into a master bedroom and has own private...
$585,000
Neighborhood: Riverside Farms
2
Beds
1
Baths
868
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
28
Days on Site
220018433
MLS
Price Reduction ! A pretty Unique property in Lakeside, Offers ALOT! Cute 2 bed 1 bath home, new vinyl flooring and paint. Big Windows in Living Room , VIEWS of El Capitan Mountains. 1/3 of an acre...
5
Beds
3
Baths
2,460
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
32
Days on Site
305481799
MLS
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT WITH THIS INCOME-GENERATING, CHARMING, COUNTRY HOME! Truly, an open concept property! Updated main house has been utilized as an Airbnb, and the property has an attached addition...
$925,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,283
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
32
Days on Site
220017867
MLS
This home is tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Lakeside hills. It features 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and a floor plan that flows perfectly. From the entry you have a spacious living room...
$725,000
Neighborhood: Ridgeline
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,836
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
32
Days on Site
220017908
MLS
Back On Market AT NO FAULT TO THE SELLER OR PROPERTY. WELCOME HOME TO THIS ENTERTAINERS DELIGHT! This gorgeous home boasts so much! PAID SOLAR! Gorgeous Views! Driveway parking for guest and guest...
$649,000
Neighborhood: Winter Gardens
5
Beds
2
Baths
1,040
Sq.Ft.
1951
Year Built
36
Days on Site
220017610
MLS
Recently remodeled 3 bed 2 bath beauty! Enjoy the low to no electric bill with the PAID OFF SOLAR that is included. Home has two optional rooms, first room is downstairs and offers a spacious room...
$695,000
Neighborhood: Eucalyptus Hills
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,268
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
37
Days on Site
305492051
MLS
Amazing custom home situated on private 1/2 acre lot. Move right into this quality Eucalyptus Hills property! Spacious and sunny living room with fireplace. Large bedrooms-skylights throughout....

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