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

People who are sports oriented should look to the city of Santee for a possible dream home destination. Santee, located in the East County region of San Diego, is close to the ocean, has a lot of trails to hike and is home to a major sports complex as well as a number of parks. 

The population of Santee is 57,376. Most of those living there are young professionals and young families. It is more politically neutral than some of the other neighborhoods around San Diego with most residents listing themselves as moderate in political ideology. 

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Those looking for homes will notice those in Santee are priced lower than other areas of the region. The median home value is $547,200 and the median rent is $2,293. Sixty-nine percent of residents own their homes. 

The median household income is $81,430, well above the national average of $55,322.

Santee’s history goes back to the Kumeyaay tribe. They founded the village named Sinyeweche along the San Diego River where Santee is located today. The town is named after Milton Santee. He was the second husband of Jennie Blodgett, who had already established a name for herself as the wife of a well-known San Diego businessman named George Cowles. 

Modern Santee is growing and added almost 5,000 residents from 2010 to 2017.  It has upscale housing, shopping centers and a major corporate business park. 

There are five solid reasons to consider Santee as a possible hometown. 

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

Reason 1 - It Has Good Geography.

Santee shares a valley with nearby city El Cajon and the San Diego River bisects it, offering nice water flow into the area. The San Diego River is green area that includes 1,100 acres of natural riparian habitat also with parks and trails.

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Santee has a natural border of the Cleveland National Forest and the infamous Cowles Mountain overlooks the western side of Santee. The mountain is a natural landmark and offers excellent views, as it is the highest point of the City of San Diego. It is also incredibly popular with hikers. 

Santee is on the edge of the desert, but it still has mostly moderate temperatures that drop to the mid-forties in the winter overnight and rises to the mid-eighties at the peak of summer. However, it has little rain with only around 10 inches of rainfall a year.

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Reason 2 - It’s Close to The Beach. 

Santee is only 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean, so it is an awesome area for those who love beach days. State Route 52, a six-lane freeway that connects State Route 67 to I-5, connects Santee to the coast. 

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Reason 3 - It Has Many Outdoor Activities. 

There are tons of outdoor activities available to people of all ages in Santee. The most well known athletic area is the recreational complex Sportsplex USA Santee.

Sportsplex is a 15-acre sports field complex. Opening in 2010 in the Town Center Community Park, Sportsplex has two lighted arena soccer fields, three lighted softball fields, four batting cages, spectator seating, lots of parking an a sport-theme restaurant.

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The Town Center Community Park, which is a $23.5 million project, also has an aquatics center managed by the East County YMCA. The project was funded with a combination of developer impact fees, grants and redevelopment bonds.

The city also has the rock-climbing venue Santee Boulders, which is a popular destination venue in Southern California. There is also the Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground with 190 acres for people to camp, fish, bird watch and picnic.

Golfers enjoy the Carlton Oaks Golf Course and resort. The course and resort has been a local landmark since legendary golfer Pete Dye created it in 1958.

The city of Santee went more global when it hosted the 2012 and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for the 50K racewalk.

There have been many local athletes who have earned scholarships to top schools.

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Reason 4 - There are Good Schools.

Parents rate the schools serving Santee with above average to excellent ratings. Some of the top schools in the area include Grossmont Middle College High School, Preuss School UCSD, Mt. Everest Academy, Design 39 Campus and Poway High School.

In all, there are 95 public schools serving Santee’s students. Both the Santee School District and Grossmont Union High School Distric serve the city.

Santee is also home to San Diego Christian College, which moved from El Cajon in 2013.

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Reason 5 - It is Family Oriented.

Those living in Santee state it feels like a larger city, but has kept its small town vibe. Most like the fact is away from downtown San Diego but has many options for shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Most say the traffic is a breeze and there is lots of access to things like doctor’s offices, parks and other daily activities. 

Santee is ranked 14th in Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in the San Diego area. It also has a lower crime rate than other parts of the San Diego area.

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There are community activities for everyone including the Spring Eggstravaganza in the spring and a 10-weeks series of free concerts in the summer. The city also hosts the Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival every fall to raise money for local park and youth recreation activities.

Those who enjoy theater will love Off Broadway Live, a 100-seat cabaret-style theater that features stage theater all year. The Pickwick Players produce theater productions and educational outlets for both young and old.

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