South Bay is a catchall term for all of the neighborhoods South of downtown San Diego. South Bay real estate includes some of the most affordable neighborhoods in San Diego County. The exception is Coronado, which is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Southern California, but also considered part of South Bay real estate. South Bay is a diverse region which includes entry-level homes and luxury estates, older homes and new home communities. South Bay San Diego real estate prized for its new communities and revitalized older neighborhoods. Proximity to the border of Mexico makes it a truly international locality. Homes in South Bay are very convenient to all that San Diego has to offer.
Chula Vista (91910 / 91911 / 91913 / 91914 / 91915): Much of South Bay real estate is in Chula Vista. Chula Vists is the 2nd largest city in San Diego County (the 14th largest in California as a whole). Nearly ¼ million people reside here. The older houses in Chula Vista were populated by retired servicemen after World War II, and more recent housing developments in Eastlake and Otay Ranch provide some of the lowest-cost options for upscale new homes in San Diego. The Eastlake neighborhood has received national recognition as one of the best master-planned communities in the United States. There are homes for sale in Chula Vista in just about every price range.
Imperial Beach (91932): The southern-most beach area in the western United States, I.B. is also the most affordable beach area in the County. Homes for sale in Imperial Beach start in the low $400,000 range. The north end of IB is connected to Coronado, providing easy access to upscale shopping and dining. The south end of IB is bordered by the Tijuana River National Estuary Research Reserve, which serves as a buffer zone to Mexico. Houses, condos, and multiple-unit residential properties are available here at a fraction of the cost of similar beach properties in San Diego.
Bonita (91902): This is an unincorporated city that is nestled between San Diego, National City, and Chula Vista. In includes only about five square miles of mostly residential neighborhoods, and actually feels like one of the older but more upscale neighborhoods of Chula Vista. Houses are entry-to-mid level, and the prices are quite affordable in comparison to similar homes elsewhere in the County.
National City (91950): Heading south out of Downtown, National City is the first major community. The incorporated city is highly industrial, but also home to a large number of residential neighborhoods. National City in South Bay would be considered entry-level San Diego real estate. It is a low-to-moderate income neighborhood, and the houses are among the most affordable in the county. Zip code 91952 is also part of National City, but it is not a residential area.
Otay Mesa (92154): Bordering Mexico, Otay is evolving from a low-income border town to a more affluent neighborhood at the south side of Chula Vista. It is a diverse area, and new home developments have given it a facelift in recent years. The new 125 toll road has made it much easier to travel from Otay Mesa through Chula Vista and into East County San Diego. Real estate developments continue today, so there are a many new homes for sale in Otay Mesa.
San Ysidro (92173): Surrounded on three sides by Otay Mesa and bordering Mexico to the South, San Ysidro is a border-crossing neighborhood. Highways 5 and 805 both converge in San Ysidro and proceed to the Mexican Border crossing. There are low-to-moderately priced houses and condos available in the neighborhood, which has serious development potential in the future. San Diego real estate investors are counting on growth of demand for San Ysidro homes in the future.