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Apartments in Chula Vista, CA

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City Guide for Apartments in Chula Vista
Chula Vista occupies an interesting position sandwiched between San Diego and the California-Mexico border. You can access both downtown San Diego and Tijuana from just about any part of Chula Vista in thirty minutes. Meanwhile, the cost of living is much more affordable than San Diego, so your chances of finding a cheap apartment for rent in an easily commutable location is high.

If you are planning on moving to Chula Vista and are unsure what area to move to, the city is separated very easily into two distinct types of neighborhoods. East of the 805 is where you will find the nicest neighborhoods such as Otay Ranch and Eastlake. These are the type of master-planned communities that offer that ideal type of suburban living that puts you close enough to San Diego’s urban core so commuting isn’t unbearable, but far enough so that you aren’t stuck in the city. These communities have an obvious family-focus with highly rated and reviewed public and private schools the further east you go from the 805 as well as all sorts of community events, sports leagues, and shopping centers.

That’s not to say that all you can do is buy east of the 805. There are many houses and homes for rents available as well as luxury apartments, too. However, the prices increase the further east you go, so if you want a studio apartment with all bills paid, try looking on the other side of the 805 in Chula Vista’s city center with an apartment guide. Chula Vista’s downtown is not quite an up-and-coming neighborhood yet, but offers the amenities and pace of a small city with the beach just down the street.

Chula Vista serves as a great location for those that need scenic escapes into the natural world. The ocean is obvious with some of the most beautiful and sandiest beaches making their way down the coast to the border. Also, there’s the Living Coast Discovery Center which is on the 6 acre Sweetwater March National wildlife refuge. Here, you can witness Chula Vista’s wildlife in its natural state. Meanwhile, on the eastern side is the Otay Ranch Preserve which includes over 11,000 acres designated to providing space to preserve, protect, and enhance wildlife and the habitat.

Chula Vista U.S Olympic training centerOne of the city’s unique quirks is that it is home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The center was built in 1995 and was designed from the ground-up to be a master training facility for U.S. Olympians.

It’s technically outside of the town’s borders, but Imperial Beach is worth considering if you want to be near Chula Vista. The beach town is very inexpensive when compared to San Diego’s beach towns like Mission Beach and Ocean Beach as well as less touristy, less crowded, pet friendly and more community-focused. Housing in Imperial Beach ranges from mid-rise apartments for rent, to larger apartment communities, though demand is high. So, it’s best to use an apartment finder for your apartment search to locate the best deals and available apartments especially for harder to find options like apartments with utilities included.

Average Apartment Rental Prices Nearby

Studio $1,469
1 Bedroom $1,525
2 Bedroom $2,076
3 Bedroom $2,960

Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist Chula Vista, California: $1,690

User reviews for apartments in Chula Vista, California
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 6 reviews
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UVA, Naval Academy
Great place!
Coronado Island is truly a small paradise. With the best beach in the country and a great variety of bars and restaurants, it is one of the best places to live in southern CA!
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Stanford, Claremont Colleges, Accenture, Pomona College
East Village rocks
Lower East Village is awesome -- cheaper, quieter than Gaslamp while still being extremely walkable and within range of everything good. Stay south of Broadway or even E/F for the nicer parts of town, and west of 11th. There are good places outside that range, but also a lot of low-income housing.
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North Park has it all!
The neighborhood is quiet, diverse, and full of charming craftsman style homes. Yet, despite the residential area's modest appeal, North Park is also home to some of the finest bars and restaurants in San Diego. The area is rapidly becoming a hub for slow food, craft beer, and new music. There's always something new brewing in North Park, but my guess is the warm, eclectic atmosphere will never change.
review user
Great place to live if you don't mind the bustle
This is the heart of the downtown scene. It's walking distance to anything you could need, whether it be groceries, shopping, restaurants, bars, or just a quiet park to hang out. the weekends can be a bit noisy, and traffic can get a backed up when big events are in town (eg Comic-Con), but all-in-all, it's invigorating to live where everyone else comes to play!
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Stanford, UVA, Bain & Company
beautiful homes and feels like a slice of utopia. living near the water gives great views of the San Diego skyline. only negative is average age on the island is probably 70, so it gets quiet here early.
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Stanford, UVA, Bain & Company
Little Italy
Tons of amazing restaurants in the area. Short walk to Gaslamp but not touristy itself. Right off the 5 makes commuting easy. All Around great place to live.
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