Vista CA real estate area covers over 18 square miles (made up of zip codes 92081, 92083, 92084, 92085). Vista is 35 miles north of San Diego and about 90 miles south of Los Angeles. Vista is inland 7 miles from the ocean and is both north and south of Highway 78. It lies just east of San Marcos, between the major cities of Escondido and Oceanside.   The population of the Vista Ca real estate area is over 91,000. Vista homes are made up of over 28,877 units. Vista has been the second fastest growing city in the North County real estate area. Vista is the inland leg of the Tri Cities area of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista. The name is Spanish for view.

Vista History

The Vista Ca real estate area has the same historical start as its surrounding neighbors, namely establishment of the San Luis Rey Mission. The king’s highway, El Camino Real, the path the founding fathers use to walk from mission to mission, passed right through Vista. The city was incorporated in 1963 and has four council persons and a mayor.


The downtown area is undergoing a major revitalization and renovation. Next to the original shopping core is the huge redevelopment project called Vista Village. There is a multi million dollar freeway exchange off Highway 78 designed to serve this area. In addition to a large car dealership, numerous retail shops, and many restaurants, is a new mega movie theater (Metroplex) with stadium seating. Aggressive economic development has attracted over 600 new businesses. The largest employers are the Vista Unified School District, the Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, and the San Diego Superior Court. There has been a recent economic retail boom in the Vista Ca real estate area do to the addition of Costco, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Target Greatland, and the accompanying chains of retail shops and restaurants. Vista is projected by SANDAG to continue to be one of the fastest growing communities in the North County real estate area.

Medical Care

The Vista CA homes for salearea offers great medical care.  Vista has access to some of the best healthcare facilities in the United States.  The nearby Tri-City Medical Center has been designated as one of “100 Top Hospitals: Regional Benchmarks for Success” for three years straight by HCIA Mercer.  The Tri-City Hospital has 385 beds and is an acute-care district hospital which offers a full range of primary care along with medical-surgical services including emergency medicine, cardiovascular, and imaging services.

Vista Low Crime Rate

The growth of Vista CA Homeshas been carefully controlled by strict zoning which has helped maintain the beauty of Vista’s

rolling hills and pleasant rural surroundings.  Crime in the area has also been controlled, and decreased, by a close working relationship between the Vista community and the local sheriff’s department.  In the past few years, Vista has shown the largest decrease in crime rates of any of San Diego’s 18 cities.  Vista is also the locaton of the San Diego County Municipal Court complex.  The Municipal Courts of San Diego County are now combined with Superior Court into a single unified Superior Court.

Vista Ca Homes for Sale

The Vista CA Homes for Sale area has some of the best weather in the United States. There are over 340 days of sunshine and the average daily temperature is 72 degrees. This great weather is conducive to a variety of outdoor activities. The Vista Homes for Sale area has 15 community parks (6 times the national average for a city of equal size) with a host of picnic grounds and athletic fields. In recent years soccer has become the popular sport for all ages. The most popular parks are Brengle Terrace and Guajome County Park. Brengle Park is the location of the 4th of July Celebration. Other outdoor activities are a square dance festival, a Mariachi festival, and Scottish highland games.
The Vista CA homes for sale area offers some great hidden bargains and is considered to be reasonably priced.  Vista homes include small garden apartments, condos, town homes, single family tract homes, and large estates.  Many parts of Vista offer low density homes on gentle rolling hills, often with great ocean or mountain views.

Vista Things to Do

The Vista CA real estate area is also great for hiking and biking. Golf is available at Shadowridge Country Club and many other nearby San Diego courses. Two of the more famous are the La Costa Resort and Spa and Torrey Pines, home of the Buick Invitational. Another popular place, especially in the summer, is the Wave Water Park. The park has 35 waterslides on over 2.9 acres. It also has a large competition pool perfect for swimming laps. The children under 12 have their own special area, Rippity’s Rainforest, which has smaller slides and a children’s obstacle course.

Vista Educational System

The Vista CA Homes for Sale area has been named in “50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Children.” This is in part due to the great award winning Vista Unified School System. Many schools in the system have received the National Blue Ribbon or the California Distinguished Schools Award. The district has 18 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 6 high schools. The schools demonstrate their high commitment to technology by having over 1300 computers. Vista teachers are some of the highest paid faculty in San Diego County. In addition to great schools, Vista has the largest public library in the county which covers over 30,300 square feet. The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe provides students and visitors with hands-on educational and research on local history. Vista is home to National University and a branch of the University of Phoenix. Nearby, is Palomar Junior College and the University of California at San Marcos.

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