Chula Vista, CA

Finding Apartments for Rent in Chula Vista, CA

Once you get to know this southernmost California city you will learn that finding an apartment is easy. That is because one thing Chula Vista is famous for is its friendly residents and smiling apartment managers. You can, quite literally, walk into any deli or coffee shop and ask someone for their opinion of the best places to live in town and will quite likely receive a friendly response. Maybe it is due to the number of sunny days, it is possibly because residents know that they can leave home and arrive in the mountains within an hour, and to a beach or deep into the heart of San Diego within minutes. Whatever the reason – Chula Vista is full of happy people and plenty of rental apartments.

Top Neighborhoods in Chula Vista, CA

Otay Ranch and Eastlake, both on the east side of Chula Vista are considered some of the nicest neighborhoods in the area. Wide streets, expansive parks, and plenty of newly built housing units are just part of the appeal. The neighborhoods feed into a highly-rated school system. Master planned communities provide a plethora of things for families to do, including year-round swimming pools, tennis courts, walking paths, and hiking areas.

Weather in Chula Vista, CA

There is a very good reason so many people long to live in Southern California and so many American soldiers decide to retire to Chula Vista after their service careers – exquisite weather. Mild temperatures are occasionally punctuated by an extremely warm day. August is the warmest month of the year and the highest recorded temperature ever was 108 degrees in 1988. December is the coolest month, with a record low temperature of 15 degrees in 2003. Although Chula Vista doesn’t get much rain on average, February ushers in the best opportunity for precipitation. All in all, the weather is generally clear with very little humidity.

Sports in Chula Vista, CA

Many Chula Vista have become fans of San Diego professional teams, like the Chargers and Padres. Even more impressive perhaps is the fact that one of the three U.S. Olympic training centers is located in the Eastlake area of Chula Vista. With special events, presentations, and events to enjoy, the training center is an important part of the community. The Center provides training support for archery, BMX, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, field hockey, track and field, triathlon, beach volleyball, and various winter sports. It is difficult to overestimate the thrill of watching Olympic athletes practice just prior to fulfilling their lifelong dream. It is even more fun to watch those same athletes on television a few months later, remembering how special it was to see them practice in their natural element.

Nightlife in Chula Vista, CA

As one of the largest cities in Southern California, Chula Vista is bustling with nightlife. From the ethnic restaurants and clubs in the downtown area to hotspots geared toward young adults, there is something for everyone to do. And then of course, there is downtown San Diego, located a quick jaunt up the freeway. Whether you want the vibrancy of the Gaslamp Quarter or a quiet evening in an upscale club, it does not exist if you can’t find it in San Diego or Chula Vista.

Shopping in Chula Vista, CA

With extensive shopping within an easy drive to San Diego, it would be easy to imagine that Chula Vista would rest on its laurels. Still, the city has a quaint downtown area with enough shops and restaurants to keep you busy for a weekend, and the nearly-new Otay Ranch Town Center. Chain and independent restaurants stand side-by-side and major department stores resides next to charming one-of-a-kind shops. With movie theaters galore and a new hotel being built nearby, Otay Ranch Town Center is the kind of place you will want to share with guests from out of town.

Although those unfamiliar with the area can be a bit intimidated by the idea of driving across the border into Tijuana, locals understand that with proper planning, trips into “TJ” (as the locals call it) can be quite enjoyable. Great cuisine, affordable medical care, and friendly people offer a great afternoon of fun. The trick, of course, is to do your homework. Check police and State Department sites for advice prior to traveling, and if possible, ask a native Spanish speaker to make the trip with you. Don’t forget your passport as Americans are no longer able to get back into the U.S. without a passport or Sentry pass.

One of the first things new residents to Chula Vista notice is the city’s love for dogs. They are welcome pretty much everywhere – from outdoor cafes to home improvement stores. In fact, many store owners leave a fresh bowl of water just outside their entryway so that pooches (and their owners) feel welcome. If your pet is an important part of your family you will find few places more accommodating that Chula Vista, CA.

9 Neighborhoods in Chula Vista, CA

  • Castle Park

    If you're looking to live in culturally diverse location, head to Castle Park, a neighborhood in the city of Chula Vista in California. The area boasts of rolling hills and quiet neighborhoods. Along with these features, Castle Park's rich history makes it one of the best places to call home. Great year-round weather and tons of outdoor activities make this neighborhood friendly to outdoor enthusiasts. Its cultural diversity ensures Castle Park is an ideal place for anyone looking to raise a family in a multicultural environment. All in all, this neighborhood provides a wonderful place to live and work.

  • Central Chula Vista

    A uniquely large community at over 165,000 residents as of 2015, Chula Vista's reputation for some of the best Mexican and Thai food in San Diego can't be beat. Located just a little under 10 miles from Downtown San Diego, the Chula Vista district remains convenient to locals needing to get a little rowdy after a long day at work.

  • Harborside

    The Harborside neighborhood, just a 15-minute drive from downtown San Diego, is located at the western end of Chula Vista near the San Diego bay. Residents can avoid traffic and easily reach downtown by taking the San Diego Trolley's blue line. The neighborhood has a large number of apartments and wraps around a park of the same name.

  • North Chula Vista

    Chula Vista, Spanish for “beautiful view," holds a place as one of San Diego’s largest communities. Situated halfway between downtown San Diego and the Mexican border, North Chula Vista ranks among the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. The area has a mix of older homes on the west side and modern developments to the east. Surrounded by the San Diego Bay and the foothills of the Jamul and San Ysidro Mountains, Chula Vista lets residents enjoy incredible natural beauty.

  • Otay Ranch

    Dust off the roller-blades and pull out the jogger stroller for this family-friendly community designed for outside play. Homes and apartments radiate from city centers connected by footpaths, bike trails and wide promenades. This means that the car can stay in the garage, and people enjoy the fresh air. Shops, restaurants and parks welcome dogs with relaxed pet rules and doggy specials to create a dog-friendly community.

  • Otay Ranch Village

    Picture palm-tree lined streets, sunny southern California weather, lush green landscaping and families strolling through pedestrian-friendly promenade streets. Otay Ranch Village, one of the largest planned communities in California, provides an ideal place to raise a family. Designed to be a balanced community with housing and schools, parks, civic facilities and shopping all within walking distance, Otay Ranch Village provides residents a charming, picturesque environment with modern convenience.

  • Otay Town

    Bike from your apartment in Otay Town to the Imperial Beach trailhead of the Bayshore Bikeway, or enjoy the eight miles of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails that meander through the salt ponds and hills of the Otay Valley Regional Park. Residents also enjoy the Otay Recreation Center, which provides a fitness center and a game room with ping pong, foosball, and pool tables.

  • Rancho-Del Rey

    East of Interstate 805, Rancho-Del Rey sits about four miles from downtown Chula Vista and features a diverse, well-educated community ideal for both single professionals and families. Several parks fill this neighborhood and the surrounding area, giving residents every opportunity to enjoy the warm weather that comes in from the coast.

  • Sunbow

    Sunbow is a neighborhood in the City of Chula Vista that's located right off Telegraph Canyon Road. The area within five minutes of the 805 freeway and is home to one of Chula Vista's largest employers, Sharp Healthcare. In addition, there are several parks and community centers in the area as well.