Moving to El Cajon

The weather is amazing. Maybe you already knew that, since you’re considering a move to El Cajon. It’s valley life here in Southern California. Surrounded by mountains and close to the Pacific Coast, this San Diego suburb may be your destination for happiness! If you find yourself in need of a little extra space as you move from place to place, A-1 Self Storage in El Cajon is here to help you plan your next move!

History

Long known for rolling pastures, cattle, and sparse rainfall, the El Cajon Valley in the 19th century also played host to squatters. As the population doubled in 1940 to just under 2,000 residents, a small town began to develop. The 1950s brought the new office of City Manager, an elected official responsible for meeting the needs of the now large population who called El Cajon home. As demand for space grew, the barriers of the city expanded from just over 1 mile wide to 9.8 square miles in 1960. The population grew sixfold during that same decade.

Other Neighborhoods in El Cajon 

Today, within 5 square miles of downtown there are 321,000 people… if that’s not good for business, I don’t know what is! If you want to find just the right place for a calm lifestyle and to lay down roots, the Fletcher Hills Neighborhood is a wonderful choice. This close-knit community was established in the 1920s by San Diego developer Ed Fletcher. With gorgeous mountain views, Fletcher Hills features many large ranch style homes on good-sized lots. With access to Lake Murray, this neighborhood is worth more than a second look. Homes just placed on the market range in price from $350,000 to $600,000. Be sure to factor in association fees if you decide on the Highlands of Fletcher Hills. Here you will pay extra for quiet and maintained streets, and hiking paths accessible by a large, open park with 62 acres of play space. If you want friendly, kind people in your neighborhood, Fletcher Hills is definitely the spot for you! It’s almost a throwback to a simpler time.

Rancho San Diego is another area to consider where the serene Cuyamaca College makes its home. These subdivisions sprang up in the 1970s offering families a place to settle. Two elementary schools serve this area of El Cajon including Avocado Elementary and Rancho San Diego. Furry Lane will direct you to both schools fairly easily in this heaven for young families.

Big Business

“Is that a Taylor?” Many people around the world have heard of Taylor guitars, but you may not know they are headquartered right here in El Cajon, California. Founded by Bob Taylor and Jurt Listug in 1974, Taylor is known for its acoustic sounds. It’s also one of the largest employers in El Cajon with more than 900 people involved in the day-to-day factory work. Often cited as a state-of-the-art operation, Taylor is proud of its distribution channel here in the US as well as 60 other countries around the globe!  Another source of pride is it’s approach to wood sourcing. Ethically harvested, these guitars are some of the best in the business! Just ask another Taylor...Taylor Swift. She rarely goes anywhere without hers.  Taylor guitars aren’t the most inexpensive guitar you’ll buy… and no surprise here, the cost of living in paradise isn’t cheap either.

Cost of Living

Coming in at 28% higher than the national average, the cost of living in El Cajon is similar to putting down roots in the Midwest capital of Chicago. The housing market is what makes living here a bit on the pricey side. The unemployment rate in this city is a bit higher than America’s average at 7.3%, and the median household income is just over $45,000. Renting may be your best bet and A-1 Self Storage in El Cajon can help you decide how much storage space you will need. The median home price in this area is just above $500,000.

Attractions and Entertainment

If you’re looking for a Saturday night hot spot to relax and play pool or catch a beer with a friend, the outdoor patio at The Grand is one you have to check out! El Cajon also has easy access to Interstate 8, 125, and State Route 67. Hit the orange line for fast access to all parts of San Diego on the trolly system and your night will surely come alive. Due to the amazing weather and low precipitation each year, outdoor dining is a favorite in El Cajon. Open for lunch at 11 a.m., Por Favor Restaurant is family-owned and operated and has served East San Diego County fine Mexican cuisine since 1974. Stop by 148 E. Main Street for a taste of the amazing margaritas while you sit in the refreshing, California breeze. 

Want to spend some more time outside? Head to a photographers dream,  Mt Helix Park. This high point offers views of San Diego, with a large amphitheater hosting plays, lectures, and events.

Time to Move to El Cajon, CA?

Absolutely. El Cajon has a little patio just for you, wonderful weather, and fun things to do all year round! Perfect in every way (aside from the cost of living), surely you can find a place to live where the positives outweigh the negatives! Regardless of if you decide on renting an apartment or buying a home, A-1 Self Storage in El Cajon can help you.

Packing and moving supplies are for purchase in our office and our professional self storage managers will help keep your budget in mind as you find the perfect space. With advanced security features, it doesn’t matter if you are miles away. Your possessions are safe! Moving is never fun, but here at A-1 Self Storage we try and make it a little better. Come by and see us today so we can make your move the easiest ever!

A-1 Self Storage

(619) 631-4206

1370 N Magnolia Ave El Cajon, CA 92020

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