Moving to El Cajon, California

El Cajon is one of those San Diego suburbs that gets noticed. Southeast of Mission Trails Regional Park, there is no shortage of things to do in El Cajon! Home today to more than 102,000 people, there’s a lot of fun and friendliness packed into these 14 square miles. The historic corner of Main and Magnolia greets visitors with a large, welcoming archway, clean sidewalks, and beautiful swaying palm trees. Keep reading to learn more about this amazing part of the country you’re about to call home.

The Neighborhoods of El Cajon

The Cajon Heights area, across from Harry Griffen Park is where you’ll find A-1 Self Storage in El Cajon. Cajon Heights begins right off of where the 8 freeway meets El Cajon Blvd and makes commuting to work in either direction a bit more time efficient. There are many pros to living in El Cajon.

From cradle to grave, you can get an amazing education here in El Cajon. Students begin in the Cajon Valley Union School District attending elementary and middle school and then go onto one of the five Grossmont Union High Schools before attending one of the many colleges, including San Diego Christian College, Cuyamaca College, Grossmont, or even the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great. This valley town is also just minutes from the University of San Diego. What a great place to raise kids or grow up!

Attractions and Entertainment

East San Diego has many hidden attractions! Visit Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, where celebrating the rich history of cowboys and the wild wild west live on through their memorabilia collection and Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College. There you get four museum experiences all at once! From fine art to archeology, anthropology, and even natural history, you will be an expert on East San Diego County before you even settle in!

Cost of Living

So, the big question remains, what does it cost to live in the San Diego area, specifically El Cajon? With a median income around $50,000/year and the average home valued at $512,500, it would take some budgeting to make it happen for most families. However, if you love sunshine and a west coast lifestyle you do have options!

Have you heard of the new way cities are being valued in the US? It’s called a Walk Score and it grades cities on how accessible they are to people without transportation. El Cajon has a walk score of 56%. This means you can use Walk Score to find an apartment to rent and lessen your need for a car. If you want to make a move like this, sometimes you have to consider placing a vehicle in storage for a while. We have you covered there!

A one-bedroom apartment for $900/mth at Ballantyne Manor (carpet, vinyl floors, patio, AC and parking) places you near a local bus line and shopping. It’s walking distance to the Courthouse and Performing Arts Center, where there are jobs to be had. You can easily walk to get groceries and coffee daily, have a nightlife, and save up money for a nicer apartment down the road.

Even better? A-1 Self Storage in El Cajon is close by. You can store everything that doesn’t fit in your apartment and make your San Diego, California dreams happen. Where there is a will there's a way!

At A-1 Self Storage, we want you to have options. Our facilities are famous for being clean, feature 24-hour video surveillance, and have a friendly staff ready to answer all of your storage and moving questions. Reach out to us today and we can help you navigate the moving process.

Hey, we know, moving can be one of life’s most stressful events. Why do it alone? Here at A-1 Self Storage, we even have boxes and packing tape to get you moved into one of our units ASAP. With elevators access to additional floors and a team of helpful self storage professionals who are always ready, you can be sure we’ll take care of your storage needs at A-1 Self Storage in El Cajon.

A-1 Self Storage

(619) 631-4207

556 W Main St El Cajon, CA 92020

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