College

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About College

As San Diego State University has grown in national standing, the neighborhood of College has developed along the ridges and mesas spreading from its western edge, filling the demand from university faculty and staff. Many other fortunate residents have moved there for its quiet and favored location. Though close to many urban opportunities, its winding streets lead nowhere but to lovely views of Mission Valley and the lesser canyons that circumscribe it. Yet, drop down onto Montezuma Road from the two access points--55th Street or Yerba Santa Drive--and you can quickly access all of San Diego's amenities, from the beaches to the mountains.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $320,000 to $1,649,000

Closed Prices: $224,000 to $2,700,000

Median Sale Price: $705,000

Average $ per sq ft: $515

Association Fee Ranges: $157 to $1882, $29 to $520/mo, $0 to $402

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1920 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1920 to 2021 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 10 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 8 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 5+ acres

Around College

There is a gated portion of the neighborhood, along Yerba Santa. However, this is almost superfluous. The near-suburban character of College, almost totally single-family dwellings, gives a feeling of safety. No one will be driving by except your neighbors. There are, naturally, areas that offer better views than others, and some homes are clearly 'up-scale'. They aren't, however, grouped in any one spot, but mostly along or near the end of those ridge-top streets that offer stunning vistas. If you have business with SDSU, you might find a home within easy walking distance as the campus is directly adjacent to the neighborhood.

El Cajon Boulevard, to the south, has a smorgasbord of eateries, bars, and coffee shops. Menus range from American standards to Micronesian specialties, with the expected student-friendly fare such as pizza and tacos. The campus itself has expanded its food outlets in recent years, and most are open to the public. But for real variety, like steak houses and other evening destinations, Mission Valley is only minutes away.

Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. They may be residents, or they may have been attracted by the varied terrain, the relatively traffic-free streets, or the reward of sharing the good views. Expect to see a broad variety of styles and sizes in homes and landscapes. There are modest bungalows and multi-story residences that boast advanced architecture. Expect to see seasonal changes in the surrounding chaparral vegetation, since this is the 'real thing'--virgin San Diego hillsides and canyons.

Friday night in College can be quiet or 'rockin'. Viejas Arena, where the SDSU basketball team has been demonstrating its winning ways, is also an entertainment venue. It's not so close that they'll be parking on your street (and besides, that's restricted). Yet, it's close enough you might want to stroll over and participate in a rock concert, show by a country-music star, gymnastics competition, or one of many other offerings. Or drive to 'the Boulevard' and relax in a small café.

The perfect Sunday for many residents might be a stroll around the neighborhood. This is one San Diego neighborhood without one of those little pocket parks, but there are plenty of grassy areas on the campus, and you're surrounded by nature, anyway. For variety, it's Montezuma Drive to Fairmount Avenue to the San Diego River in minutes. The River has shaded sidewalks along both banks. The beach is not much farther for relaxing oceanside at the end of the weekend.

Locals Love

  • Zoning that separates student housing
  • Convenient mass transit
  • All the cultural and educational offerings of a major university

Locals Don't Love

  • Rush hour traffic and crowding
  • Rowdy college students

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