East County offers a little bit of everything. Rolling hills, breathtaking mountains, dramatic canyons, and glistening lakes can all be found in this nature lover’s playground. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cleveland National Forest, and Mission Trails Regional Park all call East County home. Enjoy the Vegas-style casinos and resorts tucked away in the desert or a trip to the historic mining town of Julian.
East County is farther from the ocean and warmer than the coastal regions. Distance from the beaches also means that East County has some of the area’s most affordable homes.
In East County you’ll find families, plenty of military, a lot of working class folks, and farmers. Part of the county sits on the border with Mexico, so there is a rich Hispanic influence—and some of the best Mexican food north of the border.
Neighborhoods in East County run the gamut from pockets of well-established communities to run down mobile home parks. The landscape is varied as well. Gentle hills, stunning lakes, and steep mountainsides make up the western reaches, while desert and canyons are in the east.