Emerald Ranch is a neighborhood in Bonita, California. Emerald Ranch mostly features large homes ranginmg from 2,500 to 4,000 square feet that are competitively priced. This community dates back to 1988 and has continued to develop over the years. Emerald Ranch is close to freeway access and many parks, walking trails, and golf courses.
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The city is great for work, but if you want to live somewhere with more of a community feeling check out Bonita, a family-friendly area located just a short ride from downtown San Diego.
There are enough places here to call home, from condos and townhouses to single-family residences. Outdoor types will love the recreational trail that winds its way through central Bonita (and circles the Chula Vista Golf Course). Hundreds of residents bike and walk this route every single day, and it’s perfect for that early morning run. The Sweetwater Reservoir offers a different option with equestrian trails and yet more paths to explore. Plus, there’s enough golf for everyone (is that even possible?). For indoor types, there are shops, cafes and restaurants.
Every autumn, just about the whole the town—that’s almost all of the 13,000residents—turns out for Bonitafest, an annual celebration with parades,marching bands and live entertainment that all ends with an amazing barbecue.
Bonita is an unincorporated community in southern San Diego County,California, nestled between the cities of Chula Vista, National City, and San Diego. It is also a Census-designated place defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
While Bonita is politically designated as an unincorporated community, bounded by the incorporated cities of Chula Vista, San Diego, and National City the community of Bonita is more closely associated with the geography of the Lower Sweetwater Valley. Thus considered, Bonita occupies about a five mile (8km) stretch of the Sweetwater River, its valley, and surrounding hills on either side, bounded upstream (east) by the Sweetwater Reservoir, and downstream(west) effectively by Interstate 805. The community crosses west of I-805 —an area less than 160 acres (0.6 km²) — reaching as far south and west as East H Street and Hilltop Drive. Its northern boundary is State Route 54 and its southern extent reaches approximately one mile (2 km) south of the river.
Nestled in the Sweetwater Valley lies the family community of Bonita, an unincorporated area bordered by state route 54 on the north, Madre Grande mountain in the east (state road 125), Telegraph Canyon on the south, and Interstate 805 on the west. Early settlers were gentlemen farmers raising lemon trees. Some of these old trees still exist in the Sweetwater Regional Park. You can see our humble rural beginnings watching the many horses and riders along the miles of riding and hiking trails crisscrossing the valley.
From a slow two lane country road, to a busy four lane city street today, Bonita Road showcases several churches, shopping centers and professional buildings.Two accredited 18 hole golf courses line the river valley.
Large portions of modern Bonita consist of housing tracts built throughout the1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including: Bonita Downs, Bonita Fairways, Bonita Glen, Bonita Highlands, Bonita Long Canyon, Bonita Woods, Emerald Ranch, Lynwood Hills and Ames Ranch.
In 1888, the Sweetwater Dam was built, creating the Sweetwater Reservoir andforever changing the geography of the region. Soon after, in 1906, the dambroke as a result of extensive rains which overfilled the reservoir, and theLower Sweetwater Valley was completely flooded.Bonita has experienced minor flooding throughout history, generally as a resultof high seasonal rains attributed to El Niño. The floods most affect the CentralAvenue river crossing, as no bridge has ever been built, unlike the Bonita Roadand Willow Road crossings which are bridges, the former of which was rebuilt inthe late 1990s.In the 1990s and 2000s, the development of State Route 125 (The South BayExpressway) became a major issue to Bonita residents, much as Interstate 805and State Route 54 did during their development. Opponents argued thatBonita’s rural nature would be compromised without benefit while proponentsargued that the highway would reduce the significant increase in surface-streetcar traffic the community had seen since the 1980s when the eastern ChulaVista communities surrounding Eastlake were developed. The tollway opened inNovember 2007.The Bonita Historical Museum is the principal repository of historical informationfor the Lower Sweetwater Valley.ClimateThe climate in Bonita is a combination of the coastal and inland valley climatesof San Diego County. Warmer (and sunnier during the May Gray and JuneGloom periods) than areas directly adjacent to San Diego Bay or the coast, butnot as hot as inland valleys such as El Cajon, or even nearby Spring Valley. Insummer, Bonita’s climate is pleasant.Parks and RecreationTo visitors and residents alike, one of the most visible features of Bonitarecreational life is the walking trail which loops the Chula Vista Municipal GolfCourse in central Bonita. Hundreds of residents walk, run, and ride this trailevery day for pleasure and fitness, and the trail has become a vital componentof Bonita life for many residents.In the late 1990s the Sweetwater Regional Park was expanded and significantlyimproved, extending the walking and equestrian trails to an even greaternumber, and introducing a camping area at Summit Meadow Road. Now,virtually the entire valley from the reservoir to I-805 formally serve recreationalpurposes as either park or golf course.Equestrianism has long been a part of the Bonita community, and many trailsexist throughout the Lower Sweetwater Valley. There are a number ofconnections to trails external to Bonita as well. In fact many residents still keeptheir own horses and can be seen riding the trails regularly. The Bonita Valley Trails organization monitors and supports the network of trails throughout the valley.
The following parks serve the Bonita community:
Fred H. Rohr Park
Sweetwater Regional Park
Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail
Bonita Golf Course
Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course Clubs & Organizations
Bonita Agua Dulce 4-H Club
Bonita Business and Professional Association
Bonita Kiwanis Club
Bonita Optimist Club (http://bonitaoptimist.optimistweb.org/)
Bonita Road Runners (http://www.bonitaroadrunners.com/)
Bonita Valley Garden Club
Bonita Valley Trails (http://bonitatrails.org/index.html)
Las Primeras (charity organization)
Sweetwater Valley Civic Association
Sweetwater Valley Little League (email@example.com.)
Sweetwater Women’s Club
Sunnyside Saddle Club (http://sunnysidesaddleclub.org/)
Bonitafest is an annual community event, held in early autumn, highlighted by a parade and street fair along Bonita Road which includes crafts, music,entertainment, and food. The Kiwanis Club hosts a Bonitafest Golf Tournament in conjunction with this event.Bonita Business & Professional Association was informally founded in 1971 bythe tireless efforts of Emily Ritter who organized a group of 30 local business and professional people. Early morning meetings were held at the old Brookside Winery, and it was there where Bonitafest was born. Bonita Business & Professional Association is the proud sponsor of Bonitafest.This annual event lines Bonita Road with craft, game, and food booths, and is highlighted by a parade with marching bands and hometown entries.With the rolling hills, parks and open spaces, friendly people, and near perfect weather, there could not be a better place to raise your family or have your business.
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center – www.bonitamuseum.org
Bonita Optimist Club – bonitaoptimist.optimistweb.org
Kiwanis Club of Bonita
San Diego Better Business Bureau – www.sandiego.bbb.org
South Bay Expressway – www.southbayexpressway.com
South Bay Family YMCA – www.southbay.ymca.org
Southwest SD County Lion’s Club – www.podtheglobe.com/Lions/locateclub.htm
Otay Water District – www.otaywater.gov
Sweetwater Authority – www.sweetwater.org
Chula Vista Golf Course
5540 Sweetwater Rd Bonita, CA 91902-2137
P: (619) 267-1103 /
F: (619) 267-1146
The 18-hole “Bonita” course at the Bonita Golf Club facility in Bonita, California features 6,287 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The courserating is 68.8 and it has a slope rating of 117 on Bahia grass. Designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA, the Bonita golf course opened in 1954. Robert Scribner manages the course as the General Manager/Supt.
The following schools serve (or served) the local Bonita community:
- Chula Vista Elementary School District
- Ella B. Allen Elementary School
- Sunnyside Elementary School
- Tiffany Elementary School (Chula Vista)
- Valley Vista Elementary School
- Sweetwater Union High School District
- Bonita Vista Middle School (Chula Vista)
- Bonita Vista High School (Chula Vista)
- Southwestern College (Chula Vista)
- Bonita Country Day School
- Bonita Rd. Christian Academy
- Kindercare Learning Center