Here are the latest homes for sale in the Eastlake and Otay neighborhoods in the City of Chula Vista in San Diego County.
These homes have at least 4-bedrooms and are between $500,000 and $800,000.
History: Farming and ranching were the mainstays of this area, once known as the Janal and Otay ranchos, Mexican land granted to José Antonio Estudillo. At 25,000 acres, Otay Ranch is nearly the size of San Francisco. Planning for the site began in the 1980s. More than 10,000 homes have been built since then with about 18,000 more to come. The first phase of the massive Eastlake development broke ground in 1986 and will eventually house 8,900 dwellings and 20,000 residents.
How it got its name: The name Otay Ranch derives from the historic Rancho Otay. The Eastlake development was originally EastLake.
Landmarks: In Otay Ranch, there’s a round (really, 12-sided) bird barn off Hard Rock Road, built in the 1930s by mining magnate Stephen Birch. Its shape was supposed to protect quail from getting smothered in corners of a traditional barn. And Eastlake has a lake — a 21.5-acre man-made body of water at Eastlake Shores Beach Club. The nearby Otay Lakes offer more lakeside recreation.
Notable locals: Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman and former Padres player Adrián González is an Eastlake High School alum, although his family lived in Bonita while he attended high school. Brother Edgar also played for the Padres.
Things to do: Enjoy music, family-friendly fun and local brews and cuisine at the annual LakeFest in May at Mountain Hawk Park.
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