El Cajon is a dense and populous community in eastern San Diego. Its name (Spanish for “the box”) refers to the surrounding mountains and canyons that effectively “box in” its flat terrain. El Cajon proper is moderately sized, but its sphere of influence extends east to unincorporated neighborhoods like Granite Hills and Crest. High temperatures are above average for the county, ranging from 68 in January to 88 in August.
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The area is speckled with over a dozen small parks and recreation centers, where residents can jog, picnic or engage in a variety of sports. They can take a dip at the Fletcher Hills Center pool or go skateboarding at Kennedy Skate Park. For those who want more room to roam, the expansive Mission Trails Regional Park lies just outside the region’s western border. If the locals are in the mood to hit the links, golf courses such as those at the lush Singing Hills are also available. Several shopping centers are scattered along the town’s central streets, including the expansive Parkway Shopping Mall. Events like the Mother Goose Parade that occurs each November bring the whole community together. Students seeking higher education nearby can choose between Cuyamaca and Grossmont community colleges.
Santee lies to the north of El Cajon, Spring Valley to the south, unincorporated land plus Alpine to the east, and La Mesa to the west. While the area is rather far inland, downtown and the beach are still only 25 minutes away via the I-8. In El Cajon proper, renting is common—often for under $600 a month—and houses tend to be 1 to 3 bedrooms. All in all, El Cajon will suit the needs of those who desire a steady stream of activity and plenty of warm sun. By Gary Kent
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