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The 5 Safest Neighborhoods in El Cajon

StaxUP Storage | September 27, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

El Cajon is a city of a little over 100,000 that’s just a 20-minute drive from San Diego, so even if you want to go to a convention or other event happening in San Diego, you’ll find it close.

The median family income for the city is $55,309, while the median home price is $523,000.

The city has a crime index of 20, which means it’s safer than 20% of all U.S. cities.

Violent crime in the city is slightly higher than the California average, but property crime is slightly lower. 

To help you find a safe place to live in if you’re thinking about moving here, we’ve come up with a list of some of the safest spots to live in El Cajon.

Safety often goes along with higher prices, so you’ll notice housing is expensive in these neighborhoods. Nevertheless, if you can afford to live in one of these areas, we recommend it. They’re all attractive neighborhoods with medium to large single-family homes.

Willow Glen Dr / Dehesa Rd

In the neighborhood around the junction of Willow Glen Dr. and Dehesa Rd. home prices are high, more expensive than 79% of the neighborhoods in California.  However, the homes are big, have a lot of land, are in an area with space all around, and most of them have swimming pools. The median home price here is $957,000. If you’d like to rent a place, you’ll pay about $3,650 per month

This is a sparsely populated suburban neighborhood of three to five, or more, bedroom homes for families, built between the 1970s and 2000. With 10% vacancy rates, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a home here.

The neighborhood has excellent schools nearby, including Crest School, Vanguard Preparatory School, and Lakeview Elementary School. Crime is low, most residents are college-educated and make a good living. While specific income levels are hard to find for this neighborhood, the overall income level is 70% higher than the average income in the U.S.

E Chase Ave / Bernita Rd

The E Chase Avenue, Bernita Rd neighborhood is nearly as expensive as the previous one, and it’s easy to see why. There’s lots of land and trees and big homes with pools. The median home price here is $934,500, and the average price of a rental is $3,050. There are a variety of homes here built between 1940 and 1999. The vacancy rate is low at just 3.3%.

This family-friendly neighborhood has low crime, great schools, and mostly owner-occupied homes. Nearby schools include Rancho San Diego Elementary, Emerald Middle School, College Preparatory Middle School, and Grossmont High School.

San Diego Christian College / E Madison Ave

In the area around San Diego Christian College and E Madison Ave, housing prices are still high, but a little lower than the previous listings. You can get a home here for about $800,000. The average rent is higher than the other neighborhoods, though, at $3,700.

Not only is this a college area, but there’s also plenty of shopping along Town Center Pkwy, Mission Gorge Rd, and Cuyamaca St. You’ll find many one and two-story houses, townhomes, apartment complexes, and more, built from 1940 to 1999. You can find a StaxUP Storage facility just a few miles away from the college, making storage easy for students, families, and businesses alike.

Of course, there are excellent schools in this area, too, including Lexington Elementary School, Cajon Valley Middle School, and El Cajon Valley High School.

Fanita Dr / Gibbons St

Another spendy but safe and gorgeous neighborhood in El Cajon is the Fanita Dr and Gibbons St. area. You and your family can purchase a home in this clean, suburban area for around $762,000. Rent is quite a bit lower than the previous neighborhoods we covered, averaging around $2,275.

Homes here range from medium to large, meaning from three to five or more bedrooms. There are also small apartment buildings. Most houses here are occupied by the owners, and like much of El Cajon, they were built between 1940 and 1999. This is also a popular place to live, with beautiful lawns and tree-lined streets. About a third to a half of the houses have swimming pools, and the vacancy rate hovers around 2.5%.

As this neighborhood is near the previous one on this list, local schools include Lexington Elementary School, Cajon Valley Middle School, and El Cajon Valley High School. A StaxUP Storage facility is located just a few minutes' drive from Fanita Dr and Gibbons St.

Vista Grande Rd / Dehesa Rd

The Vista Grande Rd and Dehesa Rd neighborhood, like the others on this list, is full of homes with lovely lawns, a nice amount of yard space, and swimming pools in their backyards. This is a sparsely-populated suburban neighborhood where you’ll feel like you’re out in the country. Once again, these homes were built between 1940 and 1999 and range from three- to five-bedroom, and higher, single-family homes. People love this area, as evidenced by the 1.9% vacancy rate. This is a lovely place for a drive or a virtual trip via Google Maps. You’ll find a lot of beautiful places to live here full of trees, greenery, and countryside.

The median home price here is $757,575 and the average monthly rent is $2,500. Crime is low, and the population is a mix of families and college students. Nearby schools include Madison Avenue Elementary School, Montgomery Middle School, and Granite Hills High School.

If you’re looking for storage in El Cajon, visit one of our two StaxUp Storage facilities in the area. We have one on Hill Street and one on Bradley Avenue. We have indoor and drive-up units, online bill pay, great security, and more to meet your business or personal storage needs.

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