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Alternately called "Mayberry" for its family-friendly atmosphere and "cowboy town" for its love of horses (there's even an annual rodeo drawing contestants from across the nation), Lakeside is a great place for families and outdoor lovers to put down roots.

Maintaining a rural lifestyle has been key to Lakeside's small-town charm even with a population of 40,000. Located east of Santee, Lakeside is surrounded by small-scale farms; many homes include horse stables, proclaiming the residents' love for all things equestrian. The annual highlight is none other than the Lakeside Rodeo and Western Days Parade that brings in top rodeo riders from all over the country.

Named after Lindo Lake, Lakeside was originally promoted as a townsite in 1886 when the El Cajon Valley Land Company purchased 6,600 acres of the Rancho El Cajon land grant.

Today Lindo Lake is still a favorite destination for residents and visitors who feed the ducks, picnic, hike, ride horseback and fish. The lake is the only natural freshwater lake in San Diego County and was originally fed by mountain streams. There are three other lakes in the area and eight parks. Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary is the San Diego Audubon Society's 700-acre preserve--a paradise for bird watchers.

Lakeside's neighborhoods include Finn Springs, Winter Gardens, and Eucalyptus Hills. Lakeside real estate is made up of single homes, condos, ranchettes and mobile homes among the hills and mesas. Currently, median home prices are approximately $530,000, with condos beginning in the mid- to-high $100,000s and detached homes beginning at $300,000 and ranging up to $1.6 million.

Children attend schools in the Lakeside Union Elementary School District and Grossmont high schools. State scores rank in the 65th percentile in the state.

Lakeside is bordered by I-8 and Highway 67, some 20 miles east of downtown San Diego in the western foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains on the San Diego River. Also nearby is the Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, with its hotel, day spa and golf course, providing a major employment source for the area.