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Vista is located seven miles inland and 45 miles north of San Diego’s center on the
H-78 corridor. For many years it was best known as an agricultural area famed
for its flowers, nuts, citrus and avocado trees. The town derives its name from
the Spanish word for "view" perhaps referring to its site among the rolling
coastal hills of North San Diego County. While agriculture is still a mainstay
of the area, increasingly homes and condos are replacing open fields as families
move into the area attracted by its proximity to the best of the San Diego
lifestyle and its small town ambiance. Since its incorporation in 1963, the
town has more than tripled its population, to 83,000 and become known as a good
place to raise a family.
can still be found in Vista. Out of the 797
homes that sold last year, 44 homes sold under $250,000 and 33 homes sold for
over $800,000. In the south end of Vista is the Shadowridge community, a
well-planned area developed around the Shadowridge Country Club. Warmlands and
Buena Creek, further to the north, feature custom homes built on large lots.
Moncado Springs, the largest residential project in Vista since Shadowridge was
built, features 195 single-family detached homes in six different architectural
styles, Italianate, Salt Box Colonial, French Country, Tudor, Spanish Colonial,
Vista also boasts
a newly redeveloped downtown area, Vista Village. Showcasing Boutique shops,
the Krikorian Theatre, the Avo Theatre, the Wave Waterpark (the only family
water park in North County), and restaurants dot the village.