Located in East County of San Diego County, El Cajon is located about 20 minutes outside of San Diego. It started as a farming community in the 1900s. You’ll know you’ve found it when you’re under the lit-up El Cajon arch.

Though it’s not one of the most popular areas near San Diego, El Cajon has a cost of living that's still pretty steep. The median sales price of homes is $485,000 and median rent is $2,500 per month. What you’re paying for is beautiful mountain views, close proximity to San Diego and the coast and gorgeous weather all year round. Warning: Do not move here if you don’t like sunny days and pleasant temperatures. Homes tend to be of the classic Southern California-style stucco sort with Spanish tile roofs. El Cajon is a socio-economically diverse city with neighborhoods ranging from high-end to low-income. The farther into the outskirts of the city you get, the more high-end the neighborhoods tend to be.

It’s a pretty family friendly city, with about 70 percent of the population being married. Gillespie Field Airport is in town, and El Cajon is only about 17 miles to San Diego International Airport, which is a plus for travelers. Education and social and health services are the biggest industries in town.

In the summer, El Cajon residents gather downtown for the Cajon Classic Cruise car show and the Dinner and a Concert series. Downtown is the place for bars and restaurants. You’ll find a mix of chain restaurants, local ethnic spots and some trendier eateries like URBN, a craft pizza and beer restaurant. For shopping, head to Parkway Plaza.

Other things to do: Catch a show at the East County Performing Arts Center, explore the historic Knox House Museum or enjoy beautiful flowers at St. Madeleine Sophie's Center and Garden.