The area we now know as San Diego was long inhabited by the Kumeyaay Indians. The first European to visit the region was Portuguese-born explorer Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo, who sailed from Navidad, New Spain, under the Spanish flag. He claimed the bay for Spain, naming the site "San Miguel." Despite this, when Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast years later in 1602, he also named the area - this time in honor of the Catholic Saint Didacus, more commonly known as "San Diego."
A mission and military fort were finally established in the area circa 1769, which began the development of the city. The city was at last officially incorporated in 1850, after the end of the Mexican-American War and the gold rush of 1848. This was the same year that California joined the United States.
San Diego is well-known for enjoying one of the most comfortable climates in the United States, with an average of 201 days per year above 70 degrees.
The period from May to October is mild to warm with average high temperatures of 70 - 78°F and lows of 55 - 66°F; temperatures only exceed 90°F for approximately 4 days a year. The winter/spring period from November to April is mild and somewhat rainy, with high temperatures of 66 - 70°F and lows of 50 - 56°F.
The San Diego Unified School District includes 107 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 28 high schools and numerous alternative schools. There are also more than 20 private schools in the city.
For those seeking higher education, San Diego is home to San Diego State University, the University of San Diego, the University of California - San Diego, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College, Maric College, Kelsey-Jenney College, Platt College - San Diego and many more specialty institutions.
Health care facilities in town include Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Aurora San Diego Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Kindred Hospital - San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, the University of California - San Diego Medical Center, Villa View Community Hospital and others.
San Diego is also host to an international airport to serve your travel needs.
San Diego is home to all of the attractions you would expect from a major metropolitan area. Our professional baseball and football teams, the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers, draw millions to their games every year.
There are an incredible collection of 36 different museums in town, including museums of art, natural history, science, aviation, photography and a whole lot more. One of the most famous is the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the nation.
Tourism is a major source of revenue in San Diego, and there are many different kinds of attractions to appeal to a variety of distinct types of visitors. Those with an eye for history are likely to appreciate the sundry museums as well as the many touches of Spanish culture visible throughout town at such locations as the Spanish missions or the famed Balboa Park, which was established for public recreational use in 1835. The San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park and SeaWorld San Diego lure animal lovers to the city regularly. Those seeking more excitement can visit one of two regional amusement parks, the local Belmont Park or nearby Legoland.
There are incredible amounts of resources to enjoy in and around San Diego. Contact us right away for additional information on our city and to learn about the properties we currently have available. We know we can help you find the home that's perfect for you.