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Chula Vista is a beautiful desert city of 243,916 that is located between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills. It is one of the wealthiest and culturally diverse areas in the United States. It is only twelve miles away from downtown San Diego and its LGBT nightlife and attractions. Although it does not have a dedicated gay neighborhood, namely because the layout of the city is so sprawling in nature, Chula Vista, like most of California is an okay place to be openly gay. Still, to find just the right home you may want to consult with a Chula Vista gay realtor as some areas of Chula Vista (like most huge cities in California) can be a little rough.
Chula Vista is located in the South Bay region of San Diego County and is bounded by the Sand Ysidro Mountains in the east and west and the Otay River in the North. It also home to several city open space areas and an ecological preserve known as the Sweetwater Marsh.
Chula Vista is an exciting place to live because it is growing at such a fast pace. Thousands of new homes have been built in the Otay Ranch, Lomas Verdes, Rancho Del Rey, Eastlake and Otay Mesa Areas. The South Bay Expressway connects these neighborhoods to downtown Chula Vista and to downtown San Diego.
However, aside from the glossy new monster homes and condos Chula Vista also has a rich architectural heritage that includes Spanish style tile and stucco building, Victorian orchard houses and Craftsman bungalows.
Downtown Chula has about seventy houses and commercial buildings that are designated as historic sites and that are fanciful replications of Tudor and Norman architecture. There are also a few examples of Streamline Art Deco style buildings on Flower Street in the heart of the historical district.
The Orchard houses are particularly distinctive because they are Victorians with huge wrap around porches that look a bit out of place in this desert area. Thousands of homes here were built in this style as part of a financed community built to launch a citrus grove industry. Some of the orange trees from this turn-of-the-century era can still be seen bearing fruit in areas of Chula Vista. However for the most part, the city has very wide streets lined with fast food and taco stands with neon signs and tall swaying palm trees.
Chula Vista has Walmart Target and United Technologies as major employers but it is also a lively tourist town. It is known for its many golf courses. Other notable attractions include the Chula Vista Nature Center, the Otay Valley Regional Park, the Chula Vista marina and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Chula Vista is also a popular destination for yachting and sports fishing and there are many charters at the marina available to take people deep sea fishing. There are also many interesting events held in the city including the Chula Vista Rose Festival, the famous Lemon festival and the Starlight Parade.
For more information about Chula and its attractions go to www.chulavistachamber.com