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City of Vista CA Real Estate Spotlight


This City of Vista CA real estate spotlight located in North San Diego offers a bustling city filled with cultural diversity.

The City of Vista, commonly known as “Vista” is a medium-size city near the San Diego-Carlsbad metropolitan area.


City of Vista CA History


In 1798, the San Luis Rey Mission brought Spanish settlers and prosperity.

When California became a state in 1850 settlors arrived in the Vista area.

Founded in 1882 with the erection of a post office by settlor John Frazier who named it “Vista” because “Buena Vista” already taken.

In 1886, the first successful winery in America started in Vista.

Vista’s growth slowed by a lack of enough water. That ended in 1923 when the Vista Irrigation District obtained funding to build a new water source from Lake Henshaw.

Agriculture endeavors flourished with the planting of citrus fruits, celery, and tomatoes. When avocados got planted, Vista became the “avocado capital of America” by 1948.

Incorporated as a city in 1963. Becoming a charter city in 2007.

Vista grew with a new Business Park in the 1980s. By the 1990s, Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart opened large stores.


City of Vista CA Facts


The U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 established the city’s total area as 18.7 square miles and a population of 93,834.

In 2018, estimates raised the population to 101,224.

The Vista Unified School District is the largest employer in Vista.


City of Vista CA Real Estate Market 2019


Redfin states these City of Vista real estate market prices for August 2019:

  • Median Home Sale Price = $530,000; and
  • Median Home Sale Price per Square Foot = $313.

Redfin Overview – A very competitive housing market in Vista. Vista homes get an offer and sell within 22 days.


Zillow offers these Vista real estate market prices for August 2019:

  • Median Home Value = $542,600; and
  • Median List Price per Square Foot = $317.


Realtor?offers these Vista real estate market prices for 2019:

  • Median Listing Home Price = $599,000;
  • Median List Price per Square Foot = $313; and
  • Median Sold Home Price = $545,000.

Realtor Overview – The Vista housing market in August 2019 is a seller’s market. More buyers exist than active homes for sale. Thus, the seller gains an advantage over its buyers.


Neighborhood Scout provides these Vista real estate market facts for 2019:

  • Median Home Value = $558,923.


Why so many different sale prices?

  • Redfin Median Home Sale Price = $530,000;
  • Zillow Median Home Value = $542,600;
  • Realtor Median Sold Home Price = $545,000; and
  • Neighborhood Scout Median Home Value = $558,923.

One explanation points out that these prices only based on what each real estate company sold and not the entire City of Vista home sales.


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City of Vista Things To Do


Art Beat on Main Street A gathering place for musicians, wine lovers, art lovers, and artists since 2012.

AVO Playhouse provides a variety of films and live performances.

ClubM, a winter season live concert venue in the enclosed Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Iron Fist Brewing Co. Try their Belgian naturally carbonated and unfiltered style beers. See how they brew their popular beers.

Moonlight Amphitheatre offers a summer season of Broadway-style musicals. Sip a glass of wine under a summer moon and stars and enjoy the show with an excellent sound system, good lighting, and superb outdoor stage.

Mother Earth Brew Company Enjoy delicious handcrafted beers in their rustic, cozy tasting room.

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, besides the parade, enjoy a beer garden, food vendors, morning Irish breakfast, and Irish entertainment.

Vista Rod Run for 30 years running hot rods and classic cars show in Vista.

Vista Strawberry Festival, a huge annual strawberry festival in Vista with over 100,000 attendees, several live entertainment stages, and over 400 vendors.

Winterfest & Christmas Parade, an annual Christmas tree lighting event, and parade in Vista.


City of Vista CA Real Estate Spotlight


City of Vista Parks and Culture Activities


Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, an open-air museum showcasing 18th and 19th centuries’ agricultural equipment since 1969. Enjoy more than 20,000 pieces from huge engines to antique photos.

Boomers Family Fun Park, a kid’s paradise offering two 18-hole miniature golf courses, big arcade, laser tag, kiddie rides, go-kart racing, and bumper boats.

Brengle Terrace Park rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) by Trip Advisor houses the Alta Vista Gardens, the Moonlight Amphitheatre, two softball fields, the city community center, a playground, and a senior center.

Buena Vista Park, a natural park located on Vista’s south side offering hiking trails through its native oak and chaparral woodland.

Japanese-American Cultural Center and Buddhist Temple (only one of two in California) rated 4 Stars by Yelp.

Vista Community Sports Park rated 5 Stars by Yelp. View this site to see photos and descriptions of the various sports fields in this park. Here

Wave Waterpark, a well-equipped small downtown water park run by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy their Slide Tower, Riptide Slide, and Salsa Twist.


City of Vista Restaurants


Trip Advisor recommends these Vista restaurants:

The Yellow Deli earned 4.5 Stars (out of 5) from 276 reviews offering traditional American café food. Most popular reviewers liked their veggie burgers, lamb sandwiches, and their chili.

Ciao Ristorante Italiano rated 4.5 Stars from 209 reviews for their home-style Italian food.

Curbside Cafe got 4.5 Stars from 159 reviews for their typical American café food. Great salads, sandwiches, and soups.

Urbn Pizza earned 4.5 Stars for their excellent crust pizza.

Prohibition Brewing Co. getting 4.5 Stars from 101 reviews for their good beers, outside patio, and their coconut shrimp with coconut beer.

The Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern and Grill receiving 4.5 Stars from 68 reviews for their pub food including chili cheese fries and fish tacos.

Sunrise Cafe got 4.5 Stars for their traditional café food. Their breakfasts and the biscuits and gravy got lots of love.

Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen earning 4.5 Stars from 87 reviews who liked their trifle fries and shrimp and grits.

Partake Gastropub received 4.5 Stars from 48 reviews for their IPA beer and pub food.

Nucci’s Italian Cafe earned 4.5 Stars from 42 reviews for their authentic Italian cuisine.


City of Vista Schools


The Vista Unified School District oversees all Vista schools.

The Great Schools Organization recommends these schools in the City of Vista:


Elementary Schools

Vista Visions Academy rated 9 (out of 10) teaching grades K-12 with only 83 students.

Breeze Hill Elementary School rated 8 and teaching grades K-5 for around785 students.

Casita Center for Science/Math/Technology rated 7 teaches grades K-5 to around 580 students.

Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School rated 7 for teaching grades K-5 to around 780 students.


Middle Schools

Vista Visions Academy (See above)

Guajome Park Academy Charter rated 6 as a Charter School teaching grades K-12 to around 1,340 students.


High Schools

Vista Visions Academy (See above)

Rancho Buena Vista High School rated 8 teaching grades 9-2 to around 2,420 students.




Our City of Vista CA real estate spotlight focuses on a medium-size city founded in 1882. With the desired name “Buena Vista” already taken, its founder settled for “Vista”.

In 1886, the first successful American winery began in Vista.

Vista offers lots of activities, parks, outdoor concerts, indoor performances, and festivals year-round.

Trip Advisor lists 10 restaurants all rated 4.5 Stars in Vista offers a variety of food.

The Vista schools include an elementary school rated 9 by Great Schools along with 3 other highly rated schools. The local high school got an 8 rating from Great Schools.

Contact Us to find out more about the City of Vista CA real estate.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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