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Bonita, CA: A rural gem in the heart of suburbia
In the Spanish language, “bonita” is the feminine word for “beautiful.” This city, nestled between Chula Vista and San Diego, certainly holds true to the word that labels its borders in San Diego County. When Bonita was founded in 1884, it had begun as lemon cultivation ranch owned by Henry Ernest Cooper, Sr. Now, Bonita is considered an unincorporated city, though its geography is consistent with the climate and landscape found throughout the Lower Sweetwater Valley. It’s location in the valley offers the city of about 12,000 a five-mile stretch of the Sweetwater River and its surrounding valleys and hills.
A slice of paradise for equestrians and nature-lovers
Though Bonita is surrounded with housing tracts developed as early as the 1960s, the city is seen as a rural gem in the heart of suburban development. The most obvious trait of the area would be the expansive walking and equestrian paths that are used by hundreds of visitors and locals alike, as well as their horses. It is not uncommon at all to see Bonita residents out riding their horses, especially if you go walking along the famous trails. The people of this area place a high value on nature and its creatures, making Bonita an exceptional spot to live in if you are of the same heart and mind.
For the nearly 13,000 residents of Bonita the average household income is $84,526 annually, over $30,000 more than the national average. The median age of Bonita residents is 43 years old, with much of the adult population working in administrative, sales and management jobs. The high standard of living paired with the low crime rate makes Bonita a choice worth heavy consideration when deciding where in California you wish to retire, raise a family or live out the rural dream with the larger cities not far away.
Luxury living in Bonita
The cost of living in Bonita, CA is 13% higher than the average cost of living throughout the state, with a median home cost of $530,600. The average household income is substantially higher than the national average, so as you can expect the majority of residents are high-income earners, with the majority making over $75,000 per year. Many luxury homes are available throughout Bonita, with the most expensive in the $2-million range. These beautiful homes offer a lot in the way of square footage to implement however you want (perhaps a home theater, which is a popular option), bedrooms/baths, and amenities such as pools and recreational rooms. On the opposite end of the price spectrum, the least expensive luxury homes will still run you about $450,000. The cost of homes can vary drastically depending on things like square footage, amenities, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and garage space.
Preparing students to venture out to other parts of San Diego County
86.1% of Bonita residents graduate high school, and 38% will eventually go on to achieve a Bachelor’s degree. There are three public schools and two private schools to serve the K-12 students of the area, with the average teacher: student ratio being 1:20. The private schools in Bonita are highly praised for academic curriculums and their ability to prepare students for college in the neighboring areas of San Diego County.
Affordable dining, no matter your fare!
If you are looking for Mexican food at affordable prices, or charming pubs that won’t drain your wallet, Bonita has got you covered with a slew of restaurants that focus on Mexican and barbecued fare as well as local watering holes that will satisfy any thirst at any budget. It is incredibly affordable to wine and dine in the Bonita, CA area, whether you choose a chain restaurant or something more locally-specific for your next meal out on the town. The city offers comfort food aplenty, leaving no belly empty for long!
No shortage of fun spots for lovers of nature
Bonita is truly a haven for nature-lovers, with an abundance of walking trails for you and your family to bask in and enjoy the natural scenery. Sweetwater Summit Regional Park is an ideal spot for recreation with friends or family, especially if you’re fond of camping, horseback riding, or leisurely strolls with your dog. Do you prefer golf over hiking for your outdoor recreation? Look no further than the Bonita Golf Club, popular wedding venue, watering hole and locally-acclaimed golf course.
If you’re a movie buff who just has to see the next highly-anticipated blockbuster in theaters, you’re in luck. Bonita is host to three different cinemas, with many more in the surrounding areas as well-many offering IMAX viewings.