Spring Valley, CA History
Named after a natural spring on its location. Originally called “El Aquaje de San Jorge” translated from Spanish into “St. George’s Spring” when Spanish raised cattle in the area.
Judge Augustus Ensworth from San Diego filed a claim for a 160-acre ranch in 1863. He built a small adobe house near the spring to start his ranch. That adobe house became a designated National Historic Landmark.
Spring Valley, CA Facts
The 2010 U.S. Census established its population at 28,205.
When combining the three neighborhoods some claim that the “Greater Spring Valley” contains more than 100,000 residents.
Spring Valley centrally located to many desirable places. It’s only a 25-minute drive to downtown San Diego. Popular attractions like La Mesa and El Cajon only 10 miles away.
Google Maps shows State Highway 54 running through Spring Valley with State Highway 125 along its western border. State Highway 94 travels along its northern border.
Spring Valley CA Real Estate Market 2019
- Rated 90 (out of 100) for a “most competitive” market;
- Most homes receive at least two offers;
- Homes remain on the market for up to 18 days;
- Most homes sell for near the listing price;
- Hot homes often sell around 2% above the list price and sell within 7 days;
- Average Home Price in September 2019 = $480,000; and
- Average Sale Price by Square Foot = $322.
Redfin Overview – Spring Valley maintain a very competitive market as most get at least 2 offer and sell in less than 18 days. The average sale price of $480,000 shows an increase of 3.7% since last year. Average sale price by the square foot of $322 shows an increase of 1.3% from last year.
- Median Home Value = $518,192; and
- Average Market Rent = $2,040 per month.
Neighborhood Scout Overview – Most Spring Valley homes consist of single-family detached homes. Over the past 10 years, Spring Valley experienced high appreciation rates amounting to 66.4% (an annual appreciation rate of 5.2%).
- Average Home Value = $479,500;
- Hot Real Estate Market;
- Values Increased by 1.8% over last year;
- Median Listing Price = $492,500;
- Median List Price per Square Foot = $307;
- Average Sale Price as of August, 31, 2019 = $471,200; and
- Median Rent Price = $2,395.
- Median Listing Home Price = $514,900;
- Median Listing Home Price per Square Foot = $312; and
- Average Sold Home Price = $485,000.
Realtor Overview – The Spring Valley housing market in September 2019 is a seller’s market. This means more buyers than active home listings.
San Diego Union-Tribune
- Spring Valley (Zip Code 91978) fell by 9.6%; and
- The Median Home Price at $480,000 dropped from $531,000 from the same time last year.
What’s Happening Here?
- Redfin claims Spring Valley as a competitive seller’s market;
- Neighborhood Scout claims Spring Valley homes appreciating;
- Zillow reports a “Hot Real Estate Market”;
- Realtor claims it’s a “Seller’s Market”; and
- The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Spring Valley home sale prices down by 9.6% from last year.
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Spring Valley Things To Do
Wishing Creek Farms received 5 Stars (out of 5) for their horseback riding.
“I love love love this venue! That’s not the best part though. The endless smiles of my two daughters developed by a love for horses and a passion for riding thanks to their amazing horses.”
Speed Circuit & Family Fun Center earned 4.5 Stars from 113 reviews for their Go-Karts, arcade games, and challenging courses.
“It was super-fun. We played a bunch of arcade games and then got into the carts. It was my 5-year-old’s first time driving and he crushed it!”
Hot Tub Cruisin got 4.5 Stars from 63 reviews for their boat tours.
“This was awesome! I’ve been wanting to take this boat out for a year and finally, we got a group together for Labor Day.”
La Mesa Public Stairs received 4.5 Stars from 66 reviews for the exercise.
“No need to find a Stairmaster to use; just go here, hahaha. The address will lead you to a long set of stairs in a residential area.”
Liberty Call Distilling LLC earned 5 Stars in the Food & Drink category.
The Bancroft got 4.5 Stars for the Nightlife category.
Deering Banjo earned 5 Stars for the Shopping category.
Cozy Thai Massage got 5 Stars in the Spas and Wellness category.
Rejuve-A-Nation Massage received 4 Stars in the Spas and Wellness category.
Spring Valley Restaurants
The Best Restaurants in Spring Valley, CA
Casanova Fish Tacos got 5 Stars (out of 5) from 264 reviews for their Food Truck Seafood and Tacos.
“I cannot say enough about the food – delicious: Baja Style Fish Tacos, Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas (gluten-free), and Rotisserie-Style Chicken”.
Pintxos – Spanish Street Food got 5 Stars from 12 reviews for their Spanish cuisine.
“It’s nice to have some quality Spanish food close to home.”
Pho Minh & Grill received 4.5 Stars from 181 reviews for their Vietnamese cuisine.
“I had the Vegetarian Pho and the vegetarian egg rolls. The pho was so good!”
Pho & Grill International got 4.5 Stars from 347 reviews for their Vietnamese food and the BBQ.
“Always good. Always such a nice and efficient service. Rare steak #8 forever…and a Thai ice tea was great!”
Ranas Mexico City Cuisine earned 4.5 Stars from 625 reviews for their Mexican cuisine
“This one is a gem! So nice to find an authentic Mexican restaurant. The place is clearly packed with locals having a good time.”
Ranchwood BBQ & Catering got 4.5 Stars from 375 reviews for their BBQ food.
“We ordered two days ago from here. Ancho chipotle potato salad is my jam!!! Whoa, baby!!! I could eat this every day.”
Pho Olala rated 4.5 Stars from 165 reviews for their Vietnamese cuisine.
“I ordered the chicken pho soup and egg rolls. The broth was delicious. Eggs were delicious and crunchy!”
Farmer’s Table La Mesa earned 4.5 Stars from 2,031 reviews for their New American food.
“With this location in the village of La Mesa, Farmers Table is a MUST if you’re a brunch or, (in general), food lover.”
Cali Comfort BBQ rated 4.5 Stars by 2,159 reviews for their BBQ and Brunch.
“Outstanding food and service! They take care of you very well.”
Tambayan Filipino Bbq & Grill also earned 4.5 Stars from 135 reviews for their Filipino, BBQ, and Breakfast.
“Tambayan” means “a place to hang out or to stand by”.
The Edge Mediterranean Grill rated 4.5 Stars by 303 reviewers for their authentic Mediterranean cuisine.
“Felt the need to review because I love real authentic Mediterranean food. The place is nice, clean, and quiet.”
Bankhead Mississippi Style Cooking earned 4 Stars from 245 reviews for their Southern, Soul Food, and BBQ.
Spring Valley Schools
The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District oversees the elementary and middle schools.
The Grossmont Union High School District oversees public high school education.
Grossmont Middle College High School rated A+ from 133 reviews. With only 72 students and a teacher-to-student ratio of 20:1.
Helix High School ranked A+ by 713 reviews. With 2,511 students and a teacher-to-student ratio of 27:1.
Steele Canyon High School earned an A rating from 374 reviews. With 2,163 students and a teacher-to-student ratio of 30:1.
Hillsdale Middle School got a B+ from 12 reviews. With 1,506 students and a teacher-to-student ratio of 26:1.
Sweetwater Springs Elementary School earned a B rating. With 519 students and a teacher-to-student ratio of 27:1.
Spring Valley CA Real Estate Spotlight Conclusion
This Spring Valley, CA real estate spotlight focused on a small San Diego County CDP.
As its name suggests Spring Valley sits atop a natural spring. Originally a Spanish cattle grazing area. In 1863, its first adobe home erected for a cattle ranch.
Praised by residents for its scenic views. It enjoys a low unemployment rate. Just a 25-minute drive to downtown San Diego.
Plenty of fun things to do in Spring Valley like:
- Horseback riding on a farm;
- Boat tours;
- Family fun center;
- Long public stairs for exercise; and
- Spas and Wellness centers.
Spring Valley boasts two 5 Star and nine 4.5 Star restaurants.
High ranked schools where two high schools earned an A+ grade and another rated an A.
The Spring Valley real estate market in 2019 reveals different opinions such as:
- Redfin claiming Spring Valley as a competitive seller’s market;
- Neighborhood Scout reporting Spring Valley homes appreciating;
- Zillow claiming a “Hot Real Estate Market”;
- Realtor declaring it’s a “Seller’s Market”; and
- The San Diego Union-Tribune reporting Spring Valley home sale prices down by 9.6% from last year.
Contact Us to find out the current prices for Spring Valley homes.
Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger
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