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Our Vista, California real estate spotlight covers a North San Diego County city.

Back in 2019, we provided the City of Vista real estate market trends here. We also explained different city attractions and restaurant reviews by Trip Advisor. In addition, a detailed history of Vista.

This spotlight features Yelp restaurant reviews and the Trip 101 site review of different city attractions. Also, 2020 real estate market trends.

We also previously spotlighted the Rancho Vista assisted living facility in the City of Vista.


Vista, California Real Estate Facts


The City of Vista incorporated in 1963 located in North San Diego County.

Due to its inland from the Pacific Ocean location Vista enjoys mild Mediterranean climates.

Vista boasts 117 neighborhoods.


Kew Gardens Neighborhood in Vista, California Real Estate Market 2020


One of the Vista neighborhoods called Kew Gardens reviewed by the Neighborhoods site reveals these real estate market trends in 2020:

  • Median Sale Price = $599,900;
  • Average Sales Price per square foot = $420;
  • Most Homes = single-family homes;
  • Ages range from 1956 to 2019; and
  • Square Feet range from 1,023 to 2,532.

Kew Gardens Neighborhood Overview – This community originated in 1942. Perfect for buyers seeking single-family homes. Offering a wide range of periods and styles. Most homes sit on half-acre lots with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Homes provide either a garage or driveway for parking.

Most Kew Gardens homes sold at close to the asking price.


City of Vista, California Real Estate Market 2020


Redfin Predicts 7.7% Increase in 2020


Redfin makes these predictions for the City of Vista, California real estate market in 2020:

  • Rated an 83 (out of 100(indicating a “Very Competitive” real estate market in 2020);
  • Homes usually get at least two offers;
  • These homes sell for around 1% below the listing price;
  • Hot homes sell for around the list price and remain pending for only 10 days;
  • Average Sale Price = $560,000 (up 7.7% from 2019); and
  • Average Sales Price per square foot = $309.


Zillow Claims 4.9% Increase From 2019


Zillow offered these Vista real estate market trends for 2020 based on data through January 31, 2020:

  • Vista’s Median Home Value equaled $551,999;
  • The Median List Price per square foot = $318;
  • Vista home prices rose by 3.8% over the past 12 months;
  • The Median Rent Price = $2,450; and
  • Zillow predicts the City of Vista home prices to increase by 4.9% in 2020.


Realtor Claims Balanced Marketplace in 2020


Realtor made these comments about the City of Vista real estate market in 2020:

  • Median Home Listing Price = $580,000:
  • Median Home Listing Price per square foot = $321; and
  • Average Home Sold Price = $570,000.

Realtor Overview – January 2020 shows a City of Vista housing market as balanced meaning a healthy balance between buyers and sellers in the marketplace.

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Best Things To Do In Vista, California


According to the Trip 101 site, The City of Vista offers eight attractions.

The Wave Waterpark

Vista’s Wave Waterpark provides a perfect summer adventure.

Its main attractions include:

  • Salsa Twist;
  • Slide Tower;
  • Flash Flood;
  • Slam Dunk;
  • Tubulation;
  • Lazy River for a relaxing tube ride; and
  • Riptide Slide for visitors to tube their way to a river landing.


Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Founded in 1969, providing a living history museum near the City of Vista. The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM) offers educational and recreational activities for an entire family with hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, informative and fun programs.

Showcasing more than 20,000 exhibited items from huge functioning engines to antique photos from the 19th century. AGSEM provides a fun and educational experience for your entire family.


The Moonlight

One of Southern California’s great outdoor theatre and music venues. A typical summer season offers four Broadway-style musicals. Sip a glass of fine wine under the summer moon and enjoy an excellent sound system atop its incredible stage with quality lighting for an entertaining evening.

Check out the cool Instagram photos at the moonlight_cultural_foundation site.

Mother Earth Brew Company

Enjoy delicious homemade craft beers. Their tasting room offers rustic yet cozy modern vibes with friendly staff pouring brews.

Art Beat on Main Street

Since 2012, a great place for artists to display wonderful art in an artsy atmosphere. A perfect environment for musicians, art lovers, and wine devotees.

Think of a magical artistic oasis for creative minds. The changing repertoire of art by professionals and emerging artists enjoying all forms of art. All this in downtown Vista!

In 2014, their wine bar opened offering a variety of select wines and craft beers with a light artisan fare. Creative spirits enjoy the wine bar to enjoy fun times in a relaxing atmosphere.

Hungry Hawk Vineyards

A small family-owned and operated boutique winery specializing in estate-grown Bordeaux, Spanish, and Rhone varietals.

Enjoy their finely crafted wines while viewing the San Diego Zoo Safar Park and the San Pasqual Valley from their vineyard viewpoint.

Iron Fist Brewing Co.

Iron Fist creates every bottle and pint in the naturally carbonated and unfiltered Belgian style. Enjoy their world-renowned select beers in a fun atmosphere.

Alta Vista Gardens

Botanical gardens offering an oasis in Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park. A unique botanical garden using interactive modern technology.

Visit each unique zones such as:

  • The herbal labyrinth;
  • Sub-tropical gardens;
  • Children’s Musical Gardens;
  • Prehistoric Gardens;
  • Ponds and more.

Each garden offers a unique experience while you enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean and the City of Vista.

These experiences include making music on over-sized instruments or enjoying an introspective, serene labyrinth walk.



Yelp recommends these 10 restaurants in or near Vista:

Kung Fu Noodle rated 4.5 Stars (out of 5) by 253 reviewers for their Dim Sum and noodles.

Shaks Mediterranean Bistro got 4.5 Stars from 249 reviewers for their Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Partake Gastropub got 4.5 Stars from 713 reviews for their German cuisine.

Ciao Ristorante Italiano receiving 4.5 Stars from 636 reviews for their Italian, pizzas, and desserts.

WildWood Crossing earned 4.5 Stars from 124 reviews for their New American and bar food.

KOKAGE rated 4.5 Stars from 73 reviews for their Tapas, sushi, and ramen.

Taverna Mediterranean Cuisine got 4.5 Stars from 43 reviews for their Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill rated 4 Stars by 745 reviews for their craft beers and traditional American food.

When Pigs Fly BBQ earning 4 Stars from 356 reviews for their BBQ, traditional American and comfort food.

508 Tavern rated 4 Stars from 221 reviews for their traditional American bar food.


Breeze Hill Elementary School




The Great Schools Organization rates the following schools as the best in or near Vista, California:

Breeze Hill Elementary School rated an 8 (out of 10) offering grades K-5 to around 810 students. Their Test Scores and Academic Progress both rated an 8.

Casita Center For Science/Math/Technology also rated an 8 teaching grades K-5 to around 590 students. They earned a 9 for Test Scores and an 8 for Academic Progress.

Rancho Buena Vista High School earned an 8 for teaching grades 9-12 for around 2,100 students. Received an 8 for College Readiness and Test Scores.

Vista Magnet Middle School Of Technology, Science, And Math got a 7 while teaching grades 6-8 to about 835 students. Earned an 8 for Academic Progress and Advanced Courses.




This Vista, California real estate spotlight showcases the difference between its 2019 and 2020 real estate markets.

Yelp lists seven restaurants earning their 4.5 Stars ratings. They include Greek, Italian, Chinese, German, Traditional American, Japanese, and Mediterranean cuisine.

Great Schools Organization rates three local schools with an 8.

The City of Vista’s real estate market for 2020 shows a healthy increase in home values over 2019.

Contact Us to find out more about the City of Vista and available homes to buy.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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