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  • Find out about the public and private schools.
  • Locate the best parks and trails.

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Where Is South San Diego Located?

South San Diego is bordered to the south by Mexico, to the north by Chula Vista, to the west by Imperial Beach and to the east by Route 905.

South San Diego Neighborhoods

NestorOceanview Hills-Ocean Crest
Otay MesaOtay Mesa West
San Ysidro

Living In South San Diego


Nestor is located west of Interstate 5, east of Imperial Beach, north of the Tijuna River Open Space Preserve and south of Egger Highlands.

Ocean View Hills

Ocean View Hills is also known as Ocean Crest. It is one of the newest master planned communities in the area, having begun development in 1998.

It is located immediately east of Interstate 805, west of Otay Valley Road, north of Route 905 and south of the Otay River.

Ocean View Hills is less than 0.5 miles to the 20,000 seat North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre and Sea World’s Aquatica Water Park.

Otay Mesa

Otay Mesa is bordered to the south by Mexico, to the north by Ocean View Hills, to the west by East Beyer Blvd and to the east by Route 125.

Otay Mesa West

Otay Mesa West is bordered by Otay Valley Regional Park to the north, Interstate 905 to the south, Interstate 805 to the east and Interstate 5 and 27th Street to the east.

San Ysidro

San Ysidro is the largest city in South San Diego. It is bordered by Mexico to the south, Route 905 to the north, Camino de la Plaza and Interstate 5 to the west and the open area just east of Interstate 805. 

South San Diego Home Prices

Below is a breakdown of median home prices (half sell at a higher price and half sell at a lower price) for the various neighborhoods of South San Diego.

NeighborhoodMedian Price
YTD April 2019
Ocean View Hills (aka Ocean Crest)$450,000
Otay Mesa$450,000
Otay Mesa West$450,000
San Ysidro$359,000

The Best Parks And Trails In South San Diego

Border Field State Park

Located adajcent to the Tijuana River National Esturaine Research Reserve. You can hike, horseback ride, run, walk and bird watch along the 1.5 mile stretch of trails and beach.

Cesar Solis Community Park

Located in Ocean View Hills. This 15 acre, newer park consists of lighted athletic fields, playground areas, picnic shelters and benches.

Montgomery-Waller Community Park & Recreational Center

Located in Otay Mesa West. This older park includes 2 lighted basketball courts, 4 baseball/softball fields and picnic areas.

The recreational center includes a gymnasium for basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball.

Ocean View Hills Community Park

Located in Ocean View Hills. This park offers  grassy areas, 1 basketball court, a playground and picnic areas.

Silver Wing Park

Located in Otay Mesa West. Silver Wing Park includes 2 baseball/softball fields, a playground, 2 basketball courts and picnic areas.

Keep in mind that though it’s called “Silverwing”, it is not the same park that features an actual silver wing (that’s found at Montgomery-Waller Community Park).

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

The reserve is comprised of 2,500 acres and offers 4 miles of trails. It is located on the border between the United States and Mexico.

The reserve is the largest coastal wetland in Southern California and an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground for over 370 species of migratory and native birds including 6 endangered species.

Public Schools In South San Diego

The area is served by:

  • San Ysidro Elementary School District (Elementary and Middle School)
  • South Bay Union School District (Elementary and Middle School)
  • Sweetwater Union High School District (Middle and High School)

The GreatSchools ranking system is used to determine above average, average or below average.

The schools comprising this list are public schools within the area only.

Elementary Schools

2 schools rank above average.
2 schools rank average.

9 schools rank below average.

Middle Schools

1 school ranks above average.
0 schools rank average.

3 schools rank below average.

High Schools

0 schools rank above average.
1 school ranks average.
1 school ranks below average.

Private Schools in South San Diego

San Ysidro

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School

Grades PK-8.

South San Diego Neighborhood Summary

Nestor• Population 13k.
• 92154 zip code.
• South Bay schools.
• Sweetwater schools.
• 11 mi to Downtown.
• 3 mi to border.
• 3 mi to beach.
Ocean View Hills• Population 12k.
• aka Ocean Crest.
• Developed 1998.
• 92154 zip code.
• San Ysidro schools.
• Sweetwater schools.
• 11 mi to Downtown.
• 2 mi to border.
• 7 mi to beach.
Otay Mesa• Population 22k.
• 92154 zip code.
• Chula Vista schools.
• Sweetwater schools.
• 15 mi to Downtown.
• 1 mi to border.
• 9 mi to beach.
Otay Mesa West• Population 29k.
• Otay Valley Park.
• Montgomery Park.
• 92154 zip code.
• South Bay schools.
• Sweetwater schools.
• 10 mi to Downtown.
• 3 mi to border.
• 4 mi to beach.
San Ysidro• Population 26k.
• 92173 zip code.
• San Ysidro schools.
• Sweetwater schools.
• 12 mi to Downtown.
• 1 mi to border.
• 5 mi to beach.

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