Incorporated in 1980, Santee is among the fastest growing communities in all of San Diego County. It is the 11th largest incorporated city in San Diego with a population of 53,500 and growing. With the 7th highest median household income in San Diego and the highest of the east county cities, as well as one of the lowest crime rates across the region, Santee is quickly becoming a sought after place to secure a residence.
Santee Town Center at Trolley Square, opened in Fall of 2002, brought the city its first of several upcoming developmental projects. At its peak, Santee has had 30 projects pending residentially, with several more planned for the next decade. Santee, is unique in that, unlike many of its surrounding cities, it actually possesses the room to continue to grow both commercially and residentially.
Trolley Square is 706 acres of mixed purpose retail and community space. With a community amphitheater seating over 200 and several stores and restaurants including Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, T.J. Maxx, Chili's, and The Roadhouse Grill, this has become the center of revenue for the city of Santee. Additionally, Trolley Square serves as the public transit hub with several bus routes nearby and both the orange and green trolley lines offering service all over San Diego, including downtown.
Now in phase two of building, the Riverview Office Park has space to offer 1.5 million square feet to potential commercial tenants. Phase one consists of over 70,000 square feet of office space, serving approximately 500 employees of Hartford Financial Services corporate headquarters.
With its median home price in 2006 coming in at $464,000, Santee is inching closer toward becoming one of San Diego's most successful and thriving communities.
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