Located between the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, National City is a bustling locale that is home to nearly 60,000 residents as of 2010. The city's convenient location makes it attractive to a wide variety of people in search of affordable real estate, as well as those looking forward to enjoying access to public transportation and a less arduous commute to San Diego and other cities throughout the area. Like many other cities in the San Diego area, National City is just a short distance away from the U.S.-Mexico border and the Mexican border city of Tijuana.
As San Diego County's second oldest city, this progressive city offers a rich and wonderful history. The city was originally part of El Rancho de la Nacion, a 26,000 acre ranch purchased by Frank, Warren and Levi Kimball in 1868. The city underwent incorporation nearly 20 years later.
Canyon Ridge, Paradise Hills and Paradise Valley are just one of the many prominent neighborhoods located in and around National City. Many of the homes run the gamut from affordable ranchers and split-level homes to well-maintained California bungalows. Since the city's coastline is dominated by wharfs and other aspects of the bustling shipping industry, there aren't any neighborhoods that offer a waterfront location. Nevertheless, living in the historic city remains an attractive option for those who don't want to be too far away from San Diego.