Located between the cities of Carlsbad and San Marcos, Vista has proven itself to be an excellent area for families to live. In 2008, the city was rated as the seventh-best place in the United States for family life. The city itself is not far away from the San Diego area and given its relatively close proximity to beaches along the Pacific shore, Vista proves to be an excellent place where individuals and families can work and play without any drawbacks. The city is also less than five miles away from the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, providing a relatively easy commute for U.S. service members and other personnel.
Many of the homes in and around the city of Vista are mostly single-family dwellings of varying sizes, although there are plenty of homes with floor space of over 4500 square feet and price tags approaching six figures. The two most prominent neighborhoods within the city are Oak Drive Villas and Riviera Estates, both offering relatively affordable detached houses and townhouses. The majority of the homes within the city are spread out throughout various small subdivisions and planned communities.
The majority of real estate within the 92081, 92083, 92084 and 92085 zip code areas is reasonably priced, in most respects. Approximately 54 percent of people living in Vista own their own homes, while 40 percent of the residents are renters.