College Area Community Info and Homes for Sale

College Area, CA Real Estate

‘What do you think of the College Area?’ When I suggest this area to a prospective home buyer, images of rowdy students from SDSU come to mind, or the street scene of El Cajon Avenue. I have never had a buyer call me and say ‘I want to buy in the College area.’ They do however ask for Talmadge, a subdivision in the same area or Alvarado Estates.

This older part of town, just east of City Heights includes the SDSU campus. These neighborhoods include a lot of rental property to accommodate students. Most residences in this part of town are off either El Cajon or University Ave. Much of College area real estate is priced on the low side, condos as low as $100K, and houses as low as $250K.

There are however, several lovely subdivisions within this community that I would like to note:

  • Alvarado Estates –  is the only gated community of luxury homes with one acre of land or more. It features custom homes, private streets, community activities, and lovely views. Homes start in the $700,000 range and work their way up to $2 million dollars.
  • Talmadge – is a popular neighborhood for those who love the urban lifestyle. Just moments to freeways, and other San Diego communities. Real estate here ranges from Spanish to Mid-Century Classics. This community has been ‘invigorated’ by an influx of young trendy families.  It houses community events such as parades, picnics, and concerts. Homes in Talmadge typically run between $500K – $1million.
  • Rolando – feels like you stepped back in time. This community of 10 blocks is a peaceful oasis in a mid-city area. Very similar in feel to the more expensive ‘Talmadge’ community, you can view classic mid-century homes beaming with old world charm. Homes are affordable, often in the $300-500K price range. 
  • College Grove – is a modest neighborhood with small, practical homes. Many offer a front porch & yard for kids to play. Like the other neighborhoods, it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. Homes here are in the $250K-$450K price range.



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Crawford Champs High School

4191 Colts Way | (619) 583-2501

Crawford Idea High School

4191 Colts Way | (619) 583-2502

Ibarra Elementary School

4877 Orange Ave | (619) 641-5400

Iftin Charter School

5465 EL Cajon Blvd | (619) 265-2411

Mann School of Expression

4345 54TH St. | (619) 582-8990

Mann School of Exploration

4345 54TH St. | (619) 582-8990

Alba School

5510 Trojan Ave | (619) 287-8395

Hoover High School

4474 EL Cajon Blvd | (619) 283-6281

Clay Elementary School

6506 Solita Ave | (619) 583-0690

Hardy Elementary School

5420 Montezuma Rd | (619) 582-0136

Language Academy

4961 64TH St | (619) 287-1182

Tubman Village School

6880 Mohawk St | (619) 668-8635

Rolando Park Elementary School

6620 Marlowe Dr | (619) 582-5414

Mann School of Expedition

4345 54TH St | (619) 582-8990

Blessed Sacrament Parish School

4551 56th St | (619) 582-3862

Learning Adventure School

6950 Mohawk St | (619) 583-9107

Diego Hills Charter School

4585 College Ave | (619) 286-0312
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