The community of Alpine is only a half hour drive from San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. Located just off Highway 8 residents of this 4,000-foot elevation mountain community enjoy a climate and a way of life like no other. Alpine is a bedroom community and a business, tourism, and transportation hub, thanks to the Viejas Casino and Outlet Center.
In 2018 the median sales price of Alpine single family homes was $640,000 (the low sales price was $135,000, and the high sales price was $1,950,000). And for condos, of which there is a very small supply, the median sales price was $277,450 (the low sales price was $195,000 and the high sales price was $384,000).
The unincorporated area of Alpine remains a rural stretch of mostly undeveloped or agricultural land. Brush-covered hillsides are crisscrossed with horse trails and wildlife paths. Avocado groves are visible from Highway 8, which cuts through the region, and small ranches and farms dominate the landscape. The Cleveland National Forest accounts for much of the eastern part of the region, including Loveland Reservoir and Palo Verde Lake.
Alpine's 108 square miles are home to roughly 8,000 people in and around the town of Alpine and its outlying neighborhoods of Peutz Valley, Japatul Valley, Hidden Glen, Galloway Valley, and Dunbar Lane. Single-family homes represent the largest housing option, although Alpine also features a variety of affordable housing options ranging from trailers to townhomes. Homes in this part of the county have beautiful canyon views and generally sit on larger lots.
Family life represents a core value for many Alpine residents. Schools rank between the 70th and 90th percentile, great sporting and recreation programs are available and all of the necessities of a modern lifestyle are available including a city library, restaurants, bakeries and so on.
Avid Alpine golfers don't have to travel far to enjoy some of the counties finest golf courses. Five Championship golf courses, a nine-hole course and an Executive Course are all within fifteen minutes of downtown Alpine. Sycuan Resort (formerly Singing Hills Resort) offers golfers two Championship courses, Willow Glen and Oak Glen, and an Executive eighteen-hole course Pine Glen. Just five minutes down the road is Steele Canyon Golf Club that offers golfers 27 holes and Cottonwood Golf Club which offers 36 holes. Add to that the Barona golf course that's just 30 minutes away from Alpine and you have 135 holes for the avid golfer.
Alpine is a gateway community, much as it was almost 150 years ago when it was first established. Located just east of El Cajon and south of Lakeside, the town of Alpine is the modern-day outpost of San Diego's backcountry: The last major population center before climbing into the Cuyamacas or dropping down to the desert floor.