San Carlos is bounded by Del Cerro and Navajo to the west, Fletcher Hills and the city of El Cajon to the east, and the cities of Santee and La Mesa to the north and south. Many San Diego residents consider San Carlos to be “East County.” But, San Carlos is in fact within the City of San Diego and is comprised largely of middle-class ranch style tract-homes in suburban subdivisions.
In 2018 the median sales price of San Carlos single family homes was $646,000 (the low sales price was $405,000, and the high sales price was $1,250,000). And for condos the median sales price was $322,000 (the low sales price was $193,000 and the high sales price was $564,900).
The recreation areas of Lake Murray are about 3-5 miles away offering walking and biking paths and rentals of various small watercraft for fishing or just poking around on the water. The lake is stocked with fish.
San Carlos has the City of San Diego’s biggest natural feature besides the beach, Cowles Mountain. At 1,591 feet it’s the highest point within San Diego city limits. From the summit, on a clear day, you can see the ocean. You also can see into Mexico and the rest of San Diego County. It has miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails on it. Cowles Mountain anchors one corner of the Mission Trails Regional Park, which includes the Old Mission Dam and Lake Murray. Mission Trails Regional Park is the largest urban park in the U.S., encompassing some 6,000 acres. It is seven times larger than Central Park in New York City.