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Alpine Neighborhood Guide

Alpine is a small community of about 14,200 people in the Cuyamaca Mountains some 25 miles east of San Diego. The area is about 1,200 feet above sea level and enjoys a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, with summer highs in the 90s and winter lows that sometimes dip below freezing. It does snow a couple of times a year, but doesn’t tend to accumulate so you won’t need to buy a snow shovel.

In recent years the construction of new housing in Alpine has made it a popular exurb of San Diego. Interstate 8 runs through the center of the area, offering an easy commute. The beautiful views, comparatively affordable real estate, and small-town vibe make it an attractive choice for many people.

The main shopping areas are at Alpine Boulevard and Tavern Road near Interstate-8, which has an Ace Hardware, pharmacies, and restaurants. There’s also an Albertson’s and other stores at Alpine Boulevard and S. Grade Road a little further east along Interstate-8.

Properties for Sale in Alpine

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Things to Do in Alpine

Lions, Tigers & Bears

Nature & Wildlife Areas

24402 Martin Way
Alpine, CA 91901

Sky Falconry

Nature & Wildlife Tours

595 Anderson Rd
Alpine, CA 91901

Viejas Casino

Casinos & Gambling

5000 Willows Rd
Alpine, CA 91901

Top Restaurants in Alpine

1730 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 722-6508

Janet’s Montana Cafe

American (Traditional)

2506 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 659-3874

2335 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 659-8605

Alpine Demographics


Population: 14,236
Median household income: $74,959
Median contract rent: $1,236
Median single family home price: $494,202
Median resident age: 45.9

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 570,895
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 381,677
2-unit structures: $ 353,620
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 278,880
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 338,455
Mobile homes: $ 69,677
Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $ 131,096

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 47.4%
  • Female: 52.6%
  • African American: 1.4%
  • American Indian: 0.9%
  • Asian: 1.4%
  • Caucasian: 89.2%
  • Mixed race: 2.0%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.1%
  • Other race: 5.0%

Schools in Alpine

Alpine Elementary School

Grades 1-5

1850 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

Granite Hills High School

Grades 9-12

1719 East Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92019

Joan Macqueen Middle School

Grades 6-8

2001 Tavern Road
Alpine, CA 91901