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Retirement Living In Santee - California

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Area Description

Santee incorporated in December, 1980. With a population of 56,000 and located in eastern San Diego County, Santee is the twelfth largest of San Diego County's 18 cities. With approximately half of its land undeveloped, Santee is one of the few cities in the county with space to grow.

Since its incorporation, Santee has worked steadily to enhance the community's quality of life. Toward that end, the City Council approved the Town Center Specific Plan, a 700-acre mixed-use development straddling the San Diego River. This project includes a high-tech office park, multi-family residential, open space, and a planned 55-acre community park for recreational activities. The San Diego Trolley has its eastern terminus in the Town Center and includes a major shopping center (Santee Trolley Square).

Two new freeways, SR-52 and SR-125, have been extended into the City. In the undeveloped northern portion of Santee, encompassing almost 25% of the City, is an area known as Fanita Ranch. This 2600-acre site is envisioned as a significant master-planned community providing high quality recreation and residential living.

The Santee School District and the Grossmont Union High School District rank among the best, having earned several local, state, and national awards for academic excellence. The schools also boast outstanding extracurricular activities from sports to fine arts. The area is home to the Grossmont Community College District, which boasts two award-winning community colleges, Grossmont and Cuyamaca. In addition, San Diego State University, University of California at San Diego and University of San Diego are close by.

Nestled between gently rolling hills and located near several refreshing lakes, Santee offers the comfortable convenience of urban living with the serenity and safety of the country. A dedicated City Council and thoughtful City government have taken steps to preserve the community's natural identity. Sound government practices and a strong financial base ensure a bright future for Santee

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Sports: Sportsplex USA Santee, a 15 acres sports field complex, opened on June 1, 2010. Located within Town Center Community Park, it features three lighted softball fields, four batting cages, two lighted arena soccer fields, spectator seating, parking and a sports-themed restaurant offering food, beer and wine.

Outdoors: In addition to being a popular spot for mountain bikers, the city hosts a popular Southern California rock climbing venue called Santee Boulders. Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground offers 190 acres for fishing, camping, bird watching and picnicking.

Golf: A local landmark since 1958, the Carlton Oaks Golf Course and resort offers a premier golfing destination.The course was designed by the legendary Pete Dye,who is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Other Recreation: Santee is just 30 minutes away from the beaches and bays of San Diego. It is also just a car ride away from multiple Casinos. Within Santee, Santee Trolley Square is a hub for shopping and dining.

Cultural Activities

A 10-week series of free concerts is organized each summer by the city's Community Services Department. The Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival, a fund-raiser for local park and youth recreation programs, is held each fall at Town Center Community Park.

Santee is also home to Off Broadway Live, a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre. Off Broadway Live features year-round live theatre.

Public transportation

Our city is a part of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System which offers bus and trolley transportation to all of San Diego County. We are within 30 minutes of almost every part of San Diego, including the San Diego International Airport. In addition, we have a small airfield called Gillespie Field services private planes right outside of our city limits .

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Santee, California?

For those of you that retire in Santee, you will have pleasant temperatures year-round.

Winter temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Santee such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days of rain.

Summertime in Santee is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings.

If you retire in Santee, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Expect a few days above 90°.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  44  56  68
 Feb  46  57  68
 Mar  49  59  70
 Apr  52  62  73
 May  56  66  75
 Jun  59  69  78
 Jul  63  74  84
 Aug  65  75  85
 Sep  62  73  84
 Oct  57  68  79
 Nov  49  61  73
 Dec  44  56  68

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  1  0
 Feb  0  0  0
 Mar  0  0  0
 Apr  1  0  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  6  0  0
 Aug  8  0  0
 Sep  8  0  0
 Oct  3  0  0
 Nov  1  0  0
 Dec  0  1  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  6  41 %
 Feb  2 "  6  43 %
 Mar  2 "  6  47 %
 Apr  1 "  4  49 %
 May  0 "  2  53 %
 Jun  0 "  1  56 %
 Jul  0 "  1  60 %
 Aug  0 "  0  61 %
 Sep  0 "  1  59 %
 Oct  1 "  2  53 %
 Nov  1 "  4  44 %
 Dec  2 "  5  40 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  0  0

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Cost of Living for Santee, CA

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Senior Assistance in Santee, CA

Santee, California offers the following assistance for seniors:

Santee offers a variety of assistance for seniors including senior groups. Active older adults meet at City Hall and other city locations. Enjoy the company of others, make new friends and be part of the fun. Participate in the activity of the week, play board games or just visit with friends.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Santee Offer For Retirees?

There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities for seniors in Santee. The school district, library, and parks and recreation department are just a few of the opportunities offered in our community.

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