CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County, and it is continuing to grow.
Gayle Montisano grew up in Chula Vista, and she now lives and works in the city as a realtor. She's seen first hand how things have changed and has witnessed the influx of people.
According to the California Department of Finance, the city had one of the biggest population increases in the state last year.
Montisano told 10News she hears all kinds of reasons why people want to move to Chula Vista.
"We have the great weather, we're close to the [military] bases, close to the freeways, and we have new housing developments which are smart and efficient," said Montisano.
Smart and efficient are big draws for people buying their first home or retirees looking to downsize.
"We have brand new homes for mid-$500,000s and we have million-dollar homes," said Montisano.
Part of the explosion of growth includes urban developments that some describe as cities within cities. According to Montisano, that is exactly how Chula Vista can change but still be the place so many people know and love.