Encanto, San Diego

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Encanto, San Diego
View of Encanto from atop 61st Street, O'Farrell
View of Encanto from atop 61st Street, O'Farrell
Encanto is located in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego
Encanto is located in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego
Encanto, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
Encanto, San Diego
Encanto, San Diego
Location within Southeast San Diego
Coordinates: 32°42′45″N 117°03′40″W / 32.71250°N 117.06111°W / 32.71250; -117.06111Coordinates: 32°42′45″N 117°03′40″W / 32.71250°N 117.06111°W / 32.71250; -117.06111
Country United States of America
State California
County San Diego
City San Diego
ZIP Code

Encanto (Spanish for "Enchantment") is a hilly urban neighborhood located in the southeastern region of San Diego, California. The neighborhood is bordered by California State Route 94 and the communities of Oak Park and Broadway Heights to the north, O'Farrell (also known as South Encanto) to the south, Emerald Hills and Valencia Park to the west and the City of Lemon Grove to the east.


The name Encanto usually refers to the neighborhood of Encanto, but it can also refer collectively to the neighborhoods of the Chollas Valley planning area, which consists of Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Lincoln Park, O'Farrell, and Valencia Park, as well as Encanto.

The citizens' community planning group that represents these eight neighborhoods in accordance with City of San Diego Council Policy 600-24 is named the Chollas Valley Community Planning Group.

Encanto is a predominantly low-density residential community, with commercial and industrial businesses located near major streets. Encanto and the adjacent neighborhoods are going through revitalization with such programs as the Chollas Creek Enhancement Program, which focuses on open space and restoring native vegetation.


Encanto is a diverse community. Current demographics for the neighborhood are as follows: people of Hispanic heritage make up 47.6%, followed by Asian at 18.0%, then African-Americans at 17.5%, non-Hispanic Whites at 12.7%, Mixed Race at 3.8% and others at 0.4%[1]


Encanto is within the 4th City Council District.[2] The district is currently represented by Monica Montgomery Steppe, who assumed office in 2018.[3] Federally, the neighborhood is within the California's 53rd congressional district.[4]


O'Farrell Community School, San Diego, California

Encanto is served primarily by the San Diego Unified School District along with some charter and private schools. Schools that serve O'Farrell students include O'Farrell Community School, an independent K-12 charter school and the largest school in Encanto, along with Morse High School and Keiller Leadership Academy, a charter school partnered with the University of San Diego, both in bordering Skyline and Lincoln High School in nearby Lincoln Park.

Much like the rest of Southeast San Diego, many students in Encanto have taken advantage of San Diego Unified School District's Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP), and have opted to be bused to high schools in San Diego's more affluent northern suburban neighborhoods,.[5] Depending on their VEEP Allied School Pattern, a high school student may be voluntarily bused to Mira Mesa High School, Mission Bay High School, Scripps Ranch High School, Serra High School, and University City High School.[6]


  1. ^ ""Race and Ethnicity in Encanto, San Diego, California"". Statistical Atlas. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  2. ^ San Diego (Calif.) (2000). San Diego Annual Budget. City Manager. p. 895.
  3. ^ Garrick, David (November 7, 2018). "Cole, Zapf lose re-election bids in two rare instances of San Diego council incumbents being rejected". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "A Community of Contrasts" (PDF). Union of Pan Asian Communities. Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles. 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ "VEEP Information". Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  6. ^ "2007–2008 VEEP Allied Patterns" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2007-11-17.

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