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Guatay, CA (91931): History and Local Information
Part of the Mountain Empire area in southeastern San Diego County, Guatay has an elevation of 3,999 feet. The community was named after Guatay Mountain. Beautiful blue skies and rolling hills are a common sight in this small community, located on the way to the Cleveland National Forest. The average home prices in Guatay are $159,000. Old Highway 80 runs through the town. I-8 and Highway 79, the Japatul Valley Road, are nearby. It is approximately 30 minutes to San Diego. The climate reflects its mountain location, with cooler temperatures in the 30s to the 60s in late fall and winter, climbing to the 50s to the low 80s in late spring and summer. Both rain and snow occur in the wintertime.
Guatay, CA (91931): Neighborhoods and Community
Guatay Mountain offers great hiking trails and great views of the San Diego area. A rare grove of Tecate Cypress grows on the mountain. Part of the Mountain Empire Unified School District, close elementary schools are Descanso Elementary School and Pine Valley Elementary, each about 3 miles from Guatay. The school bus picks up and delivers students to the elementary school and Mountain Empire High School. One of the industries located in Guatay is Tryyn (pronounced Treen) Gallery, which makes handcrafted wooden spoons, bowls and jewelry. Another business is Guatay Mountain Nursery, which specializes in native California plants. Most residents work in the health, education, agriculture, construction, and arts and entertainment fields.
Guatay, CA (91931): Statistics and Community Features
The 782 residents live in 370 homes distributed over an area of seventeen and a half square miles. Nearby hospitals are located in La Mesa and Chula Vista. The benefit of living in the area includes the sense of isolation with the big city just minutes away. There are 186 owners compared to 57 renters, with an average age of 37. Half of the homes have less than $30,000 annual income, which makes it a hardship to stay current on monthly costs of living. Approximately 120 homes were built prior to 1950, 170 built between 1950 and 1989 and 40 built after 1990. The average homes have 2 or 3 bedrooms.
Guatay, CA (91931): Home Improvement
The age of homes in Guatay create a need for professional electricians and contractors that are experienced with the mountain areas of San Diego County and the particular challenges offered with the cold and snow. Humidity is also a factor and is just one more reason that stucco and painting businesses are in high demand. It is important to keep home improvement up to par to avoid huge expenses later and a general handyman can help local residents with these kinds of projects. One of the biggest challenges is updating old electrical systems and a licensed electrical contractor can validate a home's compliance with local codes or detail the need for improved wiring to handle new stoves, water heaters and dishwashers. Solar power is another prominent area of home and community improvement. Carpenters are frequently in demand due to upgrades around the house. Snow, even during light years, can affect the quality of the roof and in a distant community, it is important to have the roof inspected yearly to make sure there are no problems happening under the roof where sometimes they are detected too late to avoid expensive roof repair. 
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