First developed in 1980, Santee is located in east San Diego County, just 20 minutes from Downtown San Diego and just east of the large Mission Trails Regional Park. Home to more than 54,000 residents, Santee is known for its newer Santee Trolley Square, a major entertainment and shopping center, both easily accessible by the 52 and 125 freeways. Santee also is home to the popular family oriented recreation destination Santee Lakes where families can camp and kids can explore and fish. Living in the beautiful amenity rich community of Santee is easy with a mix of older established neighborhoods, and newer subdivisions recently built expanding into the hills north and east. Santee is a great family community, with easy freeway access in all directions, Santee has the lifestyle living any family could ever want.