El Cerrito's name translates from Spanish into "The Little Hill," reflecting the spectacular views many homeowners possess. Early in its history, the El Cerrito neighborhood consisted primarily of orange and lemon orchards and 19th century suburban development. Significant development began in the early 1920's when the old Cajon road became U.S. Highway 80 or "El Cajon Boulevard."Today, El Cerrito spans residences both north and south of El Cajon Blvd and is bordered by 54th/Collwood Street to the West; University Avenue to the South; College Avenue to the East; and Baja Canyon, south of Baja Drive, to the North.
El Cerrito, The Little Hill, truly has a little bit of everything to offer, from easy access to San Diego State University to the thriving El Cajon Boulevard commercial corridor, not to mention nearby schools, hospitals, historic neighborhoods, and a constantly growing selection of eclectic shops and eateries.