Costa Vista RV Resort, part of the Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista’s $1.1 billion “Bayfront Master Plan”, is now 75% complete.
All the buildings are erect and concrete has been poured for the pool deck, according to Nate Philippsen, vice president of marketing for Sun Communities, the real estate investment firm behind the project. Now, Sun Communities has begun working on all interiors of the buildings, he said, including painting and adding decorative panels as well as landscaping around the property.
The first week of January 2021, Sun Properties will be adding signage through the resort and will set the vacation rentals, which arrived at the end of last year, on their dedicated spots across the park, he added.
The Costa Vista RV Resort broke ground in October 2019, said Philippsen. And, despite COVID-19, it is still on track to open to the public April 1.
Wide Range of Amenities
“The Costa Vista RV Resort is right on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista and has 246 total sites: 197 of those are for RV sites and then we have 49 vacation rentals,” said Philippsen. “Within the entire property, we have a welcome center with a market, we have sports court, a fitness center, a playground and pickleball, a community center with arcade rooms and an event room with glass walls that overlooks the Bay. The building will have food and beverage offerings like a bistro and bar on the pool deck, which has a second level for private events, overlooking the Bay in San Diego. And then a large pool, two hot tubs, a splash pad for kids, and a putting green – just a wide range of amenities.”
Sitting on about 26 acres, the $55 million Costa Vista RV Resort is one of first two components of the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks, open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. The Chula Vista Bayfront project will also establish ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources, according to the Port of San Diego.
The RV spaces at Costa Vista RV range from 1,500 square feet to 2,000 square feet, said Philippsen, and 30 to 35 feet wide. Each can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet. Guests can bring their own RV rentals from any outside company, he said, or rent a vacation rental from Costa Vista RV, which include one or two bedroom homes with Bluetooth capabilities and key less entry and some with two stories with views of the Bay and downtown.
The cost to rent an RV varies based on time of year as well as day of the week, said Philippsen. And, while the company wouldn’t share revenue projections, he did say Sun Communities is pleased with bookings so far.
Highly Connected Property
“People are looking for highly-connected, high luxury places to experience the outdoors and this is a great example of that,” he said. “The vacation rentals have things like bluetooth and key less entry, which sets us apart from other properties. As we are getting new and younger travelers exploring the outdoors, they still want to be connected. We are one of the first to offer fiber optics and wi-fi throughout. We are a highly-connected property, very luxurious – just a great place to vacation.”
Chair Ann Moore, Chula Vista’s representative on the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners, agrees.
“The San Diego Bay waterfront is one of our region’s most significant and precious assets,” she said. “In alignment with the Port of San Diego’s efforts to create an active and vibrant waterfront in the South Bay, Sun’s Costa Vista RV Resort will give visitors a destination experience with amazing panoramic views as well as enhanced public access and public recreation on the Chula Vista Bayfront.”