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Mission Valley San Diego
How much do you know about Mission Valley San Diego? Do you plan to visit the city? Read on to learn everything that you need to know on the subject.
Are you single, or maybe newlywed? Perhaps you already have a beautiful family. Are you looking for comfortable, sunny neighborhoods with homes where renting is a common option, but where you can also buy because you won't want to leave?
Mission Valley San Diego is the perfect place for you if your answer is yes. With a population of just under 30,000 diverse and interesting people, top-rated schools, well-kept parks, lavish malls, and much more, the historic city of Mission Valley, located near all the San Diego beaches, is where people go for a wonderful living experience.
After reading this Mission Valley guide, which will break down every aspect of this old city, you'll find yourself booking your ticket as soon as possible.
All About Mission Valley
Mission Valley has a unique, lengthy history. It's a place where some well-known people lived and took part in the several features this city has to offer. There are great restaurants, city-wide events, popular attractions, all conveniently located so you can walk, bike, or drive. You can't go wrong.
Mission Valley History
Mission Valley is a historic city, dating back all the way to 1769 when it became officially known as Mission Valley. Before that, it was home to the Kumeyaay Indians for 10,000 years.
1769 is when the first Spanish settlers came to what is now known as California. They were called Presidio of San Diego and Mission of San Diego de Alcalá. They located themselves in the western area of Mission Valley, where the valley opens out into the San Diego River.
In 1774, the Mission moved to the eastern end of Mission Valley for better access to fresh water for drinking and farming.
As you'll learn, today Mission Valley has two distinct neighborhoods: Mission Valley East and Mission Valley West. Now you know why.
Mission Valley Community & Schools
It's important to have a selection of schools to choose from when deciding to move to a new neighborhood and Mission Valley has several great options. These schools are part of a community of teachers and parents who are supportive and care about the success of each student.
In general, the schools of Mission Valley are top-rated. This is due to small school populations creating a 20:1 teacher to student ratio. School faculty also organize events for students and the community, making it enjoyable for kids to want to learn and go to school.
You can choose from your typical elementary school that goes from K-8 like Old Town Academy, which is a charter school. You can choose from K-12 like The Mt. Everest Academy. There are K-5 schools, Middle Schools, and independent schools like Francis Parker.
Besides the normal structured schools, there are also schools that specialize in certain areas like The Language Academy, The Magnolia Science Academy, or The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.
Having all these options available definitely makes for a solid community that wants to produce talented children.
Mission Valley Parks & Recreation
If parks are something you absolutely need, you'll be glad to know that Mission Valley has one of the largest parks in the nation. Mission Trails Regional Park has 6,800 acres of scenic space and 60 miles of trails. You can hike to the top of Cowles Mountain, at 1,593 feet high, it's the highest point in the San Diego region. After you've conquered that, there are 4 other peaks to hike to in the same park.
You can hike one day, and bike beside the San Diego River the next day. Along the way you'll see plenty of birds, there are over 500 different species. You'll also see the coastline of the beach and Mission Bay. You won't get bored, there are several different paths to take, spanning 20 miles.
For more steps, you can trek The Old Presidio Trail. If the name didn't give it away, it's the oldest trail in Mission Valley. During your walk, you'll see ancient landmarks like Witches Tower, Serra Cross, and a statue of a Mexican Vaquero.
With all these options you'll be able to stay in fine shape while also learning the history of Mission Valley.
Mission Valley Arts, Music, and Entertainment
There's something to do for pretty much every mood in Mission Valley. If you're feeling like you want to be educated take a ride on The Old Town Trolley. On this 2 hour, narrated trolley ride you'll see over 100 landmarks. The Trolley starts in Old Town but you can get off or on at any of the designated stop locations.
If you're feeling brave like you want to get spooked take a visit to the Whaley House. The Whaley House has been deemed the number 1 haunted house in the US, even more, it was named an 'Official Haunted House' by the United States Commerce Department. Surely there has to be something off about it for it to get those ratings but you'll have to see for yourself.
There are a total of 17 museums or historical sites in Mission Valley and most are open year-round. You can choose to go at popular times to see and meet a lot of people, or when it's quieter for a more laid-back experience.
Mission Valley Dining
In Mission Valley there are so many restaurants to choose from, there are your usual favorite spots, barbecue, Italian, seafood, waffle spots. The best part is that they're all in the same general location.
However, the most popular restaurants in Mission Valley are Café Coyote, Casa Guadalajara, and Casa de Reyes.
Café Coyote has been family-run for 25 years and has been a certified tequila house since 2007. They have around 100 different tequilas, cheap tacos, and they can hold up to 700 people. There are usually lines to get in.
Most days at Casa Guadalajara there is a fiesta. Along with the exquisite menu, they offer a complimentary antojito buffet and an elaborate cocktail and margarita menu.
Casa de Reyes offers similar options, they have dancing, live music, and is considered to be a historical site. Their food options are classic Mexican and they have great drinks to choose from.
Mission Valley Transportation
Everywhere in the Mission Valley/Old Town/San Diego region is extremely convenient to get to thanks to the transportation options.
The East and West areas are divided by State Route 163, which links with Interstate 8. It is also near I-5, Interstate 805, and Interstate 15.
Many people use cars because of all the freeways close by, but for local travel, public transportation works just as well. The green line of the San Diego Trolley System. There are many stops throughout the Valley, which also connects with the orange and blue lines. Everywhere is within reach.
Mission Valley Traffic
Naturally, because it's so close to the freeways, there can be some traffic around the exits and entrances. It also depends on what time you leave. California is known to have traffic, but you can avoid it by planning accordingly. Although sometimes we can't.
The circulation throughout Mission Valley is often quite clear because a lot of people use other modes of transportation around the Valley. So while you may have to deal with traffic to get to downtown San Diego or the beaches, you'll be able to comfortably commute within Mission Valley without heavy traffic.
Mission Valley Weather
If you're looking for fine weather in December, Mission Valley has it. Super hot, yet comfortable, not humid weather in the summer? Mission Valley has it. All year round Mission Valley has ideal temperatures.
August and September can reach almost 80F but the average temperature is 71F. Of course, like everywhere you have those days where it feels like a heatwave, but not often, and during the summer it hardly ever rains.
It mostly rains during the 'winter months, around 4 times a month from December to March. During those times, the climate is still quite comfortable with temperatures around 58F, with potential highs of 10 degrees more.
Working in Mission Valley
There are several major industries to choose from in Mission Valley, from part-time to careers. People coming to Mission Valley usually have a job already, but if not it's not hard to find something.
The most popular industries in Mission Valley are education, health, and social services, public administration, and retail services. It makes sense because there are a lot of schools, stores, and health-related services in the area.
Construction, manufacturing, finance, and transportation are also options for you. Every sector pays well enough once you're there for a while.
Cost of Living In Mission Valley
Now you know that there are a lot of opportunities to work in Mission Valley. Even be now, you'll be able to save your money because of the reasonable cost of living. Compared to the rest of San Diego, it's the same because Mission Valley is nearby, but compared to the State of California, the cost of living is less than average.
Groceries, transportation, and especially housing are considerably less, meaning with all the money you're saving, you'll be able to have more great experiences with your family, or on your own around Mission Valley.
California in general is more expensive than the other US States, Mission Valley makes up for it by paying their employees well. The average family income is $89,000.
Mission Valley Outdoor Recreation
Earlier in this guide, you learned about all the parks available for leisure. What wasn't there, you'll find here, because it's good to save the best for later.
In Mission Valley, you can go to Mission Beach, where there's Belmont Park, an oceanfront amusement park with arcade games, mini-golf, the Giant Dipper roller coaster. You can also check out Draft, which offers 60 different brews, or Cannonball, the restaurant where you can get a great view of the boardwalk.
Mission Valley Shopping
You have two options when it comes to major shopping in Mission Valley: Westfield Mission Valley, and Fashion Valley.
Westfield has all your normal stores, like every mall, but Fashion Valley is much more exotic, has more brand names options, and it is an outdoor mall, which makes a great environment for shopping.
If you want to find authentic Mexican items, art, and souvenirs you can go to Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town Market, or Bazaar del Mundo.
Mission Valley Sports
Thanks to the great weather all year, rock climbing is a popular activity in Mission Valley. Mission Trails Regional Park has rock climbing spots for all skill levels, but because it's outdoor, it's recommended that climbers have some experience.
Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center in Mission Valley offer indoor climbing experiences that'll get you ready for Mission Trails.
Another sports-related fact is that SDCCU Stadium hosts plenty of events. It hosts the San Diego Aztecs football team, the Holiday Bowl, and has hosted 3 Super Bowls and 2 MLB All-Star games.
Mission Valley Social and Membership Clubs
Golf is important to a lot of people, it provides a great social environment, exercise, and networking opportunities. In Mission Valley, there are 2 and they are quite different.
Riverwalk Golf Club is 200 acres, 4 rivers run through it, and has 27 scenic holes. It's semiprivate so you have the option to be a member.
Presidio Hills is another semiprivate club and is the oldest golf club in San Diego. Located in Old Town, this course has 18 holes, but it's a smaller course than Riverwalk so go here to get better scores if you're an experienced golfer, practice your irons, and enjoy another great scenery.
Besides golf, there are fitness clubs, libraries, museums, and iFly - a skydiving arena that recently opened in Mission Valley.
Mission Valley Real Estate
Mission Valley can be considered to be a medium-sized city with a population of around 30,000 but it is generally dived into 2 neighborhoods: Mission Valley East which has a population of 22,280, and Mission Valley West which has a population of 6,221.
Both of these neighborhoods are great for living, renting, or visiting and offer similar amenities. What's also convenient is that Mission Valley is easily traversable so you can simply get to one neighborhood or the other if you need something that's not offered where you are.
Mission Valley East
Mission Valley East's population is practically split down the middle between men and women, with 51% being female and 49% being male. The neighborhood's average age is 33, making it a great place for single folks but also young families. In Mission Valley East the average household size is 2.2 and the average family size is 2.9.
The neighborhood of Mission Valley East is also relatively diverse. The majority of residents are white or Hispanic but more Asain and African Americans have been moving there to also take advantage of the opportunities available.
Being the most populated neighborhood out of the two, Mission Valley East is usually the busiest. Due to this, you'll find more of the special attractions like the malls and restaurants.
Mission Valley West
Similar to the East, Mission Valley West's population has an equal amount of men and women. Its average age is also 33, and the average home and family sizes are pretty much the same as well.
The main difference is the population size. As mentioned above, the population of Mission Valley West is nearly half as small as the East, but because of this there is more space to walk around and many of the people you'd get accustomed to seeing.
This provides families with a nice small community feeling, especially because it's also as diverse as the East in similar ways. Compared to Mission Valley East there aren't large commercial malls but rather more parks to enjoy a nice day in the neighborhood.
Don't worry, though, if you like small communities like Mission Valley West but are concerned the malls aren't close, the entire city of Mission Valley is convenient to drive through.
Mission Valley Estates and Homes
You might be part of a new family looking to move to Mission Valley, or perhaps you're single, or maybe you're an older family who wants a change of scenery. Mission Valley California has a spot for whoever you are, no matter what you're looking for.
Before deciding to move, you'll need information on how to sell, the San Diego real estate market, and important tips.
Purchasing or renting a house is a big step in any part of life and if you're looking to move to the San Diego region there are hardly any better places to choose than Mission Valley. If you want a house, you can check that box. If you're looking for an apartment or condo, you can check that box.
Since Mission Valley is split into two neighborhoods, as you know, it's better to break down the available homes and apartments like that:
Mission Valley East
Mission Valley East is the 'newer' neighborhood of the two. There are around 12,376 housing units available, meaning that is how many places there are to live, not for sale. The average year they were built was 1993.
Currently, out of the available housing units, 11,072 are occupied, but a majority of occupants are renting. There are 8,485 renters compared to 2,587 owners.
A lot of the options available in the East are part of condo complexes, townhouses, or bungalow houses. The interesting thing is that sometimes the condo complexes available are relatively the same size as the townhouses or bungalows so it'll depend on what you're specifically looking for. For example, if you want to cut grass or not.
A typical single-family detached house in Mission Valley East is around $1Million, with 1,364 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths. The price generally goes up and down from there depending on if you're looking for more or fewer rooms. For example, there are homes for $800,000 with only 2 bedrooms and 1 bath or homes for $1.2Million with 4 bedrooms or 3 baths.
Townhouses or single-family attached homes are a good option because they are spacious and well priced. There usually aren't as many bedrooms as detached homes. For example, for $700,000 you can get a townhouse with 1,206 square feet, 2 bedrooms, and 2 baths. Of course, you can move up and down from there in regards to square feet and price.
Mission Valley East also offers condos. The condos usually have good space and square feet but that means that certain areas would be smaller than you'd find in a house. For example, if a condo has a large master bedroom the kitchen space could be small. For $660,000, you can get a 1,384 square foot condo with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.
You can compare these numbers to San Diego as a whole to see potential other areas you might think are better priced for you.
Mission Valley West
Mission Valley West is the older neighborhood of Mission Valley California, the average year the homes were built was 1983. Only a 10-year difference from the East.
Remember, it's a smaller neighborhood so there are 3,179 housing units available and 2,861 of them are currently occupied by owners or renters. Similar to the East, a majority of occupants are renting compared to buying.
Mission Valley West also has what you're looking for, whether it's a detached house, townhouse, or condo. However, they tend to be a bit more expensive than the East.
In Mission Valley, West homes can cost up to $1.2Million, like in the East but here you are getting fewer square feet. A 1,961 square foot home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths will cost $1.2Million. You can compare that with the prices for homes in the East. Naturally, you can pay less for a home but you will be going smaller and smaller. So it depends on your family size and your budget.
The townhouses are nice in the West just like in the East, and while they are more pricy you can still find affordable options. For $535,000, you can find something with 927 square feet, 2 bedrooms, and 2 baths. While these are smaller options, important areas are well spaced like the living rooms. When it comes to townhouses or attached homes there are many prices available.
Condos in Mission Valley West are often where a single person would choose to live via renting. The reason is that they can be quite small but aren't too expensive. For $450,000, you can get 817 square feet with 1 bedroom and 1 bath. While on the smaller side, the interiors are quite nice and well designed, and they usually have a balcony.
Learn more differences between condos, townhouses, and detached homes and which are better for your situation.
Mission Valley Fun Facts
Mission Valley is the perfect central location within the San Diego region. It's 15 minutes away from the beach, San Diego Zoo, downtown San Diego, and the airport.
San Diego State University is spending over a billion dollars to build a new campus in Mission Valley. They are also developing the whole area surrounding the campus.
SDCCU Stadium is the only stadium to host a Super Bowl and World Series game in the same year. 1998.
Now you know all the city facts and everything about the several magnificent Mission Valley California sites. You'll be able to make a wise choice when deciding to live, rent, or visit here. For more information and guidance on homes, estates, and condos across San Diego, visit our blog or contact us. We're happy to provide you with all you need.