4 Reasons Mission Valley San Diego Is a Great Place to Live in 2021

For those moving to San Diego from far away, convenience is always a top priority when looking for a home in an unfamiliar market.

Mission Valley — divided into Mission Valley East and Mission Valley West by State Route 163 and centered around the San Diego River — guarantees you’ll never be far from whatever you may need, be it shopping, entertainment, transportation, or work.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Mission Valley seems like the center of everything, seeing that it was the site of the first Spanish settlement in what is now California, founded in 1769, and where the original town of San Diego was located.

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Here are four reasons why Mission Valley remains a great place to call home.

Reason 1 - Everything You Need Is Close to Home.

Worried about settling down too far from places to shop? That’s never a problem for residents of Mission Valley. In fact, it’s considered a major shopping and entertainment destination for the entire area.

Although predominantly an area full of dairy farms and quarries into the 1940's, the valley created by the San Diego River was home to San Diego’s first shopping center. Today, it boasts three major shopping malls, Fashion Valley Mall, Hazard Center Mall and Westfield Mission Valley, as well as numerous other retail outlets.

If you’re the kind of person who regularly needs a bit of retail therapy, this is definitely the place for you.

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Reason 2 - Close to Transportation and Highways.

One of the best aspects of Mission Valley is the ease of getting wherever you need to go in the area around San Diego or escaping town altogether.

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The east and west portions of the neighborhood are divided by State Route 163, which connects to Interstate 8. It’s also served by the I-5, Interstate 805, and Interstate 15. With so many major roadways, it’s easy to see why most people choose to commute via car.

If public transportation is your thing, though, the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley System has several stops throughout the valley, connecting residents to Downtown and connections to the Orange and Blue Lines.

Residents can boast that, not only can they reach Costco or IKEA in a few minutes, they also have a mere fifteen-minute trip to San Diego’s world-class beaches.

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Reason 3 - A Great Place to Raise a Family.

Trendy restaurants and boutiques may be attractions for the hip, be they young or old, but convenience, good schools, and opportunities for family fun are the name of the game for plenty of families.

We’ve already mentioned the convenience of Mission Valley’s general location, as well as the amenities available in the immediate area. In terms of education, both Mission Valley East and Mission Valley West boast highly rated elementary schools in the area. Mission Valley West’s schools from K-12 have a slight edge with almost all of them earning an Above Average rating from Great Schools, and all but one school in the two areas falls below average.

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The Mission Valley Library is one of the largest in the San Diego system. Beyond its numerous community-oriented activities with something on the calendar nearly every day of the week, it’s been nationally recognized for its architectural design and boasts public art displays both inside and out.

Mission Valley also offers residents plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful year-round weather.

Civita Park will eventually be one of San Diego’s largest, but is currently being rolled out in stages. Its sixty acres will include dog parks, an outdoor amphitheater, interactive water feature, community garden, and basketball courts, among other things. It’s just one of the parks helping this particular part of Mission Valley create something beautiful out of its quarry past.

Hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers will enjoy the San Diego River Trail, an outdoor alternative to all that retail fun that connects Mission Valley residents to more than twenty-six miles of trails.

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Reason 4 - Rated One of The Top Ten Places in The City for Millennials with a Positive Real Estate Outlook

Niche rated Mission Valley the seventh best neighborhood for Millennials out of eighty-nine in the San Diego area.

In both Mission Valley East and Mission Valley West, over sixty percent of the population is single and more than sixty-five percent are college educated. 

While there are single-family homes available, most of the recent building that’s taken place is of condos, town-homes, and multi-family dwellings, a great starting place for those entering the market. Compared to the trendier hotspots, the median sales price is both areas is relatively modest in San Diego terms: $535,000 for Mission Valley West and $524,250 for Mission Valley East.

Another positive sign for buyers is that the value of real estate in Mission Valley has increased 14% over the last year and still falls below many other areas in the county.

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If you have questions or would like to find out more about the Mission Valley real estate market, please contact me, and I’ll be able to help.

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