4 Reasons Mission Valley San Diego Is a Great Place to Live in 2022 | 2023

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Your Mission Valley Insider, 

Scott

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$1,299,000
Condo: Promontory
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1,774
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220020495
MLS
Set atop the highest point of Civita and opening itself up to prized views of Mission Valley, this Promontory home is a rare opportunity. Enjoy the convenient location, while living in luxurious...
$968,000
Neighborhood: Escala
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,735
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020451
MLS
Immaculate and move in ready. Truly one of the most impressive and versatile floorplans Escala offers. The den/office easily opt as 3rd BR. Main floor features a substantial amount of living space,...
$394,900
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
1
Beds
1
Baths
506
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020454
MLS
A single-level unit in well-appointed Friars Pointe condominium in Mission Valley centrally located near the up and coming SDSU West, nearby shopping, dining and easy freeway access. This upgraded...
$1,299,000
Neighborhood: Civita
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,630
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220020476
MLS
The wait is over!!! Beautiful well kept Lucent Plan 2 offering 3 beds, 2.5 baths in private corner location. Single story, open living with kitchen with breakfast bar island, stainless steel...
$479,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
2
Beds
2
Baths
878
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020232
MLS
Upgraded 2-bedrooms (no loft bedroom), 2-full bathrooms, with nice outdoor patio space condo located in the Mission Verde Community. This home features a renovated kitchen with newer appliances....
Coming Soon on 08/17
10350 Caminito Cuervo #119 San Diego, CA 92108
$575,000
Neighborhood: Mission Ridge - Mission Valley
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,167
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
5
Days on Site
220020278
MLS
Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, top floor corner unit in the wonderful community of Mission Ridge. The building has elevators for easy access. This is the largest 2 bedroom floorplan and is spacious...
$335,000
Neighborhood: Fashion Valley
1
Baths
432
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
6
Days on Site
220020104
MLS
Cute TOP FLOOR studio condo located in the desirable west end of Mission Valley close to USD, shopping, restaurants, freeways, YMCA, Mission Bay, Sea World and the beaches. Perfect for first time...
1
Beds
1
Baths
506
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
6
Days on Site
305714178
MLS
Conveniently located in beautiful Mission Valley, this 1 bed 1 bath, on ground floor unit is situated on the best side of the Friars Pointe complex with updated paint and flooring! Bedroom features a...
Coming Soon on 08/22
2820 Villas Way San Diego, CA 92108
$975,000
Neighborhood: Villas At Escala
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,443
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
8
Days on Site
220019938
MLS
Beautiful, Tuscan style fully detached (no shared walls) home on a coveted corner lot in Mission Valley's amazing, gated community, Escala, known for its impressive amenities and high quality of...
2
Beds
1
Baths
675
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
10
Days on Site
305711366
MLS
LOFT style condo with Valley & City Views near Mission Valley , 3rd floor unit, uniquely designed with extra room added downstairs used as a 2nd bedroom , extra built in area in entryway, living room...
$699,000
Condo: Mission Playmor
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,334
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
15
Days on Site
220019307
MLS
This beautiful, expansive two story, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome in the heart of Mission Valley is a rare opportunity! This corner unit features a large master bedroom with two closets and access...
$760,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley Central
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,158
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
16
Days on Site
220019258
MLS
Rarely available top-floor penthouse at the Lido in Mission Valley. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 4th floor condo features 10 foot ceilings throughout. Resort-like amenities such as fitness center, 2...
$399,999
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
1
Beds
1
Baths
675
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
17
Days on Site
305705273
MLS
Views! Views Views! Airy beautiful Mission Heights Condo. Move-in-Ready!! Cozy Vaulted ceilings, living room and open kitchen for entertaining. Updated Carpet and fresh Paint, Kitchen Sink. New A/C...
$1,249,900
Neighborhood: Civita
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,886
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
17
Days on Site
220019198
MLS
First time on the market! Located in the vibrant Civita Community, this home s unique floor plan is one out of five townhomes within the Elevate complex. This luxury residence features Smart Home...
$519,999
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,020
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
17
Days on Site
305706639
MLS
Charming light and bright 2 bed 1.5 bath townhome style condominium located in the heart of Mission Valley! The downstairs features an open floorplan with wood floors, recessed lighting, plantation...
$950,000
Condo: Kensington Park Villas
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,944
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
17
Days on Site
220019231
MLS
Kensington Park is the best kept secret in SD, featuring resort like amenities; gated entry, exquisite landscaping, 2 pools, streams and koi pond. All this is just a short stroll to the village of...
$488,000
Neighborhood: Park Villas South
2
Beds
2
Baths
894
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
18
Days on Site
220019011
MLS
Private location in the back of the complex. Spacious interior with higher end finishes. Good size patio right off the dining area/kitchen. Many upgrades to the interior. Well maintained complex with...
$645,000
Neighborhood: Fashion Valley
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,017
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220018908
MLS
Hardly come to the market for sale at this location walking distance between fashion valley mall & Mission valley malls about 3 miles to san diego downtown about 5 mils to La Jolla tens of...
$1,085,000
Neighborhood: Civita
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,489
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220018917
MLS
Coveted Single Level - Lucent 2 - situated on the Civita Park, Home! Two bedroom, 2 full baths, plus office, single level home with private, ample, 2 car garage. Lucent homes are designed to...
$1,599,000
Neighborhood: Civita
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,229
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
19
Days on Site
220018928
MLS
Just listed and centrally located in the heart of San Diego in a neighborhood of Mission Valley called Civita. Civita has it all, between the resort style pool, the multilevel fitness center,...
$365,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
1
Beds
1
Baths
530
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
21
Days on Site
220018638
MLS
Affordable Rancho Mission Villas Condo. This is an upper unit in the courtyard with a view of the pool and the greet belt. There are updated windows, and a slider that leads to your shaded balcony is...
1
Beds
1
Baths
667
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
21
Days on Site
305701536
MLS
Resort style living in one of the best locations in the heart of San Diego! This unit offers largest 1-bedroom model in Rancho Mission Villas- located on 2nd level and is a single level unit. Kitchen...
$699,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,479
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
21
Days on Site
220018671
MLS
In the heart of Mission Valley is a RARE GEM, 2 bedrooms w/2.5 baths + office + kitchen with SS appliances +in unit laundry+ living room w/fireplace, vinyl flooring + plantation shutters + a HUGE...
Contingent
2150 Camino De La Reina #216 San Diego, CA 92108
1
Beds
1
Baths
739
Sq.Ft.
1992
Year Built
22
Days on Site
305702304
MLS
Great opportunity to own in the highly desirable RIVER COLONY in Mission Valley! Centrally located, conveniently situated near Mission Valley and Fashion Valley malls with excellent shopping and...
$329,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
1
Baths
422
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
28
Days on Site
220017962
MLS
~~~REDUCED $49,000!!!~~~Owner wants it sold immediately~~~ ~Completely remodeled~ "Turnkey" Studio centrally located in the heart of Mission Valley with close proximity to the beach, shopping in...
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,390
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
33
Days on Site
305491528
MLS
Absolutely STUNNING Corner Unit in the LUXURIOUS community of Civita at Origen. This MASTER-PLANNED Community provides you with such great opportunities to really enjoy your life right in your own...
$924,900
Condo: Kensington Park Villas
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,875
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
33
Days on Site
220017508
MLS
Welcome to the Kengsinton Park Villas! Our sweet home is a beautiful corner home with one of the largest & most desired floor plans in the community! This split level home is full of upgrades & has...
$510,000
Neighborhood: Mission Valley
2
Beds
2
Baths
950
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
38
Days on Site
305488955
MLS
This is San Diego's secret Secluded Resort Condo Complex. Lush Tropical settings with ponds and streams, Yes right in West Mission Valley, central to Midway District, Downtown, Morena, Old Town, & of...
$535,000
Condo: Park Villas South
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,020
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
46
Days on Site
220016210
MLS
Come check out this 2 bed, 1.5 bath two story condo with natural lighting throughout the entire home. large kitchen, bedrooms upstairs and a beautiful large community pool and clubhouse amenities....
$1,625,000
Neighborhood: Civita
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,183
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
48
Days on Site
220015914
MLS
Experience urban living at its finest! Apex is one of the most exclusive, sought after communities in San Diego. This neighborhood is situated at the highest point of Civita and offers a vibrant...
1
Beds
1
Baths
644
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
53
Days on Site
305477455
MLS
Location! Location! Location! Cozy 1 bedroom condo in the heart of Mission Valley. Just a 5 minute walk to the Fashion Valley Mall and less than a 10 minute drive to Qualcomm Stadium. Adjacent to the...
$1,499,999
Neighborhood: Apex
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,092
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
57
Days on Site
220014816
MLS
Now is your chance to live in the only single family residential detached community in Civita. Priced lower than any comp in the neighborhood. Award Winning Civita Community at Apex! Gorgeous newly...
$899,000
Condo: Frame And Focus
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,470
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
61
Days on Site
220014414
MLS
Great Location and Lifestyle, awaits you. Look no further than CIVITA in Mission Valley! In the Subdivision of Frame and Focus, a turn-key townhome, of Luxury Materials. Including Nest Thermostat for...
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,015
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
62
Days on Site
305469005
MLS
Exquisite home located in the desired community of Civita. This beautiful home Features over 2,000 sq. Ft. of living space. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 2 car garage. Modern exterior and posh interior....
$1,090,000
Neighborhood: Civita
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1,760
Sq.Ft.
2013
Year Built
62
Days on Site
305469698
MLS
Beautiful contemporary turn-key townhome located in the highly desirable community of Civita in Mission Valley. Open concept loft-style 3 BR, 3.5 baths. The first floor has a full bath & bedroom with...
$399,900
Neighborhood: Nazareth Park
1
Beds
1
Baths
680
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
68
Days on Site
220013741
MLS
Tastefully updated full one bedroom, one bath condo with large private patio overlooking the tropical pool and lounge area! You'll love the natural light that fills the spaciously designed rooms. The...

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