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Mission Valley Neighborhood Guide

The Mission Valley neighborhood is built around the San Diego River Valley. It is the site of the oldest Spanish settlement in the US, dating back to 1769. In modern times it’s conveniently located in the center of San Diego county, about six miles north and west of Downtown San Diego. It is highly accessible, with Interstate 8 running down the center, Interstate 5 to the west and Interstate 15 to the east. The neighborhood is divided up into Mission Valley East and West, separated from each other by State Route 163.

You can still visit the Mission San Diego de Alcala, that gives Mission Valley its name. Also located here is Qualcomm Stadium, home to the San Diego Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs football teams. If you enjoy hiking and rock climbing you can explore Mission Trails Regional Park, while those with more sedate outdoor interests can enjoy a round of golf at the Riverwalk Golf Club.

Real estate here is relatively affordable compared to some other sections of San Diego. Most of the housing is made up of detached residences and large apartment buildings, with a good sprinkling of townhouses and smaller developments as well.

Properties for Sale in Mission Valley

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Things to Do in Mission Valley

Fashion Valley Shopping Center

Shopping Malls

7007 Friars Rd
San Diego, CA 92108

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Sights & Landmarks

10818 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108

Qualcomm Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

9449 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108

Top Restaurants in Mission Valley

The Kebab Shop


1570 Camino De La Reina
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 491-0279

The Palette

American (New)

7650 Mission Valley Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 598-1405

The Remedy

Wine Bars

8555 Station Village Way
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 798-2501

Mission Valley Demographics


Population: 53,824
Median household income: $67,040
Median contract rent: $1,652
Median resident age: 35.4
Percentage of family households: 38.1%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 614,010
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 490,569
2-unit structures: $ 797,531
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 1,089,641
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 211,272
Mobile homes: $ 27,423

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 50.2%
  • Female: 49.2%
  • African American: 9.3%
  • American Indian: 0.3%
  • Asian: 12.1%
  • Caucasian: 71.2%
  • Mixed race: 5.2%
  • Other race: 2.0%

Schools in Mission Valley

Children's Workshop School

Grades K-8

4055 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Trace School

Grades 9-12

2555 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92108

Warren-Walker Middle School

Grades 6-8

2231 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108