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Tierrasanta Neighborhood Guide

Tierrasanta is a community in the northeastern side of San Diego. The name comes from the Spanish term meaning ‘holy ground’, referencing its beginnings as part of the Mission San Diego de Alcala ranch. Nowadays it’s called ‘The Island in the Hills’, since it’s somewhat isolated from the rest of the city.

On the east border you can look out over the large expanse of Mission Trails Regional Park. The Mount Soledad Freeway (SR 52) runs along the north side, with the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar beyond it. On the west side is I-15, while on the south is the San Diego River and Mission Valley. Given its proximity to the freeways, it’s no surprise to learn that Tierrasanta is only a 20-minute drive away from San Diego proper.

Life in Tierrasanta offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation – the park abounds in hiking and biking trails, and the neighborhood itself is somewhat sparsely developed, so there are still green areas throughout. The Tierrasanta Community Park and Recreation Center has a sports field, gym, swimming pool, and also offers community classes.

Properties for Sale in Tierrasanta

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Things to Do in Tierrasanta

Fortuna Mountain


11440 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92124

JP’s Pub


10436 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92124

Tierrasanta Community Park and Recreation Center


San Diego, CA 92124

Top Restaurants in Tierrasanta


Japanese, Sushi Bars

5950 Santo Rd
San Diego, CA 92124
(858) 278-8929

5950 Santo Rd
San Diego, CA 92124
(858) 541-7002

10488 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92124
(858) 268-0170

Tierrasanta Demographics


Population: 18,485
Median household income: $92,736
Median contract rent: $2,037
Median resident age: 36.1
Percentage of family households: 48.7%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 635,970
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 417,396

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 47.5%
  • Female: 52.2%
  • African American: 6.5%
  • American Indian: 0.5%
  • Asian: 11.9%
  • Caucasian: 71.0%
  • Mixed race: 7.8%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.5%
  • Other race: 1.9%

Schools in Tierrasanta

De Portola Middle School

Grades 6-8

11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92124

Serra High School

Grades 9-12

5156 Santo Road
San Diego, CA 92124

Tierrasanta Elementary School

Grades K-5

5450 Lacuenta Drive
San Diego, CA 92124