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Neighborhood Spotlight: Mission Valley

In the middle of it all is Mission Valley. Located in the center of San Diego county, Mission Valley is just minutes away from all there is to love here including SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, the Downtown Gaslamp District and much more. 
 
If you’re looking for a central location that’s convenient and affordable, Mission Valley is the place for you. 
 
About Mission Valley
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With a population just over 30,000, Mission Valley is a wide river valley which is divided into two neighborhoods: Mission Valley East and West. Established in 1769, Mission Valley is the site of the first Spanish settlement in California.
 
Originally called La Cañada de San Diego (Spanish for gully, ravine, or glen). The name was changed to Mission Valley in the 1860s. 
 
Today, Mission Valley serves as an important shopping and entertainment center for San Diego. 

MISSION VALLEY Real Estate Market

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The median home value in Mission Valley sits at an average of $384,650, according to trulia.com. This is lower than most areas of San Diego for one major reason. Unlike other neighborhoods, there are few single-family homes in Mission Valley. Housing options are dominated by condos and townhomes. 
 
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Mission Valley home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year, and Zillow predicts they will rise another 1.5% within the next year.
 
AMENITIES IN Mission Valley
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Mission Valley’s central location puts it minutes from The San Diego International Airport, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the famous Downtown Gaslamp District which offers plenty to see and do, including family-friendly dining options.
 
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You can also find great shopping at both the Fashion Valley and Mission Valley malls, as well as plenty of options for outdoor enthusiasts.
 
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Go hiking and rock climbing in Mission Trails Regional Park or check out rich cultural attractions including the Mission San Diego de Alcala, The Old Town Skate Park, and witness plenty of Mexican lore and historical sites.
 
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Golf enthusiasts can also play 18 holes at the Riverwalk Golf Club located within Mission Valley itself.
 
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Boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and festive theatres are just a few of the things to check out in Old Town where you’ll find live music just as vibrant as the authentic Mexican food.
 
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Mission Valley has also been rated highly for having some of the top-rated public schools in San Diego which include: Preuss School UCSD, Mt. Everest Academy, High Tech High and Henry High School.
 
Nearby Areas Include
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Transportation

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In the middle of it all Mission Valley has no shortage of ways to get around the neighborhood. 
 
From the north or south Interstate 5, exit to I-8 westbound. Several exits along the highway will take you to Hotel Circle, Fashion Valley Mall, and Mission Valley Shopping Center. Interstate 805 and 15 connect to I-8 as well. Just head west when connecting from these freeways and exit along Hotel Circle. State Highway 163 also passes directly through Mission Valley - exit on Friars road; head west or east and you'll be sure to hit a shopping mall!
 
The Fashion Valley Transit Center is serviced by the blue and green trolley lines and bus routes: 6, 20, 25, 41, 88, 120 and 928. The Mission Valley Center Station is serviced by the green trolley line. The green trolley line will also take you to the Qualcomm Stadium.
 
To reach Old Town, the Old Town Trolley Station is serviced by the Coaster, the blue and green trolley lines, and bus routes: 8, 9, 10, 28, 30, 35, 44, 84, 88, 105 and 150. By car, exit Old Town Avenue from Interstate 5, head east, and turn north on San Diego Avenue. Two blocks north, and you're ready for a fiesta!
 
The Old Town Transit Center, located adjacent to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, services passenger trains operating on Amtrak's Pacific Surflinerand the San Diego Coaster with a variety of stops Downtown, including the Convention Center and Petco Park. Free parking is offered in the Transit Center lot.

Top Things To See & Do Nearby 

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Eat, shop, golf and play like a local with these top things to do in Mission Valley:
  • Old Town Sandiego State Historic Park
  • Belmont Park
  • Junipero Serra Museum
  • San Diego Zoo!
  • Fashion Valley Mall
  • Riverwalk Golf Club
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala
  • San Diego’s International Restaurant Row
  • Cowles Mountain within Mission Trails Regional Park

Overall Impression

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Mission Valley is a safe and diverse–family friendly neighborhood which has been rated with an A for overall quality of living as per niche.com. Its prime location is set in the heart of San Diego and is close proximity to major shopping areas, beaches and attractions making it hands down one of the best places to live and settle down in San Diego County.

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