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The central location of Mission Valley makes it a great place to work and live!
Mission Valley has been a significant part of San Diego ever since 1769, when the first California mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala, was located there. Even before that, though, the Kumeyaay Indians lived in the area for more than 10,000 years. Most of the area was dairy farms and other agricultural activites up until the end of World War II in 1945, when San Diego began expanding. The last farm closed in the early 1960s.
Mission Valley development began in earnest in 1953, when the first hotel was built in what is now Hotel Circle. That led to the City Council rezoning 90 acres of Mission Valley to allow development of San Diego's first regional mall, now known as Westfield Shoppingtown Mission Valley. Several other malls followed, and Mission Valley is now home to world-class shopping at several malls.
The construction of U.S. Highway 80, most of which is now Interstate 8, in the late 1950s and early 1960s brought further development to Mission Valley. Development of Mission Valley is not yet complete since a large sand and gravel quarry on the north side of Mission Valley recently closed and will be the site of the Quarry Falls mixed use development.
Some of the many amenities that Mission Valley has to offer include:
Qualcomm Stadium — Qualcomm is the home of the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego State University Aztecs, and the NCAA's Poinsettia Bowl and Holiday Bowl. Qualcomm has also hosted the Summer X Games, demolition derbies, monster trucks, motocross, soccer, high school football championship games, religious revivals, rock concerts, and American Idol auditions.
Movie theaters — There is an AMC 18 theater complex in Fashion Valley mall, an AMC 20 in Mission Valley East mall, and an UltraStar 7 at Hazard Center, all in the western end of Mission Valley
Fine dining — There are so many places to eat out in Mission Valley that you might not get to all of them if you ate out every day for a year. Some of them are listed for you here, in alphabetical order: Albie's Beef Inn All American Grill Applebee's Baja Fresh Benihana of Tokyo Bennigan's Bing Crosby's Black Angus Bully's East California Pizza Kitchen Cheesecake Factory Chipotle Chevy's Fresh Mex Corner Bakery Cafe Dave and Buster's El Torito Fondue Fusion and Bistro Fuddrucker's Gordon Biersch Hooters Hunter Steakhouse IHOP IKEA Restaurant Island's Joe's Crab Shack King's Fish House Luna Grill Mimi's Cafe Nicolosi's NYPD Pizza Oggis Pizza Oki Ton Japanese Bistro On The Border Onami Osaka Japanese Food and Sushi Outback Steakhouse Pei Wei Pho Cali Pick Up Stix P.F. Chang's Quiznos Rubio's Baja Grill Ruby's Diner Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Sansai Japanese Grill Sardina's Italian Seau's The Restaurant Souplantation Subway Szechuan Mandarin Todai Uno Chicago Grill
Nighttime entertainment — There are countless bars and night clubs throughout Mission Valley, particularly at many of the hotels. Don't forget to go country dancing at In Cahoots.
Indoor fitness — There are many fitness choices throughout Mission Valley, including 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, Frog's Fitness, Mission Valley YMCA, and Mission Valley Aquatics Center.
Outdoor fitness — If you're a golfer, you can enjoy the Riverwalk Golf Course, Tecolote Canyon Golf Course, and, for our many military personnel, the Admiral Baker Golf and Recreation Area. The many paths along the San Diego River which runs through Mission Valley provide great opportunities for biking, skateboarding, roller blading, walking, or jogging.
World-class shopping — Malls and shopping centers abound throughout Mission Valley. The largest include Fashion Valley Fenton Marketplace Friars Road Shopping Center Hazard Center Mission Valley East Mission Valley West Old Town Park Valley Center Rio Vista
A beautiful branch of the San Diego Library
San Diego Trolley — There are ten Trolley stations in Mission Valley, including two Transit Centers where you can catch busses and other rail transportation to other points throughout San Diego County and the world. From east to west, they are: Grantville Mission San Diego Qualcomm Stadium Fenton Parkway Rio Vista Mission Valley Center Hazard Center Fashion Valley Transit Center Morena/Linda Vista Old Town Transit Center
If you can't find things to do in Mission Valley, it might mean you're working too much! Take some time out to enjoy eveything that Mission Valley has to offer!
Real estate prices in Mission Valley have continued increasing throughout 2010, so if you enjoy the hassle-free condominium lifestyle, it's time to get into a Mission Valley condo while prices are right. You can enjoy everything that beautiful San Diego has to offer right from the central location of your Mission Valley condo.
If you would like to be kept informed of any condominium units in Mission Valley that come on the market, or if you'd like to visit any unit in the 39 condominium complexes in Mission Valley or a property anywhere in San Diego County, feel free to contact me.
For information on the 39 condominium complexes, simply click on the map below which will take you to a similar map on my web site. There you'll find pictures of the complexes as well as current condominiums for sale.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.