Shopping, restaurants, hotels and Qualcomm Stadium attract visitors to Mission Valley all year long. All of San Diego's major freeways flow through here, making it easy to drive anywhere in the county quickly. While this area is considered by many to be just a shopping and hotel area, nearly 15,000 people live in Mission Valley.
Fertile soil and San Diego River flowing through the valley has made this a convenient place to live for many years. The first Europeans to come to California settled here. And Prior to that, the Kumeyaay Indians lived here for thousands of years. In 1769 the Presidio of San Diego and Mission de Alcalá were located at the western end of Mission Valley. Until the 1940s Mission Valley remained largely undeveloped with a few farms and homes. The past 50 years have seen a steady growth of hotels, shopping centers, condominiums and office buildings. In 1967 San Diego Stadium (now Qualcomm) was built. The iconic stadium is the venue for exciting Padres and Charger games, as well as other sporting events and concerts. The parking lot at the stadium is regularly used for, autocross, drag racing and "tent sales."
All of San Diego's beaches, attractions and suburbs are easily accessible to residents of Mission Valley. Interstate 8 runs through the center of the valley, providing easy access to beaches to the west, and snow and desert country to the east. The western border of Mission Valley is I-5, which serves as a major north-south route. The towering bridge of I-805 passes over Mission Valley and offers another major north-south route as well as a great view of the valley and Qualcomm Stadium. At the eastern boundary of Mission Valley is I-15, yet another freeway that heads northeast. State route 163 passes through Mission Valley providing a direct route to Balboa Park and downtown San Diego.
The Green Line of the San Diego Trolley system runs through Mission Valley making mass transit a convenient option for residents. This trolley line travels in an east-west direction through the heart of Mission Valley, making stops at Old Town, Morena/Linda Vista, Fashion Valley Transit Center, Hazard Center, Mission Valley Center, Rio Vista, Fenton Parkway and Qualcomm Stadium. Then it heads up to the campus of San Diego State University and on to La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee.
Mission Valley is a unique community in that nearly all of the residents live in condominiums or apartments. There are very few detached single-family homes. In May, 2015, the median price of a condominium was $275,000 according to DataQuick.
Living in Mission Valley today offers a very convenient lifestyle. Fashion Valley, Westfield Mission Valley, Hazard Center and Fenton Marketplace are major shopping centers that attract people from throughout the county. These centers offer anything you can imagine to buy.
Restaurants to choose from include Gordon Biersch, P.F, Chang's, and King' Fish House. There are also plenty of fast food restaurant choices including Rubio's Fish Tacos, In-N-Out Burger, Burger King, Jack In The Box and Subway. Close by are many restaurants and nightclubs located in Hillcrest and Downtown San Diego. With its freeways, shopping centers, restaurants and hotels, Mission Valley is a great location to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer.