Want more bang for your buck but aren’t ready to move out to the ‘burbs? Mission Valley offers larger living spaces at a more affordable cost, which is a draw for 9-to-5ers who no longer need to be right in the heart of the action but still want to be a few exits away. It’s easy for residents to jump on the 15 or the 8 freeways and get nearly anywhere in less than 10 minutes.
The area could be considered “suburban-lite” with movie theatres, strip malls, and 24-hour gyms all within mere miles of each other. You’ll also find family standards like Costco, Home Depot, and IKEA overflowing with shopping carts and crowded parking lots. Then, smack dab in the middle is an iconic stadium that now serves as a multi-purpose space that hosts celebrity performers like Jay-Z and Beyonce, SDSU football games, and holiday-inspired events.
While there’s a fair share of chain restaurants in the neighborhood, skip the standard fare and venture to fast-and-friendly lunch or dinner spots like Kawaii Sushi, Crack Taco Shop (with the famous “Cardiff Crack tri-tip” on the menu), and King of Thai when you want a good meal but don’t want to wait in long lines. Although Mission Valley leans more the way of tried-and-true when it comes to its cuisine, it’s nice to have trusty stand-by dining options amidst the onslaught of up-and-coming restaurants.
Since much of Mission Valley is made up of rental buildings that come with highly-desired amenities like a pool, gym, and sauna, as well as sponsored resident activities, it’s likely you’ll be hanging out at home and inviting friends to your place. However, when you want to see what’s happening in other neighborhoods, quickly hop on the freeway and you’ll soon be in North Park, Kearny Mesa, or Old Town to take part in the art walks, restaurant openings, and cultural festivals going on throughout the year.
The accessibility of day-to-day living is a dream thanks to the proximity to most major freeways, department stores, and grocery stores. All the essentials you need can likely be found in a few square blocks. The dry cleaner, bakery, and coffee barista will all soon know you by name, which will help make you feel more at home and immersed in the community. Plus, it’s not so far away that you feel separated from anything going on in the rest of the city.
At Civita, a variety of neighborhoods offer homes for sale ranging from 2- to 3-bedrooms with pricing from the mid $600,000s to the low $1 millions. There’s a wide range of existing condos in Mission Valley, and they can cost anywhere from the low-$300,000s to high-$500,000s.
Walk Score 45.5
Median Home Price $432,950
Median Rental Price $2,293