Mira Mesa

To Downtown San Diego: 24 minutes

ZIP CODE 92121, 92126

Buy $4.98K - $3.65M
Rent $795 - $10K

Local information


1 Elementary School
1 Middle School
1 High School


Low crime relative to the rest of San Diego county.


96% of residents commute by car.

Shop & Eat

96 Restaurants
9 Groceries
10 Nightlife

General Description

Perfect Neighborhood close to San Diego

Mira Mesa is among the largest suburban cities in the northern side of San Diego County. The city is home to more than 80,000 people and sits about 18 miles north of downtown San Diego. Mira Mesa is bordered by Interstate-805 to the west, by Interstate-15 to the east, by the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to the south and by Los Peñasquitos Canyon to the north. Interestingly, the US Army used the land around this community as a test area during World War II. Part of the surrounding land was also used by the US Navy as a landing strip called Hourglass Field.

Several years later after the Naval Air Station opened, Mira Mesa was developed into a residential community. The goal was to support the personnel that were stationed at the NAS Miramar, but the city has since experienced rapid growth and has expanded to create space for new residents. Its population has grown quickly in part because of employees moving to the area to work for the nearby University of California San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Other major companies which provide employment in Mira Mesa are:

  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Gen-Probe
  • Vulcan Materials Co.
  • Qualcomm
  • Quintiles
  • Texas Instruments

There are residential and business-zoned areas in the community that provide space for business buildings, with technology facilities and office space as well as recreational opportunities. The former landing strip at Hourglass Field was upgraded to accommodate the Hourglass Field Community Park and the San Diego Miramar College.

Living in Mira Mesa is always fun—the city has sufficient space to give residents a sense of metropolitan vibrancy, while it is still small enough to provide a strong community feel. There are several annual events, including Halloween festivals, a Fourth of July parade, the Mira Mesa Street Fair, and more.

In addition, there are many activities for children, such as the Chargers Youth Football League and the Mira Mesa Girls Softball League. The Chargers Youth Football League educates children between 5 and 15 years old about the fundamentals of football as well as teamwork.

There is a large Filipino population in Mira Mesa, and you’ll find vibrant Filipino culture and dining in the city. Some of the other parks and attractions you’ll find include Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, the El Camino Memorial park, Mira Mesa Shopping Center, and the Miramar Memorial Golf Course—which is located on the naval base—as well as the Clairemont Town Square Shopping Center.

More Features

Mira Mesa is a great place for lovers of the outdoors. There are a total of twelve parks in the community; ten are neighborhood parks, while two are community parks.

The San Diego Transit and the Metropolitan Transit System provide public transportation via buses and Direct Access to Regional Transit (DART) shuttles.  Education is certainly not left out; there are six public elementary schools, three public high schools and two public middle schools in Mira Mesa. The city is also home to three private schools as well as the Miramar College, a two-year institution.

If you’re searching for a community that is close to San Diego but offers the holistic benefits of a residential area, then Mira Mesa is the ideal place to move to. Its beautiful neighborhoods are full of larger, affordable homes, with a sound economy that is continuously developing. It’s undoubtedly a top pick for families seeking a close-knit, thriving community with a variety of homes.

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