Clairemont, San Diego
Clairemont is a community within the city of San Diego, United States. It has a population of about 81,600 residents and an area of 13.3 square miles. Clairemont Mesa is bordered by Interstate 805 on the east, Interstate 5 to the west, State Route 52 to the north, the community of Linda Vista to the south; the community of Clairemont Mesa can be subdivided into the neighborhoods of North Clairemont, Bay Ho, Clairemont Mesa East, Clairemont Mesa West, Bay Park. Developers Lou Burgener and Carlos Tavares named their community Clairemont after Tavares' wife, Claire; the Kumeyaay Indians came to the canyon area within Clairemont centuries ago in search of food and shelter. It was given the name Tecolote, after this native bird. Judge Hyde was one of the first settlers of Clairemont and began farming in Tecolote Canyon back in 1872. Farming and ranching continued in the area until World War II. In 1887 the Morena Subdivision was mapped; the 1,200-acre subdivision was bounded by streets that are known today as Morena Boulevard on the west, Milton Street on the south, Illion Street on the east, on the north by an east-west line 1,000 feet north of Gesner Street.
In 1887 a train depot was constructed in the vicinity of Kane Street and Morena Boulevard to accommodate potential buyers in the Morena Subdivision. It was torn down in the early 1920s. In 1936 the Bay Park Village Subdivision was approved by the City Council; this project, located south of Morena Subdivision and south of Milton Street featured 60 by 100 feet or larger lots for single-family homes. In 1939 Bay Park Elementary School was constructed at 2433 Denver Street. In 1950, Carlos Tavares and Lou Burgener developed what became San Diego's largest post-war subdivision. Dubbed "The Village Within a City", people started living in this new Clairemont subdivision in May 1951; the design of this new subdivision represented a new concept in community living because it did not incorporate the traditional grid system of uniform blocks and streets. Instead, winding streets and scenic view lots took advantage of the canyons and bluffs overlooking Mission Bay; the first homes, built by Burgener and Tavares Construction Company, had customized floor plans.
The developers assembled the necessary acreage to develop Clairemont from three primary land holdings: the Peavey Cattle Ranch, Mission Bay Heights, Tecolote Heights. Before any homes were built in the new development, Tavares & Burgener invested $125,000 in off-street improvements including sewers and access roads; the original subdivision map that used the name “Clairemont” for the first time was approved and recorded by the County of San Diego on October 16, 1950. The map was named "Clairemont Unit #1, Map #2725"; this is the area in Clairemont that includes Deerpark Drive, Burgener Boulevard, Grandview Street from Field Street to Jellett Street. According to Burgener, "Between 1952 & 1954, seven homes were constructed a day", it is noted that Clairemont was the largest development of its kind in the country. Within a few years, several thousand houses had been constructed, including single family homes and apartments. Since Clairemont was somewhat removed from the city proper, commercial business and retail shopping, schools and other city amenities were designed into the overall plan.
Although the concept of suburban living is commonplace today, this approach was considered novel. Tavares' vision for Clairemont had far-reaching implications for San Diego, as it stretched the city limits outward and began the now familiar pattern of migration from city to suburb. Marian Bear Memorial Park and Tecolote Canyon Natural Park were designated as parks by the City of San Diego in the 1960s and 1970s. Clairemont's main geographical characteristics include mesas and streams; the predominant topographical features are the rolling mesas which are separated by canyons. These mesas are. Tecolote Canyon runs north-south through the center of this community. San Clemente Canyon runs east-west. A stream runs through Tecolote Canyon. Trails extend through the bottom of the canyons for mountain biking; the soil in Clairemont is clay based. The native vegetation includes short brush and cactus. Wildlife in the canyons includes coyotes, feral parrots, owls. Many neighborhoods have views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean on the west, Fortuna Mountain and Cowles Mountain to the east.
Neighborhoods along Tecolote Canyon have views of this preserved open space canyon system. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park - Tecolote Canyon runs through the community of Clairemont Mesa and was dedicated by the City of San Diego as Tecolote Canyon Natural Park in 1977; this park is about 903 acres and is six miles long. There are multiple entrances to park throughout the community. Marian Bear Memorial Park - Also known as San Clemente Canyon, it was renamed to Marian Bear Memorial Park by the City of San Diego in 1960. Marian Park is 467 acres and runs parallel to the south side of the 52 freeway; the main entrances to the park are off of Genesee Avenue. Both of these entrances provide public parking and picnic benches. Tecolote Golf Course - This 18-hole 3,161-yard g
Pacific Beach, San Diego
Pacific Beach is a neighborhood in San Diego, bounded by La Jolla to the north, Mission Beach and Mission Bay to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. While largely populated by young people and college students, because of rising property and rental costs the population is becoming older and more affluent. "P. B." as it is known as by local residents, is home to one of San Diego's more developed nightlife scenes, with a great variety of bars and clothing stores located along Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard. Pacific Beach's namesake stretches for miles from the Mission Bay jetty to the cliffs of La Jolla; the boardwalk called Ocean Front Walk/Ocean Boulevard, is a pedestrian walkway that runs 3.2 miles along the beach from the end of Law St. in the north down into Mission Beach, ending at the mouth of Mission Bay in the south. There are numerous local shops, bars and restaurants along the boardwalk, it is crowded with pedestrians, cyclists and shoppers. Adjacent to the boardwalk is the Crystal Pier, a public pier and hotel at the west end of Garnet Avenue.
The streets in Pacific Beach were renamed several times before receiving their current designations in 1900. The primary north-south street running parallel to the beach is Mission Blvd. with the streets named after late 19th century federal officials incrementing in alphabetical order as they move further from the coast: Bayard, Dawes, Fanuel, Haines, Jewell, Lamont, Noyes and Pendleton. Mission Boulevard was Allison Street, being the "A" street of the series; the east-west streets are named after precious stones. Starting at the north end of Mission Blvd. and heading south, the streets are: Agate Turquoise Sapphire Tourmaline - see Tourmaline Surfing Park Opal Loring Wilbur Beryl Law Chalcedony Missouri Diamond Emerald Felspar - an alternate spelling of "Feldspar" that has fallen out of use Garnet - pronounced locally with the second syllable accented, unlike the pronunciation of the stone Hornblend - spelled differently from the mineral hornblende Grand Thomas Reed Oliver Pacific Beach Drive Pacific Beach was developed during the boom years of 1886-1888 by D. C.
Reed, A. G. Gassen, Charles W. Pauley, R. A. Thomas, O. S. Hubbell, it was Hubbell who "cleared away the grainfields, pitched a tent, mapped out the lots, hired an auctioneer and started to work". To attract people, they built a race track and the San Diego College of Letters, neither of which survive today. A railway connected Pacific Beach with downtown San Diego, was extended to La Jolla; as with many Californian cities, the history of its development can be traced back to the completion of a cross-country railroad in the late 1880s. In 1902, lots sold for between $350–700 for ocean-front property and by 1950, the population of Pacific Beach reached 30,000 and the average home sold for $12,000. Nonetheless, a small number of farms remained. Today, homes can sell for millions; the United States Navy operated an anti-aircraft training center at Pacific Beach during World War II. During the 1960s, development continued to increase with the city’s investment in Mission Bay Park, including the developments of the Islandia, Vacation Village and Hilton Hotels.
In 1964 Sea World opened, located only a few miles from Pacific Beach. The original name of this feature was "Bay Point" and today one may still find a USGS bench mark and associated RM with that name there; the "Bay Point Formation" is the name of a local rock strata described there. Today, Pacific Beach is home to a younger crowd, including college students, single professionals, families; the restaurant and nightlife culture has grown extensively, with Garnet Avenue becoming the major hub for places to eat and shop, includes a range of bars, restaurants and coffee houses. Pacific Beach public schools are part of the San Diego Unified School District, they include Mission Bay Senior High School, Pacific Beach Middle School, Pacific Beach Elementary, Kate Sessions Elementary, Barnard Elementary, Crown Point Elementary. In addition to bordering the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay Park, Pacific Beach includes Kate Sessions Park and the Pacific Beach Recreation Center. Fanuel Street Park is a popular bay-front park with playground equipment suitable for toddler and school-age children.
Rose Creek, which flows through Pacific Beach before emptying into Mission Bay, provides open space and a rich wetland area. The nonprofit Pacific Beach Town Council organizes community events; the Pacific Beach Planning Group advises the city on other issues. The Pacific Beach and Mission Bay Visitor Center provides information on the Pacific Beach Town Council, special events, lodging and Pacific Beach history. Service clubs include Kiwanis, Lions Club, Girl Scouts, Pacific Beach Woman's Club, Surf Club, Friends of the PB Library, PB Garden Club, Toastmasters. Pacific Beach is serviced in print by the daily San Diego Union Tribune and the weekly Beach & Bay Press. Pacific Beach is one of the main centers of nightlife in San Diego. Garnet Avenue, between Ingraham Street and Mission Boulevard, is where many bars and restaurants are located; the nightlife in Pacific Beach caters to a younger crowd than the nightlife in downtown San Diego. Frank Bompensiero, mobster Donna Frye, former city council representative and mayoral candidate Skip Frye, professional surfer Adam Gnade, musician-novelist Tony Gwynn, Jr. former outfielder in the MLB Robert Hays, known for role in Airplane Pauly Shore, former MTV host Eddie Vedder, musician Dinesh D’Souz
Sorrento Valley, San Diego
Sorrento Valley is a neighborhood of San Diego, California. It is located about 17 mi north of its main airport, Lindbergh Field, it is bounded by Interstate 5 and interstate 805, Camino Santa Fe to the east, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve to the north and Miramar Road to the south, as shown on the San Diego Police Department's neighborhood map. It is part of the San Diego Unified school district. While envisioned and zoned for industrial use, Sorrento Valley is now home to over 5,000 residents spread across three major single family home and condominium developments. Sorrento Valley is known as a center for high tech and scientific research, aided by its close proximity to the University of California, San Diego, it is part of the city's Mira Mesa, Torrey Pines, University community planning areas. Sorrento Valley is home to many high tech, IT companies. Notable companies in the neighborhood include, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Google Inc. Texas Instruments, Optimer Pharmaceuticals, The ACTIVE Network, Einstein Medical, Dexcom, NuVasive, T-Mobile, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Scripps Clinic.
In 2011 the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced plans to move into a $100 million, six-story building on Vista Sorrento Parkway in Sorrento Valley. The building houses support staff. Karl Strauss Brewing Company, a craft beer brewing company location The community has a median income of $102,391/year; the West edge of Sorrento Valley split. The Sorrento Valley train station is a stop for the Coaster commuter and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner rail lines, which provide train links to Oceanside and Downtown San Diego. Qualcomm corporate headquarters Accelrys US corporate headquarters Arena Pharmaceuticals corporate headquarters Webster University San Diego Metropolitan Campus Dexcom corporate headquarters Sorrento Valley Town Council Sorrento Valley - City of San Diego U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sorrento Valley Post Office
Black Mountain Ranch, San Diego
Black Mountain Ranch is a suburban community in the northeastern part of the city of San Diego, California. Black Mountain Ranch encompasses 5,100 acres and is located north of Rancho Peñasquitos and Torrey Highlands, south of the Santa Fe Valley, east of Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe, west of 4S Ranch; the development of Black Mountain Ranch took over 17 years to complete and was led by Fred Maas, a local San Diego businessman with a background in politics and sustainable building practices. Black Mountain Ranch consists of two separate housing developments known as Santaluz and Del Sur. Santaluz is the area in the southern half of Black Mountain Ranch while Del Sur comprises the northern half. Primary access to the community is via Camino Del Sur, Carmel Valley Road, San Dieguito Road and Camino Del Norte. A city park, South Village Neighborhood Park, is open near Willow Grove elementary school off Camino del Sur. There is the Black Mountain Ranch Open Space Park off Carmel Valley Road, east of Camino del Sur.
The area is served by Poway Unified School District and includes Del Sur Elementary School, Willow Grove Elementary and Del Norte High. The nearest shopping areas are 4S Ranch to the north and Carmel Mountain Ranch to the east and Torrey Highlands to the south. Del Sur Town Center opened in October 2015 with Target as an anchor. Several other businesses and restaurants, including Sprouts Market and Burger Lounge, are open or under construction; the area is part of San Diego City Council District 5, served by Mark Kersey. San Diego Community Profile Black Mountain Ranch LLC Del Sur Living Santaluz Golf Community Del Sur Elementary School Willow Grove Elementary School Poway Unified School District Santaluz mountain biking trails Lusardi Creek Loop Trail Black Mountain Ranch Community Association Scouts BSA Troop 667 Scouts BSA Troop 1667
Mission Hills, San Diego
Mission Hills is an upscale affluent neighborhood of San Diego, California, USA. It is located on hills just south of the San Diego River valley and north of downtown San Diego, overlooking Old Town, Downtown San Diego, San Diego Bay; the area is residential, with boutique shops and restaurants along Washington Blvd. and in other clusters. The oldest parts of the neighborhood were subdivided according to George Marston's 1908 plan, still consist of houses from the 1908-1930 period, in vernacular, Prairie School, Spanish Colonial Revival and other styles; the City of San Diego defines two areas, North Mission Hills and South Mission Hills with Washington Street as the dividing line. North Mission Hills is the area north of Washington Street and: East of Old Town West of Dove Street and Hillcrest South of Mission ValleySouth Mission Hills is the area comprising historic subdivisions such as Middletown, Middletown Addition, South Florence Heights, Marine View, C. E Seaman, Osborn Hill and others, south of Washington Street and: East of India Street and Middletown North of Palm Street West of Reynard Way and Dove StreetMission Hills shares the 92103 zip code with Hillcrest and is part of San Diego's Uptown community planning area.
The area was developed in the early 20th century and most of the houses are still from that era carefully preserved and restored. Homes there were often designed by San Diego's noted architects including William Hebbard, William Templeton Johnson, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, Richard Requa, Joel E. Brown. Master Builders such as the Pacific Building Company, Morris B. Irvin, Martin V. Melhorn contributed by building in the vernacular architecture. From 1910 till 1939, Mission Hills was connected by the Class 1 streetcars to the city by the San Diego Electric Railway's line 3, the Fort Stockton line, the neighborhood bears its influence with classic streetcar suburb development including small clusters of commercial buildings where the streetcar stops once were; the original historic neighborhood commercial district is around Washington and Goldfinch streets, two buildings in which have been renovated as the "Paseo de Mission Hills" complex incorporating a historic "Mission Hills" sign.
Modern homes were built along canyon rims as infill during the 1950s and 1960s by modern masters such as Lloyd Ruocco, Homer Delawie, John Lloyd Wright and Sim Bruce Richards, among others. San Diego's most famous architect, Irving Gill, never built in Mission Hills, as by the time this area was being developed he was working in Los Angeles County; the famous horticulturalist Kate Sessions helped to influence development in Mission Hills. She founded the Mission Hills Nursery, still an active business; the main business streets are University Ave. and Washington St. Other major streets are Ft. Stockton Dr. and Sunset Blvd. Cross streets are named for birds, in alphabetical order from Albatross to Lark. Streetcar rail tracks were built along the main thoroughfares of the neighborhood, such as Fort Stockton Drive. Mission Hills contains two historic districts recognized by the City of San Diego: Fort Stockton Line Historic District Mission Hills Historic District Pioneer Park and Mission Hills Park serve as two recreational parks within the neighborhood.
In January 2019, the San Diego Public Library opened the new 14,000-square-foot, Craftsman-style Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley & Bessie Knox Library at Washington and Front streets in Hillcrest. This replaced the former Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch at Hawk streets. Two of the neighborhood's many canyons are open to the public for hiking: Robyn's Egg Trail and the Allen Road Canyon Trail. Public schools in Mission Hills are part of the San Diego Unified School District; the public elementary school is Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, which has grades K-8. Since there is no public high school in the neighborhood, students are given the choice of attending Point Loma High School or San Diego High School. Several private and religious schools are located in Mission Hills; the best known is the lower school campus of the private Francis Parker School, founded in 1912. This school was run on progressive ideals by his wife, Clara. Mr. Johnson designed his wife ran the school. OurMissionHills.com MyMissionHillsNews Uptown Community Profile, city of San Diego MissionHillsLife.com