Mira Mesa – Community Info

Mira Mesa is a large suburb community in the city of San Diego. The community borders Hwy. I-15 to the east, Hwy. I-805 to the west, Los Penasquitos Canyon to the north and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to the south. At the west end of the community resides the Sorrento Valley business and technology park – a major employer for people living in this area.

Originally Mira Mesa was used as a Naval Base through World War II, with a residential area supporting housing for the military families through the 1950’s & 1960’s. Just west of I-15 (formerly U.S. Route 395) was a Navy auxiliary landing field known locally as “Hourglass Field” because of the layout of the runway, which was a single piece of asphalt in the shape of an hourglass. Starting in approx. 1969 the area started to develop with both homes and local businesses. It was one of the earliest areas of urban sprawl along the I-15 Corridor. Hourglass field has since become San Diego Miramar College and Hourglass Field Community Park.

In the late 1960s, a housing-boom took hold in the area that now extends from the I-15 freeway in the East to I-805 in the West. Nestled on the southern edge of the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and the northern boundary of MCAS Miramar, the community is now home to approximately 80,000 residents, including students, hi-tech employees, families, and single people alike. The community provides a balanced ratio of business and residentially zoned areas, providing great shopping and recreational opportunities as well as business buildings with cutting edge technology facilities and office space. A thriving variety of ethnic cuisines and restaurants can be found here, as well as more traditional dining, covering all ends of the Mira Mesa area. Along with its eight community parks, teen & senior centers, ice arena, aquatic complex, extensive shopping centers, and state-of-the-art movie theater, Mira Mesa offers the balanced blend of California living.

For nearly 30 years the Navy’s Top Gun School was located in Mira Mesa and most of the pilots made their homes in here. Since the late 1990s, Mira Mesa has undergone extensive expansion to accommodate the thousands of new residents attracted by its ideal location (between two major freeways) and its close proximity to Downtown San Diego. The area is also affectionately known to residents as “The Mecca” because of its location in the center of San Diego County. Several commercial and industrial centers have been built within the Mira Mesa area. Mira Mesa is noted for it’s dense Filipino and Vietnamese population, and Filipino and Vietnamese grocery stores (as well as other ethnic markets, including Indian and Chinese). Mira Mesa has now developed into the largest community in San Diego.