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Is Mission Valley Expansion Leading The Way To The New San Diego Lifestyle?

Lots of exciting developments are occurring in Mission Valley. Is Mission Valley expansion leading the way to the new San Diego lifestyle?

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  • Mission Valey in San Diego, California is leading the way for a new exciting lifestyle.

  • The Mission Valley Community Plan finalized in 2019 offered a complete refit to make it into a thriving urban center surrounded by lots of parks and open space.

  • The San Diego State University Mission Valley Campus development leads the way with a $3 Billion investment to expand the campus with housing and retail, a river park, and a multi-use stadium.

  • The Civita Park Development provides a 14-acre green community with townhomes and apartments and retail space with a modern recreation center.

  • The larger Civita Master Plan offers 230 acres of a mix of urban living and a walkable village lifestyle community.

  • Finally, the Mission Valley Riverwalk $4 Billion Project offers 195 acres of mixed-use with over 900 apartment homes and 75,000 square feet for retail shops and restaurants.

Why Mission Valley Expansion Is Leading The Way To The New San Diego Lifestyle

In August 2019, the final draft of the Mission Valley Community Plan was issued. It declared:

San Diego State University Mission Valley Campus Development

Following that, the San Diego State University (SDSU) President’s Office issued a report just before purchasing the former Qualcomm Stadium to expand its campus. Included in the benefits for the campus and the surrounding region was:

Financing Mission Valley – A $3 Billion cost to develop the stadium site with a river park, a multi-use stadium, a hotel, housing, and retail space.

Retail and Housing Space – SDSU plans to include 4.600 residential units for faculty, students, staff, and local workforce, 95,000 square feet of retail space serving the community and campus, and a 250-room conference center hotel.

River Park – Renewing the region’s splendor by creating 75 acres of landscaped park space, restoring the river’s natural flow. The park will include ball fields, bike & walking trails, and a river park.

Multiuse Stadium – Building a 35,000-seat multipurpose stadium accommodating professional soccer, college athletics, and a variety of other sports. It will also facilitate entertainment and community events. The Snapdragon Stadium opened in September 2022.

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Together, the SDSU Mission Valley is transforming into a vibrant, mixed-use, medium-density, transit-oriented community.

The first round of the SDSU Mission Valley residential and retail space will begin with 600 apartments. Construction is to begin in early 2024. Also, it includes 30,000 square feet of retail space. They will be located across from the Snapdragon Stadium.

AvalonBay, the developer based in Arlington, VA, owns 300 apartment complexes across the country. The apartments will consist of studios to three-bedroom units with 1,000 parking spaces, a grocery store, and restaurants. Units will become available starting in 2026.

Civita Development

Located in the heart of Mission Valley. Its master plan calls for 230 acres blending village charm in an urban living walkable community.

A green community featuring over 60 acres of open spaces and parks. An energy-efficient technological community including electric vehicle charging stations to encourage a low-carbon lifestyle.

Restaurants, shops, and offices make Civita a business, dining, entertainment, and retail mecca just minutes away from downtown San Diego and its beautiful beaches.

Civita offers a community filled with recreational activities just a bike ride or a stroll away from homes with creature comforts.

Civita Park is the epicenter of it all. Boasting luscious gardens, trails, and a variety of activity areas to exercise, relax, and walk your furry friend.

The Recreation Center provides resort-style amenities like a high-tech fitness club, immaculate pools, plus fun spaces for socializing. Also, you can explore the adjacent Mission Trails Park offering 40 miles of biking and hiking trails. Only 10 minutes from the beautiful San Diego beaches.

Civita Park Community

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This will become a modern community within a large park. Cafes, beautiful gardens, and lots of room. Perfect for a lifestyle where residents enjoy home amenities with a park and family features like:

  • Outdoor amphitheater;

  • Picnic tables & outdoor shaded living rooms;

  • Basketball courts;

  • Splash pad with 48 jets;

  • Game area;

  • Community garden;

  • Dog park with enclosures for small and large pooch enclosures;

  • Interpretive gardens;

  • Open fields;

  • Two playgrounds with shading structures;

  • Bocce court;

  • Picnic grove;

  • Parking;

  • Restrooms; and

  • Mining Relic Terrace with historic mining equipment.

Civita Recreation Center

A resort-style state-of-the-art rec center next to the homes. Spaces for yoga, cardio exercise equipment, and classes. Here’s what’s included:


  • Billiards, shuffleboard, and ping-pong;

  • Two large spas;

  • Lap pool for heavy workouts;

  • BBQ and picnic areas;

  • Firepits;

  • Private cabanas;

  • Large outdoor deck;

  • Trellis-covered patios with seating;

  • Luxury resort-style spaces; and

  • Lush tropical landscaping.


  • Private conference room;

  • Modern multi-purpose room;

  • Mezzanine overlooking a pool;

  • Arcade games room;

  • Spin bikes;

  • Free weights;

  • Cardio and weight machines;

  • Open spaces for yoga and stretching;

  • Professional kitchen for private events;

  • A demonstration kitchen for neighborhood cooking classes; and

  • Retractable glass walls for indoor/outdoor workouts with a view.

Civita Apartments & Homes

Civita plans to build 8 distinct townhome districts with different styles and characters. The first one recently sold out. It featured 2 and 3 bedrooms with contemporary architecture and open floorplans, balconies or lofts, and private garages. Seven more will be built soon,

Civita Shops and Restaurants

Civita shops & restaurants now open include:

  • Cork & Barrel;

  • El Tianguis Rolled Taquitos;

  • Hommage Bakery;

  • iNailology Spa & Bar;

  • Poki Bowl; and

  • Pizzo Pizza.

Besides restaurants, Civita offers these recent additions:

  • LA Fitness provides exercise equipment and full workout options for all ages;

  • Southpaw Vet offers head-to-tail consultations, surgery, dentistry; and

  • More retail stores will be opening as development progresses.

Mission Valley Riverwalk $4 Billion Project

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A 195-acre, mixed-use $4 Billion development called the Riverwalk will include 930 apartment homes and 75,000 square feet for retail shops that will revive Friars Road in Mission Valley. Completion is expected in 2025.

This project to replace the Riverwalk Golf Club was in the making for decades until the San Diego City Council approved it.

Formerly known as the Riverwalk San Diego project, first conceived in 1987. When completed, this project will develop 4,300 apartments & condos with 152,000 square feet of retail space and 1 million square feet for offices.

Also, it will include 97 acres of parks with bikeways, trails, and pedestrian walkways in a large open space. A neighborhood grocery store and bars, restaurants, and fitness studios.

Its first phase includes nearly 1,400 residential parking spaces (1.5 per unit) and a 600-space garage for the retail center.

Another feature is the new trolley green line transit station built by the developer linking residences to San Diego’s recreational venues and jobs.

Like the projects mentioned above, Riverwalk is creating a renaissance of rapid growth in Mission Valley as envisioned in the San Diego Community Plan of 2019.

Riverwalk’s developer Holland Partner Group already completed three out of the four apartment towers at The Society project. This is an 840-unit complex on a 10-acre site. It sits across from the golf course last owned by the Town and Country Resort. Also, near the SDSU Mission Valley campus.

Is Mission Valley Expansion Leading The Way To The New San Diego Lifestyle? – Conclusion

Yes, Mission Valley expansion leading the way to the new San Diego lifestyle. Three large developments in Mission Valley when completed will transform this community into a mixed-use urban and village-like green community lifestyle.

The 2019 Mission Valley Community Plan will renovate a stagnant community into a flourishing urban epicenter surrounded by parks and open space.

The $3 Billion SDSU Mission Valley Campus development will convert an abandoned stadium into a thriving retail, housing, multi-use stadium, and a river park.

The Civita Development will add the Civita Park housing, retail, office, and restaurants project. Also, the Civita Recreation Center will provide resort-style state-of-the-art facilities.

Finally, the $4 Billion Mission Valley Riverwalk Project will build 930 apartment homes and 75,000 square feet for retail shops and restaurants by 2025.

Like To Invest or Live in the Mission Valley?

Take advantage of the many new developments totaling more than $7 Billion over the next two years in Mission Valley. You and your family can relocate to enjoy the open space, and park-like atmosphere springing up in Mission Valley.

Or, you can make real estate investments in this sprawling new community catering to those seeking a luxury lifestyle in park settings, increased student and faculty housing, and a recently opened multi-use stadium.

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SoCal Lifestyle Realty offers experienced Realtors who live in and know the Mission Valley community. Whether you want to buy a home, townhome, or condo; or make real estate investments in Mission Valley; we can handle all your needs.

Contact us today to get ahead of the new developments in Mission Valley.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger

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