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Mission Beach Area Information

Mission Beach is a community located between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay. Spanning nearly two miles of oceanfront, it is south of Pacific Beach and north of Ocean Beach. Perhaps one of the most beautiful spots in Southern California, Mission Beach is still very popular for walking, roller blading, biking, jogging, surfing, boogie boarding and so much more.

Mission Beach is San Diego’s only true “SoCal” boardwalk, which stretches along the coastal area of Mission Beach from the north in Pacific Beach on down to the jetty that separates the area from Ocean Beach to the south.  No matter the time of year, the Mission boardwalk is a never-ending parade of bikers, skateboarders, families with strollers, and eccentric locals mixing with visitors from around the world.  It is quintessential California, with blue green waves crashing against the off-white sand and the temperate year-round weather setting a scene fit for anyone’s Instagram feed.

Mission is perhaps San Diego’s most popular place for tourists and almost one quarter of the properties that line both the beach and Mission Bay are vacation rentals.  Mission Beach is separated into the communities of North Mission Beach and South Mission Beach, each community has its own unique characteristics.

South Mission Beach consists of a one-mile stretch of white sandy beach on both the ocean and the bay. During the summer, it’s one of the liveliest spots in the all of San Diego, as vacationers from Arizona to Australia descend for a relaxing time on the California coast. The permanent residents of the same area are mainly college students, school teachers and professionals. Belmont Park, an oceanfront family amusement park in the heart of South Mission Beach is located in this area as well.  Recently renovated, Belmont Park is popular with families with young children as well as teenagers who hang out at the carnival-like atmosphere and catch a ride on the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster.  Belmont Park also is home to the Wave House, a simulated wave where young surfers attempt to impress the crowd by carving up the man-made surf. 

Favorite local restaurants in South Mission Beach include Cannonball, a sushi and cocktail restaurant that was re-opened in 2016 as a new go-to spot for Mission Beach.  Outside its walls, tourists cruise by on rented bikes or rollerblades, sometimes with their dogs leashed up riding shotgun.  It’s truly an eclectic mix of people along the Mission boardwalk.  From an investment property standpoint, the draw of Mission Beach makes for consistent demand among vacationers for rental property.  Properties directly on the boardwalk often sell for a minimum of $1 million but can benefit from near 100% rental occupancy, and high prices on holidays like Spring Break, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

North of Belmont Park is North Mission Beach. North Mission Beach is more traditionally residential, as is the area to the east of the beachfront along Mission Bay.  Like South Mission Beach, it consists of a wide assortment of beach and bay front houses, condominiums and apartments clustered between walkways and one-way alleys. This area is known for delightful little shops and great restaurants.

This area is also still traditionally stocked with 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units in multi-unit buildings where parking is a premium, but the residents here are more permanent.  Empty nesters and snowbirds from the north or Canada often choose to purchase in the North or Eastern Mission Beach area along Mission Bay.  The “bay side” is calmer when compared to the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk, with fewer restaurants and storefronts along its path.

Parks like Fanuel Park and Crown Point Park welcome picnicking families and children on their playgrounds at all hours.  Mission Bay itself is surrounded by park space and its waters are often filled with recreational activities including jet skiing, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, rowing, and more.  The Bay is a man-made water oasis with some 4,600 acres of space crossing multiple islands and inlets.  Resorts like the Catamaran Hotel or the Hilton Mission Bay are popular destinations for visiting families to the area.

Mission Beach Real Estate Market

The Mission Beach real estate market is different than much of the rest of San Diego, as so many of the properties are owned as second homes or vacation homes.  There are countless condos and small multi-family properties strung together tightly along the alleyways on both sides of the main thoroughfare, Mission Blvd. 

Home values in Mission Beach as of 2017 average at $948,000.  The median value home price is nearly twice the median value home price found across the San Diego area.  The median list price per square foot is notably high – at roughly $1,130 per square foot – which goes along with Mission Beach being primarily smaller, tightly packed residences on its small stretch of land.

Mission Beach is served by the San Diego Unified School District (as well as countless surf schools!), with local schools including Pacific Beach Elementary School, Kate Sessions Elementary School, Pacific Beach Middle School and Mission Bay High School.  The close proximity Mission Beach has to Pacific Beach, and the lower percentage of full-time residents in the area mean there is strong overlap between the schools serving Mission Beach and those in Pacific Beach.

Contact Us to Buy or Sell in Mission Beach

For over 20 years, we have helped local home buyers as well as out-of-state investors purchase property in Mission Beach.  Mission Beach is a good family area, while also being perhaps the penultimate location in all of San Diego for vacation rentals.  The proximity to I-5, I-8, SeaWorld and downtown San Diego, as well as the aforementioned boardwalk and Mission Bay, make Mission Beach “the home” of vacation plans in the area.  We will work with you to evaluate the market, keeping in mind any homeowner’s association fees attached to any condo or multi-unit developments in the area.  The Pete Knows Team’s office is based in La Jolla, some 15 minutes from Mission Beach without jumping on the freeway. 

Call us today at 858-764-4808 and find out why people say “Pete Knows Mission Beach”.

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Listing information last updated on August 19th, 2018 at 12:31am CDT.