Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
Pacific Beach sits just North of Mission Beach and are 2 of the most visited beaches throughout the entire county’s coastline. Previously largely populated by a younger population, surfers and many college students, rising property values and rents have changed the demographics into older, more professional and affluent residents. A boardwalk runs along the beaches on both the ocean and bay sides of the community. The area is one of San Diego’s more developed nightlife scenes, with a large variety of different eateries, bars & retail stores.
Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Mission Bay have some of the most sought after real estate in the entire county. Views of the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay make the area so desirable that once a resident moves to the area, they typically never leave again. Thanks in part to many working professionals calling the area home, the real estate values continue to climb, creating very affluent communities that make it difficult to buy into.
The area consists of multi-unit housing used as vacation rentals, single family homes, beach and bay front condos, amongst other styles of home allowing many homeowners to be within throwing distance to multiple beaches and bodies of water.
- Crystal Pier – a public pier and hotel at the west end of Garnet Avenue.
- Belmont Park – a historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Bay area. The park’s most iconic attraction is the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster which is considered a local landmark.
- Mission Bay Park – is a salt water lagoon located south of the Pacific Beach community. The bay is part of the recreational Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres (17.14 km2), approximately 46% land and 54% water.
- SeaWorld – is an oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park.