Serra Mesa is named for Junípero Serra, the Franciscan friar who founded the Mission San Diego de Alcalá as well as most of the rest of the California missions. Adjacent communities include Kearny Mesa, Tierrasanta, Mission Valley, and Linda Vista.
The community has a total population of approximately 24,000 people, with 8,374 housing units, most of them single family.
The area was originally part of the Mission Rancho Lands of San Diego granted to the Catholic Church by the King of Spain. When the Missions were secularized by Mexico in 1834, the land was deeded over to various men, including Don Santiago Argúello, who eventually divided and sold nearly 16,000 acres.
More modern development of the community began after the Korean War, when the Navy built its Cabrillo Heights housing project in the early 1950s.
The Serra Mesa Community Planning Area also includes the neighborhoods of the Lincoln (formerly Cabrillo) Navy Housing, Cabrillo Village, Cabrillo Heights, Mission Village, and Birdland, which is home to three hospitals (Sharp Memorial, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, and Rady Children’s), including two of the six designated trauma centers in San Diego County as well as the only women’s hospital and the only hospital dedicated solely to pediatric care.
Six acres of the Civita development (formerly Quarry Falls), and the western slope of Murphy Canyon fall within Zip Code 92123. The Escala development, along with Fenton Parkway (Costco) are part of Mission Valley (92108), but feed into the Taft Middle School service area.
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