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Community Overview

Tierrasanta, which is Spanish for “holy land,” is referred to as “The Island in the Hills” by local residents. The community symbol is an encircled conquistador cross. Through the development of Tierrasanta, importance has always been placed on incorporating extensive open space systems throughout the area, including wildlife corridors, canyons, and the Mission Trails Regional Park. This community was one of the first three communities within San Diego to establish an Open Space Maintenance and Lighting District with property owners.

The History of Tierrasanta

Tierrasanta was originally part of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá ranch, which was active during the late 1700s and 1800s. The land was then purchased by the United States military, used by the Marines and the Navy, and sold to the City of San Diego in 1961. In 1971 Tierrasanta was founded and the current community plan was issued in 1982. Tierrasanta was one of the first master planned communities in San Diego.

Type of Housing

Tierrasanta consists of upscale single family homes, condominiums and apartments.


Tierrasanta is not directly bordered by any other community. The north side of the community is bordered by the 52 Freeway and MCAS Miramar, on the east by Mission Trails Regional Park, on the west by Interstate 15, and on the south by steep canyons that over look Mission Valley and the San Diego River.


Schools located in Tierrasanta are part of the San Diego Unified School District. There are eight schools to serve the residents of the area, including five elementary schools (Vista Grande, Tierrasanta, Kumeyaay, Miller, and Hancock), two middle schools (Gaspar de Portola and Jean Farb), and Junipero Serra High School. Several of theses elementary and middle schools are top ranked through the Academic Performance Index tests rated by the California Education Department.


Mission Trails Regional Park is a network of biking and hiking trails connecting Tierrasanta, Miramar, Santee, and San Carlos. Although currently under construction by the San Diego County Water Authority there are still many trails open for use.

The Tierrasanta Recreation Center was built in 1990 to accommodate the needs of this growing community. This center offers a variety of classes as well as facilities including picnic areas, meeting rooms, children's play area, a gymnasium, and a pool. There is also a branch of the San Diego Public Library located in Tierrasanta.

Tony Hawk, a professional skateboarder who grew up in Tierrasanta, is presently raising funds through the Tony Hawk Foundation for a million dollar skatepark to be constructed in this community.