Del Cerro is a small, upscale community of 2,300 residents in the eastern part of San Diego. It is located right next to Lake Murray and the San Diego State University (SDSU). Surrounding communities include:

  • College Area
  • La Mesa
  • Allied Gardens
  • San Carlos
  • Grantville

It also hosts a Navajo community planning area.

Median home prices in Del Cerro hover around half a million dollars, which works out to an average price per square foot of $215. Housing prices have been rising in the last year, with a $19,000 average increase per home year over year.


The area is served by the Poway Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District. The local schools are:

  • Green Elementary
  • Hearst Elementary
  • Lewis Middle School
  • Patrick Henry High

Nearby SDSU is the largest and oldest university in the region, dating back to 1897 and boasting an enrollment of over 30,000 students. Over 80 percent of graduates remain in the San Diego area, making SDSU a primary resource for local employers. SDSU has top scores for racial/ethnic diversity. It is a designated Research University with ties to the Carnegie Foundation.

Mission Trails Regional Park

The western end of Mission Trails Regional Park can be easily accessed from Del Cerro. The park is composed of 5,800 acres of open-air preserve, and is the largest municipally-owned park in the state. The park is very attractive to tourists and locals alike, and has many features, including:

  • Cowles Mountain, the highest point in San Diego and site of the park’s favorite trail
  • The San Diego River runs through the park
  • Recreational playground for bikers, pedestrians, rock climbers, equestrians and hikers
  • Beautiful native foliage
  • A Visitor and Interpretive Center that has a theater, exhibits, a library and art gallery.
  • Old Mission Dam, originally built to supply water to the Alcala Mission
  • Lake Murray Reservoir
  • Kumeyaay Campground with 46 campsites


There are several annual events that punctuate the wealthy lifestyles of Del Cerro residents.

  • Amateur Photo Contest: Runs from February through April.
  • Explore Mission Trails Day: All park activities are free on this day, including horseback riding.
  • Annual Block Party: Children and adults love this opportunity to listen to live bands, partake of local food and enjoy child-friendly entertainment.
  • Fourth of July Celebration: Occurs at the private Del Cerro Park Pool, open to members and featuring games and food.

Places of Worship

  • Temple Emanu-EL – This Jewish Reform temple has grown from 15 families in 1964 to 471 families today.
  • Saint Therese Catholic Church
  • Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
  • Del Cerro Baptist Church