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Del Cerro, San Diego

Coordinates: 32°47′3″N 117°4′16″W / 32.78417°N 117.07111°W / 32.78417; -117.07111
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Del Cerro, San Diego
Del Cerro
Del Cerro, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
Del Cerro, San Diego
Del Cerro, San Diego
Location within San Diego
Coordinates: 32°47′03″N 117°04′16″W / 32.784167°N 117.071111°W / 32.784167; -117.071111
Country United States of America
State California
County San Diego
City San Diego

Del Cerro (Spanish for "of the hill") is a hilly residential[1] neighborhood of approximately 2,300 residents in the eastern part of San Diego, California. Del Cerro borders the communities of San Carlos, Allied Gardens, College Area, Grantville, and the city of La Mesa, and is adjacent to Lake Murray[2] and San Diego State University.


The Del Cerro area was developed as a residential suburb during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.[3]

In 2007, California State University trustees endorsed a Master Plan[4] proposing to build a housing project for faculty and staff on university-owned undeveloped open space[5] in Del Cerro (at the site of Adobe Falls, a city historic landmark). The plan to expand the university's facilities into Del Cerro was initially proposed in 2005 but was blocked by a judge's ruling.[6] The plan's Environmental Impact Report had been contested since 2005 through litigation brought by the Del Cerro Action Council, the City of San Diego, and others. On February 11, 2010, a judge issued a decision in favor of SDSU, but the city appealed the denial of its writ. The case remains under review at the Court of Appeal.[7]

The area is vulnerable to wildfires, but residents have battled with the city over getting permission to clear brush from slopes and around homes.[8]



The community's commercial center along Del Cerro Blvd. includes a Windmill Farms, a Chevron station with mini-mart, two liquor/deli stores, a Mexican restaurant, fitness spa, dental office, property management company that has been in Del Cerro over 50 years (FBS Property Management) and several other professional services.


The community includes the western end of Mission Trails Regional Park.


Community groups[edit]

Homes in Del Cerro

Volunteer community groups include the Save Del Cerro coalition, as well as the Del Cerro Action Council.[9] The neighborhood is one of several communities represented by the Navajo Community Planners[10] which advises the mayor and city council on land use issues in the area.

Annual events[edit]

In 2012 a group of volunteers raised over 200k to rebuild the playground at Lake Murray.

At the Lake Murray Playground a volunteer committee hosts the annual 4th of July Fireworks and Music Fest. A full day of music, food, games and fireworks!

A Block Party is held annually with live bands, food, and entertainment for children.

The private Del Cerro Park and Pool hosts an annual Fourth of July party with food and games for its membership. The park celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 2011 Fourth of July party.


The area is served by the Mission Times Courier, a greater area community newspaper delivered to residents and covering Del Cerro news.[11]


  • Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School is located on Del Cerro Blvd.[12]*


Del Cerro is located in City Council District 7 and is currently represented by Councilmember Raul Campillo. For planning purposes the city includes it in the Navajo community planning area.[13]


  1. ^ "Del Cerro". The Daily Transcript. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10 – via San Diego Source.
  2. ^ "Murray Reservoir | Water Department". SanDiego.gov. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03.
  3. ^ "Del Cerro Community Information". www.del-cerro-sandiego-real-estate.com. Archived from the original on 2019-04-24.
  4. ^ SDSU Master Plan[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Saavedra, Sherry (2007-11-15). "Trustees green-light SDSU expansion". legacy.signonsandiego.com. San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26.
  6. ^ "San Diego Union-Tribune, February 12, 2007". Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  7. ^ "Legal challenge continues over SDSU's Master Plan and Adobe Falls development". Groksurf.com. June 21, 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  8. ^ "San Diego Union-Tribune, July 18, 2007". Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  9. ^ Del Cerro Action Council
  10. ^ Navajo Community Planners
  11. ^ http://www.MissionTimesCourier.com Archived 2008-09-12 at the Wayback Machine missiontimescourier.com
  12. ^ "Hearst Elementary". Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  13. ^ "Navajo Community Plan | Planning Department | City of San Diego Official Website". www.sandiego.gov. Retrieved 2023-06-15.

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32°47′3″N 117°4′16″W / 32.78417°N 117.07111°W / 32.78417; -117.07111