Sorrento Mesa, San Diego

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Sorrento Mesa is a neighborhood in northwestern San Diego, California. It lies on a mesa with many ridges, north of Carrol Canyon Road, east of Interstate 805, west of Parkdale Avenue, and south of a canyon locally known as Lopez Canyon. The San Diego Police Department's neighborhood map shows Sorrento Mesa as part of the Sorrento Valley neighborhood.[1] Sorrento Mesa is included in the Mira Mesa Community Planning Area.[2] [3]


The large office, retail, entertainment and academic facilities in University City, also known as UTC (with over 9 million sq. ft. of office space),[4] Sorrento Mesa/Sorrento Valley (also over 9 million sq. ft.),[4] Torrey Pines (over 2.6 million sq. ft.),[4] and Del Mar Heights/Carmel Valley (over 4.4 million sq. ft.),[4] together form San Diego's "North City edge city" as it is a major center of employment outside of downtown San Diego.[5]

The area is primarily zoned for light industrial use. At its center is the San Diego Tech Center. There is a particular concentration of businesses in the fields of telecommunications, wireless applications, and biotechnology research.[6] There are also hotels, restaurants, and small retail areas which cater primarily to employees and visitors of the businesses.[7]

Major businesses operating in Sorrento Mesa include Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Fujitsu, T-Mobile, Novatel Wireless, NuVasive, and the Active Network. [6] In 2011 the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced plans to move into a $100 million, six-story building on Vista Sorrento Parkway in Sorrento Mesa.[8] The building houses 400 special agents and support staff; the FBI occupied the building in May 2013.[9]


Prior to European contact, the Kumeyaay village of Ystagua (istawa in Kumeyaay) sat at the foot of the mesa in Sorrento Valley, which was a major tool manufacturing, food processing, and trade hub in the region which had a population of about 200.[10]

Development of the area began in the 1980s with a series of industrial parks. Support services such as restaurants and shopping began to be added later in the decade.[11]

Community groups[edit]

The Business Alliance of Sorrento Mesa is a sub-group of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.[12]


  1. ^ "City Wide Neighborhood Map" (PDF). San Diego Police Department. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ San Diego Planning Profiles
  3. ^ Mira Mesa Community Plan: Industrial land use
  4. ^ a b c d "San Diego Office Market Report, Q1 2019", Avison Young
  5. ^ Garreau, Joel (1991). Edge City. p. 436. ISBN 9780385424349. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Sorrento Mesa, at San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, via Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Mira Mesa Community Plan:Commercial land use
  8. ^ FBI building announced for Sorrento Mesa San Diego Union-Tribune, January 14, 2011
  9. ^ Davis, Kristina (May 27, 2013). "FBI moves into new Sorrento Valley HQ". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  10. ^ Schultze, Carol A. (1992). "A Reconstruction of Ystagua Village". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ San Diego Union Tribune, November 20, 1988
  12. ^ San Diego Chamber of Commerce Archived 2011-02-19 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 32°53′21″N 117°10′41″W / 32.88917°N 117.17806°W / 32.88917; -117.17806