Linda Vista, San Diego

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Linda Vista
Linda Vista, which means "Pretty View" in Latin American Spanish, overlooks Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean to the west
The Block
Linda Vista, San Diego
Linda Vista, San Diego
Location within Central San Diego
Coordinates: 32°47′1″N 117°10′16″W / 32.78361°N 117.17111°W / 32.78361; -117.17111
Country United States of America
State California
County San Diego
City San Diego
Area code(s)619, 858

Linda Vista (Latin American Spanish for "Pretty View"[1]) is a community in San Diego, California, United States. Located east of Mission Bay, north of Mission Valley, and south-east of Tecolote Canyon, it lies on a mesa overlooking Mission Valley to the south and Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is also home to the University of San Diego.

Linda Vista is divided between two City Council districts, with Councilmember Raul Campillo representing the majority of the neighborhood that lies in District 7 and Councilmember Jennifer Campbell representing the portion immediately surrounding the University of San Diego that lies in District 2.


There was an old Linda Vista established in 1886, which was likely centered on San Clemente Canyon. However, it ceased to exist after it was heavily damaged by the 1916 flood.[2]

Many of the homes in Linda Vista were built in 1940-41 as part of a government project to house aircraft workers for the war effort.[3][4] A construction project that was assisted by Reuben H. Fleet beginning in October 1941 resulted in 3,001 houses built within 200 days.[4][5]

The Linda Vista Shopping Center, built in 1943, demolished in 1972, was the first mall in San Diego and one of the first in the country. It won awards for its garden city-inspired design. A Walker Scott department store branch anchored the center.

On May 17, 1995, Shawn Nelson stole an M60A3 Patton tank out of the California Army National Guard Armory on Mesa College Dr and went on a tank rampage through Linda Vista, then north to Kearny Mesa along Convoy St. The 57-ton tank easily plowed through road signs, traffic lights, utility poles, and fire hydrants, and crushed approximately forty parked vehicles, including an RV. The damage to utility poles knocked out power to at least 5,100 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the Linda Vista neighborhood.

Schools and Universities


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 187.
  2. ^ Stewart, Noah; Patrick McGinnis (January 2004). "Historical Overview Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California" (PDF). Rose Creek Watershed Alliance. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
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  4. ^ a b Iris Engstrand (2005). San Diego: California's Cornerstone. Sunbelt Publications. pp. 159–160. ISBN 978-0-932653-72-7.
  5. ^ Linder, Bruce (2001). San Diego's Navy. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 122. ISBN 1-55750-531-4.

Coordinates: 32°47′1″N 117°10′16″W / 32.78361°N 117.17111°W / 32.78361; -117.17111