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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 in Southern San Diego
Country  United States of America
State  California
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Del Cerro (Spanish for "of the hill") is a hilly residential 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 and San Diego State University. For planning purposes the city includes it in the Navajo community planning area.


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

The San Diego State University Master Plan has proposed to build a housing project for faculty and staff on university-owned undeveloped open space 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. 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.

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


Community groups

Homes in Del Cerro

Volunteer community groups include the Del Cerro Action Council. The neighborhood is one of several communities represented by the Navajo Community Planners which advises the mayor and city council on land use issues in the area.

Annual events

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.



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, and several other professional services.


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


  • Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School is located on Del Cerro Blvd.==Government==

Del Cerro is located in City Council District 7 and is currently represented by Councilmember Raul Campillo.

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