Several miles from the Pacific coast, the community of Sorrento Mesa is a part of Sorrento Valley in the central region of San Diego and is situated about fifteen miles north of downtown San Diego. West of Sorrento Mesa is Del Mar while Mira Mesa is to the east. The I-5 and I-805 interstates merge in Sorrento Mesa and provide exceptionally quick drives to the rest of San Diego County. Sorrento Mesa residents find that the short commute times into the business district as well as to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field International Airport make living in Sorrento Mesa the perfect solution.
Home to several high tech and IT companies, the center of Sorrento Mesa is located at the San Diego Tech Center. The corporate headquarters of Qualcomm, Chicken of the Sea, Websense, and TelCentris, Inc. are all located in Sorrento Mesa. Texas Instruments, Pfizer, Sony Online Entertainment, and Quintiles all have major operations in the area, whether offices, warehouses, distribution facilities, factories, or other buildings. These companies are the area’s largest employers and keep most Sorrento Mesa residents in town. However, a large portion of the Sorrento Mesa community does commute daily into downtown San Diego. Webster University’s San Diego Metropolitan Campus is also located in Sorrento Mesa.
Sorrento Mesa is close enough to the Pacific Ocean that day trips to the coast are quite quick and convenient. Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey Pines State Beach are both quick drives on the interstate and local highway. The University of California San Diego Park is also close to Sorrento Mesa. The closest shopping for local residents can be found about two miles from the heart of Sorrento Mesa at the Westfield University Towne Centre. The large complex features large brand retailers as well as a few local boutiques alongside a host of food and entertainment options. Costa Verde Shopping Center and Renaissance Towne Center are also nearby.
Miramar Marine Corps Air Station is situated just south of Sorrento Mesa. The installation is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group 46, and Combat Logistics Company 11. The 23,116-acre base is comprised of two portions: the eastern section is undeveloped and used for live training while the western portion serves as the primary base and airfield. A large percentage of Sorrento Mesa’s residents have some type of involvement with the military installation.