Several major aspects of Riverside‘s history are incorporated into the name Mission Grove, including the Mission Inn and the citrus groves, both of which played important roles in the city’s early development. Because of the several annexations that were approved by the City between 1963 and 2001, the Mission Grove neighborhood has grown to be an important section of the city.

A newer sector of the city, the Mission Grove neighborhood comprises a mix of single-family residential, apartment and condominium buildings, as well as retail stores and office buildings, most of which have been constructed after the 1980s. On the north side, between Canyon Crest and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, the majority of the homes are medium to low-density residential tract homes with three or four-car garages and large side yards. The southern half of the neighborhood, between Canyon Crest and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, is mostly low-density residential tract homes with three or four-car garages and small side yards. Residences along the edge of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park offer spectacular views of the park, the surrounding cities, and the mountains in the distance to those who live there. Higher density residential condominiums, apartments, and proposed residential complexes are centered along Alessandro Boulevard, as well as south of Alessandro Boulevard, in the area surrounding the district’s retail hub. Alessandro Boulevard is a major thoroughfare in the neighborhood. Traditional single-family tract homes are located in a radial pattern to the southeast of the greater density activity center.

These two shopping malls, located along Alessandro Boulevard, near the Mission Grove Parkway, provide a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options to residents of Mission Grove who live within a short walk of either location. A concentration of corporate office park buildings located along Trautwein Road near Mission Grove Parkway, a short distance south of Mission Grove Plaza, is a good place to start your search. Businesses in this region, together with nearby new industrial and office development east of the neighborhood at the Sycamore Canyon Business Park, contribute to give a plethora of high-quality job options for residents of the surrounding communities, including Alessandro Heights.

At the northeast corner of Alessandro Boulevard and Mission Grove Parkway, a relatively large area of open space is occupied by the Henry J. Mills Water Filtration Plant, which is operated by the Metropolitan Water District and extends to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, which is located at the community’s easternmost edge. The Western Municipal Water District’s offices are located next to the Mills treatment plant on Mission Grove Parkway, directly across the street (WMWD). The Water Conservation Center and Garden, which is located at this location, is open to the public, and visitors may learn more about water-wise landscaping that is suited for the region.

It is fortunate to have excellent schools and public facilities in the Mission Grove region. Taft Elementary School and Taft Neighborhood Park are located on the northern end of the area, close to the neighborhood’s entrance. Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, which encompasses almost 1,600 acres and borders the northern limit of the community, provides open space, hiking and mountain biking options on informal routes, as well as wildlife viewing. Mission Grove, Orangecrest and Sycamore Canyon Fire Stations located outside the neighborhood, are all only a short distance away and are ready to serve the neighborhood from almost every direction – south, east and west.