Clairemont began as a development by locals Lou Burgener and Carlos Tavares as a tract-home community on what was then called Morena Mesa in 1950. Clairemont's planning and design was a master-planned series of neighborhoods that included curvilinear streets, landscaping, shopping centers, schools, parks, churches, and other amenities. Today Clairemont is home to a wide variety of residences and businesses. Clairemont's neighborhoods provide a unique character, defined by their neighborhoods and natural resources. With three of the City's open space parks (Rose Canyon, Marian Bear, and Tecolote Canyon), city life can be quickly left behind for the more serene experience of canyon hikes, wildlife, and beautiful Mission Bay.