Overlooking Old Town and the picturesque San Diego Bay, Mission Hills sits north of downtown San Diego. The oldest and one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the region, it was developed in the early 1900s and was subdivided in 1908. Over the years, the crème de la crème of San Diego architects designed homes in the area, making Mission Hills a neighborhood with an impressive architectural profile. Some of the architects who designed homes here were Joel E. Brown, William Sterling Hebbard, Richard Requa, and William Templeton Johnson.
An upscale community, Mission Hills has everything. This neighborhood features a variety of housing options, including Craftsman bungalows, Spanish Revivals, modern homes and mansions, and a variety of historic stately homes. Premier San Diego architects practically made Mission Hills their playground, starting from the early years of the 20th century. Expect competitors as plenty of potential homebuyers want to make Mission Hills their home. Homes here already have an average sales price of more than $1 million.
Mission Hill’s business district along Goldfinch Street is home to numerous restaurants, pubs, and boutiques. Foodies should check out Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café and Bronx Pizza. Locals frequent the Lamplighter for drinks and a fun session of karaoke. San Diego’s oldest nursery, the Mission Hills Nursery, is another Mission Hills must-see. Famed horticulturalist Kate Sessions’ large eucalyptus trees frame the lawns of Mission Hill’s Pioneer Park. Residents and tourists take a day off and visit the park to frolic and picnic under the sun. You can see more of Kate Sessions’ work at her private topiary garden located in Union and Vine.
As a neighborhood with a fantastic architectural profile, Mission Hills is home to 75 homes listed in the Mission Hills Historic District. Walking through the streets of the neighborhood is like visiting an exhibit featuring a century’s worth of the country’s and the region’s landmark architectural styles.