Overlooking Old Town and the San Diego Bay, just north of downtown, is beautiful and historic Mission Hills San Diego. Known for world-class restaurants on India Street, including El Indio, Saffron, Blue Water, Shakespeare, and Lucha Libre, Mission Hills is a beautiful residential community with locally owned businesses scattered throughout the area. Beautifully restored homes dot the neighborhoods and showcase the area as an extremely desirable neighborhood to live and raise a family. Today Mission Hills has two historic districts, including Mission Hills Historic District and Ft. Stockton Historic District. The two main streets that run through Mission Hills are University and Washington, both of which are home to major commercial and retail spaces. Recent construction in the area includes the development of the new VONS shopping center on Washington.
Developed in the early 20th century, Mission Hills still maintains many original homes. In the 1910s Mission Hills became one of the many neighborhoods connected by the Class 1 streetcars, a fleet of twenty-four unique street cars built to provide public transportation for the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. The street cars were a fixture in Mission Hills until their retirement in 1939. Modern homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s along canyon rims by famous modern architects like John Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Ruocco, Homer Delawie and more. Kate Sessions, a famous horticulturist, founded the Mission Hills nursery which is still in business today.
Because Mission Hills is a desirable community, home prices and price per square foot are higher than in other areas of San Diego. According to Zillow, the average home value for the area is $871,800, which is significantly higher than most areas in San Diego. This is a 23.1% increase over the same amount of time one year ago. Currently, there are around 38 homes for sale in Mission Hills. Average rental price according to NeighborhoodScout is $1,901 which is well above rental prices in other neighborhoods of San Diego. Mission Hills is considered one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation… in fact, only 4.7% of America’s neighborhoods are wealthier. You will notice that real estate here is extremely well maintained and holds its value exceedingly well. Mission Hills is a notably tolerant neighborhood, with residents patronizing the arts, promoting health and wellness, sending their children to preparatory schools, and embracing all residents equally. NeighborhoodScout notes that 35.8% of residents have attained an advanced degree, Master’s, PhD, Law or MD. Residents here are considered urban sophisticates. Mainly housing single family homes, Mission Hills offers a residential feel with a unique culture specific to the area, as well as easy access to Old Town, Balboa Park, and downtown.
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