About Mission Hills, San Diego Real Estate
Historic community sprawling with magnificent hilltop homes
Perched on the hills just south of the San Diego River, the charming streets of Mission Hills buzz with residential activity. Its scenery is characterized by beautiful, historic homes framing the hillside in an array of magnificent architectural styles, from Spanish Colonial Revival houses to Art Deco homes, Craftsman Bungalows and Prairie School style houses, hailing from the designs of world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright, William Hebbard, and Emmor Brooke Weaver. Over the years, these homes have been maintained and restored. Boutique shops and restaurants run along Mission Hill’s main business streets, and locals can hike two of the town’s canyons, while also relishing the beautiful weather with leisure moments spent at either Pioneer Park or Mission Hills Park.
What to Love
• Elegantly restored historic homes
• Tremendously walkable to restaurants and shops
• Family-friendly locale
• Proximity to San Diego international airport
The picturesque views of the city, mountain, and ocean offered by The Hills to residents, are one of its major draws. Draped in an appealing rural town ambiance with urban perks, Mission Hills is quiet and peaceful. Lack of heavy commercial activities allows for tranquil days spent at home or by the beach. There is a strong sense of community here, perfect for families looking to plant roots in a homely and authentic destination imbued with culture.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Even though it’s mostly residential, Mission Hill has amassed an array of charming boutiques, salons and cafes, fine dining restaurants, and specialty stores. From tacos and salsa at the awesome Lucha Libre to wood-fired seafood and cocktails at Fort Oak, there’s something for every taste. Stop in to Le Bel Age Boutique for bohemian-chic dresses and accessories or swing by Lewis & Fay for a gift basket containing candles, books, jewelry, and unique stationery.
What is a coastal town without refined seafood parlors? Satisfy your palate with a visit to Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill where authentic Mexican-style seafood tacos dripping with special sauce meets yummy housemade tortillas. Drop by The Red Door for upscale American comfort fare prepared using garden-fresh produce and served in a homely space. Their menu features hearty beef wellingtons, lobster ravioli, and lamb shank among others. Head out for bougie brunch at Farmer’s Bottega and pick from a menu of omelets and frittatas, french toast and pancakes as well as egg specialties paired with wine, coffee, and mimosas. Don’t miss out on the heavenly desserts at Gelato Vero Caffee or the famous pies and assorted pastries served in the chic Great Maple.
Things to Do
Experience a unique movie night at The Cinema Under the Stars, an outdoor modern-day cinematic hotspot inviting guests to enjoy zero gravity recliners, deck chairs with a table and ottoman, or loveseat cabanas.
If your kids love running around with or without a dog, then be sure to visit Pioneer Park, one of Mission Hills’ two neighborhood parks. With its swathe of grassy fields, family picnics, yoga practices at sunset, and vibrant summer events brim with so many possibilities.
The other popular family gathering spot in Balboa Park, featuring several museums, performing arts venues, and the San Diego Zoo. Bike rides, long walks in the park, live jazz at dusk are common to the Mission Hills residents, so throw away your cares and immerse yourself in all the fun and action. You can also enjoy the views of the Historic Districts with their significant architectural character where you can even indulge in an overnight stay with the charming bed and breakfasts available, such as Crone’s Cobblestone Cottage, where guests enjoy an eclectic fusion of history and modernism, in addition to a stunning garden retreat for nature lovers. And talking about nature lovers, you absolutely don’t want to miss a thrilling hike along Mission Hills Canyon.