Widely regarded as one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods, Mission Hills offers a diverse mix of architectural and historic homes, tree-lined streets, a thriving business district, and above all, a strong sense of community. Adjacent to the vibrant neighborhood of Hillcrest and perched above Old Town and Mission Valley, Mission Hills is located just a few miles northwest of downtown San Diego. With its lush landscaping and winding canyons, driving into Mission Hills is like entering into a lifestyle enclave.
The community has become synonymous with some of San Diego’s finest examples of historic architecture. Its first home, Villa Orizaba, was built in 1887, and subsequent subdivisions such as Avalon and Inspiration Heights were developed in the early 20th century. Now collectively known as Mission Hills, these homes were built in a variety of styles including Craftsman Bungalows, Prairie Homes,Spanish and Mission Revival, and mid-century modern. Some of San Diego’s finest architects worked in the area of Mission Hills, such as William E. Hebbard, Richard Requa and Irving Gill. The architectural diversity of this area is one of its most alluring features of Mission Hills today.
The abundant greenery and beautiful gardens of Mission Hills are also famous throughout San Diego. Much of the neighborhood owes thanks to Kate Sessions, also known as the Mother of Balboa Park, who opened a nursery in the neighborhood in 1910. Still in business today, the Mission Hills Nursery is San Diego’s longest running nursery and is a gathering point for community green thumbs.
In addition to its warm residential feel, Mission Hills has an active business community offering fine dining, shops, and services within walking distance for its residents. Local business owners join residents as active members of the community, as evidenced through multiple annual events celebrating the neighborhood’s great history and continued success.
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