Widely regarded as one of San Diego's finest neighborhoods, Mission Hills features elegant homes along 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. With its lush landscaping and winding canyons, driving into Mission Hills is like entering an oasis. However, its central location and easy transportation access means you are just minutes from all that San Diego has to offer.
Mission Hills has come to be 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, and Spanish and Mission Revival, just to name a few. Some of San Diego's finest architects worked in the area, such as William E. Hebbard and Richard Requa. The architectural diversity of the neighborhood is one of its finest features 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 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, evidenced through multiple annual events celebrating the neighborhood's great history and continued success. We welcome you to browse the pages of this site to learn more about what Mission Hills has to offer, and to contribute to this online resource dedicated to our wonderful community.