San Diego neighborhood with stunning views and homes.
Mission Hills is quiet San Diego neighborhood with striking historic architecture and awe-inspiring views over Old Town, Downtown, and the San Diego Bay. Many famed architects contributed to Mission Hills’ unique real estate mix. Most properties were built between 1908 and 1930. These homes span a wide range of styles, with homes offering stunning examples of Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Prairie School architecture. 320 of Mission Hills’ homes have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mission Hills has a great location close to Old Town and other bustling San Diego neighborhoods.
Unique neighborhood restaurants
Mission Hills is home to executives and other high-ranking professionals, and the neighborhood has one of the highest percentages of residents in the United States with a Master’s degree or above. It offers sophisticated living with a good selection of local businesses and neighborhood greenspaces.
Mission Hills has a diverse dining scene with lots of unique neighborhood restaurants. Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria is the best place to sample the cuisine of the Windy City. Specialties include Chicago hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and iconic deep-dish Chicago-style pizzas.
Meshuggah Shack is a quirky roadside stall serving tasty bacon and waffles, plus flavored and iced teas and coffees. Jo’s Diner updates the classic American diner menu by adding contemporary touches to all your comfort food favorites. Try Jo’s biscuits and gravy, wine-braised short rib benedict, or bacon-wrapped meatloaf washed down with a chocolate ganache milkshake.
M-Theory Music is one of San Diego’s few remaining independent record stores, featuring crates of new and used CDs and vinyl for record lovers to root through. M-Theory also doubles as a live music venue, staging shows from some of the coolest underground acts from San Diego and beyond.
The adjacent neighborhood of Hillcrest offers many more shops and restaurants, including a Whole Foods Market for organic grocery shopping. Common Stock in Hillcrest serves gourmet sandwiches, shared bites, and American bistro-style entrees in a hip space with exposed beams and brickwork. Common Stock also offers a selection of wines and cocktails alongside more than a dozen craft beers on draft.
Mission Hills Park is a green space containing as much history as the unique neighborhood surrounding it. The park served as one of San Diego’s earliest cemeteries and still contains graves and tombstones of some of the city’s early pioneers. The park is also sometimes called Pioneer Park due to its history.
Mission Hills Park has large open grass areas, picnic areas, tennis courts, and a children’s playground. Between late June and mid-August, the free Summer Concerts in the Park series brings live music to Mission Hills Park every Friday evening. The summer concert series includes special daytime performances for the Fourth of July. The family-friendly Fourth of July activities at the park also includes a costume contest for pets. Mission Hills Park also hosts outdoor movie screenings during the summer.
Other green spaces within the neighborhood include the unique Topiary Garden created by artist Edna Harper. This scenic spot features scores of plants carefully pruned into living artworks.
Mission Hills is served by the San Diego Unified School District. Highlights include:
Francis Parker School, Private, PK-12
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