San Diego Real Estate: Mission Hills | A Century of Architecture

Pacific Sothebys International Realty Hernholm Group Mission HillsCentrally situated with views spanning from Downtown’s skyline across San Diego Bay to Point Loma, Mission Hills is one of San Diego’s most historic and desirable neighborhoods.
From grand historic homes and quaint Craftsman bungalows to modern Mediterranean-style and contemporary residences, Mission Hills represents a wide-variety of architectural styles that have evolved over the last 100 years. Many Mission Hills residences were designed by such prominent architects as Richard Requa, Cliff May and Emmor Brooke Weaver. Mid-century homes designed by Lloyd Ruocca are also situated throughout the neighborhood.
“We have a variety of architects who have come to San Diego and added their stamp on this neighborhood over different generations,” says Matthew Hernholm, with Hernholm Group at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Whether it’s a historic Spanish or a stunning modern home, each generation of talented architects has added to the rich history of this community.”
The Hernholm Group has sold over 100 historic homes throughout San Diego and is currently representing five unique homes which represent over 100 years of architecture, from the historic Henry Lord Gay home built in 1911 to the brand new Safdie Rabines home completed in 2018.
“It is Important to delve into the history behind the homes we represent,” says Melissa Hernholm. “We are celebrating a century of distinctive architectural history as we showcase our current listings all built from 1911 to 2018.”

Pacific Sothebys International Realty Hernholm Group Mission Hills
1850 Lyndon Road, San Diego, CA 92103 | 4BD , 5BA | 3,439 SF | Offered at $2,295,000
Built in 1911 by Henry Lord Gay, this stately residence exemplifies the English Arts & Crafts architectural style. Prominently sited in a historic district on a 16,754sf lot, the Mills Act affords much-reduced property taxes (~$6700/year). Elegant entry introduces light-filled living areas complete with hardwood floors, fireplace, beamed ceiling and period detailing. Well-appointed kitchen with premier appliances opens to spacious grounds which include a terrace, yard, pool/spa and bbq area.
Pacific Sothebys International Realty Hernholm Group Mission Hills
1625 Plumosa Way, San Diego, CA 92103 | 6BD,4BA | 4,743 SF | Offered at $3,395,000
Built in 1912 by renowned architect Richard Requa, the Jarvis L. Doyle House, historically designated with Mills Act, elegantly reflects Requa’s style transition from Mission to Mediterranean. Lush canyon and manicured gardens surround this idyllic home where spacious downstairs rooms open to inviting terraces. Stunning kitchen remodel seamlessly incorporates original detailing. The lower level family room opens to side terrace. Upstairs floor plan features a master suite, three additional bedrooms, enclosed sleeping porches and sitting room/study.
Pacific Sothebys International Realty Hernholm Group Mission Hills
2020 Orizaba Street, San Diego, CA 92103 | 6BD, 4BA | 2,921 SF | Offered at $1,950,00
This 1927 Spanish Colonial celebrates Master Architect, Richard Requa. Historically designated, The Miller House property taxes total less than $5000/year (Mills Act). Spacious living areas with wood floors and elegant archways open to private gardens, terrace, and yard. Recently remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters features breakfast area. Downstairs en-suite bedroom functions as an office. Upstairs floor plan includes a master suite and two bedrooms with additional multi-purpose rooms.
Pacific Sothebys International Realty Hernholm Group Mission Hills
4370 Arcadia Drive, San Diego, CA 92103 | 4BD, 4BA | 3,622 SF | Offered at $2,195,000
Built in 1990, this sophisticated Mediterranean residence enjoys a secluded location. Elegant entry introduces open floor plan and expansive decks with scenic canyon outlooks and ocean vistas. Hardwood floors, clerestory windows, beamed ceiling, and fireplace showcase spacious living areas. Gourmet kitchen with breakfast area opens to dining terrace. The upstairs master suite includes fireplace, walk-in closet, and luxurious bath. The first-floor features garage access, wine cellar, laundry room & guest suite. Added bonus: solar powered.
Pacific Sothebys International Realty Hernholm Group Mission Hills
3975 Clark Street, San Diego, CA 92106 | 4BD, 4BA | 2,735 SF | Offered at $1,975,000
Newly constructed in 2018, this stellar modern masterpiece overlooks a peaceful canyon. Meticulous attention to design and detail illustrates talents of award-winning architects, Safdie-Rabines. Kitchen features dramatic quartzite island, superior appliances and great room with 30-foot sliding doors opening to the terrace. Travertine flooring provides a seamless transition to indoor/outdoor living areas. Master suite offers luxurious bath and canyon view balcony. Entry & two en-suite bedrooms with natural oak floors also framed by a scenic site.
To celebrate this architectural milestone in Mission Hills, Hernholm Group’s latest video provides an in-depth look at four current listings which showcase the architectural footprint of this historic neighborhood.

For more information on these properties, or to schedule a private showing please contact the Hernholm Group, 619.299.4272,

Colby Arrington, PSIR Marketing

Director, Communications & Public Relations Pacific Sotheby's International Realty |

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