Top 13: Mission Hills

We’re bending the rules on our typical “Top 5” neighborhood rundown this week for two reasons. First, this week we’re covering Mission Hills, our home turf, so it’s nearly impossible to condense our list to just 5 of our favorite things. And second, for the 13th consecutive year, the Hernholm Group is #1 in real estate sales for Mission Hills. Consequently, we’re going to have some fun with the play on numbers. With that in mind and without further ado, here are our “Top 13” favorite things about Mission Hills:

1. Presidio Park (The Mission)

It’s only fitting that we start things off where, well, Mission Hills began. Presidio Park is definitely one of those places that’s easy to take for granted when you live in Mission Hills, but when you spend an afternoon here, you think to yourself, “I should come here every day!”

2. Location, Location, Location

You simply cannot beat Mission Hills’ location. In no other neighborhood can you be so close to it all. The beaches, Balboa Park, downtown, Sea World, Fashion Valley, Qualcomm Stadium, and the airport, are all within a 10-15 minute drive.

3. Espresso Mio

Start your day off with a “cup of Joe” from Espresso Mio and you’re bound to have a great day!  Tucked away in the heart of Mission Hills, this coffee shop is a pleasant slice of quiet neighborhood life. Every community deserves an establishment as fine and friendly as Espresso Mio.

4. Mission Hills Nursery

Hard to believe that it’s been over 100 years since the founding of Kate Sessions’ nursery. It’s the oldest nursery in all of San Diego, and whether you’re picking out a Christmas tree or flowers for the garden, this is the place to go for all of your botanical needs. And if you don’t have a green thumb, they’ll give you advice to make even the most tentative gardener an expert.

5. Sunset Boulevard

How many of you smile at the site of the palm trees lining Sunset Boulevard during your airplane descent into San Diego? When you see those “landing lights” you know you’re home. As you drive down Sunset Blvd, you can’t help but admire these swaying palms standing at attention along one of Mission Hills’ main streets. That they were planted by Kate Sessions makes them even more of a neighborhood treasure.

6. Schools

When it comes to elementary schools, Mission Hills is home to three top ranked schools. Francis Parker, Grant, and St. Vincent’s all offer unique experiences for their students. Many kids keep it “green” by walking or riding their bikes to and from school.

7. Lefty’s

Since Phil’s BBQ relocation, its replacement has certainly given us locals something to be happy about. Lefty’s is almost as popular as it is tasty. Try their thin-crust pizzas… you won’t be disappointed.

8. Presidio Little League

Sefton Field is where Matthew first started playing baseball with the legendary Coach Jack Hacker. Matthew has since returned as a coach. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a Saturday morning, cruise on down and catch a few innings of a baseball game. It may not be Petco Park, but some of these kids could be playing there some day!

9. Restaurant Row on Washington Street

Calling all foodies! Mission Hills’ cuisine was recently given a tremendous boost with the opening of The Red Door, Cafe Bleu, Wellington and Olivetto’s. It’s a treat not to leave the neighborhood anymore in search of a solid meal. A walk home after dessert is the cherry on top!

10. Concerts in the Park

Every summer the Mission Hills community gathers for several outdoor concerts in Pioneer Park to listen to some good beats and socialize with neighbors. This kind of an event truly makes you appreciate our friendly, sociable neighborhood.

11. Shear Delight

Like many places in San Diego, Mission Hills is a pet-friendly community. Chances are that if you have pets, you’ve taken them to Shear Delight for grooming. Most four legged customers are so happy to be back that they race through the front door and insist on access to the grooming station. Bows and bones are their rewards.

12. Historic Homes

Mission Hills has such a fabulous mix of historic homes. Historic designations are badges that homeowners wear with pride. Thanks to the Mills Act, the savings on property taxes that come from these designations only make the incentives for owning an historic home sweeter.

13. Our Clients

We’ve been working with the Mission Hills community for almost 30 years, and we continue to be grateful for our amazing clients.  This year marks the 13th consecutive year that the Hernholm Group is #1 in Mission Hills.  Thank you!

Contact Us

  • Janna Hernholm,
  • CA BRE # : 00841932
  • Melissa Hernholm,
  • CA BRE # : 01253708
  • Matthew Hernholm,
  • CA BRE # : 01874558
  • 810 W. Washington Street
  • San Diego, CA 92103
  • P: 619.299.4272
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