Mission Hills is located above Old Town on the rolling hills that overlook the harbor. 92103 is the zip code for many homes in Mission Hills. Houses and Condos in 92103 have views of the bay and of downtown San Diego. For Sale houses in 92103 start in the high $400,000 and go to multi-million dollars. The for sale condos in Mission Hills start in $200,000 and go up to the low $900,000. The area was home to many of San Diego's pioneers and many of the homes are historical. Architect Irving Gill designed many of the houses that are now lovingly preserved and renovated. There are California bungalows, craftsman homes, Spanish Revival and Mission-style homes and many other one of a kind residences.
Kate Sessions, the landscape artist for Balboa Park, started the Mission Hills Nursery over a century ago in the area and it still functions as the center of the neighborhood. Washington and Goldfinch Streets are the commercial center of the neighborhood and provide residents with shopping and services. Small cafes and specialty retail shops line the streets and offer unique goods.
Capt. henry Johnston used the area he called Inspiration Point to guide his ship, the SS Orizaba, into San Diego harbor. Eventually he bought that land, and his daughter built the first house in Mission Hills naming it Villa Orizaba. More homes quickly followed, and the area became an upscale neighborhood for early San Diego residents.
Houses range in price from moderate to estates and are not clustered strictly by price. Many homes have views of the entire harbor and city. Every Friday during the summer concerts are held in Pioneer Park. Other community activities include a street fair for local artisans, church and civic events