Mission Hills is located above Old Town on the rolling hills that overlook the harbor. 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 homes that are now lovingly preserved and renovated. There are California bungalows, craftsman homes, Spanish Revival, 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 and provide residents with shopping and services. Small cafes and specialty retail shops line the streets and offer unique goods.
Properties range in price and size from moderate to estates, and are not clustered strictly by price. Many homes have views of the entire harbor and city. During the summer, concerts are held in historic Pioneer Park.