Mission Hills is an affluent community located just south of the San Diego River valley and north of downtown San Diego. The neighborhood is primarily residential with boutique shops and restaurants sprinkled throughout. The area was developed in the 20th century with most of the homes are still from that era; carefully preserved and restored over the years. San Diego’s prominent architects often designed homes in the neighborhood at the time including William Hebberd, William Templeton Johnson, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, Richard Requa and Joel E. Brown. During the 1950’s and 1960’s modern masters such as Lloyd Ruocco, Homer Delawie and John Lloyd Wright built modern homes along the canyon rims as infill.
The abundant greenery and beautiful gardens of Mission Hills are well known throughout San Diego. Much of the neighborhood owes thanks to Kate Sessions, also known as the Mother of Balboa Park, who opened a nursery in the neighborhood in 1910. Still in business today, the Mission Hills Nursery is San Diego’s longest running nursery and a gathering point for community members.
Public schools in Mission Hills are part of the San Diego Unified School District. The public elementary school is Ulysses S. Grant Elementary with grades K-8. Since there is no public high school in the neighborhood, kids are given the option to attend Point Loma High School or San Diego High School.