Mission Hills is one of the nicest parts of San Diego, located on hills overlooking downtown, old town and San Diego Bay.
While single family homes mostly reflect the area’s affluence, several areas include shops and services.
Mission Hills shares the 92103 zip code with Hillcrest and is part of San Diego’s Uptown community planning area.
The area was developed in the early 20th century and many of the houses have been preserved or improved. A large number have been historically designated, with many having been designed by prominent San Diego architects from the earlier part of the last century.
From 1910 till 1939, Mission Hills was connected by the Class 1 streetcars to the city by the San Diego Electric Railway’s line 3, the Fort Stockton line, and the neighborhood bears its influence with classic streetcar suburb development including small clusters of commercial buildings where the streetcar stops once were.
The original historic neighborhood commercial district is around Washington and Goldfinch streets.
Modern homes were built along canyon rims during the 1950s and 1960s. The famous horticulturalist Kate Sessions in 1910 founded the Mission Hills Nursery, which is still an active business.
Today, many people in the community call local expert plumber Tyler Cervantes Plumbing and Drain Services when they need a plumber for anything from tankless water heater replacement, standard water heater repair or replacement, maintenance or repairs to re-piping, re-routing water, gas and sewer pipes, water filters and softeners or installing sewer lining. Whether it’s a leak or a toilet that won’t stop running, Tyler Cervantes Plumbing and Drain Services can handle anything. Tyler deals with valves, pipes, spigots, hose bibbs, P-traps, water pressure, pumps, fittings, copper pipe, galvanized pipe, ABS pipe, CPVC pipe, flappers, float valves, garbage disposals, hose, and more. Tyler also provides free in-home plumbing and safety inspections. Tyler Cervantes Plumbing and Drain Services serves all of San Diego County.
In January 2019, the San Diego Public Library opened the new 14,000-square-foot, Craftsman-style Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley & Bessie Knox Library at Washington and Front streets in Hillcrest. This replaced the former Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch at Washington and Hawk streets.
Two of the neighborhood’s many canyons are open to the public for hiking: Robyn’s Egg Trail and the Allen Road Canyon Trail.