Mission Hills’ first home (at 2036 Orizaba) was built in 1887 by the daughter of the captain of the Pacific Coast side-wheel steamship Orizaba, on the “Inspiration Point” from which her father guided the ships into harbor upon their return from the California coast. Mission Hills is now one of San Diego’s premier communities, geographically neighboring Downtown, Balboa Park, and Old Town. With quick access to three primary freeways (I-5, I-8, and 163), this lovely neighborhood best known for it’s distinctive architecture and winding, tree-lined streets, provides a lush refuge from most of the bustle of city life. Mission Hills architecture is a product of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800’s-early 1900’s, where craftsmanship and natural materials were so venerated. In the 20’s and 30’s the romantic Spanish homes began to emerge in both smaller bungalows and grand homes, and the community even has a few of the nicer “contemporaries” in the Frank Lloyd Wright vein. Mission Hills is good-weather strolling distance from world-class cuisine, theatre, points of interest in Balboa Park, and the trendy Hillcrest venues. Neighborhood activities include annual community functions, summer band concerts at Pioneer Park, large community garage sales where sensational antiques can be found, and street front beautification projects. Prices have changed dramatically since the Villa Orizaba site, then 65 acres, was purchased for $16.25 in 1869. Thirty nine days later, records show, half the land was sold for $50, making a 700% profit for the owner! One thing that hasn’t changed in all these years is people’s desire to live in Mission Hills and experience all of her charms.