San Diego

Historic Districts

Burlingame Historic District

The Burlingame Historic District is located within the boundaries of North Park. The District is an eclectic mix of pre-WWI through post-WWII suburban architecture. It features excellent examples of Craftsman Bungalow, Tudor Revival, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Prairie School, Art Deco, California Ranch, and other individual hybrid combinations of several styles. Burlingame homes reflect the quality design and construction work of several established architects and master builders. An array of homes were built for some of San Diego’s leading citizens of the time, including: Percy Benbough (councilman, police chief and mayor), Mary Fulford (a cousin of George Marston), Dr. Harry Wegeforth (“founding father” of the San Diego Zoo), and Mabel Whitsitt (milliner for Holzwasser’s & Marston’s department stores and owner of the Five Dollar Hat Shop and Whitsitt’s: The House That Hats Built).

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Architects & Builders

Burlingame homes reflect the quality design and construction work of several established architects and master builders, including William H. Wheeler, Carleton Winslow, Earl Brenk, Charles Salyers, Walter Keller, Theo Lohman, Alexander Schreiber, Archibald McCorkle, and Louis Brandt.

About North Park

Founded in 1910, North Park is a neighborhood of mixed architectural styles from many eras. It includes the sub-neighborhoods of Altadena, Burlingame, and Morley Field. North Park is dotted with trendy cafes, diners, coffee shops, microbreweries, boutiques, and galleries.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Burlingame Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Dryden Historic District

The Dryden Historic District is a six-block area in North Park’s Morley Field community. It comprises 136 distinctive homes of which more than 100 contribute to the historic nature of the District. The architectural styles range from late Victorian to Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and early California Ranch. The period of historic significance for the District extends from 1912 to 1941. A high concentration of homes were designed and built by the renowned Arts and architect/builder David Owen Dryden (hence the District’s name).

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Architects & Builders

The 20 homes credited to David Owen Dryden exhibit some of the best examples of his work. The District also contains 15 homes built by Edward F. Bryans, who was one of the most prolific and versatile master builders in San Diego.

About North Park

Founded in 1910, North Park is a neighborhood of mixed architectural styles from many eras. It includes the sub-neighborhoods of Altadena, Burlingame, and Morley Field. North Park is dotted with trendy cafes, diners, coffee shops, microbreweries, boutiques, and galleries.

Mills Act Properties

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Golden Hill Historic District

The Golden Hill Historic District embodies distinctive characteristics of various architectural styles. It is composed of homes dating from the late-19th and early-20th century which were designed by San Diego’s most notable architects. Some of the homes were constructed for the city’s prominent citizens, including doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and politicians. Generally, these homes were large, multistoried and designed in Victorian or period revival style. Along with stately Victorian homes, modest homes and bungalows were constructed – often designed in the Folk Victorian, Craftsman, Spanish Eclectic, or Mission Revival styles.

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Architects & Builders

Golden Hill homes reflect the quality design of several established architects, including William Hebbard, Irvin Gill and Richard Requa.

About Golden Hill

Golden Hill is one of San Diego’s most historic and architecturally eclectic neighborhoods. After its development began in 1869, it soon became San Diego’s most fashionable neighborhood and home to the city’s movers and shakers. Many of the area’s stately Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman homes have survived. In recent years, Golden Hill has been undergoing a renaissance, as neighboring South Park did a few years ago.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Golden Hill Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Mission Hills Historic Districts

The Mission Hills Historic District and the Fort Stockton Line Historic District are both located in the distinguished neighborhood of Mission Hills. The two Districts consist of nearly 300 historic homes – many designed by San Diego’s premier architects and built by established master builders. Architectural styles include Bungalow, Craftsman, Prairie School, Tudor Revival, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Colonial Revival. Mission Hills was officially born in 1908 but the 1915 Panama-California Exposition brought an influx of visitors who wanted to live here, along with the craftsmen to build beautiful homes for them.

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Architects & Builders

Homes were often designed by San Diego’s premier architects including William Hebbard, William Templeton Johnson, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, Richard Requa, and Joel E. Brown. Master Builders such as the Pacific Building Company, Morris B. Irvin, and Martin V. Melhorn contributed by building in the vernacular architecture. Ironically, San Diego’s most famous architect, Irving Gill, never built in Mission Hills. By the time this area was being developed, he was mainly working in Los Angeles County.

About Mission Hills

This distinguished neighborhood is located north of downtown on hills overlooking Old Town and the bay. It is known for its carefully preserved historic homes designed by San Diego’s premier architects. The community was officially founded in 1908 but the first home was actually built in 1887. Mission Hills is primarily residential, with some boutique shops and restaurants. The Mission Hills Nursery has been providing plants and advice to local residents since 1910. Presidio Park, Pioneer Park, and Mission Hills Park offer acres of recreational space.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Mission Hills Historic Districts may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Sherman Heights Historic District

Sherman Heights has a significant historical value as one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods originally subdivided in 1869 by Captain Matthew Sherman. The Sherman Heights Historic District is a site composed of post 1870s and pre 1940s residences, designed in the architectural styles of Greek Revival, Carpenter Gothic, Italianate, Stick, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical, Mission Revival, Prairie, Bungalow, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Moderne.

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Architects & Builders

San Diego’s master architects and builders

About Sherman Heights

After its development began in 1869, Sherman Heights was settled by individuals from all economic groups including business people, government workers, city managers, and construction tradesmen. It is also where numerous ethnic groups made their first home in San Diego. Many of the original houses in Sherman Heights still exist and have been well maintained. The Villa Montezuma, a large Victorian house built for musician and spiritualist Jesse Shepard in 1887, has been operated as a museum by the City of San Diego.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Sherman Heights Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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Shirley Ann Place Historic District

Shirley Ann Place is a one-block narrow street (a former central back alley) in the neighborhood of University Heights. It was designated a historic district by the City of San Diego for its large number of 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival bungalows and several late 1930s to late 1940s bungalows. These gems were built by one of San Diego’s oldest construction firms. Shirley Ann Place is a well preserved representation of a pre-planned post-WWI speculative housing development initiated by a single individual. This “mini-neighborhood” is notable for its intactness and overall consistency of architectural design.

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Architects & Builders

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About University Heights

Although University Heights does not host a university, it is located high above Mission Valley. The name dates back to the land boom of the 1880s and a plan to build a university in the area. The neighborhood is filled with pre-World War II Craftsman homes, Spanish Revival bungalows, cottages, as well as condominiums. A variety of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, artist’s studios, and live entertainment venues line the vibrant business district.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the Shirley Ann Place Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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South Park Historic District

The South Park Historic District has a period of significance of 1910 through the 1920s. The District is an intact grouping of single-family residences developed immediately adjacent to Balboa Park. It is composed of over 100 primarily two-story residences, designed in the Craftsman, Prairie, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival styles. Research reveals that the homes were built by several master architects and builders.

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San Diego’s master architects and builders

About South Park

Born as early as 1870, South Park is an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, cafes, and taverns surrounded by classic homes and public spaces. Various architectural styles are represented in South Park, including Craftsman and Spanish. For much of its existence, South Park was a part of Golden Hill, although the name would fall in and out of favor over the years. South Park has grown in stature and is well regarded as a lively and walkable neighborhood.

Mills Act Properties

The Mills Act, named for San Diegan James Mills, a former State Senator, provides a monetary incentive designed to encourage the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of designated historic properties. Houses in the South Park Historic District may qualify for substantial property tax reduction (20-70% savings).

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BUYER Resources

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Mortgage Pre-Approval

As a prospective purchaser, it makes sense to start the financing pre-approval early on so you can get a firm handle on your interest rate and estimate of closing costs. If you do this prior to searching for your house or condo, you can shop with a greater sense of freedom and security – knowing that the money will be there when you find the property.

When you are ready to make an offer, it makes sense to negotiate from the strongest position possible. In today's market, it's not uncommon for a seller to receive multiple offers on their property. Sellers can be selective in the final buyer they choose to negotiate with. All things being equal, a pre-approved buyer will almost always win. With that said, there are things you can do to make certain that your offer is the one the seller accepts.

Pre-approval is fast, easy and free. Should you decide to take advantage of it, simply contact us and we will forward your information to one of our preferred mortgage professionals who can assist you.

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10 Common Buyer Traps

Buying a house or condo in San Diego is a major investment no matter which way you look at it. For some buyers, it can be an even more expensive process than it needs to be because they fall prey to at least a few of the many common and costly mistakes. These mistakes trap them into:

  • paying too much for the property they want, or
  • losing the property to another buyer, or
  • buying the wrong property for their needs.

A systemized approach to the buying process can help you steer clear of these common traps, allowing you to not only cut costs, but also secure the property that's best for you.

A special industry report has recently been released entitled 10 Home Buying Traps and How to Avoid Them. The report discusses the ten most common and costly buyer traps, how to identify them, and what you can do to avoid them. Read this important report before you purchase your property.

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Trading Up & Downsizing
Unlike the experience of buying your first house or condo, when you already own a property and are looking to trade up or downsize to another, there are certain factors that can complicate the situation. It's very important for you to understand these issues before you list your property for sale.

Not only is there the issue of financing to consider – especially when trading up – but you also have to sell your property at exactly the right time. The timing is crucial in order to avoid the financial burden of owning two properties or, just as bad, the dilemma of having no place to live during the gap between closings.

In answer to this, industry insiders have recently prepared a special report entitled 6 Housing Mistakes to Avoid When Trading Up or Downsizing. The information contained in this report will help you make informed choices before you put your property on the market in anticipation of moving to another. Read this report now and find out how to make your move worry-free and without complications.

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SELLER Resources

Value of Your Property

Knowing the true market value of your house or condo is important if you are thinking about selling it. By providing us with the address and a brief description of your property, we can conduct a thorough pricing analysis for you. With this current data, you will be able to determine what your property might sell for if you decide to put it on the market. There is no cost or obligation for this service.

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27 Valuable Seller Tips

Because your house or condo may well be your largest asset, selling it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Once you have made that decision, you'll want to sell your property for the highest price in the shortest time possible without compromising your sanity. It's imperative that you are as prepared as possible in order to achieve this goal.

To help sellers better understand the selling process, industry experts have recently prepared a special report entitled 27 Tips to Get Your Home Sold Fast and for Top Dollar. The report tackles the important issues you must be aware of to make your house or condo competitive in today's today's aggressive San Diego market. Through the 27 tips, you'll discover how to avoid financial disappointment or, worse, a financial disaster when selling your property. Read this report to learn how to protect and capitalize on your most important investment, reduce stress, be in control of your situation, and make the most profit possible.

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Passing the Inspection

Whether you own an old house or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. It's critical that you identify and deal with these issues before you list your house for sale. If you wait until the buyer's inspector flags them, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your property sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what to look for.

According to industry experts, at least 33 physical problems come under scrutiny during an inspection. A recently released report, entitled 12 Things You Must Know to Pass Your Home Inspection, identifies the most common of these issues and what you should know about them. Read this report now and learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn't cost you the sale of your property.

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Expired Listing

If your house or condo has just come off the market and has not sold, don't be discouraged. The reason it did not sell may have nothing to do with your property or the market. In reality, your house or condo may have been one of the more desirable properties for sale. So why didn't it sell?

In today's San Diego market, many properties listed for sale don't sell during the initial listing period. Owners of these properties found that there was a tremendous amount they needed to be educated on in order to successfully meet their real estate goals. Before you hire another real estate agent for job of selling your property, know the right questions to ask. Don't risk making the wrong choices and losing time, energy and money on your investment.

To help educate sellers before they sign another listing agreement, industry experts have prepared a special report entitled Expired Listing: How to Sell a Home that Didn't Sell. Read this report now and make sure your property actually sells the next time you put it on the market.

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GENERAL Resources

Pets & Moving

Moving can be hard on everyone involved: adults, kids, and yes... even your pets! While your pet may not understand exactly what is going on, they can sense the stress (good or bad) that the whole family is experiencing. Add to that the fact that animals are creatures of habit and do not like changes to their usual routine, and you can understand why they become so confused. They can also become quite anxious when all of a sudden they see their human family busily throwing everything around them into boxes.

Naturally, we always want to keep our pets happy and healthy because we love them. However, we also want to lessen the chances of their "acting-out." Animals, just like people, can behave rather badly under stress. We need to do all we can to help them feel secure throughout the moving process.

With this in mind, we have gathered helpful moving tips from industry experts that any pet owner can easily follow. These tips can be found in a special report entitled Pet Owners: Making the Move Easier on Your Pets. Read this important report now if you're planning on moving with pets.

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Kids & Moving

Over the years, many studies have been conducted to define and rank which typical life experiences cause the greatest amount of stress for the average adult. For anyone who has had to make a move, it probably comes as no surprise that moving ranks within the top 10 of the most stressful events. Once you add children to the equation, the stress level only increases.

To help parents prepare their young children for the move, and also help them adjust to their new home and community after the move, we have compiled the best tips from industry experts. These tips can be found in a special report entitled Parents: Preparing Your Young Children for the Move. Read this important report now if you're planning on moving with children.

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