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San Diego Historical Homes

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San Diego Historic Homes December 8, 2019
22
Listed
66
Avg. DOM
$757.22
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$914,000
Med. List Price
22 Properties
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Open 12/11
964 Bonita Drive Encinitas, CA 92024
$1,325,000
Subdivision: Encinitas
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,239
Sq.Ft.
1941
Year Built
4
Days on Site
190063999
MLS
Ocean views & a flat, usable A¼ acre corner lot top off this perfectly-sized Encinitas home less than two miles from the beach. The open-concept floor plan features an updated kitchen with bar...
$859,000
Subdivision: East San Marcos
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,666
Sq.Ft.
1889
Year Built
7
Days on Site
190063459
MLS
This is an opportunity to own a wonderfully unique home in a premier site in county zones land on the border of San Marcos and Escondido. This is a historic Victorian home that was built in the...
$2,349,000
Subdivision: Coronado Village
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,738
Sq.Ft.
1915
Year Built
10
Days on Site
190063319
MLS
Incredible development opportunity! 2 separate legal parcels totaling 11,447 esf being sold together. 1st time on the market in almost 60 years this property allows endless possibilities. Current...
$968,000
Subdivision: Burlingame
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,135
Sq.Ft.
1923
Year Built
19
Days on Site
190062255
MLS
Cozy Historic Burlingame home located on a lovely street with one-of-a-kind homes. Recent upgrades include two zoned air conditioners, new paint, new range, refrigerator and washer and dryer. Three...
$535,000
Subdivision: Escondido
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,984
Sq.Ft.
1949
Year Built
21
Days on Site
190061961
MLS
Amazing opportunity with lots of historic charm! Situated on a large corner lot, zoned R-2, original oak wood floors, and large bonus room with fireplace and new, double pane windows. Two car garage...
$575,000
Subdivision: Logan Heights
3
Beds
1
Baths
864
Sq.Ft.
1906
Year Built
22
Days on Site
190061923
MLS
Location! Opportunity in historic Logan Heights. This 1906-built home was extensively renovated in 2016 including new roof, upgraded foundation, and tankless water heater. Minutes away from Petco...
$899,000
Subdivision: South Park
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,240
Sq.Ft.
1922
Year Built
27
Days on Site
190061106
MLS
Classic 1920'™s Spanish Bungalow in the heart of historic South Park, just steps away from fabulous shops & restaurants! MILLS ACT designation in place for major tax savings! Full of charm &...
$775,000
Subdivision: Green Canyon
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,580
Sq.Ft.
1941
Year Built
28
Days on Site
190044679
MLS
This large, perfectly located Winterwarm area charmer offers historic character, views & more. Originally built in 1941, but upgraded & enlarged over the years, this magical home has loads of...
$649,000
Subdivision: Tierra Del Sol
4
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,979
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
30
Days on Site
190060830
MLS
Historic ranch built by Actor Steve Reeves who used this getaway to raise Morgan horses & escape the Hollywood chaos. The charm of this ranch shows in the old stone buildings, the big red hay barn, &...
$849,000
Subdivision: North Park
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,920
Sq.Ft.
1908
Year Built
31
Days on Site
190060452
MLS
This Iconic Craftsman home is an amazing investment opportunity! Built in 1908 and located only two blocks from Balboa Park and Morley Field in North Park's historic Pauly's Addition. Zoned R2 on a...
$1,399,000
Subdivision: Village
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,000
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
35
Days on Site
190059899
MLS
GREAT LOCATION! This property can be kept as is, and remodel the kitchen/bath to your specs OR scrape and rebuild. A really cute old craftsman style home with a 1 car detached garage. There is also...
$745,000
Subdivision: Sherman Heights
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,200
Sq.Ft.
1911
Year Built
40
Days on Site
190059072
MLS
Beautiful historic house located in the heart of San Diego, less than a mile away from downtown. Scenic views, easy access to highways, close by parks and nearby colleges and schools. Walking...
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Historically Designated Properties

Historic properties are found throughout San Diego in the communities of La Jolla, Del Mar, Coronado, Point Loma, Mission Hills, Rancho Santa Fe, North Park, South Park, Burlingame, La Mesa, Golden Hill, Bankers Hill, Park West, Downtown San Diego, and beyond.

Take a look below to learn about the different styles of architecture that this city has to offer and how those who are interested in buying one of these unique properties can benefit from preserving history.

historic homes in San Diego

Historic Properties Have Various Architectural Styles

San Diego is a haven for devotees of historical homes because our communities have a variety of design styles to choose from. Among those are:

Spanish Colonial

Dating back to the Spanish conquistadors, Spanish Colonial homes are often single story and characterized by thick stucco-clad walls, wood support beams, flat roofs, inner courtyards, and terracotta tiles.  In San Diego, these can predominantly be found in La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Point Loma, National City, Mission Hills, La Mesa, and Kensington.

Tudor Revival

Tudor Revival homes are easily identified by their pitched roofs, focal chimneys, overhangs, timber decorated exteriors, and multi-paned windows.  Tudor homes experienced a surge in popularity during the first half of the 1900’s. Look for this style in Kensington, Bankers Hill, and Coronado

Prairie Style

Primarily built by Frank Lloyd Wright and originating from the midwest, Prairie Style homes are known for open flowing spaces, low-pitched roofs, wide eaves, horizontal lines, and horizontal bands of windows. Buyers looking for one of these properties should focus on Mission Hills where this style home was built between 1910 and 1920. 

Victorian

Victorian homes are narrow and tall with an asymmetrical design and large windows, towers, turrets, decorative trim, stained glass, and spindles.  Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival, and Medieval Gothic influences are prevalent in Victorian era design. Victorian architecture includes Italianate, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Shingle, Stick Style, Second Empire or Mansard, Richardsonian Romanesque, Eastlake, and Octagon.

Craftsman Bungalow

Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene , brothers in Pasadena California were inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement and Japanese architecture seen at the World’s Columbian Exhibition when they began designing Craftsman homes.   Craftsman Bungalow homes are famous for their low-pitched gabled roofs, built-in cabinetry, single dormers, tapered columns, partially paned front doors, multi-paned windows, beams under deep roof eaves, and front porches.  These homes can be found predominantly in the city’s Golden Hill, Point Loma, Kensington, Park West, and North Park neighborhoods.

Art Deco

Originating from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925, Art Deco designs are also referred to as style moderne.  Built in the 1920’s-1940’s, Art Deco architecture evolved into Art Moderne and Streamline Modern in the 1930's.  These homes features a block-like construction with a sleek linear appearance that’s accented with geometrical design elements. Look for this style in Point Loma, Ocean Beach, La Mesa, and National City.

Mid-Century Modern

Southern California is perhaps best known for mid-century modern architecture with its floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed beams, flat planes, and open floor plans.  Midcentury modern is an architectural style behind the beliefs of social change and a better society with the majority in the post-World War II era, however it began in the 1930s up until the late 1970s.  These homes can be found in many neighborhoods, but pay close attention to coastal San Diego, Old Del Mar, and La Jolla.

San Diego Has The Largest Collection Of Victorian Homes In the Country

In particular, National City, the second largest city in San Diego Country, has had a lasting impact on the area’s historic real estate market. The city as we know it today was founded in 1868 by Frank, Warren, and Levi Kimball. The brothers were builders, who made a point of  creating roads, railroads, and even a sea port in the territory that they had purchased from Mexico.

As they continued to build opportunity for industry, the city boomed. So did its real estate. Thankfully, over 250 of the original, Victorian-era homes are still standing today. While some of these properties - like the Kimball’s own home, which was famous for having indoor plumbing at the time of their inhabitation - have been turned into museums, many are still functioning residences.

San Diego Historic Home Tour

Based in Old Town San Diego, SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organisation) was a group of concerned citizens that formed in 1969 to save the 1887 Sherman Gilbert House.  They are now the third largest group in California of it's kind and works to protect and preserve the historic architectural and cultural resources of our region.   Various historical associations hold an annual home tour in San Diego such as the Mission Hills HeritageCoronado Historical AssociationOld Escondido Historic DistrictOld House Fair in South Park, and the La Jolla Historical Society (The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla.)

The Mills Act is Dedicated to Preserving History

Since San Diego has such an active historic market, there are provisions to help ensure that its legacy continues.  One of these is the Mills Act, which offers significant property tax breaks (usually 65%-85%)  to homeowners who have had their home registered as a historic landmark and listed on the city’s historical registry.  Your property could be listed on the National Register and or California Register, but if the city of San Diego has not designated it historical, your property is not eligible for the Mills Act.

What Constitutes a Historic Home?

The City of San Diego’s Development Services Division defines historic properties as exhibiting one or more of the the following characteristics:

  1. Exemplifies or reflects special elements of the City's, a community's or a neighborhood's historical, archaeological, cultural, social, economic, political, aesthetic, engineering, landscaping or architectural development.

  2. Is identified with persons or events significant in local, state or national history.

  3. Embodies distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period or method of construction or is a valuable example of the use of indigenous materials or craftsmanship.

  4. Is representative of the notable work of a master builder, designer, architect, engineer, landscape architect, interior designer, artist or craftsman

  5. Is listed or has been determined eligible by the National Park Service

How Does The Mills Act Property Tax Reduction Work?

To make use of the Mills Act, homeowners must first apply to have a historical survey done by the Development Services Division in order to ensure that the property fulfills the proper requirements to be considered a historic landmark. Once the application process is complete and the home has been added to the city’s historical registry, the homeowner is then entitled to a tax break, based on their property’s value, for a period of ten years.

In exchange for the tax break, the homeowner must agree to rehabilitate, and maintain the property to a standard that preserves its historical significance. Any work done to the property must be agreed upon by the Development Services Division and they reserve the right to perform inspections, as needed, to ensure that the property is being sufficiently maintained.     

Buying A Historic Home 

Interestingly enough some buyers looking at older homes have no intention on preserving history.  They may have a desire to do a studs up remodel or make other drastic changes and could run into trouble when pulling a permit if the city all of a sudden wants to designate the site as historically significant.  Or they wouldn't mind obtaining historical designation so they could then apply for Mills Act tax savings.  In either case a buyer would want to meet with a consultant who has experience preparing a Historical Resource Research Report in San Diego.  A current list of San Diego Historical Consultants can be found HERE.  Another helpful resource is San Diego Development Services to view actual historical districts throughout San Diego.

Bill Gasset out of New England has a helpful list compiled of 11 Potential Problems to look for when purchasing an older home.  An older home comes with more ongoing maintenance and diligent care than a newer residence.

Need More Information as a buyer in San Diego?

If you’re having thoughts of buying or selling in San Diego, please do not hesitate to contact Aumann Bender & Associates with any questions or to begin your househunting process. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to help you find the home that best suits the needs of you and your family.