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San Diego Historical Homes

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San Diego Historic Homes April 21, 2019
11
Listed
131
Avg. DOM
$690.33
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,019,000
Med. List Price
11 Properties Found.
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3667 Monroe Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
3667 Monroe Ave. San Diego, CA 92116
1 of 21
$649,000
Subdivision: Teralta Heights
BEDS
2
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,008
BUILT
1922
ON SITE
18Days
MLS
190017912
San Diego living at its finest when you come to the historic neighborhood of Normal Heights! This charming Craftsman Bungalow is walking distance to both business districts of Normal Heights and...
10367 Vista Del Cerro Drive
Santee, CA 92071
10367 Vista Del Cerro Drive Santee, CA 92071
1 of 20
$439,000 ( $26,000 )
Subdivision: Santee
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,544
BUILT
1941
ON SITE
31Days
MLS
190015549
Carve out a great life in this incredible historic home that is nestled in the amazing city of Santee! Upon entering this home, you are greeted with wooden beamed ceilings, gorgeous hardwood flooring...
1208 Myrtle Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
1208 Myrtle Ave San Diego, CA 92103
1 of 25
$1,019,000
Subdivision: Marston Hills
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,604
BUILT
1926
ON SITE
32Days
MLS
190015169
Rare opportunity in the coveted historic Marston Hills neighborhood. Prime residential Canyon lot w/ exceptional potential to revive the story of this sought after Spanish Revival residence. First...
800 A Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
800 A Ave Coronado, CA 92118
1 of 13
$3,100,000
Subdivision: Village
BEDS
5
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
3,221
BUILT
1911
ON SITE
41Days
MLS
190013366
Rare Opportunity! This unique and historic craftsman home-- a past home of former U.S. Senator John McCain-- is coming on the market for the first time in more than 50 years. Classic exterior in...
6893 W Lilac Rd
Bonsall, CA 92003
6893 W Lilac Rd Bonsall, CA 92003
1 of 15
$1,700,000
Subdivision: Lilac Springs
BEDS
1
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
759
BUILT
1939
ON SITE
105Days
MLS
190001450
Serene 14 lot consists of 2 parcels. Fully fenced, arena built and privately gated. All utilites are in place and there are 2 sewer hook-ups paid in addition to septic. A historic little house...
25350 Mesa Grande Rd.
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
25350 Mesa Grande Rd. Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
1 of 25
$849,000 ( $50,000 )
Subdivision: Mesa Grande
BEDS
3
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
2,135
BUILT
1950
ON SITE
107Days
MLS
190001142
Discover the serenity, beauty and opportunity that awaits at this immaculate, turnkey home located on historic Mesa Grande. This 8.15-acre property captures the essence of its coveted backcountry...
950 6Th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
950 6Th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
1 of 25
$1,299,000
Subdivision: Gaslamp
BEDS
2
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
2,680
BUILT
1960
ON SITE
116Days
MLS
180068480
DESIGNED TO ENTERTAIN! Exclusive modern loft-style condo in a historic building located in the heart of Downtown Gaslamp district. Fourteen feet-high drop ceilings and giant full length windows let...
24585 Viejas Grade Rd.
Descanso, CA 91916
24585 Viejas Grade Rd. Descanso, CA 91916
1 of 18
$799,000
Subdivision: Descanso
BEDS
9
BATHS
6
SQ.FT.
8,791
BUILT
1925
ON SITE
157Days
MLS
180063727
A 2 story Rear Historic Property with 8791 Sq. Ft. with 9 bed rooms 6 baths with a seperate 2 br. apartment with seperate entrance down stairs, Ideal home for the elderly or a Alcoholic Center,...
3372 Front St
San Diego, CA 92103
3372 Front St San Diego, CA 92103
1 of 25
$2,150,000 ( $100,000 )
Subdivision: Bankers Hill
BEDS
6
BATHS
5
SQ.FT.
4,809
BUILT
1924
ON SITE
192Days
MLS
180057007
Seller will entertain all offers between $2,000,000 and $2,150,000. Located in the heart of Bankers Hill, originally designed by Louis Gill in 1924 as his first 'Canyon House' and completely...
950 6Th
San Diego, CA 92101
950 6Th San Diego, CA 92101
1 of 17
$414,000 ( $10,000 )
Subdivision: Gaslamp
BEDS
N/A
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
770
BUILT
1960
ON SITE
234Days
MLS
180048896
Samuel Fox Lofts located in Historic Gaslamp Quarter, comprised of live/work lofts that feature open floor plans, exposed duct-work, soaring ceilings, and concrete flooring. This one-of-a-kind loft...
7210 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
7210 La Jolla Blvd La Jolla, CA 92037
1 of 25
$4,350,000
Subdivision: Beach/Barber Tract
BEDS
8
BATHS
7
SQ.FT.
5,000
BUILT
1917
ON SITE
419Days
MLS
180010113
Variance Granted for SFD. A unique opportunity to own a collection of 3 meticulously restored, award-winning historic homes that offer modern day amenities that seamlessly merge with their classic...
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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.