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San Diego Historical Homes

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San Diego Historic Homes October 18, 2019
32
Listed
67
Avg. DOM
$661.54
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,195,000
Med. List Price
32 Properties
Page 1 of 3
Open 10/19
4515 Edgeware Rd San Diego, CA 92116
$649,000
Subdivision: Kensington
2
Beds
1
Baths
825
Sq.Ft.
1925
Year Built
1
Days on Site
190057238
MLS
Own a turnkey, detached home in Kensington--one of San Diego'™s premier historic neighborhoods--for less than the cost of renting! This lovingly cared for 1920s home has character and modern...
$1,399,000
Subdivision: Pacific Beach
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,523
Sq.Ft.
1956
Year Built
1
Days on Site
190057312
MLS
Rare, once in a generation opportunity ! First offering in over 50 years.This prime location has sweeping views of Mission Bay,Pacific Ocean, and Coronado island.Tucked away on a private cul de sac...
Open 10/19
121 W W 11Th Ave Escondido, CA 92025
$569,000
Subdivision: Old Historic District
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,510
Sq.Ft.
1953
Year Built
2
Days on Site
190056989
MLS
Amazing charm with this house located in desirable Old Historic District of Escondido. No detail overlooked with a fully remodeled kitchen, leather-washed granite counters, new appliances, new...
$749,000
Subdivision: Old Escondido
5
Beds
3
Baths
3,474
Sq.Ft.
1908
Year Built
1
Days on Site
190057162
MLS
Beautiful, Historical home is on the market for the first time in 20 years! Located near the popular Old Escondido Area, this Home is registered Historical Status with the City. Welcomes the charm...
Open 10/19
1062 W 5Th Ave Escondido, CA 92025
$765,000
Subdivision: Rancho Rincon
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,663
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
5
Days on Site
190056475
MLS
Historic Large Adobe Home w/lots of Character and a detached 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bath Granny Flat, sits high on top of 5th ave, with beautiful Views of the mountains /valley. Save money with paid for...
Open 10/19
4204 Randolph St San Diego, CA 92103
$1,650,000
Subdivision: Mission Hills
6
Beds
3
Baths
3,373
Sq.Ft.
1909
Year Built
5
Days on Site
190056493
MLS
One of the most stately Craftsman homes in the heart of north Mission Hills features 5 bd 3 bath on a 12,500 sq.ft. flat lot with a pool. Available for the first time in 55 years. Stunning leaded...
Open 10/19
4569 El Cerrito Drive San Diego, CA 92115
$815,000
Subdivision: El Cerrito Heights
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,426
Sq.Ft.
1928
Year Built
9
Days on Site
190055655
MLS
This idyllic Spanish Colonial home is tucked away on a quiet street of historic houses at the top of the hill in El Cerrito Heights/Talmadge. Nestled behind the shade of a mature Jacaranda tree with...
Open 10/18
1755 Fort Stockton Dr San Diego, CA 92103
$1,250,000
Subdivision: Mission Hills
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,873
Sq.Ft.
1914
Year Built
9
Days on Site
190055673
MLS
Beautiful 1914 Craftsman Home offered at $1,200,000 to $1,250,000. 3rd bdrm option or office. Sale comes w/add'l lot. This 1-story home has the conveniences of modern renovations w/the warm comfort...
$1,375,000
Subdivision: Mission Hills
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,211
Sq.Ft.
1928
Year Built
13
Days on Site
190055006
MLS
Well, you could consider status, as the Spanish architecture and Ampudia Street are high favorites in Mission Hills, but the truth is this home, earning 4 generations of occupancy by the same family,...
$385,000
Subdivision: Town Site
2
Beds
2
Baths
680
Sq.Ft.
1904
Year Built
14
Days on Site
190054900
MLS
Adorable furnished cabin located in historic Julian town site. Walking distance to down town restaurants and shopping. Recently remodeled with charming features. Vaulted ceilings. Wood floors...
$2,900,000
Subdivision: Coronado Village
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,808
Sq.Ft.
1913
Year Built
15
Days on Site
190054822
MLS
COME ENJOY. Historic 1913 CORONADO Craftsman Bungalow w/amazing BEACH quadrant location! It's been extensively renovated to add the modern amenities you expect while keeping the charm & character of...
$2,725,000
Subdivision: Mission Hills
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,125
Sq.Ft.
1935
Year Built
23
Days on Site
190053154
MLS
Embrace the good life in one of San Diego's most iconic historic neighborhoods. This immaculate hillside estate is a rare opportunity that hits all the marks - Sited on a private drive in Mission...
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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.