Sales Studio Opens for 1Mission, Luxury Condos in the Heart of San Diego's Historic Mission Hills Neighborhood

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CLB Partners, Ltd., has opened the residential sales studio for 1Mission, a mixed-use residential/retail enclave in San Diego's Mission Hills that brings together the meticulous restoration of a turn-of-the century commercial block and a new five-story residential mid-rise with 61 residences. Even before construction is complete, the project has earned awards from San Diego Architectural Foundation and the Urban Land Institute.

CLB Partners, Ltd., has opened the residential sales studio for 1Mission, a mixed-use residential/retail enclave in the heart of Mission Hills that brings together the meticulous restoration of a turn-of-the century commercial block and a new five-story residential midrise with 13 two-story townhomes and 48 single-level luxury condo residences. Located on the block framed by Washington, Fort Stockton, Goldfinch and Falcon streets, 1Mission encompasses 94,000 square feet of living space and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

Residences range from approximately 1,057 to 2,671 square feet and are priced from approximately $500,000 to $1 million. There are 31 different floor plans with sleek and airy interiors, providing a striking counterpoint to the traditional exteriors that are accented with brick, wrought iron balconies and awnings. Homes on the upper levels enjoy panoramic views that incorporate everything from the Downtown skyline to East County mountain peaks. Decks, as large as 500 square feet, expand the living area into the outdoors and take full advantage of views.

A full complement of Dacor stainless steel appliances including gas cooktops, ceilings ranging from 10 feet to 19 feet high, artistic vessel sinks, spa-like baths and huge closets create a custom home ambience with city sensibilities. The building features gated underground parking with two parking spaces and an individual storage locker for each unit. Exterior amenities include an outdoor retreat with dining tables and chairs, a barbecue area with sink, a sheltered lounge area and a soothing water feature.

"This historic San Diego location deserves a landmark and that's what we're delivering," said Luke Daniels, development manager. "We assembled a local team of some of the most lauded placemaking professionals in San Diego, including M.W. Steele Group, Heritage Architecture & Planning and Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects, and challenged them to create a place that the whole neighborhood will care about," he said.

"The historic character and style of 1Mission evolved after we discovered the charming turn-of-the-century storefronts under the 1950s 'modern' stucco facade of the 'Mission Hills Shopping Center' on Washington Street," said Mark Steele, FAIA, AICP, principal of the M.W. Steele Group. "Because of the '50s modernization their original character was lost, but that didn't stop us from restoring them to their former glory," he explained.

The extensive restoration process relied heavily on old photographs from the San Diego Historical Society and resulted in the two highly visible cornerstone buildings being added to the San Diego Historical Register in 2008 as site numbers 867 and 868.

Some of the highlights include restoration of the original buff-colored brick facade on the Ace Drugs building, replication of custom wood windows and custom wood panel doors, addition of ceramic tile storefronts, prismatic glass transoms, construction of new Mission tile roofs and gabled parapets, and replication of the wrought iron balconies.

"The neon 'Mission Hills' sign has been displayed on the property for 60 or so years, so we incorporated it at 1Mission, in recognition of Mission Hills' legacy," added Daniels.

Besides collaborating among themselves, the team sought input from the local community, during a series of charettes. "The neighbors supported a pedestrian passsageway that would link Goldfinch, Washington and Falcon streets," said Steele. "Accordingly, we created an urbanesque 'Secret Garden' with mature trees and landscaping, a melodic water feature, intimate spaces for restaurant dining, and a leafy paseo connecting the outlying streets."

Although 1Mission won't be completed until the fall, accolades have already been showered on the project. 1Mission has earned an "Orchid Award" from the San Diego Architectural Foundation and the "2007 Smart Growth Award for Adaptive Reuse" from the Urban Land Institute.

"1Mission brings the soul of Mission Hills into the present and furthers San Diego's plan for a 'City of Villages' where residents are surrounded by neighborhood places to shop, dine, gather and enjoy themselves," said Daniels. Within a two-block radius, there is a private exercise studio, a well-known spa, numerous restaurants, coffee spots, gourmet food purveyors, and many retailers.

The sales studio, located at 4010 Goldfinch St., San Diego CA 92103, is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on 1Mission San Diego is available at or by calling (619) 906-4000.

CLB Partners, Ltd. is a real estate company specializing in the development of quality residential communities in unique upscale environments and historic locations. Founded in 1997, CLB Partners previously developed two landmark properties in San Diego: Park Laurel overlooking Balboa Park and Seahaus in La Jolla.

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