Mission Hills is a highly walkable neighborhood located just a 10-minute drive north from San Diego, California's downtown district. There are many unique shops and restaurants throughout the neighborhood with a high concentration along Washington Boulevard.
Some pet-friendly restaurants are located on the south end of Washington Boulevard where your dog can join you in the outdoor seating areas. These restaurants include Gelato Vero Caffe, Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop, Saffron, and Rubicon Deli. While strolling in the neighborhood with your furry friend, you can stop at the HOWLISTIC pet supply shop, a highly rated natural pet store to pick up some treats or a toy. There are veterinary services in the area which include Dr. Boyds Veterinarian Resort and the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital.
San Diego has great weather for walking with your dog. Winters are mild and spring and fall seasons feature warm weather, although summers can be hot. Schedule outings with your dog to avoid extreme heat in the middle of the day.
Mission Hills is an affluent residential community with some commercial corridors where local businesses are. Natural terrain on the north side of the community extends canyon “fingers” into the district and there are several greenways in the community.
The terrain is very hilly in some areas, although it is more level in others, especially where commercial activity is concentrated. The community is situated on the hills north of downtown San Diego and is overlooking the bay, Old Town, and the central business district. The Mission Freeway is located on the north side and the San Diego Freeway is on the south side. These busy thoroughfares impede pedestrian traffic, but sidewalks are prevalent in the region, so you and your canine companion will have safe walkways for excursions on foot.
Homes in the area were built in the early 20th century with some newer infill homes being developed mid-century. Attractive architecture displayed on homes includes Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival.
Mission Hills canines will enjoy the Nate's Point Dog Park on the west side which is 2.3 acres in size and has a safe off-leash area with water fountains and seating for dog owners to supervise their playful pups. Presidio Park has many interesting sites and attractions located on the northwest side of Mission Hills including natural and treed areas. Your dog must remain leashed and you should stick to the trails in this historic park.
Natural greenway canyons abound in the area and have hiking trails where you can go on an adventure with your furry friend. Check out Robyn's Egg Trail or Allen Road Canyon Trail for a great hike with your hound. Watch for other trail users and wildlife in the area
Pioneer Park is located on the south side near the trailhead to Robyn's Egg Trail. It features an open grass area, playground, and tennis courts with paved walking trails to stroll with your pooch.