Who wouldn’t empty their coffers for a timeless coffered ceiling?
The nearly century-old estate at 2212 La Callecita in Mission Hills, once dubbed Longview Manor, “is truly a one of a kind treasure,” according to listing remarks published at realtor.com.
“This architecturally significant home was built by ‘San Diego’s only master designer’ Ralph Hurlburt and is in the Mills Act,” the listing continues. Hurlburt, uniquely distinguished in San Diego’s list of established masters as a designer rather than an architect or builder — there are dozens of each — came to San Diego in 1916 following World War I. He had a hand in real estate sales, law, and finance before focusing on architectural design and forming a decades-long partnership with influential local builder Charles H. Tifal. Never actually listed as an architect, Hurlburt was still responsible for the design of dozens of distinctive houses from Point Loma to Kensington to La Mesa before his death in 1942.
The Mills Act refers to a property tax scheme whereby owners of historically significant properties receive a discount on property taxes in exchange for an agreement to maintain homes in a fashion substantially similar to their original construction. The La Callecita home’s current annual tax bill (in excess of $22,000), however, doesn’t seem to reflect that discount.
The kitchen, updated to accomodate modern living standards.
“Incredible ocean views will dazzle you from the kitchen, backyard, master bedroom and balcony off the master,” the listing continues. “Original hardwood floors are found throughout most of the property, as well as original tiling through the entryway. The timeless coffered ceiling in the sun-filled living room dates back to 1926 when the home was originally built.”
“The fireplace in the living room is an original Ernest Batchelder piece, which has the largest single tile on register in San Diego County,” the home’s description boasts. Batchelder’s hand-carved tiles are a highly-prized centerpiece on the mantles of pre-WWII homes across Southern California.
While retaining much of its historic charm, the Manor has also been updated to accommodate modern living standards. The home was replumbed in 2018, and low-voltage audio/video wiring was added the following year, along with fresh carpet and paint. The home has six separate zones for Sonos smart speakers, including one for outdoor entertaining, and the home’s three full and one half bathrooms have been updated. A chef’s kitchen with oversized center island, breakfast nook, and recipe desk has been outfitted with modern slab counters and appliance suite.
Outside, the home’s quarter-acre double lot offers space for “a tremendous fully fenced back yard and beautiful front yard as well,” with the listing promising that “you will be amazed by the largest Dragon Tree in all of San Diego County, right in the front yard!” The grounds also boast a mini-orchard including avocado, lemon, lime, and pomegranate trees, among others.
“This extremely unique property epitomizes charm, history, and quality of life.”
Public records indicate ownership of Longview Manor currently resides with Gregory Parise, a financial manager who has helmed several capital investment firms. The property last sold in mid-2018 for a reported $1.832 million.
The most recent sale offering for the Manor was made available in early June — since then, the $2.55 million price tag has been reduced three times. Offers are currently being sought at $2,395,000.
- 2212 La Callecita | Mission Hills, 92103
- Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 | Current Owner: Gregory Parise | List Price: $2,395,000