House Tour: Historic Mission Beach English Tudor


While flying around the area in their seaplane in 1934, Avis and Grattan Lynch saw the house from the air.  Grattan Lynch landed the plane in the then undredged bay, taxied up to the beach, got out and bought the house.  It has remained with the same family ever since. 


Built in 1924, the 2 story house is English Tudor style and was one of the first built in that area. This landmark property is on a large corner lot in South Mission with the bay right in front.  The house has 4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and is more than 2,600 square feet.  The beautiful hardwood floors are original to the house.  There is a wonderful covered porch for gathering with friends and family to enjoy the gorgeous bay view and all of the boating activities.  The porch leads out to the grass area and garden, which has spectacular roses that are greatly appreciated by those passing by on the path.   There are 6 parking spaces at the property.  For the past several years it has been enjoyed by many families for vacation rentals. 

Built by John Lowe, superintendent and Chief Engineer of the Arizona and Santa Fe Railway.  The Railway was created and owned by John D. Spreckels.  He also owned the trolley system that went from downtown, past Point Loma, past Ocean Beach, across the bridge to Mission Beach and up to La Jolla.


 The Mission Beach development was supposed to be the first planned community in the US.  Prior to that Mission Beach had started out as an area for hunters and fisherman.  It then evolved in to a vacation tent city much like the Silver Strand in Coronado. They put in the streets, trolley line, sidewalks, sewers, Belmont Park, artificial island and points (which no longer exist) opposite of Belmont Park on the bay side. 

 The home is currently for sale for $3,100,000.  Contact Caroline Glasner 619 992- 2083  and Susan Diamond 619 977-9190, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty  Showings are by appointment only. 


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