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On a bluff east of the bay and west of Hillcrest, Mission Hills' stately homes nestle along well-manicured streets. University of California San Diego Medical center and other medical facilities are based here, so there is always a weekday buzz at hip, casual dining spots. Check out Presidio Hill and the historic site of Fort Stockton, which was taken, lost, and retaken by U.S. forces in the Mexican-American war of 1846-47. The area offers few accommodation options but plenty of charm in one of San Diego's best-kept original settlements.