May 10th, 2023 at 11:00 am

When Kevin Hall in our San Diego Central office and his wife Kendra held their wedding reception in this Mission Hills estate 32 years ago, they had no idea Kevin would eventually represent the couple who just bought it for $4,555,000.

“We have long lived near this fabulous residence, and thanks to the generosity of the owners, we were able to host our wedding reception there in 1992. It was quite a thrill to be the buyer’s agent for the home so many years later.”

This Spanish Colonial-style estate, designed by renowned architects Richard Requa and Henry Jackson, was the home of local socialites and pottery magnates Bo and Bobbie Bohannan since 1972. Nestled on 1.35 sprawling acres in Mission Hills, the iconic “Bohannan Estate” with its red-tile roof is a testament to luxury and historic grandeur.

Designed for seamless indoor-outdoor living and built between 1929 and 1932, the hilltop home sits at the peak of a cul-de-sac. Breathtaking views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and Mission Valley abound from every corner indoors and out. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom on Pine Street was purchased recently for $4,555,000.

A true party home

The Bohannans owned the massive Bohannan’s Pottery Village in Old Town San Diego. They were known for their lavish parties, particularly around the holidays. Their home would feature elaborate Christmas decorations, and hosted dozens of children for Easter egg hunts.

The formal foyer is adorned with its original light fixtures, magnificent oak hardwood floors, and a grand crystal chandelier. Adding to the magnificence are leaded-glass windows, and a wrapped staircase leading to the upper level.

The spacious formal living room is warmed by a gorgeous fireplace, while the dining room features a large built-in china cabinet and can seat 10 as the perfect setting for entertaining. Arches combine with curves in the tall ceiling and walls to soften the large interior space. Every door is made of flawless mahogany or oak, complete with glass knobs and gold-colored keys.

Family room with a view

The family room overlooks the meticulously landscaped sunken courtyard.  A water fountain made of rare Malibu Potteries tiles, which were only produced from 1926 to 1932, connects the guest house to the main home.

The kitchen is outfitted with dual ovens, a cooktop, and dishwashers, providing the perfect environment for culinary creativity. Arched windows show off a spectacular view, and the center island/bar shines with its original glossy wood top. A separate galley kitchen features a butler’s pantry.

The upper-level bedrooms have walk-in closets and balconies offering stunning views of the surrounding areas. Most bedrooms are en-suite with bathrooms clad in the original tiles popular in homes of the 1930s. A sunken tub graces the primary bathroom.

Laundry rooms are conveniently situated upstairs and in the garage. The rooftop deck is ideal for relaxation and watching spectacular sunsets. Each floor is accessible via the built-in elevator. A home-security system is installed for peace of mind.

Expansive landscaping, with large cactuses

Entering the driveway, guests are immediately struck by the magnificence of this exceptional home, with its expansive landscaping, grand structure, and extensive use of wrought iron.

The beautifully landscaped backyard and garden are filled with large ornamental cactuses, multiple patio areas, two fire pits, and a water feature, creating the ideal atmosphere for relaxation and entertainment.

Views and vibes are different in each patio, making for an ideal party scene that encourages guests to mingle in small groups. The red-brick driveway leads to an attached 2-car garage and lots of visitor parking spaces.

About architects Richard Requa and Henry Jackson

Richard S. Requa and Herbert L. Jackson were two of the early 20th Century architects practicing in San Diego. Requa designed many homes throughout San Diego and Coronado. Jackson began his career as an engineer and formalized a partnership with Requa in 1920.

Requa provided the skills of a designer, while Jackson applied his knowledge of engineering and structural materials. They teamed up on numerous buildings.

The 1920s proved to be Requa and Jackson’s most prolific period. They worked together on several Coronado residences. In the mid-1930s, Requa decided to retire from the firm and so a new partnership developed between Jackson and his associate Sam Hamill (Jackson & Hamill) from 1936-1938. This partnership yielded the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack in 1938.

About buyer’s agent Kevin Hall

Kevin is an award-winning real estate professional well-known for providing clients not only the depth of knowledge and confidence that comes from 33 years of working in the real estate industry, but also a proven track record of client satisfaction. Whether you ask his clients or agents on the other side of transactions, Kevin has an impeccable reputation for integrity, market knowledge, and commitment to ensuring a smooth and efficient real estate transaction. Whether working with a first-time buyer step by step in finding the perfect home or employing a cutting-edge market strategy for the sale of a longtime client’s fifth home, Kevin can be counted on to be proactive, attentive, and focused on every detail.

Originally from Santa Barbara, Kevin was drawn to San Diego’s mix of urban culture, beaches, and eclectic neighborhoods. Kevin and his wife Kendra, a native San Diegan and attorney, have two adult daughters. When not working with clients or enjoying time with his family, Kevin is an avid surfer, skier, and traveler. He plays in multiple softball leagues, collects wine, and will never turn down the opportunity to share a great meal with friends.

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