Vibrant San Diego Home of 1920s Mexican President Hits the Market for $2.5M

San Diego‘s historic Kensington District has a number of gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival houses built nearly a century ago.

But few have the prominence of the General Pasquel Ortiz Rubio House, named after the 33rd President of Mexico. He lived there for several years in the mid-1930s.

The one-of-a-kind residence was built in 1928 and recently appeared on the market for $2,499,000.

San Diego’s presidential residence


The home’s colorful past matches its vivid interior, which showcases the artwork of renowned Mexican artist and set designer Ignacio Martinez Rendon. His brightly painted Mexican-themed designs adorn the front-enclosed loggia, ceilings, and walls. These colorful works have been immaculately restored and add to the home’s appeal.

Artwork of Ignacio Martinez Rendon


The festive yet refined hacienda is 4,035 square feet, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms—some of which feature remarkable original tiles, also expertly preserved.

Vintage tiled bathroom


In fact, 19th-century pueblo tiles from Mexico also grace the home’s exterior. Sources say that General Rubio imported both the tiles—and the artisans to customize them—so that the tiles would fit the unique home.

Vintage tiles, possibly installed by the former President of Mexico


Other original features include light fixtures, beveled glass doors and windows, handcarved wooden ceiling beams, and fireplaces.

Living room with ceiling mural


The kitchen has been renovated, so the style still fits in with the general theme of the home and is outfitted with striking vintage appliances. A sunny breakfast nook is attached.

Kitchen with vintage appliances


The bedrooms feature wood floors and an abundance of windows, which usher in plentiful natural light. Some bedrooms have French doors with wrought iron balconies.

Bedroom with balcony


The estimated half-acre, terraced grounds are marked by stone walls and meandering paths that wind through natural gardens with mature, native plants and trees. Those palms, succulents, and bougainvilleas create the atmosphere of an esteemed, Old World resort.



Original stone walls


The roots of this prominent property actually add to its value; it’s slated to come under the umbrella of the Mills Act in 2024. This will give the new owners significant tax advantages.

All this, and the opportunity to live in an excellent neighborhood in one of California’s most sought after cities? Que suerte!

Sunroom with murals


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