SHIRLEY ANN PLACE
The Shirley Ann Place Historic District is located in the University Heights neighborhood. The block between Madison Ave and Monroe Ave was designated a historic district by the City of San Diego for its 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival bungalows. Shirley Ann Place consists of twenty-four homes, eighteen of which are Spanish Colonial Revival design bungalows (plus four late 1930's to late 1940's bungalows). Two additional Spanish Colonial Revival style bungalows, along the south line of Monroe Avenue near the southeastern corner of Shirley Ann Place, and a local "mom & pop" grocery store at the southeastern corner of Madison Avenue and Shirley Ann Place, are also included, due in part to their similar styling and having been part of the original neighborhood development.
During the real estate boom of the 1920's the entire block of Shirley Ann Place was purchased in 1924 by the Alberta Security Company. Originally a back lot with a common alley running behind the homes along Louisiana and Texas Streets. The alley way was graded, developed, and dedicated as Shirley Ann Place in 1925. It was named after Shirley Ann Melhorn, the granddaugher of the company's founder, Martin V. Melhorn.
Today Shirley Ann Place is as quaint as when it was first developed. Only 5 blocks east of the University Heights Business District along Park Boulevard and a block south of Trolley Barn Park. Shirley Ann Place homeowners benefit from the Mills Act which allows for a significant reduction in property taxes as long as the home qualifies with the restoration and maintenance standards of the Mills Act. Each property owner has a responsibility to be sensitive to the historic characteristic of their home and district when proposing development and rehabilitation to their structure.
4501 Shirley Ann Place
Charming University Heights home on historic Shirley Ann Place. This highly upgraded home will be available in February 2015.