2961 1st Avenue

San Diego, CA 92103
For Sale • 197 days
Sq Ft

Iconic Glamour, Unparalleled Craftsmanship! Introducing an Estate befitting the most discerning palate. Easily recognized as The Bankers Hill Landmark Residence, the John Henry & Katherine Zitt House (also known as Dodd-Bennett) is majestically situated on a magnificent presiding elevation. Celebrate the rarely found Georgian Revival architecture while you benefit from the Mills Act Tax status awarded in 2012, which offers significant property tax payment reductions (approximately only $563 per month!).

This residence has undergone a renaissance like few others before. Its evolution from the original Colonial Manor to a brilliant 21st Century masterpiece was an act of love. A comprehensive plan of historic preservation and restoration was completed, and in concert with the Historic Resources Board of San Diego. The home was renovated and substantially expanded without compromising original architectural elements. Its cultivated beauty, sourced from Roman & Greek architectural lines, create a modern nobility that seamlessly blends elegance & grace, form & function. Moreover, at the time of its addition to the historic registry, this home was the ONLY Georgian Revival in all of San Diego County’s historic homes. Structural element changes include the addition of over 1100sf including a completely repurposed flow of the kitchen, dining, & family rooms. This was accomplished with the incorporation of a beautiful new breakfast room, both wet and dry butler pantries, and a more than doubling of the original kitchen square footage. The kitchen is a sumptuous presentation on a grand scale. You will revel in the intelligence of design and the abundance of beauty. Features include a 6 burner Viking with grill, French Door SubZero Refrigerator complete with auxiliary cooling drawers; plus a delicious helping of Carrara marble throughout. The counters, massive island and endless cabinetry will have even the pickiest of Chef, in a state of constant felicity! Included in the expansion but not counted in the square footage, was the addition of the coveted 2nd garage & a garden utility room, which has been pre-plumbed! The master suite is a spacious enclave with ornamental fireplace which can be made functional. It offers a panoramic view of San Diego Harbor & surrounds which will keep you captivated. The master bath & wardrobe can rival the best. Get lost in the inviting soaking tub or perhaps take a trip to the Mediterranean with a shower in the Carrara Tile Grotto! Walk past the dual Spouse & Spouse mahogany vanities framed by floor to ceiling marble, and you will be delighted by the 21st century wardrobe; no description, you just have to experience. Perhaps one of the most amazing features of this estate was the addition of the guest suite, detached, but connected through a covered walkway. It is self-contained with an en-suite bath and convenient fridge. Feel like you are nestled in Cape Cod with the quaint surroundings overlooking the gardens. In addition, the estate's 2 individual garages have high ceilings, so you don’t have to compromise on your choice of vehicle. Additionally, all expectations are met as the residence provides 4 fireplaces, dual system forced HVAC, all plumbing and electrical has been replaced, all walls and ceilings are new & replastered, original Crown Molding has been retained, & large areas of wainscoting has been installed & enhanced. There are 2 tankless water heaters, Sound Advance in-wall invisible speaker system, & CAT 5 & 6 wiring. Hidden features include huge standup attic in house & garage. Bankers Hill is the Crown Jewel of San Diego. The stately homes & estates beckon to a bygone era, yet they seamlessly mix with our 21st Century adaptation. No matter which direction you go: N, S, E or W, in a matter of minutes you will be immersed in the most important cultural zones of San Diego. Balboa Park with its museums, theaters and stunning architecture is a short stroll East over a romantic wooden trestle bridge spanning Olive Canyon. Hillcrest with it's vibrancy of nightlife & shopping is to the north, & a few blocks to the West is the current destination of choice for all things dining- Little Italy. Finally Downtown with all it's offerings sits regally to the South! This home also carries an amazing recent pedigree. It has been the featured home in both San Diego Magazine & San Diego Home and Garden. It was also featured as the Historical Society's San Diego County Designer Showcase Ho


  • Type: House
  • Stories: 2
  • Built: 1922
  • $/SqFt: $605
  • Community: San Diego
  • MLS#: 180029077



  • Total: 4
  • Master: 21x17
  • Bed 2: 17x13
  • Bed 3: 13x11
  • Bed 4: 16x11


  • Full: 4
  • Half: 1


  • Kitchen: 17x13
  • Dining Room: 18x17


  • Location: Laundry Room


  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Microwave
  • Range/Oven
  • Double Oven
  • Counter Top
  • Gas Cooking
  • FP In Dining Room
  • FP In Family Room
  • FP In Living Room
  • FP In Master BR
  • Security: Other/Remarks, Smoke Detector


  • Bay
  • Evening Lights
  • Water
  • Coastline
  • Peek-A-Boo


  • Heat: Forced Air Unit
  • Cooling: Central Forced Air



  • Style: Georgian
  • Exterior: Brick, Wood
  • Stories: 2


  • Lot Size: 7,500-10,889 SF
  • 0.17Acres
  • Topography: Level
  • Fencing: Full


  • Garage Spaces: 2
  • Garage Type: Detached

Other Information


  • Cash
  • Conventional


  • Community: San Diego
  • City: San Diego
  • County: San Diego
  • APN#: 452-652-01-00
  • Site: Corner Lot, Curbs, Public Street, Sidewalks, Street Pa
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180029077 Price Decrease Active $2,499,000 $605 Sandicor
180029077 Listed Active $2,895,000 $701 Sandicor

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Very Walkable: Most errands can be accomplished on foot

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  • Source: Sandicor

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