9. May 2012 12:10
If you like the modernist styles seen in the Mad Men series, you will want to visit a new listing of mine. Looks like it was pulled straight out of a well-preserved vault from the 1950’s. Situated on a 2-acre hilltop parcel is a private getaway home that has never been on the market. The estate consists of 7,500 sq. ft. of living space surrounded by park-like grounds. This property is an authentic & intact Mid Century ranch home with 5,500 sq.ft. with 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms plus a 2,000 sq.ft. guest house with a full kitchen and 1.5 bathrooms. Built in 1950 upon a solid bed of granite which required 2 months of blasting before any construction began is a modernist home inspired by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Features include large, undivided picture windows, the use of stone both inside and on the exterior, and a blend of linear and organic movement from space to space. The previous owner (1920’s – 1949) was a world-travelled botanist who successfully cultivated many of his exotic species collected from his journeys. The botanist’s specimen trees remain today, including South African Cape Chestnuts, pepper, carob, maple, pecan, mulberry, avocado, & quince trees, as well as cedars and scrub oaks, limes and jacarandas. Views from the property include the ocean, Coronado, San Diego Bay, Mt. Helix and Cowles Mountain. The La Mesa Highlands neighborhood is the hill due west of Mt. Helix, and offers walking access into La Mesa Village. The estate is listed at $2,350,000.