Mount Helix Neighborhood
Last week during my Brokers Caravan we looked at some historic homes in the Mount Helix neighborhood. As I drove around those winding lanes, through tall trees and narrow turns, it almost felt like I was in the hills of 1930s Hollywood. There is a sense here of secluded luxury and sophistication that makes me want to grab an easel and a glass of wine and discuss the latest issue of The Paris Review while I depict the mountains of El Cajon in oil on my canvas.
In 1902, William B. Gross, a theatrical agent and Edward Fletcher, a successful real estate man, purchased a ranch in the Grossmont and Mount Helix area, in order to start an art colony. The men paid $11,500 for forty acres of citrus trees and two hundred acres of worthless land, which the owners threw in for good measure. The neighborhood never developed into a true colony, as seen in Europe, but over the years it did draw some celebrated literary and musical personalities.
Some of the notable inhabitants of the colony were Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink, the famous operatic contralto, Carrie Jacobs Bond, poetess and composer of the popular ballad, “I Love You Truly,” and Owen Wister, the novelist and creator of the cowboy genre in literature via his book – The Virginian.
Nestled into the scenic hill of historic La Mesa, sit two beautifully updated homes. Each property, restored and landscaped to fit the style of the original home, has a fully updated kitchen, master, and baths.
Home one is beautiful gated Spanish estate with five bedrooms, and three bath situated on 3/4 acre of lush, mature grounds. Spacious kitchen with granite counter tops, views of pool and Mt. Helix. 2 master suites. Sunlit living room with fireplace and views of Downtown San Diego to Pt. Loma. Multiple entertaining areas include 2 family rooms with fireplaces, 2 private balconies and an expansive, serene courtyard with fountain and numerous peaceful sitting areas.
Home two is fully remodeled and sits atop its own hill. It also has hardwood floors throughout, five bedroom, three baths, guest cottage with its modified kitchen and its own half bath. With plenty of charm and rustic detailing, this home exudes authentic beauty without sacrificing comfort.