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Hidden Gems On Grossmont Summit
LA MESA -- Along the north slope of Mt. Helix, facing El Capitan and Grossmont High School, a labyrinth of narrow streets was carved into the granite hillsides over the last century.
There, on lots literally strewn with granite boulders, are some of the most unique homes in San Diego County. French Country, Mid-Century Modern, story-book like structures that, because of the steep slopes and rough topography, can live virtually side-by-side without seeing one another or clashing.
The La Mesa Historic Home Tour returns to this Grossmont Summit for the second time in just a few years, yet the selection of homes continues to amaze.
One home features classic granite work, the blocks of which were literally carved from boulders on the homes' property by the same craftsman who built the original Grossmont High School.
Another home, perched so precariously, or so it seems, high atop Grossmont Summit, features a boulder that serves as a mausoleum for Ed and Mary Fletcher, the couple who were the pioneering developers of Mt. Helix and environs.
Wear comfortable, stable shoes this year as complete appreciation of these properties will require a bit of stair climbing. The homes and their views are well worth a little climbing after the trolley drops you off.
Don't consider driving yourself to the locations this year. The roads are beyond winding and narrow and parking at virtually all of the homes is non-existent. Tour ticket holders will reach the homes via the complementary Old Town Trolleys provided with ticket purchase.
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