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Location: La Mesa, California
A carefully restored, historic midcentury modern home is on the market in La Mesa, California, just east of San Diego. Designed by modernist Lloyd Ruocco and completed in 1964, the Wexler House measures 2,523 square feet and boasts incredible period details that enhance its position on a 1.66-acre site in the Grossmont Park area of Mt. Helix.
Perching on a hillside, the four-bedroom-2.5-bath features soaring spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wraparound deck that frame views of the mountains, city, and surrounding trees. In the great room, a tongue-and-groove ceiling combines with walls of glass on both sides to create an open-plan living and dining area with retro-style wood-burning fireplace, paneled walls, and built-in shelving.
Off this space are a huge kitchen with original Pomona tiling (also found in the bathrooms) and cabinetry, plus breakfast and family area with brick fireplace. The spacious bedrooms all enjoy direct access to the deck by way of glass doors, as well as wood paneling, built-in furniture, and in the case of the master suite, a custom-designed redwood walk-in closet.
As for outdoor living, the property includes a variety of fruit trees and a palm grotto, as well as two gardens, a synthetic grass lawn, fountain pond, a brick patio with outdoor fireplace, and rock landscaping. Located at 10088 Sierra Vista Avenue, it’s offered at just over $1 million.