La Mesa has classic homes tucked away in its canyons that are gems, and Niko Argeres and Brett Bendinelli of The Argeres Group in La Mesa are lucky enough to be listing one at 4165 Hurley Drive. The house is vintage sixties architecture, jutting into the northwest view of the city, like a schooner coming over a big wave.
But what attracted me were a few of the details of the garden. In the back, there’s a great Jettsons- style patio with a westerly breeze wafting through, perfect for summer entertaining. There were plants there too. Niko and I went over to look at them.
“These are bromeliads,” I pointed out.
“I know where this is headed,” Niko commented sardonically, as a small plantlet snapped off (accidentally) in my hand. “My mother could make anything grow. There are plumerias all over her house that are gifts from other people’s gardens.”
I didn’t mention my own mother who was known to be caught dead- heading other people’s roses as they were coming home from work.
Another legacy of this home is a huge specimen ornamental pear. It must be truly spectacular in the Spring.