The Moral of the Hammock

Is there a moral to a hammock?

There is if you want to start a bidding war in Lemon Grove over a nine hundred square foot house.

Dynamic real estate agent Brenda Childress recounted the story of a certain macrame hammock in her client’s yard.  The house needed some work, but the yard was terrific.  And there was the hammock . . . Stretched between two Coulter pines so that when it warmed up the pine scent would descend upon the lucky lazybones below, no one who visited the house seemed to be able to refuse giving the hammock a try.  The last couple was out there– screened discretely, as it were, by some aptly placed westringias–for over twenty minutes.    And when they came back inside, they offered cash.

The cash and the hammock won out against several other bidders, and the whole affair took one day.  If you would like Brenda Childress to help you with a similar arrangement at your own home, you can reach her at (619) 277-1304.Image

Niko Argeres and friends in La Mesa

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.

If you want to see the bromeliad or the pear tree, you can contact Niko at 619-618-1966.Image