9450 Sunset Ave

La Mesa, CA 91941
Sold • 32 days
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Mid-Century Modern meets Mt. Helix. This period perfect custom built Sim Bruce Richards home sits up high on it’s own spectacular bluff, offering sit-down views in both directions with panoramic ocean views all the way to the Coronado Islands & El Capitan eastward. This amazing property truly captures the living flow that Richards is famous for…Wood, Nature, Modern Lines & Organic Movement from indoors-outdoors. Collaboration with James Hubbell provides One of a Kind art throughout the home.

9450 Sunset Ave. in Mt. Helix combines the extraordinary efforts of two of San Diego’s most influential architects, designers and artists…Sim Bruce Richards and James Hubbell. Their collaboration celebrates the rise of the mid-century modern building era that began in the 1960’s, rising to prominence now illustrated in some of San Diego’s most notable and famous homes. As an understudy of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richards emphasis in sustainable architecture combined with organic designs and natural wood finishes have been reflected throughout Southern California. James Hubbell, a world renowned artist in his own right, maintained a reverence for nature that remains the basis of his singular career, one that has seamlessly integrated art, craft and architecture. The SUNSET home, presented here in Mt. Helix has been proclaimed as one of their defining projects that they mutually agree helped catapult their rise to success in the early years of their partnership. As you tour this home, pay close attention to the imaginative and artistic ceiling lines with broad matching window shapes, hand sculptured (one of a kind) custom light fixture in the foyer, custom hand sculptured balustrades, oversized fireplaces that mimic the organic flow of the interior, one of a kind stained glass windows hand crafted by Hubbell himself (entryway) and of course, the extensive use of natural wood materials and timeless craftsmanship throughout the project. This home was uniquely designed to take full advantage of the breathtaking views and natural rock splendor while encompassing all that mother nature’s beauty provides. Comfortably nestled among the pines, you can’t help but get the sensation of relaxing in your mountain retreat yet just a short drive to the beaches and downtown San Diego. Additional Upgrades and Features include extensive use of natural wood finishes and cedar walls, custom windows from every vantage point. Panoramic views in all directions offering the best Mount Helix has to offer. Private serene location on a bluff all by itself facing west overlooking the entire city and beyond. Mid-Century Modern architecture of a custom site specific built home designed around huge boulders and unique rock out-cropping’s. The great room personifies an bygone era that has now become the sought after effect. Large oversized Mexican Adobe brick fireplace warms the entire home and provides an ambiance that defines the period style. The entire upper floor is comprised of the master suite with direct access to its own huge private view deck. Custom hardwood cabinetry is still in great condition and fully operational. There are a several patios, decks and balconies around the property to entertain. There is an enclosed cabana play room on the pool and spa level. A fully detached one bedroom guest house with its own fabulous view deck that resides above a 3 car covered carport area with lockable full workshop area. Parking is abundant with room for 10 or more cars. HVAC systems are functional and the guest house contains a heat pump system for heat/AC which is also functional. Main house living area is 3408 and the guest house is an additional 672 square feet. This property is a landmark property and could be the Gem of all Mount Helix. It’s a one of a kind offering that exemplifies the purity and architectural integrity of two of San Diego’s most influential and prominent builders of the Mid-Century Modern Era.


  • Type: House
  • Stories: 2
  • Built: 1965
  • $/SqFt: $416.46
  • Community: Mount Helix
  • Neighborhood: Mt Helix
  • MLS#: 200053748



  • Total: 4
  • Master: 18x17
  • Bed 2: 17x16
  • Bed 3: 14x13
  • Bed 4: 16x12


  • Full: 4
  • Half: 1


  • Kitchen: 16x9
  • Dining Room: 19x13


  • Location: Closet Full Sized, Inside


  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Electric Oven
  • Electric Range
  • Counter Top
  • FP In Living Room
  • Master Retreat


  • City
  • Evening Lights
  • Ocean
  • Panoramic
  • Panoramic Ocean


  • Heat: Fireplace, Forced Air Unit
  • Cooling: Central Forced Air, Heat Pump(s), Zoned Area(s)



  • Style: Custom Built
  • Exterior: Stucco, Wood
  • Stories: 2
  • Guest House SqFt: 672


  • Lot Size: .5 to 1 AC
  • 0.82 Acres
  • Fencing: Full, Gate, Electric, Chain Link


  • Non-Garage Spaces: 3


  • Pool: Below Ground, Private, Heated
  • Spa: Private Below Ground, Heated, Private

Other Information


  • Cash
  • Conventional


  • Community: Mount Helix
  • Neighborhood: Mt Helix
  • City: La Mesa
  • County: San Diego
  • APN#: 491-490-17-00
  • Site: Public Street, Other/Remarks

Sales Information


  • Close Date:
  • Sales Price: $1,700,000
  • Terms: Conventional
  • $/SqFt: $416.46
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Property History

Sold (Sold)
MLS# 200053748
$1,700,000 $416
Under Contract (Pending)
MLS# 200053748
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Listed by Kelly Jones • DRE Lic #01318820 • RE/MAX Hometown, Realtors
Last updated 3 days ago • Source: SDMLS