Realtors to host home beautification project in La Mesa

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

More than 100 members of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a San Diego-area realtor trade group, are expected to volunteer for a two-day home improvement project this Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. A new roof, landscaping renovation and overall clean-up is planned for a home located at 4667 Troy Lane in La Mesa. Volunteers are scheduled between noon and 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.
According to Jeff Campbell, 2013 PSAR president, the project will be accomplished with the help of a small volunteer army of PSAR members and supporters, including contractors and other building trade specialists who are donating labor and construction materials, such as plywood, roofing, paint and plants.
“Our members are involved in supporting the community in many ways, and this extreme makeover of this home in La Mesa is one of the ways we are giving back to the communities we serve,” Campbell said.
The homeowner Brian, who requested his last name not be made public, said he is disabled and has been unemployed for a number of years. “I wanted to keep up the maintenance on the property but have not been able to,” he said. “I am very grateful for the assistance of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors.”
Campbell said PSAR approached La Mesa city officials seeking a home in need of an extreme makeover. “The home on Troy Avenue definitely needs work to satisfy housing code compliance,” said Bill Chopyk, La Mesa community development director. “We applaud the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors for their efforts, and we expect the neighborhood will be very grateful for their efforts to spruce-up this home.”
The project is part of PSAR’s Helping Hands 4 Homes, a home improvement program that assists less-fortunate homeowners who are facing hardships and in need of new hope. “We are excited to do what we can to help beautify this home,” said Carey Guthrie, chair of PSAR’s Helping Hands 4 Homes committee. “We are grateful to our members and affiliate members who are donating their time and talents for this worthy effort.”
According to Guthrie, among the companies providing materials or labor to PSAR for this project: SD Quality Renovations, Louis A. Scheuer Roofing Specialist, Dixieline Lumber & Home Centers, Anthony’s Bee Removal Co., Movement Mortgage, Sam Calvano Home Loans, Finch Realty & Moving, Quality Escrow, Inc. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, The Home Depot, Farmers Insurance Group, Windermere Real Estate SoCal, Eaton Escrow, Elite Escrow, First American Title, Fidelity National Home Warranty, Home Turf San Diego, AmeriFirst Financial Inc., Termite Advisors, Jeff Campbell & Associates, California Sign and Marketing, PSAR Young Professionals Network, Edco Disposal Corp., RCP Block and Brick, California Coastal Painting, Dunn-Edwards and La Mesa Lumber.