Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
I live in the wealthy upscale community of Del Cerro. Almost every day I have to travel up and down the hill to get to the freeway the street that twists and winds over the obvious display of wealthy homes is called Madra drive. I have lived here for over 20 years and observed the construction of some really amazing homes created on this hillside. strangely I admire one home above all. as you climb the hillside you drive past a house which is a marvel it is 80 feet off the ground and sports an exterior Glass elevator which without this elevator it would be impossible to get anything in or out of the home without a crane. then you go up a couple houses and there is a home that doesnt seem so fancy unless you were around to watch the construction. when it was built the interesting thing is that it took longer to make the driveway then it did to build the house. I sits on top of a granite boulder bigger then the whole house it took crews 6-8months to hammer cut and carve the driveway into the side of this boulder the cost must have been more then the house itself. keep going a few homes and the next mansion is covered in italian tiles and marble pillars a thing of beauty right next to one of the biggest white mediterainian style mansions you could imagine. All of these homes have an amazing view of san diego and all are pristine the landscapers that work on this street have no lawns to mow but there the best in town trees are groomed with artistic skill sculpted with little balls of leaves on each branch like giant banzai trees. I myself live in a nice but fairly average home in this neighborhood but its not the best my neighbors all own thier own companies they decorate there homes in detail remodeling is more like upgrading to them. they are snobby and anal to say the least. one year I had 6 different cars parked in my driveway and my neighbors actually alerted the police and they threatened to tow and impound them if I didnt remove them. thats probobly why I have such admiration for one house that is smack dab in the middle of the million dollar mansions on the hill. You just cant miss it! for almost two years it has stood unfinished like a giant plywood palace covered with tarps with wooden steps and two by fours poking out all over. I dont know who owns it but thier neighbors must loath the monstrosity they have to look at every day? my hats off to the owner I myself hope he never finishes this project just to drive the neighbors crazy. one day I will have to stop my car go knock on the door and get the real story but till then I just love the place. a hundred photos are not enough to get the whole picture.