Spotlight Real Estate: 6140 Howell Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942

6140 Howell Dr Front

Today’s spotlight is of a 3+ bedroom, 2-bath, 1,500+ sqft, single-story home in the Fletcher Hills area of La Mesa, CA.  This home located at 6140 Howell Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942 has been completely remodeled head-to-toe.  Listed as of today for $464,900, this home will be gone soon!

My Impressions

So, what were my impressions?  Walking into the front door offered a super wide entryway corridor that would be perfect for a long console table to throw your car keys and mail down onto, which seems to lack in most homes of this size.  To the left is a small could-be-dining room that has a peek-through funky room divider to the adjoined den/living room.  This “could-be-dining room” also has a fireplace in it, adding to the room’s warm and cozy feeling.  This room was most likely the original configuration’s main and only living room.  As the home is now, I’d envision this space as the heart of the home, where you’d sit for dinner and play a round of Uno with the kids after.

Continue walking past the “could-be-dining room” and the bedrooms hallway to find the kitchen.  Although the kitchen has been completely, 100% updated with all new glazed maple cabinetry, granite counters, glass tile backsplash, new plumbing fixtures, new recessed lighting, and new stainless steel appliances (wow, this is a run-on sentence…), the galley kitchen feels a bit small for the size of the home.  Still efficient though for most families.

Walk down the hallway towards the bedrooms to find the 2 secondary bedrooms, a good-sized bathroom for the secondary bedrooms (which you’ll see is nicely remodeled), and the master bedroom.  The master bedroom sits at the front corner of the home, and feels to be the same size as both of the secondary bedrooms.  The master bedroom offers a small, yet efficient, attached bathroom, comprising of a single-sink vanity, toilet, and square walk-in shower stall.


At the end of the hallway that is the furthest from the bedrooms and bathrooms is a dual entry office/bedroom.  The county assessor’s tax records indicate 4 bedrooms, so it is assumed to be technically designated as a bedroom.  However, it’s small[er] size and french doors that open directly into the “could-be-dining room,” makes it challenging for use as a bedroom.  I’d call this that perfect (and often needed) office or bonus room, but in those dire situations, could certainly fulfill the needs of being a 4th bedroom.

Family Room Love

Where in the world do you put your sectional sofa and TV, you say?  Ask no more….  This house has a huge [seriously huge] 20’x14′ family that can be accessed just off the kitchen or the entryway corridor at the opposite end of the home.  The room continues the same manufactured hardwood floors from the rest of the house, providing a nice tie into the house.  The flow to this room actually works well.  New vinyl dual-pane windows line the entire back/exterior wall of this room, offering great views of the infamous Cowles Mountain.  Backyard access is located off of the family room (and the kitchen), which is a little constraining on wall space, but should work out just fine.

Backyard Games

The backyard has a small concrete strip of slab, some smaller trees and shrubbery, with the rest being recently sodded grass.  The backyard has good level of privacy, although has an adjoining parcel’s 2nd story disturbing some of the westerly views.  The backyard is the perfect size for the kids that want to play, yet the dad’s that don’t want to spend their entire weekend mowing the lawn.


6140 Howell Dr. was completely remodeled by the investor-owner.  In my 10 years of experience in the industry, I’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of “investor-flips.”  They come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of quality.  I’m going to go out on a small limb to suggest that this investor did a fairly good job on their remodeling.  Just about everything on the interior was remodeled, but sometimes it’s the small things that stand out.  The interior doors felt solid and the door knobs were not just low-grade.  The floors could be better, but I don’t think need to be for this home.

Overall Grade

I’m giving the home an overall B+.  The quality is good, the flow is good, and the office is a perk.  However, the master bedroom and master bathroom were small.  The Northmont Elementary School within a stone’s throw (although not on a traffic nightmare for the home) is an additional bump up in rating.  Overall, the home will suit the right family, who will love the uniqueness of the home and carry on the pride of upgrades that exist.

 For a personal tour of 6140 Howell Dr, La Mesa, CA, text or call Daniel Vachon @ 619-200-4716, or email.

Listed by Heather Stevenson of Prudential California Realty.

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