Dean A. Vickery
Dean A. Vickery, as general contractor and developer, formed a series of partnerships and was actively involved in all facets of residential development for hundreds of homebuyers and over two thousand apartments and condominiums under contract.
According to Mr. Vickery, he built over 100 homes, and at one point had 34 projects under construction simultaneiously. His method started at the County Assessor’s office creating a unique list of all the vacant lots in the County. As he secured a new client hoping to build a custom home, Dean would show them prospective lots to build on. Not serving as a broker, the client would then be obligated to secure the purchase of the lot on their own and return to Vickery to design the home. Client and designer would then sit down together and tape record an interview outlining goals for their new home. Vickery would then sit down at his drafting table with the tape running. Many of these designs would yield wood-shake-roofed ranch homes with deep overhangs.
Early in the process Vickery designed a contemporary home on spec in Del Cerro. This home would be the only project he would build on spec as it took over a year to sell it. Through showing the spec house he met a number of clients that wanted contemporary homes – just different than the one they were viewing.
Over the years, Vickery built homes in Poway, Mt Helix, El Cajon, and Point Loma. His database of vacant lots proved key to his success.
In partnership with Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mr. Vickery was the developer, owner, contractor and manager of Lake Park Apartments, a 506-unit apartment development in La Mesa. Lake Park Apartments was the recipient of numerous industry awards including honors through A.I.A. and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Partial List of Projects
Daluiso Residence (1967)
Lake Park Apartments (1974)
Merritt, Bill Residence (1965)
Private Residence (1962)
Spec House (1960)
Stock, Ron Residence (1967)
Vickery Residence (1960)