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4811 Brockton Ave., Riverside

January 24, 2015 ·

 

[ SOLD for $680,000 on 1/20/2016 ]   Built in 1888, this Queen Anne Victorian mansion was once owned by Dr. Wood, namesake of the “Wood Streets” neighborhood. This exquisite and historic home, which once was part of 20 acres, is now Landmark #108 and has been restored with some modern features under the watchful eye of the City of Riverside and the Riverside Historical Society.

This 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home with 3,655 sq ft retains much of its original historic features, including stained glass windows, six fireplaces with tile surrounds and wood mantles, chandelier medallions, elegant staircase woodwork, push button light switches with dimmers, and a basement.

What is known as the “Ames-Westbrook House,” is featured in Chapter 15 (page 49) of the book entitled “Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California Revisited”  by Esther H. Klotz and Joan H. Hall.

Modern features include remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, convenient upstairs laundry, central air/heat, and updated plumbing/electrical. Too many amazing features to list here, so don’t miss the photo captions.

Each bedroom has private bathroom access, including a master suite with sitting area, fireplace, and walk-in closet.

There is a third floor which has been cordoned off, but could easily be converted back into living square footage or additional bedrooms/bathrooms. There is an additional approximate 1000+/- square feet on the third floor. Extreme potential. 

The extensively landscaped corner lot is just under half an acre (18,295 sq ft) with citrus trees, a koi pond, outdoor seating areas, lighted gazebo, and space for a 4-car garage. 

*Homeowners may consider selling the house completely furnished (grand piano is negotiable).*

A stunning architectural treasure that welcomes you through an inviting doorway into the past!

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Front porch, double door entry, and another set of double doors just inside, like a mudroom you'd see in east coast homes. The original owner (Samuel A. Ames) was from Massachusetts and was once a Pony Express mail carrier!

Front porch, double door entry, and
another set of double doors just inside,
like a mudroom you’d see in east coast
homes. The original owner (Samuel A.
Ames) was from Massachusetts and
was once a Pony Express mail carrier!

View as you enter the home. Stairway, long hallway leading to the kitchen, and to your left is the formal living room with two sets of pocket doors.

View as you enter the home. Stairway,
long hallway leading to the kitchen, and
to your left is the formal living room with
two sets of pocket doors.

Alternate view of foyer as you enter the home. One of SIX working gas fireplaces with original tile surround and wood mantle. Doorway to the left of fireplace leads to downstairs bathroom.

Alternate view of foyer as you enter the
home. One of SIX working gas fireplaces
with original tile surround and wood
mantle. Doorway to the left of fireplace
leads to downstairs bathroom.

Formal living room with original light fixture and medallion, as well as gas fireplace #2 and original stained glass in windows above grand piano. Another example of the early Riverside residents' wealth were push button light and dimmer switches, which still operate today!

Formal living room with original light
fixture and medallion, as well as gas
fireplace #2 and original stained glass in
windows above grand piano. Another
example of the early Riverside residents’
wealth were push button light and
dimmer switches, which still operate
today!

There are FOUR sets of working double pocket doors, this set which separates the living room from the formal dining room. They open so easily you could use your pinkie finger.

There are FOUR sets of working double
pocket doors, this set which separates
the living room from the formal dining
room. They open so easily you could use
your pinkie finger.

Formal dining room with gas fireplace #3, hardwood floors, chandelier and medallion, and three sets of pocket doors. High end period-accurate curtains were custom made for this home, as well as the cloud effect painted on most of the ceilings.

Formal dining room with gas fireplace
#3, hardwood floors, chandelier and
medallion, and three sets of pocket
doors. High end period-accurate curtains
were custom made for this home, as
well as the cloud effect painted on most
of the ceilings.

Spacious family room with gas fireplace #4 and with hardwood floors, and another original chandelier with medallion.

Spacious family room with gas fireplace
#4 and with hardwood floors, and
another original chandelier with
medallion.

Remodeled kitchen with granite counters, 6-burner Viking stove with pot filler, warming drawer, built-in microwave, built-in coffee maker, dishwasher, and built-in wine rack. Plus there's a separate walk-in pantry.

Remodeled kitchen with granite
counters, 6-burner Viking stove with pot
filler, warming drawer, built-in
microwave, built-in coffee maker,
dishwasher, and built-in wine rack. Plus
there’s a separate walk-in pantry.

Breakfast bar overlooking the kitchen with space for corner table, or a corner bench would fit very nicely.

Breakfast bar overlooking the kitchen
with space for corner table, or a corner
bench would fit very nicely.

Alternate view of room off the kitchen and family room. Great lighting, and ideal place for jackets and leashes (or horse bridle).

Alternate view of room off the kitchen
and family room. Great lighting, and ideal
place for jackets and leashes (or horse
bridle).

Servants' staircase to the left (next to the kitchen), and this hallway leads you full circle and back to the front entrance, the office enclave, and the downstairs bathroom. To the right are the pocket doors leading to formal dining room.

Servants’ staircase to the left (next to
the kitchen), and this hallway leads you
full circle and back to the front entrance,
the office enclave, and the downstairs
bathroom. To the right are the pocket
doors leading to formal dining room.

Downstairs bathroom (homeowners' mantle from previous home will not stay; it's just decoration) with dual sinks and private water closet with single pocket door.

Downstairs bathroom (homeowners’
mantle from previous home will not stay;
it’s just decoration) with dual sinks and
private water closet with single pocket
door.

Office enclave to the right as you enter the home, with original windows and hardwood floors.

Office enclave to the right as you enter
the home, with original windows and
hardwood floors.

How can you not "ooh and aah" over the detail in this staircase?!

How can you not “ooh and aah” over the
detail in this staircase?!

At the top of the staircase you'll be delighted to find the original baby barrier and original locking hardware too. If you make an appt to see this home, don't forget to ask us about the hidden staircase for the 3rd floor.

At the top of the staircase you’ll be
delighted to find the original baby barrier
and original locking hardware too. If you
make an appt to see this home, don’t
forget to ask us about the hidden
staircase for the 3rd floor.

Master bedroom suite with gas fireplace #5, ceiling fan, hardwood floors and original 10-inch base boards.

Master bedroom suite with gas fireplace
#5, ceiling fan, hardwood floors and
original 10-inch base boards.

Incredibly gorgeous turret with original curved leaded glass windows!

Incredibly gorgeous turret with original
curved leaded glass windows!

Incredibly decadent master suite sitting area with gas fireplace #6. This room offers access to a walk-in closet and a private bathroom.

Incredibly decadent master suite sitting
area with gas fireplace #6. This room
offers access to a walk-in closet and a
private bathroom.

Master bathroom boasts dual sinks with granite counter top, spa tub, and private water closet.

Master bathroom boasts dual sinks with
granite counter top, spa tub, and private
water closet.

Second of four bedrooms on 2nd floor, this one adjacent to master. Six gorgeous original windows, ceiling fan, closet, and private bathroom.

Second of four bedrooms on 2nd floor,
this one adjacent to master. Six
gorgeous original windows, ceiling fan,
closet, and private bathroom.

Close up view of second bedroom's turret with extra space for more furniture. Custom-made beaded period-accurate window shades.

Close up view of second bedroom’s
turret with extra space for more
furniture. Custom-made beaded
period-accurate window shades.

Private remodeled bathroom for second bedroom. Granite counter top and separate shower stall.

Private remodeled bathroom for second
bedroom. Granite counter top and
separate shower stall.

Third and fourth bedrooms share a jack and jill bathroom. This is the third bedroom, whereas the fourth bedroom has exposed hardwood floors and is currently being utilized as a home gym.

Third and fourth bedrooms share a jack
and jill bathroom. This is the third
bedroom, whereas the fourth bedroom
has exposed hardwood floors and is
currently being utilized as a home gym.

Jack and jill bathroom that is shared by 3rd and 4th bedrooms. Shower in tub, granite counter top, tile floor.

Jack and jill bathroom that is shared by
3rd and 4th bedrooms. Shower in tub,
granite counter top, tile floor.

Convenient upstairs laundry room with tile floor, real tin (period accurate) ceiling, with sink and antique cupboards.

Convenient upstairs laundry room with
tile floor, real tin (period accurate)
ceiling, with sink and antique cupboards.

ORIGINAL stained glass windows above grand piano in living room.

ORIGINAL stained glass windows above
grand piano in living room.

View of spacious front yard and portion of front porch from side yard. Note the extensive landscaping. Unfortunately, all of the rosebushes have been cut back but will be in blooming within a month or two!

View of spacious front yard and portion
of front porch from side yard. Note the
extensive landscaping. Unfortunately, all
of the rosebushes have been cut back
but will be in blooming within a month or
two!

Spacious side yard with swing set (will not stay) and lighted gazebo (stays). Yard is large enough to accommodate wedding parties or family reunions.

Spacious side yard with swing set (will
not stay) and lighted gazebo (stays). Yard
is large enough to accommodate
wedding parties or family reunions.

Alternate view of side yard with koi pond in foreground (extensive pump and waterfall system), patio area, and driveway with lots of parking (and room for a 4-car garage) to the left.

Alternate view of side yard with koi pond
in foreground (extensive pump and
waterfall system), patio area, and
driveway with lots of parking (and room
for a 4-car garage) to the left.

Yet another angle of this gorgeous laid-out yard. Walk down the arbor that will soon be covered in blooming wisteria, adjacent to the many citrus trees, including lemon and oranges. There has been extensive landscaping throughout this yard, with boxwood hedges, rosebushes, flowers, etc. And in the northeast corner of the yard you'll find the most beautiful and mature Magnolia tree! This yard is a super treat!

Yet another angle of this gorgeous
laid-out yard. Walk down the arbor that
will soon be covered in blooming
wisteria, adjacent to the many citrus
trees, including lemon and oranges.
There has been extensive landscaping
throughout this yard, with boxwood
hedges, rosebushes, flowers, etc. And in
the northeast corner of the yard you’ll
find the most beautiful and mature
Magnolia tree! This yard is a super treat!

The original portico where the old horse-drawn carriages pulled up with guests in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A large portion of original 19th century bricks are still in place!

The original portico where the old
horse-drawn carriages pulled up with
guests in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. A large portion of original 19th
century bricks are still in place!

The south chimney bears the '1888' date of its construction! Such detail throughout this house even extends to the unique chimneys.

The south chimney bears the ‘1888’ date
of its construction! Such detail
throughout this house even extends to
the unique chimneys.

Landmark Plaque No. 108

Landmark Plaque No. 108

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