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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

5658 Brockton Ave., Riverside

October 24, 2010

5658 Brockton Ave., Riverside CA 92506
[ SOLD for $205,000 — 2/25/2011 ] This Wood Streets cottage has 3 bedrooms (bonus room being used as master bedroom) and one bathroom, and home is almost 1400 square feet!  The original hardwood floors throughout have been recently refinished.  The kitchen is original (historic enthusiasts rejoice!) with tile countertops, lots of cabinetry, a brand new gas stove, indoor laundry, and a cute little corner nook for a bistro set to enjoy casual meals. In addition, there’s a formal dining room for larger gatherings.  The bathroom has subway tub tile and a pedestal sink, while the bedrooms have ample closet space and those sparkling hardwood floors!

The exterior was recently painted, and brand new shutters were custom made just for this house!  The front yard has been recently landscaped.  Backyard is spacious enough for a pool, yet currently cross-fenced with rose garden, vegetable garden, fenced dog run, mature shade tree, and a patio!  There is a detached 2-car garage with fenced RV (or big toy) enclosure too!

This is a regular (standard) sale — not a short sale, not a foreclosure!!!  No banks to deal with!  Immediate response from seller!

3471 Redwood Dr., Riverside

June 7, 2010

3471 Redwood Dr, Riverside CA 92501

[ SOLD for $495,000 ]   Designed in 1910 by renowned architect Lester S. Moore, this 2-story Craftsman at 3471 Redwood Drive is among the houses that lend prestige and cache to “Bankers Row” in the Mt. Rubidoux Historic District in beautiful downtown Riverside!  This former home of The Honorable Justice John Gabbert (one of the founders of the UCR campus) has been designated by the City of Riverside as Historical Structure of Merit No. 359.

On over half an acre, this masterpiece couples classic 1910 craftsmanship with present-day creature comforts.  An open front porch provides a venue to enjoy the afternoon breezes and also frames the original beveled glass front door.  The foyer is most welcoming and illustrates the quality and scale to be found throughout the home.

Many of the original details remain, including the boxed crown moulding and baseboards, brass doorknobs, double-hung windows, quarter-sawn oak floors, romantic gas and wood-burning fireplace, and wood casement windows.  Yet the inner workings of the home have been completely re-done, such as 2-yr-old downstairs HVAC unit, added electrical sub panel, copper plumbing, refurbished second story floors, and a remodeled 330 sq ft eat-in chef’s kitchen with all new electrical.

The entrance to the spacious formal living room, which is perfect for entertaining, is framed with typical craftsman-style wood tapered square columns and half walls.  For more casual nights in, you can relax in the downstairs den (or 5th bedroom) complete with a former sleeping porch currently used as a home office.  A most elegant formal dining room can accommodate a rather sizeable gathering and is appointed with a built-in China hutch, boxed crown moulding and plate rails.

An elaborate wooden staircase ascends to the spacious second floor with refurbished Douglas Fir wood floors, a larger-than-life 8-foot tall staircase landing window, two bathrooms, four spacious bedrooms (one with French doors leading to a large balcony), a former sleeping porch, and a master bedroom with window seat and expansive views of downtown Riverside.

Additional features include:

  • early century Quizel light fixtures in dining, entry and den worth over $11,000
  • complete interior paint and plaster ceilings and walls throughout
  • complete exterior paint and re-plaster in 2006
  • two separate central air/heat units (one upstairs and one down) with the downstairs unit having been installed in 2008
  • new water softener
  • full copper plumbing throughout the house
  • kitchen was gutted down to the studs, and now boasts custom cabinets, self-closing drawers, 36″ Viking range, tile floor, granite counter tops, and a large preparation island with 2nd sink.
  • added electrical sub panel in basement
  • large walk-in basement with laundry facilities — this fantastic space could be utilized as a sports room, workout room, wine cellar, etc.
  • new 200 amp electric meter
  • new gas meter
  • 50-year ceramic composite roof approx 10 yr. old
  • new front yard sprinkler system
  • new front yard flower beds with electric outlets
  • new front yard landscape lighting
  • city supply main sewer line has been replaced
  • all floors refurbished on second story
  • 250 ft French drain from side yard to front of house along both sides of walkway

The gardens are as enchanting as the house itself, with terraced flower beds, 25+ rose bushes (some English variety), numerous trees (1 elm, 4 liquid amber, magnolia, peach, grapefruit, blood orange, 2 other orange, tangerine, lemon, crape myrtle), custom raised-bed veggie and herb garden with irrigation, lighted cabana with electrical outlets, in-ground pool/spa surrounded by block wall and wrought iron fencing.

A two-car garage with new automatic door openers, new 100 amp electrical service with 50 amp and 30 amp outlets, and a 150 sq ft workshop.  This home has also been qualified for the Mills Act Property Tax Reduction (taxes are only $2,240 per year).

This prestigious craftsman is nothing short of stunning and is certain to be of interest to those who would like to own one of Riverside’s finest!

Are you wondering why this is such an unbelievable value?  This home is a pre-foreclosure (short sale).  We have closed our fair share of short sales, and this transaction will be no exception.  All we need is an offer to submit to Bank of America — their new automated system closes short sales within 90 days!

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6094 Elenor Street

January 13, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 


[ SOLD for $269,900 ]
   Text book cute!  This historical 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom single story cottage is approximately 1400 sq ft and was built in 1942 with Colonial Revival style detailing.  This traditional single family residence has been designated as a “Structure of Merit” by the City of Riverside, and has been carefully maintained over the years.

Some wonderful features include updated plumbing, central air/heat, original (and gorgeous) hardwood floors throughout, eat-in kitchen plus formal dining room, original tile in hallway bathroom, original bedroom closet shoe rack, romantic fireplace, crown moulding, indoor laundry, 30-year commercial-grade kitchen lineoleum, and $1,000 whisper-quiet dishwasher.

The recessed brick porch overlooks a large sycamore tree in the front yard.  The backyard is large enough to accommodate a pool if you wish, but for now please enjoy the garden shed, citrus trees and built-in BBQ.   A detached 2-car garage matches the style of the residence, and is accessed by a long Hollywood driveway.  The garage has been drywalled, and an extra room was added for storage, office, or workout room, etc.  The traditional garage door was replaced with French doors; however, a garage door could be easily re-installed.

You couldn’t want better neighbors, nor could you be in a better location which is walking distance to the Riverside Plaza, movie theatre, supermarkets and banks, and just blocks from RCC (Riverside Community College). 

This is a standard sale — this is not a foreclosure or short sale!  Sellers are able and willing to respond to all offers within 24 hours.  No waiting weeks [or months] for a bank’s answer!

Start thinking about how to spend your First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit … as long as you qualify, are under contract by April 30th, and close escrow by June 30th!!

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4326 Elmwood Court

January 6, 2010


[ SOLD for $269,900 ]  Talk about curb appeal — and affordabilityl!!!  The porch on
this charming 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom “Wood Streets” bungalow is just calling your name!  With approx 1330 sq ft, this 1927 home boasts fresh interior paint, gleaming hardwood floors throughout, fireplace, large living room combined with formal dining area, central air and heat, spacious kitchen with dishwasher and gas stove, indoor laundry, and master bedroom suite with private bathroom.  Period wood casement windows add to the charm of this desirable “Wood Streets” neighborhood family home! 

Huge attic space could be converted to another bedroom/bathroom.  In addition, you’ll find a covered patio which is perfect for year-round entertaining and/or relaxing!  The large pool-sized backyard with meandering walkway leads you to a mature shade tree and shed.  Many beautiful and colorful rosebushes dot the landscape, and a long driveway with enough room for RV and/or boat parking as well.

This is a standard sale — this is not a foreclosure or short sale!  Sellers are able and willing to respond to all offers within 24 hours.  No waiting weeks [or months] for a bank’s answer!

One of the main reasons this historical neighborhood is so popular and desirable, is that real families live and interact here!  You’ll see neighbors walking their dogs, pushing baby strollers, riding bicycles, and organizing block parties!  There are also scheduled ‘Walks with the Mayor’, a farmers market, fundraising home tours, museums, and so much more!  Come be a part of this magical neighborhood!

Start packing … and thinking about how to spend your First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit … as long as you qualify, are under contract by April 30th, and close escrow by June 30th!!

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3565 Beechwood Place

September 11, 2009

 

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[ SOLD for $375,000 ]   Exquisite! Absolutely gorgeous! Choice location and meticulous maintenance combine to create a home that is nothing short of stunning, and is certain to be of interest to “Wood Streets” aficionados who would like to own one of the neighborhood’s finest homes – built by famous Riverside builder, Harry Marsh!

This home sets the tone for the model of luxury!  Sellers have spared no expense, from the new energy-efficient A/C, heater and ductwork, to the reburbished inground pool and spa!  Main house is approximately 1600 square feet with 2 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  In addition, there are 2 guest quarters, each with a private 3/4 bathroom bathroom!

Elegance greets you upon entry as you glance upwards to the exaggerated tray ceiling which adds depth to the living room.  Along with the original hardwood floors, you’ll notice the beautiful gas/wood-burning fireplace flanked by French doors to the spacious family room.

The formal dining room boasts a coved ceiling which adds yet another special architectural feature.   The family room, with top-of-the-line porcelain tile floors, also has built-in bookshelves, recessed lighting, and French doors which open to the large covered brick patio.

The numerous amenities include new interior decorator paint, 5-year-old exterior paint, blown-in insulation, double paned windows, basement, permitted walk-in closet addition in master bedroom suite (including a private half bathroom), incredibly charming and 1930’s-era pedestal sink and toilet in hall bathroom, and a bright remodeled kitchen with glass cabinets and built-in breakfast bench in nook area. 

Now venture outside to the large private backyard, where you’ll be amazed at the low-maintenance of the flagstone, block walls, and entertaining areas, along with grapefruit, lemon, orange and lime trees for homemade drinks and cocktail embellishments.  The sparkling inground pool and spa were completely refurbished to the tune of almost $20,000!  And finally, a handsome wrought iron gate complements the long private driveway. 

This home is also claimed as Riverside City Structure of Merit #699!

Relive the romance of the 1930’s in one of the best houses in the “Wood Streets” neighborhood; a strong community where people walk, children play, and friendly neighbors greet one another on the street!

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Who doesn't love a porch?! Watch the neighborhood go by while relaxing in a comfy chair! Large living room with impressive tray ceiling which adds depth.  Alternate view of living room (from formal dining room). Unique gas and wood-burning fireplace with tall mantle, flanked by French doors leading to family room. Elegant formal dining room with coved ceiling and hardwood floors. Bright and lovely updated kitchen with glass cabinets, tile counter tops and gas stove. Alternate view of kitchen with breakfast bar to the right, lots of cabinetry, and nook to the left. One of the cutest breakfast nooks we've seen in a long time -- complete with built-in bench! Spacious family room with top-of-the-line porcelain floor tiles and French doors overlooking the large covered patio. Alternate view of family room and view into kitchen as well. View of bookshelves in family room (living room fireplace is behind this wall). Final view of family room. Doorway to right goes into living room, doorway to left goes into kitchen. One of the bedrooms which has a walk-in closet and a window! Very nice hall bathroom with original 1930's-era pedestal sink and toilet. There is also a tub and shower to the right. View of master bedroom suite with walk-in closet to the right and private half bath to the left. Alternate view of master bedroom suite looking down the hallway with French doors to patio on the left. Large covered brick patio -- great for entertaining year 'round! Alternate view of covered brick patio, with French sliders to master bedroom suite. View of low-maintenance backyard with flagstone patio area for table, umbrella and chairs. View of permitted guest quarters with bathroom overlooking refreshing pool. View of back of house with guest quarters to the left and pool equipment behind privacy block wall to the right. Side of house and long driveway (with small RV/boat parking) complemented by handsome wrought iron gate.

4332 Beechwood Place

May 16, 2009

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[ SOLD for $302,500 ]   Well-maintained “Wood Streets” 1956 ranch-style home on beautiful and quiet tree-lined street.  Approximately 1900 sq ft with FOUR bedrooms — three of which have exposed hardwood floors and a large closet plus a built-in dresser! One of the bedrooms was recently used as a family room — simply replace double doors for privacy. THREE bathrooms (one full, one 3/4, one half). Central air/heat * indoor laundry * seismic retrofit * complete re-roof * newer exterior paint * dishwasher * gas stove * fireplace * 2-car garage * RV parking.  All of this sits on one of the largest lots on this street (over a quarter acre) specifically .26/acre (11,325 sq ft) with rose bushes, fruit trees and a separate fenced yard perfect for pool, garden(s), big toys, orchard, etc. The possibilities are limitless. Create your own paradise! Check out the photos and drag the cursor over each photo to read the caption…

Massive living room with gorgeous hardwood floors under carpet. This room will look even larger with the hardwood floors exposed! View of living room as you walk throught the front door. Keep in mind, the hardwood floors under this carpet are GORGEOUS! Note the built-in shelving next to the brick fireplace! Four bedrooms, with three of them having exposed hardwood floors like this. Nice! Each of the three bedrooms with hardwood floors hav a large closet and a built-in dresser like the one to the left of this closet! 4th bedroom had been used as family room. There's an exit door to the patio on the right, and a door to a bathroom on the left. Note the built-in cabinetry and closets surrounding the window. One of the three bathrooms. This one has double sinks, newer low-flow toilet, and impeccable tile in the shower/tub enclosure! Original kitchen in really good condition. Clean and spacious with amenities like a dishwasher, gas stove, built-in lazy susan and pull-out drawers! Looking through kitchen from laundry room, into the dining area. Note the see-thru glass cabinetry for displaying fine dinnerware. Large indoor laundry room with cabinetry, utility sink and half bath! One of the largest lots on the street (11,325 sq ft) -- over a quarter acre! There is a whole separate yard behind fence to left. See next photo. The "south 40"! This is a whole separate fenced area that could be utilized for big boys' toys, pool, garden, orchard, etc. There is water plumbed back to this area also! Side patio that is covered, and overlooks the beautiful rose bushes. Side drive for extra parking or RV. Possible access to the "south 40" depending on size of vehicles/toys! Beechwood Place looking towards Palm Avenue. What a lovely tree-lined street, reminiscient of New England, with the exception of the palm trees! Quiet neighborhood with lovely neighbors!

Festival of Lights

November 25, 2008

Each year thousands of people gather in the beautiful City of Riverside on Mission Inn Avenue the day after Thanksgiving to welcome the Christmas season by watching the amazing lighting of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa.  This 16th annual Festival of Lights “switch on” ceremony begins after nightfall and features welcoming remarks from Mayor Ron Loveridge, as well as Keeper of the Inn, Duane Roberts, and even Santa Clause. 

With a collective countdown, the festivities begin and the sky becomes alight with fireworks as powerful holiday music plays in sync.  At the culmination of the fireworks display, all three million lights and hundreds of figurines on the Mission Inn come to life and illuminate the streets of Downtown Riverside.  To make sure all of Riverside can enjoy this amazing site, The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa remains lit nightly into the first week of January.

The festivities extend to the adjacent Main Street Pedestrian Mall where horse-drawn carriages and carolers stroll amongst one-of-a-kind shops, and even an ice skating rink.  This event, which began as a modest hotel-only event in 1993, has since grown into one of the premier holiday lights displays in the country, and has even been featured in People Magazine.

Downtown Riverside Ghostwalk

October 24, 2008

Returning for its 17th year, Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th from 5:40 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the California Riverside Ballet brings downtown Riverside alive with stories of horror, mystery and intrigue.  Tours occur at 20 minute intervals with guests being led through the historic district, in the shadows of the Mission Inn, where they will hear spine-tingling to comic renditions of tales “from beyond”.  In 2005, the Ghostwalk event received the recognition as “Best Event in Riverside” and continues to be a tradition gaining additional popularity every year.

The weekend before Halloween, the California Riverside Ballet (CRB) brings the downtown area alive and into its supernatural theme with stories of horror, mystery and intrigue along with the ever-anticipated performances of the CRB dancers adding to the theme of phantasm and illusion.

Beginning as the moon rises on both Friday and Saturday nights, guests are toured throughout the historic district.  The first stop takes you to the Riverside Ballet Arts Studio where you will witness the CRB dancers beckon the undead to dance.  Some of the tour locations that you may be brought to are: the Riverside Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Historic Aurea Vista Hotel, and the First Congregational Church.

The “Ghostly Meal Deal”
The California Riverside Ballet has created the “Ghostly Meal Deal” for your dining enjoyment during the Ghostwalk event.  The meal includes two slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza, a soda, juice bottle or small water, and a cookie for dessert for only $5.00.  Be sure to add the “Ghostly Meal Deal” to your order to get this special price!

Bring the whole family and don’t miss the CRB BOO-TIQUE, additional activities, music, and dancing at the boardwalk during this annual event.  Unfortunately, many tour location stops are not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Ticket Information: Tickets will be available on the night of event for “cash only” at $10.00 each.  Children 2 and under are FREE!  $5.00 additional for the “Ghostly Meal Deal”.

Ghostwalk Writers: Have a story?  Each year the CRB accepts stories from well-known and up-and-coming writers to be told to our visitors.  If your story is about the Alive, the Dead or about Ghosts or Ghouls just hanging around or wandering the halls in Downtown Riverside, submit your story to be selected for next year’s Ghostwalk event.  Your story needs to be 10 minutes in length and must engage the audience.

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10th Annual Family Village Festival

October 10, 2008

The Riverside Museum Associates Multicultural Council is celebrating their 10th annual Family Village Festival on Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This “Gathering of Cultures” features villages from Japan, Scandinavia, Mexico, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Samoa and more.  The location this year will be in downtown Riverside at White Park (3936 Chestnut Street) — cross streets being University and Market. 

This FREE multicultural festival offers guests the unique opportunity to explore and learn about different cultures and their traditions through cultural cuisine, children’s activities, storytelling, arts/crafts, and music and dance performances throughout the day.

The event is hosted by the Riverside Museum Associates, the RMA Multicultural Council, and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. For more information, please call (951) 826-5273 or go to familyvillagefest.com.

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