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4681 Rubidoux Ave., Riverside

April 1, 2015

[ SOLD for $647,900 on 5/06/2015 ]  A majestic one-acre ESTATE in the historical “Wood Streets” neighborhood, with an impressive 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom 2-story colonial mansion,  custom built in 1925, showcasing a grand staircase, 4 fireplaces, and 3,340 sq ft.

The large front yard is accented with a circular driveway, mature trees, a rose garden, and Riverside’s famous citrus. In addition to the many original adornments such as glass door knobs, handcrafted fireplace mantels and balusters, pocket doors and original hardwood floors, you’ll enjoy modern amenities such as double-pane windows, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, updated copper plumbing and electrical, central air/heat, and indoor laundry.

The manicured grounds are comprised of two rose gardens, two citrus groves, an in-ground pool, a spa pad, an outdoor red brick wood-burning fireplace, patio and deck for entertaining, and a 2-car detached garage with attached guest quarters complete with kitchenette and bathroom — could be home office, nanny’s retreat or artist studio. The entire lot size is just over an acre, at 43,996 sq ft.

The 1st owner of this estate was a Civil War veteran, whose family lived here until the 1960s, when they sold to the 2nd, and current, family who’s lived and raised six children here over the course of 50 years. Who will be the third steward of this splendid estate?

What is known as the “The Henry Whipple House,” this amazing estate is featured in the book entitled “Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California Revisited”  by Esther H. Klotz and Joan H. Hall.

*This is the largest single family residence level lot in the entire Wood Streets neighborhood!

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Huge circular driveway with entrance and exit gates.

Huge circular driveway with entrance and exit gates.

This impressive estate is the largest single family residence level lot in the whole Wood Streets neighborhood.

This impressive estate is the largest single family residence level lot in the whole Wood Streets neighborhood.

Detached 2-car garage and fully self-contained guest unit behind the garage.

Detached 2-car garage and fully self-contained guest unit behind the garage.

 

View of the expansive front yard with mature shade trees, citrus area and rose garden too.

View of the expansive front yard with mature shade trees, citrus area and rose garden too.

Elegant foyer -- note the original French doors leading into the formal dining room.

Elegant foyer — note the original French doors leading into the formal dining room.

Alternate view of the foyer -- note the stained glass windows flanking the front door.

Alternate view of the foyer — note the stained glass windows flanking the front door.

Formal dining room with built-in display curios, original hardwood floors, and fireplace.

Formal dining room with built-in display curios, original hardwood floors, and fireplace.

Magnified view of original hardware on one of the pocket doors separating foyer from formal dining room.

Magnified view of original hardware on one of the pocket doors separating foyer from formal dining room.

Casual dining room with built-in cabinetry.

Casual dining room with built-in cabinetry.

Formal living room with fireplace and original handcrafted mantle.

Formal living room with fireplace and original handcrafted mantle.

Front parlor with fireplace and additional built-in shelving units.

Front parlor with fireplace and additional built-in shelving units.

Large family room overlooking the park-like backyard with built-in pool, deck and patio areas.

Large family room overlooking the park-like backyard with built-in pool, deck and patio areas.

Remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops, dishwasher, and walk-in pantry.

Remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops, dishwasher, and walk-in pantry.

Alternate view of remodeled kitchen with built-in microwave, gas stove, and entry to butler's pantry in the center.

Alternate view of remodeled kitchen with built-in microwave, gas stove, and entry to butler’s pantry in the center.

Butler's pantry with doors leading to front parlor.

Butler’s pantry with doors leading to front parlor.

One of two downstairs bathrooms.

One of two downstairs bathrooms.

Laundry room with utility sink, quarter bath to the left, and to the right is the 2nd staircase that was once reserved for servants back in the early 1900s.

Laundry room with utility sink, quarter bath to the left, and to the right is the 2nd staircase that was once reserved for servants back in the early 1900s.

One of two master bedrooms upstairs.

One of two master bedrooms upstairs.

Remodeled upstairs bathroom with shower in tub.

Remodeled upstairs bathroom with shower in tub.

Second upstairs master, this one with fireplace and attached bathroom.

Second upstairs master, this one with fireplace and attached bathroom.

Remodeled three quarter bathroom with tile flooring and shower.

Remodeled three quarter bathroom with tile flooring and shower.

Third of five upstairs bedrooms -- this room has two separate closets, perfect for siblings.

Third of five upstairs bedrooms — this room has two separate closets, perfect for siblings.

Smaller 5th upstairs bedroom with built-in shelving, window seat and private half bathroom, overlooking the backyard, and connected to the 4th bedroom, but with a separate entrance as well (out of view).

Smaller 5th upstairs bedroom with built-in shelving, window seat and private half bathroom, overlooking the backyard, and connected to the 4th bedroom, but with a separate entrance as well (out of view).

Elegant stairway with original handcrafted balusters.

Elegant stairway with original handcrafted balusters.

Guest house kitchenette

Guest house kitchenette

Guest house bathroom

Guest house bathroom

Guest house living/sleeping quarters (with closet, out of view) and a separate exit to the back yard.

Guest house living/sleeping quarters (with closet, out of view) and a separate exit to the back yard.

Inground pool had new pool filter installed in 2004, and pool was redone with textured fiberglass resin that will not algea or crack according to the warranty.

Inground pool had new pool filter installed in 2004, and pool was redone with textured fiberglass resin that will not algea or crack according to the warranty.

Another view of the back from one of the far corners of the yard.

Another view of the back from one of the far corners of the yard.

Citrus trees, rose garden and other lovely flowering plants along a brick walkway.

Citrus trees, rose garden and other lovely flowering plants along a brick walkway.

More lush landscaping and wrought iron fence separating front and back yards.

More lush landscaping and wrought iron fence separating front and back yards.

View of the pool and expansive backyard, and red brick outdoor fireplace, from the back door of the house.

View of the pool and expansive backyard, and red brick outdoor fireplace, from the back door of the house.

View of deck off the family room, as well as large entertaining area with cement table and benches that will stay with the house.

View of deck off the family room, as well as large entertaining area with cement table and benches that will stay with the house.

Other side of the expansive yard showing a shed, and the back door to the guest house -- this whole area could be fenced off if guest house needed separate yard.

Other side of the expansive yard showing a shed, and the back door to the guest house — this whole area could be fenced off if guest house needed separate yard.

4171 Homewood Ct., Riverside

May 10, 2011

 4171 Homewood Court, Riverside, CA 92506

[ SOLD  for $221,000 — 8/17/2011 ]  “Wood Streets” California Bungalow built in 1912 by J. H. Oldendorf. There are 3 standard bedrooms in addition to another large room (sans closet) that is currently used as an office, but could be used as a 4th bedroom! Total living square footage is 1432 sq ft. The bathroom is exceedingly charming, and wait til you see the magnificent formal dining room, complete with built-in hutch with leaded-glass doors, wood beamed ceiling, chunky window molding, and plate rails.

Then feast your eyes upon the turn-of-the-century clinker brick wood-burning fireplace! Original hardwood floors, central air/heat, some original push-button light switches, updated kitchen with smooth Corian countertops, unique backsplash, newer vinyl floor that looks like real wood, antique gas stove with griddle and walk-in pantry! Enclosed laundry porch with utility sink, and back yard that is completely surrounded by a privacy block wall. Your raised bed gardens await!

This home is a standard sale — no bank to deal with.
All offers will be looked at and responded to immediately.

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Magnificent formal dining room with wood-beamed ceiling, hardwood floors and plate rails! Formal dining room original built-in hutch! Magnified view of original leaded glass hutch doors! Living room -- view towards front door entrance. Note the original hardwood floors and wood-beamed ceiling. Clinker brick fireplace! These early 20th century misshapen bricks became popular when avant-garde architects used them precisely because they were so unusual! Kitchen has been updated with Corian counter tops, a unique backsplash, and newer vinyl flooring which looks like real wood. Alternate view of kitchen with walk-in pantry and antique gas stove! Front bedroom Alternate view of front bedroom. Original bedroom doorknob! Middle bedroom Back bedroom with door to back patio. Bonus room currently being used as office, could be converted to 4th bedroom or den (owners contemplated installing French doors to patio). Charming bathroom withy newer pedestal sink, tile floor, stained glass window and soaking tub. Alternate view of bathroom with beadboard and room for linen cabinet. Original push-button lite switches next to front door. Portion of backyard privacy block wall and shade tree. Portion of backyard is comprised of raised bed gardens. Unique and quiet cul de sac street is dotted with neighboring homes like this one built in 1888 to homes built mid-century!

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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Green Gardening

August 5, 2008

Lots of people are exploring organic gardening for their health and the enviroment. If you are thinking about starting a garden or just want some tips on going organic, here is a list of resources that we hope you find helpful.

 

Organic Gardening Techniques: A guide for in-depth information on organic gardening.

Organic Gardening Tips: Tips for organic gardening in this resource.

Plant Glossary:  Organic gardening glossary.