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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.

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

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!

Windy Open House

May 1, 2011

The Sister Team open house

Wind, rain, snow, sleet, extreme heat … nothing prevents us from holding an open house!  Talk about dedication!  Today we will be at 4174 Ramona Drive in the historical Wood Streets neighborhood in Riverside, California. 

Two on a lot: this home (with guest apartment) was custom built in 1938 by current owner’s grandfather.  This property has been in the same family for 73 years!!  Click here to read more information about this great investment property with a positive cash flow.  Check out the photos too! 

Where:       4174 Ramona Drive, Riverside 92506
When:         12:00 to 4:00

Maybe you’ll brave the Southern California wind and come see us today.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

3695 Bandini Ave., Riverside

April 1, 2011

3695 Bandini Avenue, Riverside CA 92506

[ SOLD for $171,000 — 3/21/2012 ]   Charming “Wood Streets” California Bungalow built in 1919 with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.  The hallway linen closet was modified into a stairway which now leads to two additional rooms in the attic (perfect for playroom, storage, additional bedrooms, or workout space).  The square footage is approximately 1100, not including the upstairs rooms.

This adorable home boasts hardwood floors, fireplace, wood molding, original built-ins, original drop-down windows in kitchen nook, original bathroom sink and cabinetry, and a breezy front porch to sit upon and sip a cool drink on a warm day.  The spacious pool-sized backyard is ripe with citrus trees, and last but not least a storm cellar which houses the furnace and hot water heater, in addition to lots of storage! 

Another sucessful short sale …. sold by ‘The Sister Team”!!!! 

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3695 Bandini -- Beautiful springtime California poppies in bloom!

View from front door facing living room and formal dining room. Note hardwood floors, fireplace and lots of wood molding!

 View from kitchen into formal dining room and living room. Note the original room dividers (book shelves and desk).  Built-in buffet in formal dining room.  Kitchen nook with original drop-down windows!  Oh-so-charming bathroom with original sink and built-in cabinetry! There's a separate shower stall as well.  Spacious pool-sized backyard with citrus trees galore!

4174 Ramona Dr., Riverside

March 30, 2011

4174 Ramona Drive, Riverside CA 92506

[ SOLD for $274,500 — 8/12/2011 ]   Two on a lot!  This Wood Streets home, and guest apartment, were built in 1938 by the current owner’s grandfather!  This home has been in the same family for SEVENTY-THREE (73) years!  One of the nicest cul-de-sac streets in the historic Wood Streets neighborhood, with long-time residents, beautiful neighboring homes, and a front-row seat to enjoy the Mt. Rubidoux fireworks every 4th of July!  This is a great investment property — positive cash flow!!!

The main house is approximately 1500 square feet, with two large bedrooms, and two bathrooms.  Hardwood floors grace the living room and formal dining room.  The kitchen was updated in the 1980’s and boasts a large walk-in pantry, dishwasher and nook area.  Central air/heat unit only a few years old.  The exterior was painted only two years ago.  The pool-sized back yard spreads out behind the apartment, and there’s also an old-fashioned brick barbecue.

The apartment house is permitted, has approximately 500 square feet living space, including a kitchen and bedroom.  This unit sits atop a 2-car garage; there is also a separate 2-car garage, making that FOUR garages total!  Those with vintage cars or toys would appreciate the garage space!

This home is a standard sale.  No banks to deal with.

Lovely covered front porch Spacious living room with original hardwood floors and large picture window.

 Formal dining room with wall space for buffet and/or hutch Updated eat-in kitchen with huge walk-in pantry, dishwasher, and informal dining area. Hallway bathroom with tub and separate shower enclosure, tiled floor and tiled counter top. Guest apartment sits atop 2-car garage.  Pool-sized yard behind this structure! Guest apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom! Needs some cleaning -- same person rented here for almost 25 years! Guest apartment 3/4 bathroom with tile floor, tile walls and tile shower enclosure. Pool-sized backyard behind the guest apartment/garage structure!

3732 Ramona Dr., Riverside

March 6, 2011

3732 Ramona Drive, Riverside CA 92506

[ SOLD for $235,000 — 4/22/2011 ]   This historical California Bungalow was built in 1917 and has been in the same family for over 50 years!  A ‘standard’ sale, this 3 bedroom (plus upstairs bonus room), 2 bathroom home has been well-maintained all these years, and is “clean as a whistle”.  From the classic curb appeal with large front porch to the pool-sized backyard, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with this home!

In addition to the old-world charm, you’ll enjoy the approximate 1500 square feet of living space, the 2-year-old central air/heat system, hardwood floors under freshly cleaned carpet, gas log fireplace, indoor laundry room, and sparkling clean original double-hung windows, some with multiple upper lights.  The large formal dining room wouldn’t be complete without the original built-in hutch, along with a window seat, perfect for storing your table leaf, blankets, linens, decorations, etc.

The serene pool-sized backyard (lot size 7840 sq ft) is bursting with citrus trees (lemon, navel orange, Valencia orange and grapefruit) along with a covered patio, 2-car detached garage and an RV access gate off the alley.  You will also be able to view the annual Mt. Rubidoux fireworks from the front porch!

This home has also been designated a City of Riverside “Structure of Merit“, which means this home “materially benefits the historic, architectural or aesthetic character of the neighborhood”.

This home is a STANDARD sale (not a short sale, not a bank repo).

Classic California Bungalow with porch covered by overhanging roof and supported by substantial columns

The spacious and breezy front porch is one of the most desirable features of a classic California Bungalow.

Living room with large baseboards, picture railing, and gas log fireplace are more desirable features of a classic California Bungalow.

Huge formal dining room with built-in China hutch and window seat. Will easily accommodate large gatherings for holidays and entertaining year 'round.

Formal dining room window seat, perfect for hiding the table leaf, linens, and decorations.

Another amazing feature of the classic California Bungalow: a built-in China hutch with flanking plate rails too.

An original glass door knob.

Back bedroom overlooking the backyard with glorious scents of blooming citrus trees.

Middle bedroom with spacious closet and cubby area for desk or toy box.

Front bedroom currently arranged as a sitting room (this room looks over the front porch).

Kitchen was remodeled in the 70's, but it does have a dishwasher, gas stove and casual dining area.

Upstairs room was not permitted by today's standards, but the County Assessor inspected this room and added it on the tax records as a 4th bedroom (at that time there was a closet).

Covered back patio shades the back of the house, and is perfect for gatherings all year 'round!

Side of house -- look how meticulously this area is maintained.  The owners are so proud of their citrus trees!

Pool-sized backyard with citrus trees, RV access, and an RV pad which could easily be removed to include more grassy area.

RV pad next to garage is currently set up as a shaded patio.  There's an RV gate off the alley for easy parking access.

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!

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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3581 Castle Reagh

November 12, 2009

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[ SOLD for $335,000 ]   
“Wood Streets Neighborhood” two-story stucco Tudor Revival has been in the same family for many years!  Built in 1931, this home is much larger than it appears! There are a total of 6 bedrooms (4 downstairs, 2 upstairs) and 3 bathrooms (2 downstairs, 1 upstairs).  One of the bedrooms downstairs is smaller than the others, but it does have a closet and is located between a bathroom and and one of the bedrooms, so it could be used as a child’s room, nursery, office, den or work-out room.

Original 1931 features include wood casement windows, many original fixtures, skeleton-key door locks, some coved ceilings, original hardwood floors under carpeting, and extra high ceiling in living room.  Modern amenities include central air conditioning/heat, whole house fan, indoor laundry, and alarm system.

Once you walk through the little swinging gates onto the front covered patio, you will feel a sense of peace and “home”.  The original front door opens into the large living room with high ceiling, fireplace, and picture window perfect for displaying holiday decorations.  You’ll then wind your way into the large formal dining room with coved ceiling overlooking the front patio.  Three of the downstairs bedrooms are large and each one has a walk-in closet (two have built-in dressers).  The square footage downstairs is approximately 1800 square feet, with an additional 200+ upstairs.

All the extra storage space throughout this house will boggle your mind, including the attic space and very large walk-in closet upstairs.  Most of the closets have built-in dressers!  There is also a cedar-lined closet in the downstairs hallway.  The kitchen is open and airy with an antique stove, tile counter tops, pull-out shelves, and an attached breakfast nook with double doors that open onto the lovely front patio.

Separate indoor laundry room with stairway to the upstairs which boasts two bedrooms, one of which is very large with a regular closet with sliding doors, built-in cabinetry, plus a walk-in closet.  There is also a bathroom and a kitchenette upstairs as well; great for guests that plan on staying a while, or perfect for an independent college student.

The backyard is low maintenance with a lovely covered deck with built-in seating perfect for entertaining many friends.  There is also access to a basement under the deck which houses the furnace and is perfect for storing holiday decorations and/or use as a wine cellar.  Most of the backyard is inlaid brick, so you won’t need a lawnmower.  There is a rose garden, citrus trees, and year-round flowering plants.

To round out this wonderful value-of-a-home, you’ll enjoy the 2-car garage with automatic door and aesthetically-pleasing driveway with inlaid brick.  Attached to the back of the garage is another room which could be used as storage, potting shed or dark room, and with a bit of ingenuity and a contractor, you could possibly turn it into a guest quarters.  Add to the mix, lovely neighbors on one of the most desired streets in the Wood Streets neighborhood, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends!

Start packing…. you can be in your new home in time for the holidays!!!

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