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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.

4631 Luther St., Riverside

May 4, 2011

4631 Luther Street, Riverside, CA 92504 -- Notice the old-fashioned light post out front next to the driveway!

[ SOLD for $216,000 — 6/24/2011 ]   “Magnolia Center” mid-century home in excellent excellent excellent condition! No hair out of place!  This home was built in 1950 and has been in the same family for half a century! Three bedrooms and 1.25 bathrooms, 1400 sq ft.  This is the type of house that anyone would be proud to call home — it’s rare to find a home from this era that shows better than most homes half its age!

This turnkey home not only has central heat and air conditioning, but a whole house fan as well.  Gas and wood-burning fireplace in living room.   One of our favorite features (and will be yours too) is the dining room door that leads to the back patio — simply unlatch the glass paneled door and a screen is revealed!  The eat-in kitchen is bright and cheery, complete with tile counter tops, dishwasher, refrigerator and lots of cabinetry.  Right off the kitchen is an extra bathroom and a  full-size laundry room (washer/dryer are included).

The pool-sized yard is approximately 9150 sq ft (.21/acre) and is exquisitely clean and manicured.  There is a shed and a hidden storage area in the back corner for tools, wheel barrow, wood pile, outdoor furniture, raised garden beds, etc.  The attached 2-car garage has a newer automatic roll-up door with a workbench and covered access to the house.

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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What a lovely front porch! So clean, convenient, and charming! Talk about curb appeal!

View of living room and dining room as you walk thru front door. Alternate view of living room and gas/wood fireplace

Gas and wood-burning fireplace with mantle

Formal dining area A favorite mid-century door feature -- unlatch the glass paneled door to reveal a screen!

Spectacularly cute kitchen! It's bright, it's clean, and it's super spacious!The tile in this kitchen looks new! Such a well-maintained home!!Alternate view of kitchen with more cabinetry.  The refrigerator is inluded!

Spacious laundry room with cabinetry and exit door to covered patio.Alternate view of laundry room with more storage (washer and dryer are included).Master bedroom with king-size bed and still plenty of room for dressers, chair, etc.  The second of three bedrooms -- currently being used as a den.Original bathroom tile in exquisite condition -- looks like it was just installed yesterday! Amazing!The original shower tile is so stunningly clean, that it looks brand new! Look at the tile inlay closely -- little swans!Back of house view from northeast corner of backyard. Back of house faces north.Lovely, breezy covered patio off the side of the house, which makes room in the backyard for a pool.Alternate view of pool-sized backyard.Look how manicured this yard is! Behind the fence with greenery is a huge place to store wood piles, seasonal lawn furniture and lawn equipment.Huge hidden storage area in back corner of yard -- or plant raised-bed gardens!Lovely tree-lined street -- lots of shade helps reduce utility bills in the summer!

 

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.

6812 Valencia Street

June 10, 2009

Front entrance to 6812 Valencia St., Riverside CA 92504

[ SOLD for $180,000 ]   This large (over 1400 square feet) 2-bedroom 1-bathroom bungalow on a corner lot had a third bedroom that was turned into a dining room many years ago; a wall could easily be erected to utilize as a bedroom again.

Exposed original hardwood floors throughout. Large living room with fireplace and lots of windows. Eat-in kitchen with built-in ironing board, antique stove and original tile counter tops and cabinetry. Both bedrooms are good size, along with lots of closet space. There is a covered breezeway between the house and the 2-car garage. Laundry hook-ups and utility sink in garage.

This corner lot is a third of an acre.  The possibilities are endless: add a swimming pool, a basketball court, a putting green, a club house for the kids, and/or RV parking!!!  This is a standard sale — not a short sale — not a repo!

Home sits on a corner lot with over a third of an acre! 2-car garage attached by breezeway to house. Large living room with original hardwood floors, fireplace and lots of windows! Eat-in kitchen with original built-in ironing board, antique stove, and original counter tops and cabinetry. Covered breezeway between garage and house. Huge backyard -- over a third of an acre! Ready for a transformation... imagine a pool, guest house, or RV parking!

2856 Iron Hills Way

October 3, 2008

[ SOLD for $290,000 ]  Riverside ‘SunGold’ home with 3 bedrooms/1 bathroom, in a quiet cul-de-sac location that is turn-key and ready to move into! New carpet and flooring, new interior/exterior paint, living room with fireplace and crown moulding. Additional family room and office added onto back of home. Refinished cabinets and new appliances in kitchen. Private park-like backyard with fruit trees, new fencing and a 2-car detached garage!