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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.

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!

4540 Linwood Pl., Riverside

March 30, 2011

4540 Linwood Place, Riverside CA 92506

[ SOLD for $210,000 — 6/10/2011 ]   “Wood Streets” mid-century home in very good and original condition; mostly original with the exception of a lovely master bedroom suite which was added (and permitted) 22 years ago!  Approximately 1400 sq ft, this well-maintained home has been in the same family for 56 years.  Home was built in 1951 and current owner purchased it in 1955.

Interior features: Central heat and air conditioning!  Three good-size bedrooms, two of which have the lovely hardwood floors exposed.  Living room with fireplace, large picture window, and hardwood floors under carpeting.  Two bathrooms in very good condition.  Kitchen with tile counter tops, convenient nook area, and built-in ironing board.  Large indoor laundry room.

Exterior features:  Detached two-car garage with automatic roll-up door and drywalled interior.  Pool-sized backyard approximately 8300 sq ft (.19/acre).  Driveway is long enough for RV parking if needed.

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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Bright and spacious family kitchen with tile counter top and breakfast nook area. Spacious living room with attached dining area. Hardwood floors under carpeting. See the exposed flooring in front coat closet--they're beautiful! One of THREE good-sized bedrooms, two of which have exposed beautiful hardwood floors and ample closet space! Spacious master bedroom with private 3/4 bathroom and large closet. Carpeting is sun-faded, but we're told there might be hardwood floors underneath! Hallway bathroom with original tile in exquisite like-new condition! Yeah, the flooring is a bit dated, but that's a simple fix! Wow! What a great backyard! Spacious enough for a pool, or whatever suits your needs!  Don't forget the 2-car detached garage that's finished on the inside!

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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Riverside Seniors “Go Green” for Grandchildren

September 28, 2008

The seniors at Riverside’s Mount Rubidoux Manor, 3993 10th Street, are fighting back against global warming for the generations to come.

At 11 a.m. Monday, September 29th, 200 seniors from the retirement home will plant five trees — courtesy of Riverside Public Utilities — as a “gift of green for all the grandchildren of the world.”  The trees are acacia, podocarpus, sweet bay, camphor and red bud.

Mabel Harris, a 100-year-old dedicated gardener living at the Manor, will lead the planting after the ceremony in which Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge and Councilmember Mike Gardner will speak.  The Public Utilities will provide a booth with energy-saving tips as well.

The Residents Council also has a goal of raising $250 for the Nature Conservancy, which is striving to plant a billion trees in the rain forests of Brazil within seven years.  Donations will be accepted at the event.

“The Manor’s policy of going green supports the City’s Green Action Plan”, said Wally Longshore, vice president of the Residents Council.  “We’re mobilizing against global warming and taking the lead in a crusade to accelerate local, state and national governmental and private efforts to go green,” he said.  “The theme is: Seniors giving the gift of green to their grandchildren to save them from inheriting a planet environmental horror should global warming go unchecked.”

For more information, call (951) 276-1834.

3911 Redwood Dr.

May 6, 2008


[ SOLD for $424,900 ]  Sold in one week!! PRESTIGIOUS hilltop location at the base of magnificent Mt. Rubidoux priced to sell now! Not a repo, short sale or bank-owned. This turnkey gorgeous home is truly one-of-a-kind with quality custom woodwork like wainscoting, chair rails, beamed ceilings, shutters and some windows. Impressive remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. Gorgeous original hardwood floors throughout, central air/heat, indoor laundry, fireplace, formal dining room, formal living room, den, and one of the bedrooms is being used as a family room, but could very easily be returned to bedroom status at buyer’s request. The 2-car garage is located off of 9th Street, not Redwood Drive. Much driveway space to park many cars with potential RV parking as well! This home is a true gem and will sell fast… that’s a promise, so don’t hesitate!