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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!

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!

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!

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!

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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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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