17047 Mockingbird Canyon Rd,. Riverside
[ SOLD for $550,000 on 10/18/2016 ] This is not a home, but an experience!! Truly the cleanest and most organized home and yard we’ve seen in a long time. In addition to a gorgeous 2100 sq ft family home with 3 bedrooms (4th room doesn’t have a closet, but could be 4th bedroom), two full bathrooms, exquisitely remodeled kitchen and formal dining room, central air/heat, and an amazing family room/game room loft, there is a 3-car garage with permitted guest quarters (750 sq ft) that rivals any single family residence we’ve ever sold, complete with its own balcony, spacious living room, full bathroom, full kitchen, large bedroom, and one of the largest walk-in closets ever! This ‘experience’ is to be appreciated by people with the most discerning taste!
As well as being horse property, this 2-acre spread is currently set up with a fruit orchard, the cleanest egg-laying chicken pens in the world, a bird aviary, insulated pottery shed, tortoise corral, yard fountain, covered patio, guest parking, and a bird bath with dedicated spigot for the resident owl, hawk, orioles and other birds, as well as wild bunnies.
Let’s start with the chef’s kitchen. Truly a work of art, this custom kitchen has a seemingly endless list of amazing features. The custom cabinetry boasts full extension drawers, with many pull-outs, as well as an animal food drawer, two pull-out drawers with two recyclable trash cans each, large pull-outs for pots and pans, and another pull-out under the oven for storing baking pans of all shapes and sizes. There’s a separate beverage refrigerator in the dining area, as well as a built-in hutch and bar sink, a large walk-in pantry, built-in microwave, gas range with 5 burners, and reverse osmosis in kitchen for the sink and refrigerator. In addition, there is a whole house water filtering system with front and back outdoor spigots for use in the garden.
Living room with gas and wood-burning fireplace, where mostly wood is used in this family home. Picture family gatherings or romantic evenings in front of the crackling fire on cool California winter evenings. The loft could be used as a family room or game room. There’s an amazing walk-in storage closet at the top of the stairs, and the windows are all Andersen double pane. Note the custom tiles on the stairway, personally made by the current homeowner. The 4th room, with no closet, was used as a ceramic studio, complete with separate entrance in case you want to use this as a guest room or a home business.
The master bedroom suite is stunning. The wood-beam ceiling with skylights offers a free view of the moon, and the current homeowner has also watched the seasonal tree leaves change through the skylights over the years. A walk-in closet that resembles a Hollywood starlet’s design, with a built-in ironing board behind the full-length mirror with hidden outlet and timer for iron. True closet envy here! Master bathroom was custom-built with homemade tiles by the homeowner, as well as a custom stool for the makeup desk, and a skylight and separate shower. We think the most unique part of this bathroom are the outlets that are inside (yes, inside) the drawers for your hair dryer, curling iron, or electric shaver. Ahhh, and lest we forget…. long and romantic bubble baths in the soaking tub.
Two secondary bedrooms in main house include a front bedroom with carpeting, ceiling fan, and good-size closet. Back bedroom currently being used as an office with Saltillo tile floor, built-in bookshelves, and the most amazing closet (ideal for crafters or really organized people). French door leading to the side yard with patio and the soothing trickle of a beautiful water fountain that will stay with the house. As mentioned earlier, there is another room (ceramic studio) that could be utilized as a 4th bedroom, does not have a closet, but has lots of amazing built-in cabinetry and a separate entrance in case you want this to be a guest room, a man cave, or home business. And finally, there’s an indoor laundry that will brighten anyone’s day, complete with utility sink, lots of cabinetry, and folding table that lifts to expose three separate bins. And for the animal lovers, there is a kitty door in the kitchen, and a doggy door in the ceramic studio.
The guest quarters is so private and peacefully beautiful, that current homeowner has had guests visit from around the world and stay for weeks at a time. With brand new carpet and cathedral wood beam ceilings with a bank of windows to let in natural light, you won’t want to leave this peaceful getaway. The full kitchen boasts stove, refrigerator, new linoleum flooring, and overlooks the spacious living room with access to the balcony where ‘coffee with the birds’ can be enjoyed any time, day or night. There’s also a full bathroom and one of the biggest walk-in closets ever. Your guests won’t want to leave.
The yard is a whole other story that encourages one to appreciate the earth, the sky, and nature! There is a potting shed on one side of the yard that is fully enclosed, and just a stone’s throw away is a tortoise corral; the homeowner had tortoises for years who made burrows and lived happy healthy lives. There is a sump pump that waters the lemon trees on this side of the house, and the remaining fruit trees on the other side of the property are on a drip system and watered only twice per week. One of the orange trees is a descendant of Riverside’s parent orange tree. Just some of the trees on the grounds include Valencia orange, Meyer lemon, key lime, two different types of apples, Blenheim apricots, nectarines, grapefruit, fig, blood oranges, Chinese date, among others.
One of the amazing things you’ll notice as you drive onto this estate are the egg-laying chickens in the cleanest pens you’ll ever see. Hand-raised as peeps, and fed the healthiest chicken feed, I bet these are the happiest chickens around. The chickens will stay with the property if the new owner wants them. They even eat fallen tree fruit gathered from around the property, and especially love apples! There’s also an insulated pottery shed, as well as gated, organized, and hidden storage for trash cans, fire wood, yard tools, wagons, etc.
The house was originally built in 1964 yet has been extensively upgraded and lovingly maintained over the years by the current owner. This gated property is RV friendly with lots of guest parking, and it’s even zoned for horses!! Truly a magnificent estate for a buyer who will appreciate all this has to offer, from a magnificent family home to mature fruit trees!