4410 Houghton Ave., Riverside

4410 Houghton Ave., Riverside CA 92501 listed by "The Sister Team" 951-205-4429

[ SOLD FOR $585,000 — 10/31/2012 ]   This 1927 Spanish Mediterranean Revival, designed by Robert H. Spurgeon, is an architectural masterpiece that emphasizes some of the finest craftsmanship you will ever behold.  This majestic 3015 sq ft, 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home is one of 24 homes in the North Hill Historic District which contribute to the special history of Riverside!  This Spurgeon creation has been meticulously maintained, by a total of only 3 owners since 1927, to preserve its original character and elegance, and is noted as a City of Riverside Structure of Merit.

Original arched front door opens to a formal 2-story entry. Amenities for modern living include central air/heat, whole house fan, alarm system, updated plumbing and electrical, newer paint, complete upstairs bathroom remodel and indoor laundry. The old world features include curved glass windows, arched windows, original niches and fixtures, wood beam ceilings, coved dining room ceiling, basement, and arched doorways.  A perfect meld of charm, character, convenience and elegance!

Let’s walk through the home: expansive step-down living room with wood beam ceilings, arched doorways, impeccable hardwood floors, built-in display niches, and impressive wood-burning fireplace. Next you’ll experience the large family room with corner fireplace, original sconce lighting, and 3 walls of beautifully arched windows overlooking the serene backyard. Spacious kitchen with newer dishwasher, lots of cabinetry, walk-in pantry, and new linoleum floor.  The ceiling in the formal dining room is beyond description, including built-in display niches for your fine dinnerware.

Ascend the impressive stairway to the most gorgeous bank of 3 windows you’ll ever see.  Upstairs you’ll find 3 step-out balconies, lots of closet space, 3 large bedrooms, and a 1920’s era bathroom that was remodeled by Pasadena artisans at a cost of $40,000.  Outside, you’ll enjoy the intimate back yard complete with bougainvillea-covered pergola, old growth trees, accent lighting, gas fire pit and real boulders used for seating, and a large patio with fountain that’s ideal for al-fresco dining. A spacious detached 2-car garage borders one side of the yard, as well as a privacy wall with wrought iron gate. This truly stunning one-of-a-kind residence exemplifies historical reverence.

This is a STANDARD sale — no bank to deal with!!!

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Front entrance with new patio and landscaping.
Window detail -- impeccably maintained!!!
2-story foyer with coat closet and arched entryway into stepdown living room on the right.
View of foyer from stepdown living room.

Enormous living room with refinished original hardwood floors, fireplace, wood beam ceiling, Spurgeon-styled room archways and built-in display niches.

Gorgeous fireplace flanked by original sconce lighting.

Front display window flanked by built-in display niches.

Spacious family room with 3 walls of beautifully curved windows and a corner fireplace, and original sconce lighting throughout!

One of the most beautifully appointed formal dining rooms you'll ever see -- note the unique coved ceiling, built-in dinnerware niches, gorgeous arched windows, and an arched door leading to the kitchen.

Photo taken from 1st landing - note the wrought iron artistry and the arched front door.

One of the more unique detailed characteristics of this one-of-a-kind home: a cute little balcony overlooking the living room. The second owner remembers sitting here as a child, peering through to the living room and listening to her parents conduct bible study.

Once upstairs, you'll just be amazed at the artistry detail in the ceiling, the windows, and the doorways.

Magnified view of the windows above the staircase. The artistry is spectacular!

Alternate view of 2nd floor stairway with arched doorway to step-out balcony. Next photo is view from that balcony.

View from front balcony of front bedroom's small balcony which is ideal for colorful plants, as well as a pleasant view of neighbor's grand residence.

Front bedroom overlooking Houghton Street, complete with 3 walls of windows, period ceiling light fixture (not original to this house though), and hardwood floors.

Magnified view of period arched wrought iron rod that current owner purchased in Pasadena. What a find!

Middle bedroom (with three closets) and two sets of French doors that lead to a large rehabbed balcony.

This lovely balcony is accessible by the middle and master bedrooms. Ahhh, can you smell the morning coffee and hear the local song birds???

Enormous master bedroom with walk-in closet, access to two separate balconies, and overlooking the peaceful backyard!

Alternate view of master bedroom. Unbelievable as it may seem, but those arched windows actually OPEN to enable you to hear the local song birds, enjoy a fresh breeze, or water the lovely balcony plants!

Remodeled bathroom by Pasadena artisans at a cost of $40,000. The owner of this home wanted nothing less than perfection; modern conveniences have been incorporated seamlessly.

Alternate view of bathroom. The details are impeccable!

Large private patio perfect for al-fresco dining, while listening to the relaxing water fountain.

Sunset view of intimate backyard which was completely redone with a bougainvillea-covered pergola, gas fire pit and real boulders that were shipped to this location to be used as seats.

Elegant backyard sitting area under the bougainvillea covered pergola, complete with pottery landscaping and accent lighting.

View of back yard from pergola area.

Another back of house view from the patio area.

Back of house with master bedroom balcony and family room lit up at dusk.

Side view of house (facing Pine Street)

Alternate view of side of house and 2-car detached garage (facing Pine Street)
Corner view of 4410 Houghton Avenue, Riverside CA 92501

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