Step into a bit of the roaring twenties in this beautifully maintained, perfectly located, 3 BD + 1 BA Elmwood home. Built in 1918, this home has been owned by the seller for the past 40 years who carefully upgraded the structure, systems, and utilities, all the while, restoring and caring for the irreplaceable original details seen throughout.
Walking up to the front door, a covered porch welcomes you with a warm Craftsman glow. The large, rare original gumwood door opens to a small hallway that can be separated by a sliding glass pocket divider. To the right is the elegant living room, centered on the fireplace with its original California arts & Crafts tile. The long dining room, just slightly to the left can be opened out to the front porch on warm summer days.
Beyond the dining room, sits a renovated kitchen with granite countertops and stone flooring, flooded with soft eastern light from the bank of windows above the counters. Across the hall is the bathroom, with an original tub and shower. The first bedroom on the main level looks out to the large Pomelo tree to the west. Down the hall further sits the larger bedroom with windows that open to both the south and west, surrounded by the trees in the yard and beyond and with a large modern closet. The hallway connects to a few stairs up and into the third bedroom on the south, which looks out to the yard through the vintage wooden sashes.
A few steps down from the kitchen, is an office / laundry room that leads to a large basement workshop and storage space or out to the yard. The garden is a beautifully planted, private low-maintenance yard, with mature maple and jacaranda trees as well as several spots perfect for entertaining. Through the gate, is a garage / workshop that could be converted into a small studio or finished space. The owner, a professional athlete used it to store his skis and kayak. In front of this studio, is a long driveway, which can easily park three cars tandem.
Apart from the charm and history this house has to offer, it has a new foundation, roof, and radiant heat to make all the worries around water & movement fall away. The neighborhood can’t be beat, for a combination of access to College Avenue, Elmwood shops, and the tranquility of the Claremont Canyon trails. Across the street is St. Johns church and Maybeck High in the stunningly designed John Hans Ostwald building which hosts classical concerts and various community events from time to time.