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Gorgeous California Spanish in Hillcrest offering 3 beds/2.5 bath, plus den and meticulous, hand-crafted details throughout. Hardwood & Saltillo tile floors, stained beams, coved ceilings, imported tiles, custom stained-glass windows and metalwork. Dramatic tower staircase leads to Grand Master Suite with den, walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom and terrace overlooking sensational back patio & canyon views. Situated on a private corner lot with mature landscaping, a few blocks from DT Hillcrest and MH! Extensive remodel between 2000-2005 with remodeling done in all rooms of the existing house, which had been built in 1922. The basic floor plan & footprint of the home was kept and the foundation, electrical wiring, and plumbing were all replaced. A second floor was added. One of the homeowners is the architect who designed the remodel/ reconstruction project. The project was twofold: first, to enlarge the house, especially through the addition of a second story, and second, to restore a 1920s feel to the house. Most rooms were preserved as they were, although the hardwood flooring had to be removed in all but the living and dining rooms, and was replaced with saltillo tile, and the old lath-and-plaster walls were replaced throughout with modern drywall. The kitchen was enlarged with the addition of a small extension to the back of the house for a breakfast nook and a small mud porch at the back door of the house also became part of the kitchen. A set of French doors replaced the back door, and another set of French doors now open from the dining room into the side yard. Upstairs is the new master suite, accessed through a stair tower, leading to a den, a large bedroom, a full bathroom, walk-in closet, laundry facilities, and a private outdoor terrace overlooking the backyard. All of the windows in the house were also replaced. Throughout, the owners hoped to create the feel of the house as it might have appeared in the 1920s, that is, with a mixture of the Spanish Revival so popular then, with hints of art deco. The old roof rafters were salvaged and reused for beams and corbels in the living room and kitchen. White porcelain tile was installed on the floor and lower walls of the original bathroom, with a decorative border tile and matching floor inserts. Tile accents were also used above the exterior front doorway, where the original stucco detail was preserved and extended, and above the new back French doors. The original interior doors were also stripped of paint, stained, glass knobs reused, and new hardware aged for a more fitting appearance. A new front door of rustic wood with a “speakeasy” was installed. A Moroccan lantern hangs from the tower ceiling above it. The kitchen combines modern conveniences and old world charm: stainless steel appliances and Silestone countertops with natural wood cabinets and a European-inspired exhaust hood over the range. Many of the details are repeated in the new upper floor: corbelled doorways, beams in the ceiling, and saltillo tile floors. The upstairs bathroom uses saltillo tile also on the lower walls and bright Mexican tile, a Moroccan lamp, and Mexican masks as decorative accents. A pantry is tucked under the stairs, as is a small pet room with its own “mouse-hole” door opening into the kitchen. The home has been further beautified with its landscaping. The front yard is xeriscaped, with cacti and succulent plants on an uneven surface dotted with boulders and smaller rocks, and even a “dry creek bed” of rocks dug up from the yard. The side yard is inspired by the Mediterranean, and includes three citrus trees, rose bushes, and herbs. The old fireplace bricks now serve as the side steps, and a flagstone path wanders through the side yard. The back yard uses tropical plants—bamboo, giant bird of paradise, banana trees, a fan palm, and an avocado tree, with smaller plantings beneath—around a large saltillo-tiled patio with a central fountain, an outdoor fireplace, grill, and an outdoor dining room to create a space for entertaining. Many custom touches and functional improvements throughout. Garage has been converted to an exercise room, with half bath and an extra storage room totaling approximately 420 additional square feet of living space with French doors opening to back patio.
Ascent Real Estate, Inc