A Case for the Unloved

This is my favorite Eichler home to come up for sale this year. And no, I’m not lying. It’s my favorite, but not for the reasons you’re thinking of. No BS, this home needs a lot of love. It needs a lot love, a lot of glass added back, a lot style, and probably a good chunk of money. But it’s also the most affordable Eichler home to sell in years. And even better, it’s a great location within the tract — the ONE thing you can never change. This is an opportunity for Eichler lovers who thought they had missed their chance to own their dream home to turn back the clock. Especially for those who aren’t afraid of a little hard work. 

Let’s get down to brass tacks. Aesthetically, this home has a lot we just can’t love. But every single item is not only fixable, but you will end up with a home better than most Eichlers. Let’s call out the rock — yuck. It needs to be removed (perhaps even repurposed into a landscape element). This will necessitate replacing a fair amount of siding. But, in our experience, many Eichler needs siding replacement where the sprinklers have hit. This way, you’ll end up with brand-new siding. Also, consider the atrium…you may be eligible for a program that will allow you to restore the atrium with virtually no cash-out-of-pocket. The rest of the items are really just typical finishes you’d want to replace in most Eichlers. 

This home is exactly what I look for — it looks far worse than it is — but has the most potential. If you’d like a personal tour, our thoughts, and even some cost estimates we’ve obtained — we’re happy to share and go through all of it. Also, if you buy this home and work on it, you’re new neighbors will love you. And not just a little — a lot. Think a party and parade in your honor. 

No one knows more about this house than us. So why would you turn to anyone else with your questions? Contact us. 

1791 N Ridgewood Street, Orange, CA 92865 (MLS # PW17100772)

(all data current as of 6/25/2019)
Price $770,000
Beds 4
Baths 2 baths
Home size 2,000 sq ft
Lot Size 8,276 sqft
Days on Market 118
Status Sold
IT’S HONESTY TIME. You need to stop your whining. Harsh words (we know!) but for years you’ve been complaining that Eichlers are unaffordable. But not today; opportunity knocks! With an expanded master bedroom and interior tract location, this one has the good bones you’re looking for. The last Eichler sold in this neighborhood closed at $905k — and it was about the same size with a single car garage. We know this home isn’t perfect. It needs the atrium restored, rock removed, and some of the finishes are aesthetically-challenged. We have a solution for you and a unique opportunity to perform some of these upgrades without any money out of pocket. I’m going to repeat that, in caps, because it’s so important: SOME OF THESE UPGRADES CAN BE PERFORMED WITHOUT CASH OUT-OF- POCKET. This is like the cherry on top. It’s a chance to have your cake and eat it, too. Most people buy a home for top dollar, only to redo all of the upgrades that weren’t your choice. With this home, the numbers make sense. You can buy this one, create your dream home, and end up spending much less. If you’re feeling priced out of an Eichler home, turn that frown upside down. Your dream home is finally within reach, you just need a little faith. Seller is willing to include faith at no extra cost.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 7/14/2017 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1962 Community 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a

Additional Details

Lot 8276 sq ft Area 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres
HOA Dues 0 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Subdivision Other (OTHR)
Utilities Public; View Description None
Water Public


Air Zoned
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Oven, Electric Stove
Construction Glass, Stone, Wood Siding
Fireplace Yes
Heat Radiant, See Remarks
Interior Ceiling Fan, High Ceilings (9 Feet+)
Lot Description Landscaped, Lawn, Level with Street, Lot-Level/Flat, Sprinkler System
Master on Main Yes
Style Modern


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Kelly Laule, Better Living SoCal

(view all details for MLS #PW17100772)

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