The House You’ll Love But Never Knew You Wanted

Have you ever gone into a purchasing decision with a definite set of criteria and walked out of the store with something completely different and a mile-wide smile on your face? That’s pretty much this house. It’s the kind of place that you never thought you wanted…no, needed until you see it. 

We sell a lot of amazing homes. Seriously awesome abodes. But sometimes we come across a home that’s just…enchanting. Sadly, most of the time this happens well over $1M and there’s a collective “womp womp” — but not this time. And it starts with a good story. This home was a custom home — one doctor’s idea of the perfect home — built in 1936. It’s not shaped like other houses. It doesn’t really look like other houses, and it definitely doesn’t feel like other houses.

It’s starts off with the from the moment you pull up. A grand facade with towering palms and a front porch that you might find in Savannah, Georgia. The house is low and wide, welcoming. And two wings shoot off at angles to form the zone for the dining and kitchen as well as the bedroom; the living room gargantuan and occupies the center of the house. 

But it’s not just the layout, it’s the bespoke details. The things that were ahead of their time (like an outdoor fireplace built-into the house on the back porch. Or even the unique wood cabinet next to the fireplace. Or how about the built-tins in one of the bedrooms perfect fit in the window. Yeah, special. 

This home has also been lovingly (obsessively?) maintained. The current owner is a landscape architect, and it shows. The lot is nearly 11,000 square feet and it’s huge. My only hope: the next owner adds a swimming pool. There is lot of space to play, relax, and enjoy the company of family and friends. Pictures do not do it justice. But be forewarned, see it in person and you’ll fall in love. 

So we definitely have awesome amazing open houses this weekend (Friday 5-7:30, Saturday 12-4, Sunday 12-4) but you might want a personal tour, too.  Contact us. 

920 Louise Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703 (MLS # PW17144672)

(all data current as of 7/20/2019)
Price $720,000
Beds 2
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,729 sq ft
Lot Size 10,901 sqft
Days on Market 172
Status Sold
NUDE BEACHES!A gratuitous ploy for your attention? Yes, but in a crowded world of “me too” tract houses,a true original deserves the next 30 seconds of your attention. I often charge prospective homebuyers with the following directive:“Describe the home where you’d like to wake up 30 days from now.” And for me, this is it.It’s located in a premium, historic neighborhood right in the middle of Orange County. Designed as the dream home for a doctor and his wife,it features original innovations that homebuilders are just now figuring out—bespoke details like a dual-chambered chimney for both an indoor and outdoor fireplace. And this home has been impeccably maintained over the last 81 years.It’s never been “remuddled.”In fact, the bathroom has been fully-remodeled with period-correct finishes and modern functionality. The kitchen has been tastefully updated with new appliances, period-correct linseed oil flooring, and quartz countertops that will make you think of Calacutta marble, but 10x as durable. And the backyard—it doesn’t have one—IT HAS TWO! You’ll have to see it in person because Imagine what kind of landscape a home owned by a meticulous, over-achieving landscape architect would have. Now make it 50% better and you’ll be close.This isn’t some LA.Curbed fantasy that’s double your budget and way too far from your job.This is in your price range and convenient to everything. This is real life. This could be YOUR real life. Where do you want to wake up 30 days from now?

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 11/9/2017 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1936 Community 70 - Santa Ana North of First
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Santa Ana Unified

Additional Details

Lot 0.25 acre(s) Area 70 - Santa Ana North of First
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Stories 1
Subdivision Other (OTHR) Utilities Sewer Connected
View Description Trees/Woods Water Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances 6 Burner Stove, Dishwasher, Gas Oven, Gas Range, Refrigerator
Basement Yes
Construction Brick, Wood Siding
Fireplace Yes
Garage Driveway, Driveway - Concrete, Garage
Heat Central Furnace
Interior Brick Walls, Copper Plumbing Full, Open Floor Plan, Recessed Lighting, Stone Counters, Wired for Sound
Lot Description Back Yard, Front Yard, Landscaped, Level with Street, Sprinkler System
Style Ranch
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Kelly Laule, Better Living SoCal

(view all details for MLS #PW17144672)

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