This home was featured as a sneak-peek last week and now it’s finally ready for showing. As I mentioned last week, if you’d like a home built in the 1950s over 2500 square feet — you don’t have many choices. This is an especially tough situation for larger families or situations where one spouse is attracted to mid-century modern homes and the other is attracted to newer construction. With over 10 years in real estate, I can say with certainty that it is important — no — paramount that both spouses are happy with a purchase. And that’s what makes this home so special, it’s really a one-of-a-kind combination of attributes.
It’s a very striking design — that is not derivative of anything else in the era. Very few tract builders were doing two-story living rooms with walls of glass in 1959, the year this home was constructed. The best part is that this space isn’t visible from the entry — you must walk through and entry way and turn a corner, where the home opens up to you. On the exterior, the beam ends poke out with pride and the architect of this home has made the two-story box look cool. All of the upstairs bedrooms features copious windows and even one of the bathrooms has clerestory windows. The lot is large and spacious, too — very much in contrast to the McMansions made of ticky-tacky being built today.
But for someone who feels attracted to the “newness” of the McMansions, this home also offers a lot to please them. The HVAC system is new as is the kitchen and all bathrooms are updated. This home shows and feels like a model home — an amazing feat for a home over 50 years old. It also offers a VERY BIG feature you will rarely find on home from this era: a downstairs bedroom and bath. This is perfect for guest, maid, or multi-generational family quarters. And while the paint scheme might be “mid-2000s chic” — it’s a small item to change. Combing that with some cool furniture and this home will feel like a brand-new mid-century modern home — with all of the modern conveniences and all of the charm of the original.
I won’t lie, homes like this DO exist in other parts of Orange County — mainly Newport Beach and Laguna Beach — with price tags well over $1M. This home is located in the very quiet, established Los Coyotes Country Club area of Buena Park. Don’t let the label fool you! This is area is about as far as you can be from Knott’s Berry Farm and still be in Buena Park. In fact, it shares a lot more in common with the Sunny Hills area of Fullerton — even the namesake high school.
Having your cake and eating it too is rarely easy or affordable. While it’s hard to call $825k “affordable” — for home of this size, in this condition, in this caliber of neighborhood, I think it’s a great value. One could move right in and do just about nothing to this home. Or, you could repaint the interior to white with bold splashes of color and add funky mid-century furniture and this home would stand proudly with many of LA custom mid-century modern homes.
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