824 N Garfield – Santa Ana, CA
Most people aren’t aware, but Santa Ana houses (get it? 🙂 more pre-WWII historic homes than any other city in Orange County. Unlike Old Towne Orange or Old Town Tustin, there are many historic neighborhoods in Santa Ana. The home above is in a neighborhood known as French Park. This area is up-and-coming — that means it’s not quite as nice as the two aforementioned areas, but it also means you get a lot more for you money. It’s located near downtown Santa Ana, an area revitalized with cool restaurants and shops. It’s also located near artist and live-work lofts.
UPDATE 6/25/2012: The listing agent on this property called us to let us know they have reduced the price $10k.
This home is a flip, which is good and bad. The flipper was obviously sensitive to the history of the house. The bathroom remodel, while budget, uses subway tiles and feels like it belongs in the house. Likewise, the kitchen has some stock cabinetry, but it’s topped with a beautiful and very appropriate carrera marble countertop. Fortunately, this flipper also had the sense to keep the original wood windows. The original wood windows mean so much in a historic home. All over Orange County there are businesses foisting crummy vinyl windows on hapless historic homeowners.
Perhaps the coolest thing in this house are the original wood floors. These are wide plank, semi rough floors that really give a sense of history to this house. I’ve included a picture below. With that said, not everything here is great. The street is tree-lined, but it’s also filled with many condo and small apartment buildings that were added throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Additionally, the backyard is a concrete jungle with very little privacy from the neighbors.
Overall, this is a great house for someone who has a sense of urban adventure and a tight budget. Personally, I think the home is a bit overpriced and even with our inventory-limited market, the price needs to come down from the initial $350k list price.
If you would like to tour this home, please do not hesitate to contact me, email us at OCHistoricHomes@MeadeFirst.com, or call (949) 200-7795. This home is not my listing, but me and my team know and love historic homes. We’re passionate about homes with character.Listed by Antonio Delgado, California Team Realty