This house holds a very special place in my heart. Up until 3 years ago, it was the place I had lived for a decade. It’s a bit odd writing about it, because it was my first house and it’s the place where I learned what it really meant to be a homeowner. You never forget your first house and will always occupy a special place in your memories, especially if you’re someone who’s really into cool houses and are lucky enough to start off your homeownership journey in a Cliff May home.
Cliff May was an architect in California who is often referred to as the “father of the ranch house” — he didn’t think of it so much as an architectural style, but a life style — way before that was a cool thing to say. A lot of people buy Cliff May homes because they look cool (and they DO look cool) — but the real bonus is how well they live. Sure, it’s a house from 1954 which means the closets are small and the bathrooms aren’t quite what you’d expect today. But unlike the homes of today, this one is intrinsically-linked to the outdoors. The key element, the famous Cliff May courtyard, is right off the living room connected with french doors and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The net effect: the line between inside and outside is blurred. Additionally, it’s a house designed for entertaining. Guests in multiple spaces are connected and the floor plan seems like it was designed for informal get togethers of family and friends who seamlessly meander between the indoor and outdoor rooms. In most homes, the bedrooms are just kinda “meh” — a box with a window. In the 1950s, even the master suite was typically just a bigger box But not here, here the master suite is a light-filled peninsula with views of the courtyard on one side, and views of the pool on the other. Each room in this house feels special and has its own personality. Rarely is such architecture affordable in Southern California.
And while I’m certainly biased, this is my favorite Cliff May in the Tustin tract of just 33 homes. Many of the common upgrades have already been done, recent A/C, upgraded electrical, new piping, tankless water heater, refreshed bathrooms, newer floors, and a gorgeous lagoon-style dark bottom pool that was completely remodeled just 4 years ago. You could wait years and not find a more interesting.
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|Home size||1,235 sq ft|
|Lot Size||7,841 sqft|
|Days on Market||24|
SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THE HOUSE YOU WANT? OR THE HOUSE YOU NEED? Why not both? This delightful mid-century modern home was designed by “Father-of-the-Ranch House” architect Cliff May. That means it isn’t just stylish, but functional, too. Cliff May believed in two very important ideas: 2. Connecting the indoors to the outdoors 2. Homes should be designed for living. Walls of glass, a wide open floorplan, and 6 sets of doors leading outside add up to a house that's @$@#ing amazing for entertaining. The central courtyard will become your outdoor living room. How many other homes under 1300 square foot could comfortable host a party of 50 of your closest friends? This home has not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 4 usable outdoor spaces (including the kick-arse dark-bottom lagoon-style pool area). On paper this house might look small — don’t be fooled! — it lives bigger than some homes even 50% larger. You’ve worked hard to purchase your next home and you shouldn’t have to settle for home that just “checks the boxes.” Homes in Orange County are expensive — make your dollars count and live where you’re inspired.
Property Type(s): Single Family
|Last Updated||8/6/2018||Tract||Other (OTHR)|
|Year Built||1954||Community||71 - Tustin|
|Lot||7841 sq ft||Area||71 - Tustin|
|HOA Dues||0.00||Parking||Spaces: 2.00|
|Pool Description||Private,Black Bottom,Filtered,Gunite,Heated Passively,In Ground||Subdivision||Other (OTHR)|
|Utilities||Natural Gas Available,Sewer Connected||View Description||Courtyard,Hills|
|Appliances||Built In Range, Gas Range, Gas Water Heater, Microwave, Self Cleaning Oven, Vented Exhaust Fan, Water Heater Central, Water Line to Refrigerator|
|Construction||Glass, Redwood Siding, Vertical Siding, Wood Siding|
|Garage||Driveway - Asphalt, Garage, Garage - Front Entry, Garage Door Opener, Oversized|
|Heat||Central Furnace, Forced Air, Natural Gas|
|Interior||Block Walls, Built-Ins, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Open Floor Plan, Recessed Lighting, Track Lighting|
|Lot Description||Back Yard, Corner Lot, Front Yard, Garden, Landscaped, Lawn, Lot 6500-9999, Lot Shape-Rectangular, Lot-Level/Flat, Paved, Yard|
|Master on Main||Yes|
|Style||Modern, Ranch, See Remarks|
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