686 Mariposa Avenue
THE WAY WE WERE
Absolutely lovely! This rare and wonderful 1909 Craftsman is built in the Swiss Chalet Beaux-Arts style, and offers a strong street presence. Set up from the street, it has a huge Canary Island Date Palm above the front landscaping. A long brick path on one side leads to the entrance, with its low-gable roof and hanging eaves.
Inside is a large, formal entry, with many classic Craftsman details. Original tiles, warm hardwood floors, sliding pocket doors on either side and large windows with tree-filled outlooks set the scene. A fantastic living room has a wall of windows, with a balcony overlooking the front garden. Boxed-beamed ceilings and beautiful built-in bookshelves and benches surrounding the fireplace bring a stately elegance. On the other side of the foyer is the formal dining room - big, with windows on one side and swinging doors leading into the kitchen. The eat-in kitchen has lots of function: a built-in desk sits in one corner, a breakfast nook has a skylight above it, a concealed closet houses the laundry. The large stone counter and handsome stainless appliances are well-suited for serious cooking. The butler's pantry is a glimpse into another time: a small porcelain sink sits by a side door to the entry for last minute preparations for guests. The spacious downstairs level features a powder room and a bonus area, with French doors to the garden, that could work equally well as an art studio, rec room, media space or developed into further living space.
Off the dining room is an amazing guest suite that includes a long hall with ample closet space, a large bathroom nicely updated with a penny-tiled floor, and a fabulous bedroom with high, vaulted ceilings and French doors leading out to a paved courtyard.
The outside spaces are as charming as the interiors. A private patio just off the kitchen and guest room is perfect for morning coffee or al fresco dining. Steps up from the courtyard is a lawn surrounded by roses, lavender, iris and agave, anchored by a custom rose-themed wrought iron fence. There is a fountain on one end and a private potager with an apple and olive tree at the other end. A small carriage house with French doors could work nicely as a private office or meditation room.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms. The large master suite has a nice view of the quiet, leafy street. A walk-in closet and vintage-style en suite bathroom harks back to another era. The amazing architectural features and well-preserved details make this home truly extraordinary; the beautiful hall bathroom has the original porcelain fixtures, a modern glassed-in shower and marble basket-weave floors. The two other bedrooms both open onto a private sunroom overlooking the back garden.
This outstanding home represents gracious living from another time, lovingly and thoughtfully updated for today's lifestyle.