128 S Melrose – Anaheim, CA
One of the coolest things about buying a historic home in Orange County is the range of sizes, locations and prices. From 2 bedroom craftsman bungalows in Santa Ana to Mediterranean revival mansions in Old Towne Orange, there is a historic home for every budget. One area that is often overlooked is the Anaheim Colony district in Anaheim. It has a great central location in Orange County but the prices are much more affordable than Old Towne Orange.
This is a cool house for a lot of reasons. By OC Historic Homes standards, this one is older than most and it still has the super wide plank wood flooring. Another detail I love about this house is the high ceilings. This is a small house, but it doesn’t feel like one because of the ceilings. I also like the original windows…a feature that’s very hard to replicate if they are gone. The kitchen looks like someone started to renovate with some period-correct oak cabinets but then finished the job with cheaper Home Depot-grade materials. I think there’s a lot of potential to finish this one right and keep it under budget.
When looking at historic homes for sale in Orange County, probably the biggest factor never explained on the MLS is the neighborhood. The Anaheim Colony is a “transitional” neighborhood. That’s really nice Realtor-speak for: Neighborhood is getting rejuvenated, but some streets are definitely better than others. During my time at the house two neighbors came up to chat — this is a GREAT sign. Both were nice guys and the street doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It turns out the former head of the historic society used to live across the street.
As an added bonus on this property, it also includes an extra one bedroom unit in back. I haven’t checked the city records to see if it is fully legal as a second rental unit, but it appears to have been there a long time (built in the 60s, I think) and the unit has a separate house number. Economically, if this unit is legal, it could make this property an EXCELLENT opportunity to someone who wants to have their mortgage largely paid by a renter.
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 Mauricio Restrepo, Real Estate Alliance