[Historic Home For Sale] NOT a Craftsman Bungalow

1338 W 9th - Santa Ana, CA | Tudor | Orange County Historic Home

1338 W 9th St – Santa Ana, CA

When you think of historic homes for sale in Orange County, 99% of the population thinks of a Craftsman Bungalow. While these are the most common historic homes located in OC, they aren’t the only kinds. Today we’re featuring a Tudor style home. These homes often have complex, sweeping rooflines, covered entry areas, and bricks!

1338 W 9th - Santa Ana, CA | Tudor | Orange County Historic Home For Sale

Like many of Orange County’s historic homes, this one started off as a two bedroom one bath. At some point, a master suite was added (you can see it in the approximate floorplan to the right). Additions are a bit funny because they can add a lot of utility for modern living, or they can be an eyesore that lowers values. There are really 3 things I look for in additions to decide whether or not they “work:”

  1. Does the addition ruin the curb appeal of the house? [this one is off the back, so it’s invisible from the street]
  2. Does the addition add actual utility to the house? [another bedroom and an ensuite definitely adds utility]
  3. From the interior, does the addition naturally flow with the original floorplan? [located at the end of a hall, it fits in]

So in this case the addition works for the house and adds value rather than takes it away. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you end up with a 70s stucco box tacked on the side that sticks out like a bump on a pickle.

This home has recently been remodeled. Sadly, they did not keep the original wood-framed windows and ended replacing them with the white-framed vinyl in most locations. While this is a bit tragic, there are a number of other improvements to the house and cool features preserved. The home has been completely drywalled, but the ceiling details have been preserved. The kitchen is not historic, but it does fit with the house and the island really a makes a big difference in functionality. I’m very glad to see that the ceiling beams in the living room have remained. These beams really make the living a special place in this house and are a key element of the Tudor style. I’m also very please to see the original front door and door hardware in place.

1338 W 9th - Santa Ana, CA | Tudor | Orange County Historic HomeNormally here we don’t give much attention to the garage space but this one deserves special mention. In addition to the normal garage space, this garage has a room in back as well as a sizable loft and bathroom. Per the listing, this area totals around 1,000 square feet. What makes the space especially cool is the construction method. The garage and extra space are constructed using the post-and-beam method, much like an old barn or most of the old Tudor style buildings in Europe. I love finding cool little details like this and I’m sure there’s an interesting story behind the garage’s construction. It’s unknown whether this space is permitted (and how old it is — permits might not have been required at the time).

Up until now, I haven’t mentioned anything about the neighborhood. This home is located in Santa Ana in an unnamed neighborhood. This isn’t French Park, Floral Park, Park Santiago, or Heninger Park. But don’t let that scare you away. This home is a great value and would easily top $600k, if located in Old Towne Orange. It’s on a nice tree-lined street with homes that are generally well-maintained.

If you would like to tour this home (or information on other Orange County Historic Homes for sale), 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 we know and love historic homes!


Listed by Lin He, Lin He Broker 



[For Sale] Wraparound Porch Bungalow

317 W 19th St - Santa Ana, CA | Floral Park | Historic Home

317 W 19th St – Santa Ana, CA

This home is another investor flip. Like a lot of these properties, there are some good things and bad things. 

317 W 19th St - Santa Ana, CA | Floorplan

On the good side, this home is truly move-in ready. That’s one of those terms that real estate agents throw around all the time, but doesn’t always have much meaning. This house has refinished floors, it’s freshly painted, and everything is clean and in working order. Does that mean the house is done…no…but it’s a great start (some historic home owners will tell you their homes are never done).

One of the dangers in flip property is finding out that things have been ruined. Fortunately, this home keeps a lot of the details that make a historic home special. The hardwood floors have been refinished, the windows are all original. Only have two sliding glass doors been added to the back. This home alos has wainscoting in the dining room and one of my favorite craftsman bungalow features:
the built-in dining hutch. Also, this house has all of the original interior doors. I’m not sure why…but this is HUGE in retaining the historic charm for me. Also…IT HAS A WRAPAROUND PORCH!!!!

317 W 19th St - Santa Ana, CA | Floral Park | Historic HomeThis home is located in Floral Park, which is arguably the best neighborhood in Santa Ana, and quite possibly the best historic home neighborhood in all of Orange County. This home is down a one way street, a bit on the outskirts, but it’s literally walking distance from some of the most expensive homes in all of Santa Ana. This is a good thing. Not so good is one of the neighbors. The house next door looks great from the street, but there is a monstrosity of an addition that towers over the backyard. I took a picture below. Fortunately, it seems to me like good landscape design could minimize the impact.

This home does have several other letdowns. The bathroom remodels range from builder-boring to mis-materialed. They aren’t horrible but it feels like this house deserves better and I can’t help but feel like the investors ran out of budget when they got to the bathrooms. The kitchen is very presentable, but like the bathrooms, it’s lacking a sense of special-ness that this house deserves. On the home we last featured in Santa Ana, they chose a great carrera marble — a material you don’t see everybody. This home features plain ‘ol granite.

With that said, this home does get you into one of Orange County’s premier historic home neighborhoods at a very reasonable 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 we know and love historic homes!


Listed by Phillip Mills, McConnin and Company Realty 



[For Sale] French Park Bungalow

824 N Garfield - Santa Ana, CA | French Park | Historic Home

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