Thursday, December 1, 2005
1. At 138 18th St. in Pacific Grove, $1,475,000 gets you a really cute, completely updated 1,400-square-foot Victorian cottage.
“There’s a plaque honoring the first owner: Becilia Scott, 1889,” Welch says. “The original home was very rundown. Most of it’s gone.” Welch says that some original exterior siding from the 1800s was saved; also the original design had two front doors side by side, one leading into a formal parlor entry and one into the living room. Although only one door operates now, a dummy door was created to keep the original look of the house. Other remnants of the original style include two sets of small windows side by side where one larger window might be used today.
But plasma TVs, a central vacuum system, fancy appliances and other modern comforts came with a complete remodel done two years ago. Welch says that having the history of the house combined with the modern comforts is rare.
“It’s walking distance to town and the water, it’s nice to have a garage and two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a media room, and a view of the bay, and unique to have all of that in such a small space,” Welch says.
2. Welch’s listing at 471 Belden St. in Monterey is only 2 years old. The 2,180-square-foot home has been reduced to $1,395,000, and for that price, you get three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms on three levels. It’s a few blocks from Cannery Row and the Recreation Trail, and the upstairs master bedroom has a huge view of the Monterey Bay.
“There was an older structure that straddled the lot line between this house and the one next door, and they tore it down and broke it up into two lots, so everything is new,” Welch says.
The master suite has a tiled balcony, and a bathroom with a jetted tub and tiled shower.
The entry to the home has marble and oak accents, the living room has a large vaulted ceiling, and the kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
“The strongest selling point of this home are the wood floors and the fact that it’s newer,” Welch says.
3. The house at 627 Spazier Ave. in Pacific Grove is listed at $1,495,000. The 1929 Tudor home has plaster walls, a stone fireplace and “a lot of character.”
The house has been updated yet many of the older features remain: the arches, wooden windows, some of the original wrought iron curtain rods, period lighting fixtures, and a cobblestone driveway. The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a peek of the water, and tops out at 1,700 square feet. A two-car garage has a bonus room, there’s a large deck in the backyard, a potting shed, a dog run and gardens.
Welch says the home, which has Forest as a cross street, is in a sought-after neighborhood. “There are a lot of unique homes on the street, and you can walk to town and middle school,” she says. “The house has a character and charm to it that you don’t find anymore.”