Back in the day, large windows, a broad front porch, and oodles of handcrafted woodwork helped define a Craftsman style house. Clusters of early 20th century homes still can be found in Old Towne Orange and the Anaheim Colony. Newer ones have emulated the design with a nod to the exterior styling, but with roomier more contemporary spaces inside.
For those wanting an original, it’s all about history, community, and craftsmanship. “The nostalgia for these homes never goes away,” says Steffie Hands, a real estate agent who specializes in bungalows. “Whether my buyers are twenty-something or retirees, if they have their hearts set on a Craftsman,they aren’t likely to budge. Maybe 10 percent will settle for a different type of home, but most will wait it out.”
This 1908 house in the Anaheim Colony, listed for $649,000, doesn’t skimp on space or style. The two-story home has 2,273 square feet with six bedrooms, three baths of varying sizes, an office, and in keeping with Craftsman style, rich wood work from the floors to the door frames.
Known as the Rehwoldt-Storm House, the home on West Broadway won the 2006 Anaheim Beautiful Award, and its Mills Act status guarantees low annual property tax of $2,228- even for the new owners. The kitchen comes with white appliances and tile work and the garage has two spaces.
Listed by Gail Anderson 714-343-7531