Hotel California AKA Our New Home!
About a week after we moved in, the listing agent stopped by and shared some details about the home. He said our home is lovingly referred to as "Hotel California" which is a name that feels just right to us.
Hotel California - Exterior
The home itself is a Spanish Colonial style, built in 1933. It would have been built for someone important at the time, as it's totally custom, two stories, and sits on a big lot on a main road. I would love to research and find more history and photos of our home, as well as our surrounding College Neighborhood homes.
We also have a cute little guesthouse tucked away in the back of the property, as well as a pool. There are tons of plants and trees - rosemary bushes surround the pool (when it gets warm out I'm sure they will smell so good!) olive trees, an apricot tree, several orange and lemon trees, and many other things I will soon learn to care for :) We also have plenty of extra space next to the pool which will eventually become an artists studio. For now we plan to use that area for a vegetable garden, there's nothing like picking your own fresh tomatoes for a meal on a hot summer day.
Needless to say, there's lots to keep us busy around here!
Hotel California - Interior
Most of the original architectural details remain - the tile fireplace, curved and vaulted ceiling, metal stair railing, built-in shelving and drawers. The overall layout is functional and beautiful, so there are no immediate needs for a major remodel. The first thing we did is paint the walls - they went from a butterscotch yellow to super white. The white helps to highlight the stunning natural lighting and create the gallery type feeling we wanted to show off colorful art in each room.
We are lucky enough to have the original hardwood floors throughout, with the exception of the kitchen area and bathrooms. Those rooms were remodeled maybe fifteen years ago, and have a peachy colored tile and dingy old grout - and I will celebrate the day they get replaced with something more appropriate.
We are looking forward to some minor updating - mostly replacing the light fixtures and plumbing fixtures throughout. Other than that it's really about furnishing this space and making it a home. We are well on our way there and I'm looking forward to sharing what we've done so far, as well as the changes to come.
See here for more details on the Main House AKA Hotel California.
One of the reasons we purchased this property is because it has a guesthouse. We are both excited about owning multiple rental properties in the future, and thought this was a perfect way to get our feet wet. We've already fixed up this cute little one bed, one bath place and have it rented full time on Airbnb. Friends and family stay for free - come visit!
See here for more details on the Guesthouse.
Well, that's the quick tour of our home! Thanks for stopping by!