The one-of-a-kind residence was built in 1928 and recently appeared on the market for $2,499,000.
The home’s colorful past matches its vivid interior, which showcases the artwork of renowned Mexican artist and set designer Ignacio Martinez Rendon. His brightly painted Mexican-themed designs adorn the front-enclosed loggia, ceilings, and walls. These colorful works have been immaculately restored and add to the home’s appeal.
The festive yet refined hacienda is 4,035 square feet, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms—some of which feature remarkable original tiles, also expertly preserved.
In fact, 19th-century pueblo tiles from Mexico also grace the home’s exterior. Sources say that General Rubio imported both the tiles—and the artisans to customize them—so that the tiles would fit the unique home.
Other original features include light fixtures, beveled glass doors and windows, handcarved wooden ceiling beams, and fireplaces.
The kitchen has been renovated, so the style still fits in with the general theme of the home and is outfitted with striking vintage appliances. A sunny breakfast nook is attached.
The bedrooms feature wood floors and an abundance of windows, which usher in plentiful natural light. Some bedrooms have French doors with wrought iron balconies.
The estimated half-acre, terraced grounds are marked by stone walls and meandering paths that wind through natural gardens with mature, native plants and trees. Those palms, succulents, and bougainvilleas create the atmosphere of an esteemed, Old World resort.
The roots of this prominent property actually add to its value; it’s slated to come under the umbrella of the Mills Act in 2024. This will give the new owners significant tax advantages.
All this, and the opportunity to live in an excellent neighborhood in one of California’s most sought after cities? Que suerte!