Built in 1950 by Darrel Swithenbank, a well known local businessman for himself and wife, this home is very solid and has many unique features that would be very expensive to replace in this day and age. For example, most of the walls of the home are paneled with old growth Redwood. If this wasn’t spectacular enough, some of this paneling is a particularly rare form of old growth Redwood known as “Curley Wood” or “Ripple Wood”. This polished paneling lends warmth to the kitchen and the front room that is almost impossible to recreate in the present age.
The home contains three bedrooms and two baths. Two of the bedrooms and one of the baths are on the main floor. These two bedrooms are of average size. The entire top floor is currently being used as an office and a guest bedroom by the present owner. The second bathroom is in the large, multi-purpose, semi-finished basement. Since the lot slopes down from the street level in front to the garage in the back and on the side, the basement itself has a door at street level in the front with a big window to let in light, and a ground level door in the back. This is very convenient when parking in the detached garage behind the home. One may walk directly from the garage right into the back door of the home. The basement features a lot of built in cabinetry and additional metal shelving and has been set up for food storage and a wine cellar.
The woodwork in the kitchen is just lovely. Just off of the kitchen there is a wonderful dining room that overlooks the canyon behind the home. It has been nicely appointed with oak floors, etched windows and skylights. A door from the dining room leads to a deck measuring approximately one hundred and forty square feet which also takes advantage of the forest and canyon views.
Other features of the home include a centralized vacuum system, both central heating and cooling, with a pellet stove in the kitchen, and very nice oak and hardwood fir floors. Plus, all of the windows in the entire living area of the home were upgraded in 2009 to energy efficient dual pane Milguards.
The driveway next to the home on the South side accesses the one car garage and shop. It measures twenty by twenty or four hundred square feet.
The entire lot front and back has been meticulously landscaped and although the lot is not big, it is very tastefully designed and beautifully maintained. There are a couple of raised beds in the back for a summer garden, fruit trees and picnic table which is situated on a second redwood deck.