The year is 1908. It was the year Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford at a cost of $825, it was the first time a ball signifying the New Year dropped in Times Square, Theodore Roosevelt was President and the average wage was 22 cents an hour. It was also the year that respected and renowned San Diego Judge Alfred Haines built his stately Craftsman home, now regarded as one of the finest preserved homes standing in downtown.
Located at 2470 E Street, this 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 5300+ square foot property with off-street parking for eight to ten cars, rich in history yet meticulously updated by its current owners, is listed for sale at $2,789,500.
Situated on a beautifully oversized landscaped lot, surrounded by mature trees and gardens in a lovely traditional neighborhood, here is a rare opportunity to own a piece of San Diego’s past. Unlike anything on the market today, this pristine six bedroom, five bathroom property is over 5,500 square feet and offers original architectural details which have been finely restored, including rich hardwood flooring, wainscoting, and dark wood paneling all polished to perfection.
“When you walk up to the home and pass the large, welcoming front porch and step inside,” says Jim Stinnett, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, the listing Broker for this property, “you will notice the care the owners have taken to preserve the home’s integrity while adding the modern upgrades that you need for 2018.”
Entering the home, one of first impressions guests notice is the abundance of natural sunlight throughout due to the large windows and generous high ceilings. Bathed in today’s popular neutral colors which showcases the mahogany, cypress and oak woodwork, the main floor, highlights the home’s architectural history, yet also benefits from the current owners’ contemporary touches which only enhance the home’s natural beauty. In the large living room, with pocket doors and tray ceiling, the period fireplace still warms the space today and in the corner, you will find the Judge’s own chair that was left behind and is included in the sale.
Across the entryway, is the bright and airy formal dining room with its built-in sideboard where one can still imagine the Judge and his family eating their meals and entertaining guests and dignitaries. From here, is the sitting room or library which includes the residence’s second working fireplace, cozy window seat and remarkable for its masterful use of wood surrounded by built-in cabinetry that one can only describe as visually breathtaking.
Custom designed for the Haines family is a priceless saloon style door with decorative lead glass that leads into what was once the Judge’s private office. Here is where the Judge would conduct his legal business and perhaps meet with clients. Today, that room pays homage to its former owners with original photos of the Judge and his children scattered around matching cabinetry from the library.
“There is no doubt that Judge Haines would recognize this house the moment he walked in,” says Stinnett. “Chances are, he goes directly to his private office, sits at the desk, and quietly goes to work.”
What he might ponder, however, is the gorgeous gourmet kitchen fully updated for today’s chef. While the cabinets are believed to be original, careful renovations have taken place and boast stainless steel appliances including a professional six-burner Wolf stove with grill, soapstone counters, moveable breakfast bar that can seat eight people and butler’s pantry. This cheery room overlooks the gardens providing beautiful backyard views.
While the first floor was the main living and reception area for the Haines family, the second story was originally designed for the children and perhaps a governess. It is here you will discover five light filled expansive bedrooms, including one of the two master suites which open to one of the five balconies. A sunroom off of one bedroom that is currently used as a study is the ideal spot to relax while taking in the nearby ocean breezes, just as one of the Haines children may have done in their day.
The third story is what may be referred to as the Judge’s private quarters. While used as a recreation/television room today, this extra large master suite with adjoining huge deck as well as sitting room is a designer’s masterpiece. The elegant, modern feel, including a serene master bathroom with a soaking tub that overlooks views of downtown San Diego, elevates the renovation of this home to a whole new level all while preserving the architect’s original design.
Step outside to an extraordinary, spacious backyard with several entertaining spaces, side courtyard, and water feature, which are ideal for hosting a large crown or an intimate dinner. There is a gated portion of the property that can easily fit up to eight automobiles. The 1,200 square foot Carriage House which at one point may have been used by the caretaker of the property, would make the perfect rental opportunity or guest quarters. Next to this is a separate attached studio that can be used for a hobby room or separate office, making the total overall square footage of this estate approximately 7,000 square feet.
This remarkable architectural pedigree is on the National Register of Historic Places and also certified as a Registered Mills Act Craftsman Home receiving the associated property tax benefits. Surrounded by other historic homes and just minutes from downtown’s sought-after restaurants, shopping, Petco Park and beaches, the home provides an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to create a new generation of memories.
To schedule a private showing, please contact James Stinnett of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty at (619) 654-0331.