Rented till May, 2018 -

1720 S. Park Street - 1920's Craftsman Classic - Three Bedrooms apx. 1700 Square Feet - every single foot renovated. 

This one and half bath home Craftsman home is perfect for a family or for civilized roommates. It was built around 1925 as solid middle class housing, typical of Hillcrest, the Heights and the Central High area. When bought by Urban Frontier over ten years ago, it had suffered from severe neglect and long term vacancy, with sagging eaves, rotting floors, old wiring, floor furnaces and funk. It was completely renovated from top to bottom, restoring its original charm and adding some new.

The house is set comfortably up a knoll, looking west on Park St., just two blocks due south of Central High. It is entered from the street up the stairs through a pleasant, established and easy care garden with a thriving young sycamore tree, surrounded by crape myrtles. There is generous, classic front porch, great for entertaining friends and hanging out with room for two picnic tables. It even has a wall heater to keep winter smokers warm. The house is strictly non-smoking, but still tolerant of human weakness.

When entering, the care taken in the renovation will be immediately evident. All original wooden windows were carefully restored and all wooden trim was either restored and replicated, and painted with good oil based paint. The rooms are painted several classic colors for interest and contrast. If you want all beige, go to a big, overpriced complex. Wall sconces, ceiling fans and other comfort touches are seen throughout.

The Craftsman style front door opens into a dramatic cathedral ceiling living room with skylights, yoga loft, hearth, hardwood floors and large windows facing north, east and south. From there, you pass heading east through double glass doors into a formal dining room with hardwood floors, and then through an archway into an open, quirky, very serviceable eat in kitchen with large fridge with icemaker, gas stove, dishwasher and disposal, original built in cabinets, linoleum and wooden flooring and a view west towards the dog friendly fenced garden.

Heading south from the dining room, through another archway is a hallway, serving a half bath, full bath and two bedrooms. The bathrooms have bead board wainscoting and period touches, and the full bath has a double sink. The front bedroom faces south over a large side garden, perched above the street, and has a big closet with storage area, generous dimensions and wooden floors. The rear bedroom is a comfortable square with windows on two sides, facing the west and south gardens, and has a regular sized closet.

Returning to the kitchen, behind the kitchen sink half wall are a washer dryer area and back door entrance, with a staircase going up to a hidden “airplane” style bedoom, with windows on four sides above the west and south gardens. It has carpeted floors, its own sink (in a European hotel-style touch), and a closet. It’s a perfect room for a study, or perhaps a roommate or teenager craving privacy. The second floor also contains a huge storage area – perhaps 20 x 8 feet, where all those boxes can be forgotten.

The back yard has been entirely fenced with privacy fences, and has base plantings, including privet, nandina and flower beds, the beauty of which varies with the residents’ interest level.  There is a two car parking pad at the rear, on the alley. Maximum occupancy three adults or two adults and three children.

Behind the walls, all is in good condition, with entirely upgraded plumbing, wiring, HVAC and insulation. There is a security alarm. It’s a dear house - warm, welcoming, practical and fun. Check it out. Four person maximum occupancy.