Elmer W. Smith House #1 - 

1812 W. 15th Street

85 years Old and Better than New

Rented till June 1, 2018

Two Bedroom Single Family Bungalow, 1040 Square Feet

On Centennial Park, steps to Childrens Hospital

This comfortable 1930's home on a quiet street directly facing Centennial Park was completely renovated in 2015. Over $90 a square foot was spent bringing this dear old house back as a certified historic rehabilitation. The care shows in every detail. 

This surprising Craftsman bungalow shows remarkable attention to quality and efficiency. To the south is Centennial Park, with trees, lawns, tennis courts, historic tower and children's play area seen from the rocking chair porch. To the north, the Children's Hospital campus starts one block away. 

The house is entered from the front porch, into a warm living room with a hearth and four windows. The cased entrance from the living room leads into a dining area with a bay window, that surprises by overlooking a private, hidden garden, deck and pergola. This is all invisible from the street, and is wrapped in trees for shady, lazy, long summer evenings. The area is richly planted and sprinklers have been installed for very low maintenance care. The private, lockable yard includes bicycle storage, for those wanting to pedal on the quiet streets for the short ride downtown. For security and beauty, this garden area is well lit with halogen dawn to dusk lights, casting a comfortable glow. 

Continuing to the back of the house through the period double glass doors, the house surprises again, by opening into a large kitchen, that occupies the entire back of the house and is invisible from anywhere else. The completely new cook's kitchen has terracotta tile floors, soft close doors in cherry stained craftsman cabinets, quality stainless steel appliances including a good gas range, strong stove hood and plenty of working room and cabinet space for the finest chef. The kitchen has an open plan, with a bar dividing the work area from a sitting area, that opens to the private side yard deck. The kitchen has a second door to a fully fenced dog run area. There is a dishwasher, ice machine and disposal. A closet in the kitchen includes a stacked compact washer and dryer. 

The two comfortable bedrooms are separated by a completely redone bathroom and a hallway, providing good privacy. The front bedroom has four sunny windows looking south and west over Centennial Park. The rear bedroom has three large windows. Both have good sized closets. The bathroom was recreated in period style, including subway tiles for the tub surround, wainscoting and cobalt dot and octagon floor tiles. A secret storage area is built into the bathroom for valuables. The hallway contains its original linen closet. 

The house has been completely gutted, with all new plumbing, HVAC and piles of insulation installed. Interior walls between the bathroom and bedrooms and bedroom and kitchen were insulated and sound boarded for quiet. The cheap, broken aluminum windows were replaced with double pane, quality wooden windows installed that meet National Park Service guidelines for historic rehabilitation. The original oak floors and trim and doors were retained, as was the original floor plan, except for the kitchen area, that has been opened up. The roof is new. Except for the hallway, all the walls are freshly sheetrocked. Almost all the trim is new. The painting is fresh inside and out.  The security alarm can be monitored for an extra charge.  This adorable home is surrounded by good neighbors, in owner-occupied single family homes.  Maximum occupancy three people.