Vintage Lakehouse

I am a lover of Vintage homes. A friend once told me if a house is not a neglected mess I would not be interested in owning it. That may very well be true.

About the house:

1929 Eclectic house on the lake.
About 1/2 acre with:
Circular drive with matching entrance and exit gates.
The gates are 11 feet high and were made in Egypt. They were recycled from retired ships.
The gates were fairly reasonable as I bought them at a furniture show back east I attended.
The challenge was getting them here, having them widened to meet the fire department codes, approval from the city, and hiring a crane to install them. At the time I referred to them as the gates from hell.

In 2008 there was a huge ice storm. The gates made it through without a scratch but devastated the already traumatized yard again. I grew up in WA.
I have been here for 15 years after living in Palm Springs for 12 years. When I first moved to Palm Springs I went to a nursery and asked about a lilac bush. The clerk said “Don’t you have PEOPLE to handle these tasks? I suffered gardening withdrawals. I owned an Eclectic furniture store and have never been much of a crowd follower in design.
My tastes have gone from Spanish-Morrocan to Lodge-Boathouse so the house is indeed eclectic.

The fish shed was built last summer. A contractor came in to replace the roof and found the old building itself was too frail to handle the stress of a new roof. Tearing down the old shed with its weathered shingle sides was an emotional one. Part of me hated seeing the old structure torn down but the smell of gasoline and scary, likely now illegal pesticides made it unuseable for anything but storage. I had the weekend to figure out what to do before the contractors were back. We started from the dirt. The fish shed has a clear acrylic roof to let in the light. There is a fireplace heater and a huge fan. The fan is one of 3 on my property; menopause you know. The doors are a used find online. I call them my fate doors. This building is exceptionally tall. When the contractor asked why I wanted it so tall I told him I was installing a trapeze.
It is just a shed but it worked well to photograph my cashmere throw line.

It is decorated in a boathouse style since it is not likely I will have a real boathouse with the laws of the lake.
The potting shed was an ugly slanted dog run with chained link fencing when I arrived. Being a lover of recycled goods; I found old church windows and a funky old chandelier to go with the look. The contractor at the time wanted to test making a concrete potting bench. We were able to reuse this great piece when the floor was redone.
The pergola is extra high to allow large hanging plants with the season. The metal dome on top was another great find.
The amount of brickwork around this house is unusual. A dentist once owned this home and traded labor with a mason. Rumor has it that all 6 children got braces that year.
He also built the heart-shaped flower bed by the back door for his wife due to a nondisclosed incident of some kind.
The cobblestone by the back door was recycled from some Tacoma streets. One of the previous owners worked for Tacoma City Works.
There is a single carport and a double carport. The double carport was built last year and built to blend with the house.
The house has leaded glass windows, 2 Riverstone fireplaces, and built-in bookshelves. Ironwork elements are both inside and out.
I tore out some of the ugly generic kitchen cabinets and replaced them with furniture pieces. The remaining cabinets have not been replaced yet, but an island was created with a stainless steel top and Mexican Clovos which was done locally.
The yard is a labor of love.

I bought the house and rented it out for a year. When I arrived I found the tenant had failed to mention the sprinkler system hadn’t worked in some time. 80 cubic yards of plants and hedges were dead. This is the same guy who wanted to replace all the leaded windows with vinyl and several other dubious choices.

Luckily there were some large rhodies, azaleas, and trees that withstood the neglect. It is now finally starting to look like a mature garden. You just cannot get better than 100-year-old oak trees. They make a beautiful shaded dappled effect on the lawns in the front and back.

The green fish gates were made in Mexico. They were brought from my store when I moved up.

The dock has an oversized Edith Ann bench built to match the new railing on the deck. I had visions of lots of pillows and afternoon naps. No naps, just a lot of yard work…

Bing Crosby had a house on this lake and rumor has it some famous crime bosses from the east coast came here in the summer to get “out of the heat”. The lake is surrounded by interesting homes and people.
There is a golf cart to haul stuff down to the lake.
The fencing and stone pillars on the street side of the house were here. It was the first of many reasons I fell in love with this house.