Hot Homes: The West Orange home retains some of its original features.
A 19th-century farmhouse once owned by members of Orange County’s pioneering Dyer and Spurgeon families is for sale at $1.19 million.
The west Orange home retains some of its original features, including the ceilings in theformal dining room, pocket doors and a built-in china cabinet. The current owners also renovated the home to reflect Victorian and Craftsman influences, adding ornate crown molding and wainscoting, as well as a wraparound porch.
“I did a lot of research,” said Alicia Ondo, who purchased the house with her husband, Michael, in 1999. “I wanted to be true to the history of that house.”
In 1894, owner Walter Dyer used a mule team to move the home from Garden Grove to Orange, said Mike Spurgeon, a retired county executive manager and a former Orange city councilman. The farmhouse had an orange orchard on the property, he said.
Spurgeon said the residence came into the Spurgeon family after his grandmother Beatrice Dyer married Robert Spurgeon, one of the sons of Santa Ana founder William H. Spurgeon. Beatrice and Robert Spurgeon moved into the house, at 2005 W. Palmyra Ave., in the late 1930s.
The couple upgraded the home extensively in 1949-50, Mike Spurgeon said. The original porch was enclosed to make the great room larger. A 1948 Wedgewood stove is still in use at the home.
Mike Spurgeon said he bought the residence from his grandmother’s estate in 1970 and later sold the home to the current owners.
The main house has three bedrooms, a great room with a fireplace and a den with built-ins. The property also has a pool and spa that were added in the 1970s.
In 2005, the Ondos added a building on the half-acre parcel that replicates the style of a 19th-century barn. The building includes an elevator, two apartments, a home theater and another modern amenity – 68 solar power panels on the roof, significantly reducing the family’s electric bills.
Alicia Ondo said she and her husband are ready to downsize and move to another part of the country.