The home, constructed from old-growth redwood, still has its original Douglas Fir hardwood floors, double parlors and knob and tube wiring.
The Victorian-era residence, built in 1886 from old-growth redwood harvested from Northern California, had no indoor bathrooms when it was constructed, according to Dennis and Cathie Caldwell, the current owners.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house still has its original Douglas fir hardwood floors, double parlors, fireplace and knob and tube wiring – an early method still in use. Modern features include newer electric wiring, air conditioning and various upgrades that conform with the home’s design. The kitchen has been remodeled, and one bathroom boasts a spa tub.
The asking price is $899,900-$949,900.
A large antique collection showcases phonographs, quaint, long dresses and vintage hats. The Caldwells recently sold the Chapman Antique Mall, but remain avid collectors. They said they would be willing to negotiate on some pieces.
“They were the kings of clutter, the Victorians were,” said Dennis Caldwell, 65, surveying a dizzying assortment of antiques on display in the front parlor. “That’s our excuse, and we’re sticking to it.”
The Caldwells have restored the original front porch, and flower and vegetable gardens flourish in the front and backyards. The couple also built the modern-day replica of an old carriage house and barn in the back of the 6,098-square-foot lot; the spaces serve as a hobby room and garage. The main house includes both a basement and an attic.
Tony Trabucco of Orange Realty is the listing agent. He said the home, at 428 S. Orange St., is covered by the Mills Act, which provides homeowners significant tax breaks for maintaining historical properties.