Vallejo Street

The Scott/Ramsbottom Consortium was pleased to announce the start of a new era in housing, 15 January 1999.

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Our House

This house has 5 bedrooms, four large ones upstairs and one downstairs. The downstairs room has two doors, one towards the front door and one to the downstairs bathroom and the kitchen. It can be an office or guest room. The four upstairs rooms are all large, the smallest would easily accommodate a double bed. All have built-in wardrobes. The two end bedrooms both lead out onto the rear balcony that overlooks the garden. One has an ensuite, and is intended as the master, although we both prefer the other end bedroom with the large glass doors onto the balcony and the view of the silver maple.

The environs are quiet, altogether suburban. Downtown is a 20 minute-plus walk or a short bicycle ride, the street is wide, there are schools nearby, and a creek and a park with a sports field 3 minutes walk away. The Montgomery Village shopping precinct is a few minutes walk away, and a few minutes walk across, and contains "Food for Thought", so we are well provided there.

The house faces South (the right way round for this hemisphere). The front garden is "low maintenance", and has room for koi pond. The rear garden is enormous, and is centred around a huge Maple tree, visible in the photo towering above the roof, and suitable for holding a tree house. There is a lemon and an apple tree, both producing fruit. To the rear is a block that is owned by an adjacent house, and which was once an orchard. It has no street access, and little chance of it, and so it is almost a "secret garden" for the house on whose land it sits. Vallejo Street is curved (unusual), the curvature and the odd block arrangement being a consequence of the creek that runs two houses away to the North. Doyle Park, a large irregular shape, sits across the creek.

Unusual features of the house include an old (valve) intercom system connecting all the rooms, quite the feature in your modern (late 1950s, early 1960s) house, and plumbed vacuum cleaning fittings in most rooms. Like most houses here, it has bathroom-style tiling on the kitchen benches, which we find most strange. Readers of the Soapbox will already have assumed that there is no drain in the floor of any bathroom. It also has a laundry chute.

There is a big double garage, with traditional American open-roof construction allowing for storage of wood, bicycles, junk, etc. The space to the left of the garages in the photo is "RV parking" although it looks like it ought to belong to next door. The lounge-dining is large and there is a rumpus/family room along from the kitchen. The three bathrooms will never be exciting, but that is characeristic of most that we have seen. There are two fireplaces, one in the family and one in the dining room. The house has gas hot water but an electric stove. It is gas centrally heated, and apparently ducted for air conditioning that he never put in, reasonably sensibly.

Overall it is classic late '60s, large Californian family home.

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