When I printed out the week’s open houses, I was thrilled to see the new listing for this 4 BR/3 BA house at 126 Warwick. Located in Edgewood Park, this is a well-executed remodel of a Craftsman-style home, which is the style I personally lust after. (Back when my brother lived in Pasadena, which is a well-known Craftsman haven, we used to load up our bikes when we went down to visit, so we could just ride around and look at what we considered architectural masterpieces.) Finding a true Craftsman home intact, with pristine woodwork and original built-ins, is all but impossible. But I am appreciative when I find someone who has gone to lengths to preserve or replicate typical features. Be prepared for a bit of gushing, because I really loved this home. And I apologize in advance for the longer post – I just couldn’t help myself.
The current owners of this property have done a phased remodel, completing the most recent phase in 2006, which resulted in a total of 2,615 square feet. Located in a quiet neighborhood with no defined architectural style, a mix of one- and two-story homes, and few typical ranchers, you will have good access via Whipple to Highway 101 and to Highway 280 via Edgewood Road. The small front yard leading up to the porch is attractive and low maintenance. And an iron swing gate located partway down the drive reminded me of how much I like set-back and detached garages, not because they are convenient, because let’s face it, they aren’t, but because I feel garages are ugly and don’t belong on the face of a home.
The flow of the first floor makes it seem much larger than it is, with its hardwood floors, large room openings, and color schemes. I loved the ceiling detailing, wide baseboards, and heavy pocket doors in the entry and living area, but also appreciated the modern touches, such as recessed lighting and dual-paned windows. The original fireplace seems intact and operable, and the large formal dining room had the original arched wall recess with built-in oak china cabinet.
Moving through the doorway to the kitchen brings you to a delightfully modernized space, with old-fashioned touches such as Craftsman-style cabinetry and deep farmer’s sink. One whole counter is a butcher block, big enough for my son (who happens to be a butcher) to cut up a side of beef. There is a small eating area with French doors leading to the back yard. Off the kitchen, surrounding the stairwell is a large alcove, currently being used as an office, with a family room adjacent leading to the Trax deck, concrete patio, play structure and lawn. Also on the first floor is a good-sized bedroom with walk-in closet and a large bathroom with standard tub, corner glass-enclosed shower, double vanity and white wood floor.
The second floor houses the master bedroom and bath (with a huge shower and two shower heads), a laundry area (with a built-in ironing board), two additional bedrooms and a hall bathroom. Rather than carpet the whole floor in one color, the owners have chosen to personalize each room with a different color of paint and carpet.
Bonus items include partial basement, invisible rooftop solar cell system (rumor has it that the electric bill for last year was under $500), wiring for CAT-10, satellite, security and intercom, and central vac system. Even if you are not in the market, or if this is out of your price range, it is a wonderful example of a loving remodel. Made me want to run home and get to work myself.
Location: 126 Warwick St., Redwood City, CA 94062
Square feet: 2,615
Last sale price: $279,000 (1995)