Beautiful California Craftsman Home on Home Tour

By Dick Diaz

On Saturday, November 7th, from 10:00am-3:00pm, the Bardsdale United Methodist Church (BUMC) will sponsor a “Home Tour” of four homes and the 117 year old Bardsdale United Methodist Church! The BUMC Ministry has been serving Bardsdale for 123 years and relocated to the current Church in 1898! The cost of the Home and Church Tour will be $25.

A 3,100 square foot, 1909 Craftsman Style Bungalow on ten acres planted in citrus is one of the four homes on the tour! This home was originally built for a San Francisco newspaper cartoonist and lived in for eighty years by his family. There is even a local legend of Spanish Gold buried somewhere near the home.

The home did have one major remodel in 1999 by the current residents which included lifting the roof 3-4 feet to accommodate a staircase and raising the upstairs ceiling allowing the much taller, both six foot plus, current owners to climb the stairs and entering the rooms and bathroom without hitting their heads. Wrap around decks were added to allow breathtaking views of the valley, above the canopy of citrus trees! Views of Bardsdale, the Sespe River and San Cayetano Peak are what can be seen from the decks. Although extensive, the remodel retained much of the original look, which included the original exterior cedar shingle siding, of the home from the street view! The front of the home is planted beautifully around the circular river rock defined driveway and is welcoming to visitors to the home! The interior of the home received the bulk of the changes in the remodel and with the exception of the original Douglas Fir floors downstairs were retained. The fireplace was also returned to the river rock face originally used when built. The entire house changed from the original 2800 square foot, two bedroom, one bath home upstairs to a four bedroom; three bedrooms upstairs and a bathroom and one bedroom and bathroom downstairs. A painting of Jessie Arms Botke’s famous cockatoos inspired the colors of the downstairs. The basement was excavated and serves as an office and the laundry area. This comfortable home is tastefully furnished with family antiques, early Hummels, inherited pewter and an early Edison phonograph that helps any visitor feel as though they were stepping back in time!

Pre sale tickets are available at the BUMC located at 1498 Bardsdale Ave, Bardsdale, 805-524-2070. And, the Fillmore Historical Museum, 340 Main St, Fillmore, 805-524-0948. Tickets will also be available at the BUMC, Fillmore Historical Museum and at each home on the day of the tour

Jesse Arms Botke's famous cockatoos inspired the colors of the downstairs

Jessie Arms Botke’s famous cockatoos inspired the colors of the downstairs

Featured Image Photo Credit: Roman Sebek

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