The Browning HouseMLS #:520mainst
Year Built: 1930
Square Feet: 3,600
Min. Down: N/A
Lot Size: 21760
HOA Fees: N/A
Property Type: Single Family (Detached)
Subdivision: Old Town Tustin
Situated on a lush half acre in the heart of Old Town Tustin, this 1930 Tudor Revival masterpiece was commissioned by C. Roy Browning, the Irvine Company civil engineer whose work created the system of concrete dams and irrigation canals that turned OC into the fruit basket of the nation. Hand-hewn cross timbers imbedded in the siding made of gunite concrete give the exterior a timeless durability while old growth Redwood framing and modern earthquake retrofitting provide a lasting core structure. The Browning House is one of a select group of Orange County’s flagship historic mansions, receiving coveted Mill’s Act historic property tax savings as well as historic preservation awards from the Tustin Preservation Conservancy. It has also been included in the book Architectural Styles Orange County and featured several times on the Tustin Promenade and CHOC home tours. Take a walk back in time when you enter this impeccably maintained residence. Architectural details are everywhere from the Tudor arch featured throughout the home to the steel casement leaded and stained glass windows, the cast plaster crown moulding, and the original wall sconces and brass door hardware cut in the art deco style. Imagine hosting a dinner party in the formal dining room where guests will admire the coved and coffered ceiling, original brass and mica chandelier, the Tudor-arched leaded and stained glass picture window, and incredible Mahogany pocket doors. After dinner, retire to the large parlor for an aperitif and a lively conversation before the crackling glow of a fire in the custom fireplace. The updated kitchen with adjacent butler’s pantry provides modern convenience and a basement off the kitchen provides additional storage. Other features include a hand-painted mural in the breakfast room, a kiva fireplace in the den, quartersawn oak flooring throughout, and period bathroom tile-work and fixtures. Stroll the expansive grounds, pausing to pick some fresh fruit or to tend to the vegetable garden before stopping for a break in the shade under one of the numerous specimen trees located on the property. The gated driveway provides privacy and a three car garage has a 240V car charging station. The home has been updated with solar, zoned HVAC and copper plumbing.
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