You Won’t Believe How This $3.4 Million Swiss Chalet-Style Craftsman Survived The Wrecking Ball

The 4,809 square foot home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms is on the market for $3,495,000 with Loree Scarborough of Compass.

It’s the end of the storybook. How it got to this point is hard to believe. The story is about saving the house from the wrecking ball, moving it, and then renovating it.

Saved not shaved

First, the seller grabbed this house for free – that’s right, free— in 1989. While “free” is certainly a bargain, there was quite a catch to this house — and a cost.

This included the expense of $150,000 to have it moved from its location on Ocean Boulevard across from the Long Beach Museum of Art. It was then transported to its current location about a mile away.

This decision, heartbreaking as it was, saved him from his predicted demise. Then came the renovation.

“They wanted a Craftsman but not so angular, more of a softer look,” Scarborough says of the owners. “Usually craftsmen’s houses are dark, but this one is all open so you can see the ocean.”

During the renovation, original Arts and Crafts era tiles, stained glass, oak woodwork and fitted wardrobes were discovered, hidden behind layers of paint and false walls.

Exterior features include wood shingles and an offset front gable.

Staircase at the entrance

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Living room

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Kitchen

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Changing room

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One of the baths

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Backyard and outdoor oven
Kitchen in separate unit

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The house was originally commissioned by Dr and Mrs. Mr. Huff and designed by Harry Metcalf and Hugh Davies. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Renovated residence

“Everyone they’ve worked with is hugely important in their field,” Scarborough says of the renovation. “There is nothing in the house that is not perfectly done.”

The house features exquisite details including the coffered ceiling and a curved staircase in the entryway. The living room’s green tile fireplace is flanked by built-in units and stained glass.

The kitchen has been updated with new quartz counter tops, apron sink, bar, Thermador appliances and custom cabinetry.

Three en-suite bedrooms are on the second floor. The master suite has a walk-in closet which is a real centerpiece for any clothing or shoe collector.

Additionally, there are two one-bedroom units, with separate entrances, which could be used as short-term rentals.

Five garages on the lot could be a score for a carpentry or car repair enthusiast. Or they could continue to be offices, as the seller’s was, an interior designer.

The house is located in the Bluff Park neighborhood, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by other period houses.

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