Hollywood Heights is pretty darned hot. It’s always been a sought after neighborhood, but we’ve never seen it quite as on fire as it is now. Maybe it’s the fact there are great original homes, owners that remodel with extreme care, builders that have to follow conservation district guidelines, and great Lakewood schools. Of course for those in the know there’s the Newellian Easter parade, Liz Simmon’s Halloween haunted front yard, and Clydesdale drawn wagons filled with carolers at Christmas. If you want to jump into a neighborhood where a McMansion cannot go in next door and the fun factor is built right in, we have just the house. Britt Lopez has 522 Monte Vista listed for $550,00. Built in 1934, it’s 2,468 square feet of fabulous Tudor charm.
There’s an expectation when buyers shop for a Tudor, and this one checks all the boxes. This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has the requisite stained-glass windows, a bathroom with funky original Art Deco tile, arches inside and out, an original fireplace, a covered front porch and or course hardwoods. But wait, it gets better.
“The house was expanded with a master suite upstairs 15 or 20 years ago,” Lopez said. “This created the walk-in master closet, sitting area, loads of built in drawers, and the private master bath. The present owners renovated the bath less than a year ago with a glass enclosed shower, dual sinks, and lots of storage.”
Attic renovations are a great way to add space to a home and stay within the original footprint. Hollywood has a fair number of these and when done correctly, like this one, they lend even more charm to these homes and offer great reading and study nooks. Imagine curling up with a nice novel on your chaise as the sunlight streams through the stained glass window. It might be hard to pry you out when it’s time for the next neighborhood street party.