1580 Sierra Avenue
1920s Cottage Bungalow

Terri & Rick Balandra bought their charming bungalow on Halloween Day 1997. When they drove up and saw the original wavy glass multi-pane windows, side-light doors, and window boxes, they knew they'd fall in love with the interior too. The thick crown molding, coved ceilings, the swinging kitchen "butler" door to the dining room, built-in ironing board, white oak floors, and Wedgewood stove, are just some features they wanted in a vintage home.

The home is built of redwood and the walls are of lath and plaster. There is a quarter basement with exterior access. The detached redwood garage has an additional large studio room and walk-in closet where Rick designs and handcrafts his toys.

The bright large dining room with French doors is their favorite room where they love to entertain and serve gourmet meals. The charming kitchen has what looks like original cupboards, and at some point, it looks like a back utility porch may have become part of the kitchen. They believe there is a coal chute behind the refrigerator that went to the basement. The built-in ironing board looks original…and still has the smaller wooden sleeve board, as well.

Rick designed and installed the back patio landscaping, and brick and slate work in 2000. You'll see a very rare potted weeping Japanese Katsura tree near the backyard arbor. There are very few in Northern California and they searched for years before they were able to locate one. The front yard dwarf weeping cherry trees were planted in 1998.They will be redesigning their backyard and creatively screening the backyard patio, as soon as the development behind them is completed.

This home has had many residents over the years, including two men in the military, a carpenter, a civil engineer, a butcher, a phone installer, and two widows.