403 Mayellen Avenue
1919 Arts and Crafts Bungalow

August 2006, Brent and Lisa Jensen faced the unenviable task of buying their first home in Silicon Valley. Miraculously, they stumbled into 403 Mayellen on the very first day of their search. They knew they were home
the moment they walked through the door.

Built in 1919, this charming Arts and Crafts style single-family bungalow home features several original architectural features. As the foundation and chimney display, this home is one of just a handful of homes in the this area where stone was used in its construction.

Over the years, previous owners have restored several of the original features - including the inviting front porch, interior beams, built-in bookcases, ceilings and moldings - while introducing several modern upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms.

The truly unique quality of this home is the full unfinished basement. Once used to store canned fruits and vegetables from the local cannery that employed the original owners, the basement includes a mysterious warning on an antique door advising visitors to “Keep Out and Pay Receipts at Other Door.” “We knew the house was old when we bought it,” said Brent Jensen, “but that door really makes you curious about the history of the house and the families who have called it home.”

The Jensens fantasize about finishing the basement someday, adding an extra bedroom or two and a wine cellar - but they swear they’ll keep the door in place.