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Don't Judge a Bungalow by Its Cover

Mid-'30s bungalow in Evergreen.



Generally, bungalow layouts are predictable: a porch across the front, a bay off to one side, and an interior hall that has two bedrooms and a bath that open off of it and connect the front of the house and the kitchen. Usually, you'd wish that the rooms could be just a bit bigger — but not inside this Evergreen bungalow!

From outside, all you notice that's atypical is that the porch is reduced to a small, covered entry with a brick archway, and — most unusual for a bungalow — the fireplace is on the front. It wouldn't be much of a reach to suggest that the Spanish Colonial Revival, quite popular in the 1930s when this house was built, had just a little influence here.

Inside, the living room runs a generous 22 feet deep. The dining room benefits from a full-width bay that lets light stream in from three sides.

Both the living and dining rooms have gorgeous, native red-gum trim that includes a deep cove molding at the ceiling. The living room fireplace has an elegant Arts and Crafts, earth-toned tile surround and is flanked by back-lit, glass-doored bookcases.

The eat-in kitchen was renovated not long ago. One end has a breakfast area with an antique, stained glass chandelier. The other end has a built-in banquette and French doors to the rear courtyard. The cabinets are all painted. and there are plenty of them, which means that there's also lots of counter workspace, including a breakfast bar.

The other half of the ground floor is equally surprising. The front

bedroom, entered only from the living room, is a master or guest suite with an updated but original full bath. The middle bedroom, like the dining room, is enhanced by another room-wide bay window and is now used as a media/family room. The full bath off the hall serves as the powder room and is also convenient to the back bedroom.

Upstairs has been fully renovated as an even larger master suite, with a bedroom 23-by-17 feet, and it has three pairs of large windows. Its bath has a claw-foot tub, a separate shower, and both toilet and bidet. The sink is installed in an antique cabinet.

Out back, the courtyard has a large paved area for seating and entertaining, a fairly recent development but a true patio, in keeping with the Spanish Colonial tone of the house.

The rest of the yard is lushly planted and has an arbor covered in flowering vines. A guest house provides overflow space and makes a nice rear edge for the courtyard. On the main house, a retractable awing over the French doors creates a sun screen for the summer but allows solar gain in the winter.

It's rare to find a bungalow with rooms of this scale and with finishes and craftsmanship this good. It's certainly not noticeably larger than average from the street, but all that proves is that you can't judge any bungalow by its cover. •

267 Avalon

Approximately 2,500 square feet

4 bedrooms; 3 baths


Realtor: Crye-Leike, 276-8800

Agent: Bill Malone, 359-4000

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