Estate Envy: An A-frame in Lake Arrowhead

Hello friends.

Now that we have had a look at what Sarah made happen in Whispering Pines, NC you can join me for my own little fantasy here in California.

The A-frame at Lake Arrowhead was a brief and fanciful pursuit. As soon as we made the decision to put in our offer, we were told an offer was accepted that very day. With bated breath I wait for the call that it fell through, but I don’t believe that will be our fortune.

At any rate, let’s explore, because if nothing it was a real treat to get to see the bones of this beautiful home.

Follow my realtor as we tour this 1965 A-frame nestled into the hillside, rising up from the northwest corner of Lake Arrowhead. The Zillow listing is here if you prefer the hard listing details.

It’s a stunning example of the architecture prevalent in this area and while you may catch a glimpse of some unfortunate furnishings and ceiling fan choices, the permanent fixtures in this home have “real mojo,” as my contractor stated!

My sweet friend / real estate agent looks out over the back balcony from the master bedroom in peak of the A. This was one of three bedrooms, one on each level of the home. Perfect for an AirBnB situation as everyone gets a little privacy.

This particular home was under contract four times in the year that it was on the market. It’s in need of a buyer that is ready to put in some cash to bring it up to speed. I wanted to be that buyer! So we had our local guy out to help me take stock of the must-do punch list.

That stained glass though!

The entire face of windows and decks needed replacement and the garage roof was in disrepair from being neglected through a huge snow season. We were ready to bite that bullet and give her the facelift she needed. Personally, I saw it as an opportunity to expand the outdoor living opportunities.

And it’s easy to see right past that slipcovered sofa and focus in on that floating staircase!

A few other areas needed attention, like the railings. They were all quite low and or spread too far apart, so we had cooked up a plan to bring them up to code without ruining the aesthetic appeal or 60s vibe.

I do wish I had taken a squared up photograph of the wall of windows. It’s a treetop view, but we know the lake is just beyond. This house has lake rights, which is a covetable ordeal in this private lake community.

A new face of windows was in the cards, but we’ll just have to sit back and see what the owners that beat us to the punch will do. I really enjoyed the asymmetry in the window pane and was excited to see a snowy mountain view in the coming Winter.

So, that’s that. It’s someone else’s dream now. We are ever in pursuit of just the right project here for us! But it’s always fun to dream right!?

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