The jewel of a house at 1445 Santa Cruz Avenue can now be more fully appreciated, thanks to the fact that some foliage was removed a couple of years ago. About the same time, a colorful wall matching the dwelling’s style was added, further capturing a passerby’s attention. The house itself is set in the back of a narrow but deep lot, which gives the residents a sense of isolation from the street.
The story we hear is that the house was built in the mid-1940s by two Italian-American brothers who at the time were also working on construction projects at Stanford. The tile roof and brick trim contrast pleasantly with the yellow stucco walls. The columns and capitals have a whimsical touch unusual in ordinary houses. The doors, both exterior and interior, are from the Flood estate. They had to be cut down to fit the standard door frames, which results in the door knobs being unusually low. The house’s fireplace is also said to be from the Flood estate.
Outside there is a matching one-car detached garage, and the hardscape in the back also matches the style of the house. Finally, look at that great oak tree centered in the front lawn with the driveway circling gracefully around it. In some sense this is a mini-Flood estate.
Do you know any of the history of this house? If so, please leave a comment.