Historic Tipton Ranch
In San Diego County, and Southern California generally,
unlike the East Coast, one seldom gets the opportunity to own a historic
home. Here is your chance at 508 Beaumont Drive, Vista, California.
SOLD the same day the North
County Times ran an article about this web page and the property!
Construction started in 1936-1938 but from 1943 when
Bill and Barbara Tipton moved down from Los Angeles, to farm the 16 acres
of Avocados and Citrus.. this has been the "Tipton Ranch". The hilltop
rock bottom pond where many a Vista old-timer learned to swim, was used
for grove Irrigation, and to this day the Vista Irrigation District has
an abandoned easement to the "Pool". Today the Irrigation Pond is
a beautiful black bottom pool, surrounded by view deck, lush landscaping,
lilly ponds, babbling recirculating creek and waterfalls. The choice
hilltop location is totally private, serene, quiet... and offers a 360
degree panoramic view.
The two photos above show some of the extensive remodeling
that has been done, while maintaining the architectural style and charm
of the original residence. "French Country" is the style, paned windows
at corners of rooms, no overhanging eaves, low pitch roof, and coffered
ceilings. Subdued elegance of yesteryear is the experience.
The french doors to the left of, and below the turret are today's entrance
into an extra room that has been used to run a family owned business.
This was the original entrance to the garage for the family sedan.
Above the "garage" was a "Summer Porch" where beds could be moved to enjoy
cooler sleeping and evening breezes. Today this Summer Porch is the
new Master Bedroom and Bath. The Turret, architecturally correct,
and the room to the right of it.. the new Family Room were added when the
Master was created in 1993. A natural rock staircase leads to the
entrance to the new wing. French Windows, French Doors, raised hearth
fireplace.. all work to create the pre-war country charm.
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Somebody call Bob Villa... there is a house in San Diego
(well Vista) that has a basement. The basement of the home is just
incredible. Built like a fortress out of stone native to the hillside,
it offers more than just wine storage. There is tons of storage,
and the original garage, now an extra room or office with French Doors
is light and bright and has a walk-out to the detached workshop.
There is also a large workshop here, the two rooms above are of particular
interest. The basement shower is a story in itself. Hand built
by Bill Tipton, it is constructed of "Carlsbad Pebbles", each stone placed
in cement until a 3/4 round stall capped with an oval roof (of stones too)
completed the structure. Barbara Tipton said Bill never came in from the
Grove without cleaning up in the basement shower. While the electrical,
gas, roof and plumbing have been extensively updated and/or replaced...
the shower has been retained.. lighting added.. and still the place to
get rid of the grime. The other room shown above is the "Grove Worker's
Bunk Room. Cool in the Summer, and warm in the Winter...built in
desk and vanities..day light window.. and poured concrete bed pads.
The Tipton Ranch hands of the 30's and 40's had comfortable clean lodging
and full bath facilities.
Have a business you want to run out of your home?
The possibilities are endless here. The current owners have a conditional
use permit to do light manufacturing in the shop shown above. The spacious
shop has natural light, overhead fixtures, ample bench space and electrical,
a 1/2 bath with sink for clean up, and an attached two car garage.
One stall of the garage has an oversized height door for RV parking.
Behind the shop is a storage container for material and or inventory.
Any sheet metal, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing or painting contractor
would kill for this combination of shop, storage, parking and function.
The second picture above is the private view deck on the legal income rental
on the property. This second home could be a guest house, art studio,
parent or granny suite, or simply the way you defer some of the debt load.
The rental was built prior to the original structure.. on a stone basement
foundation. The basement actually has access to the are below the
attached garage.. where there is a pit for changing oil or doing automotive
maintenance. You can picture the "Model A" parked in here.
The rental has two sleeping areas.. but one, an interior room without windows,
has not been marketed as a bedroom. The current tenant has been here
6 years... and the current rent is $850 per month. The entry shown
is private and the stone work on the stair approach.. as well as the stone
work seen through the door of the shop, add charm and character.
The approximate 968 square foot rental was totally remodeled in 1990.
New kitchen, new bathroom, separate laundry facilities, attached garage,
view, deck, private entrance and guest parking.. no wonder tenants stay
Be sure to visit the second page of this property... this is an unusual
combination of income/business/residential... but the overriding experience
is yesteryear charm. This is a lovely home, and a quiet serene living
experience that could never be duplicated today. On page two of this
property will be interior shots of the original residence.. and some of
the spectacular, exotic landscaping and yard features.
Here for Additional Photos, Pricing and Showing Information
This property is offered in Value Range Pricing. Seller's will
entertain offers in the range of $429,000 to $488,876
Call today for an appointment to see this home.. or any other on the
market. Call us today for an explanation of value range pricing,
or to have your home featured on the Internet in this manner. Terri
and Paul Guess Associate Brokers, Prudential CA Realty. 523 Encinitas
Blvd., Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024 Phone Direct: 760 NEW-HOME
(639-4663) FAX 760-940-6329
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