Built in 1956, this unassuming home in Ventura, CA, doesn’t look like much from the street. The curb appeal is scant, and the concrete front yard is a bummer.
It’s on the market for $799,000, and the listing notes that it needs “a little TLC and some modern upgrades.” So a buyer must be prepared to spend even more than the final sale price to bring this place into the 21st century.
One thing a buyer must not touch? The absolutely priceless, time-capsule Tiki room within.
It’s safe to say we’ve never seen a space that resembles this Polynesian-themed retreat.
The built-in concrete lavalike benches provide plenty of space for guests to sit and sip on a Scorpion Bowl.
The jaunty wet bar adjacent to the seating area, canopied with palm fronds, is the place to prep fruity tropical drinks.
For additional island flair, there’s also a circular fire pit table, waterfall, thatched roof accents—and bamboo, bamboo everywhere, as far as the eye can see. The space evokes memories of the Tiki bars of yore, like Trader Vic’s.
It’s the perfect spot to swill cocktails from Tiki tumblers and munch on a pu-pu platter.
The theme isn’t limited to the single room, because there’s also a Tiki-style family room, just off the den.
The sunny covered patio in back also gives off a tropical vibe, and could be spruced up to mesh even more with the Tiki theme.
As for the rest of the home? The single-story, three-bedroom home was originally built in 1956, and there’s no record that it has ever sold. It’s likely to have been in the same family for a couple of generations.
Within its extensively paneled, 2,528 square feet of space, you’ll find a living room with a brick fireplace and a dining room with a massive arched window—both with plenty of built-in shelving.
The kitchen and the bathrooms have all the linoleum and fluorescent lighting one could ask for. These are the spots in need of a refresh.
The home’s bedrooms are vivid. One features wood paneling, and another is covered in pink.
A DIY enthusiast or mechanic could find multiple uses for the home’s massive workshop, hobby room, storage room, and two-car garage. Those structures add an additional 1,576 square feet to the home. For a buyer, it also offers the opportunity to convert these space into livable square footage, and possibly an additional dwelling for rental income.
Since much of the yard is concrete, the water bills are low, and there’s also plenty of room for parking. A new owner might want to brighten up the place a bit.
“Bring your paintbrush, install your choice of flooring, add some elbow grease and polish this diamond in the rough back into the showplace it once was and can be again!” the listing suggests.
After the home landed on the market for $845,000 in mid-March, its price was quickly cut to the current ask. All that’s required now is for a buyer to hula on in with an offer.
Blake Mashburn with Century 21 Everest represents the listing.
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