611 E. Pleasant Street

611 E. Pleasant Street: Santa Paula Hospice Home Tour

April 28, 2010
Santa Paula News

By Judy Triem

The 27th Annual Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Tour will be held May 15th from 10 am to 4 pm. One of three California bungalows featured on the tour is this century-old house at 611 E. Pleasant Street, owned by Sam and Rose Arellano.

The Arellano house was built in 1910. The original owner is unknown but by 1916 it was owned by Edgar and Ada Youngman, retired, and their daughter Lucy, a grammar school teacher. The Arellanos purchased the house in 2001.

All of the homes on the north side of Pleasant Street display similar features. They are sited on a sloping hillside with generous covered front porches, stone retaining walls, large deep lots and even setbacks creating a graceful rhythm when viewed from the ends of the block.

Key features of this California bungalow is the medium high pitched gable roof with broad overhanging eaves and exposed rafter tails and knee brackets. A shed roof dormer window is centered over the full length front porch supported by tapered capped wood columns. Siding is clapboard. Two large front wood windows are located on either side of the wood and glass front door.

Preserving as many of the original features in their bungalow is a major goal of the Arellanos who have been restoring their home since 2001. Rose has an art studio in the “sunroom” off the living room. Her love for things old brings new life to Sam’s flea market finds. Picture frames and table tops with gold leaf or decoupage add color and design to the palette she has chosen for each room. The fireplace is the central focus of the living room and above the mantle can be seen Rose’s artistic touch in the gilded mirror and family photo frames.

The interior spaces feature a blend of antique and modern from the beautiful 1930s waterfall bedroom set with its rounded horizontal edges belonging to Sam’s family to the modern pool table, a focal piece of the dining room.

The large dining room has been converted to a pool room with the built-in china cabinet containing a collection of photos and glassware. The pool room is decorated with Harley Davidson icons and photos of their trips on their Harley motorcycles, a hobby the couple pursues when not working on the house. The Arellano daughters, Daisy and Jasmine, have a colorful “loft” room upstairs.

While the inside of the house is Rose’s domain, Sam’s is the outside. He has created a secret garden in the side yard. The terraced back yard is full of mature fruit trees. The spacious garage gives Sam the opportunity to indulge his hobby of restoring vintage cars.

Also featured on this year’s tour are the California bungalows at 617 Pleasant Street, owned by Pete Wilson, and 621 Pleasant Street owned by Bill and Laura Phillips; the new Spanish Revival style residence at 624 Shasta Drive owned by Joe and Tami Bradley; and the Ventura County Farm Museum at the former Mill, 962 Railroad Avenue. The Glen Tavern Inn at 134 N. Mill Street will host the ice cream sundaes and plant sale providing a rest stop on the tour. Sundaes are courtesy of the Santa Clara Valley Bank and plants are provided by DoRight Nursery and roses from Otto and Sons. The Santa Paula Society of the Arts will host “art on the lawn” in front of the Glen Tavern.

Advance tickets are available for $15 at the Santa Paula Times (944 E. Main St.), Brownies Basement (866 E. Main St.), John Nichols Gallery (916 E. Main St.), Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St.), Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce (200 N. 10th St.), and Santa Clara Valley Hospice Office (133 N. Mill St.). Tickets are also available in Fillmore at Mirage (508 Santa Clara & Central Ave.) and in Ventura at Lautzenhiser’s Hallmark store (1730 S. Victoria Ave.).

To order advance tickets by mail, send checks payable to SCV Hospice - Home Support Group, Inc. and mail to Santa Clara Valley Hospice, P.O. Box 365, Santa Paula, CA 93061. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. After May 1st, please call 525-1333 for tickets and Will Call. Pick up tickets at the Ventura County Farm Museum (the Mill) at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula on the day of the tour. Tickets purchased on day of Tour are $20. For further information, call SCVH/HSG office at 525-1333.

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