With a view of Homer’s Nose mountain peak in the Sequoia National park, this home is in a great historical neighborhood which dates back to the 1800’s. In fact, the house next door on the north side was Exeter’s first hospital and it’s rumored that most of the homes on the street were built to house doctors and nurses during that time period. The street now is known as the “4th of July Street” for its spectacular view of Exeter’s yearly fireworks show. The home’s walkability to all things Exeter also has the feel of not being right in town. The house was originally designed in 1937 and built in 1938. The Tylers purchased the home in 2015 and then took 6 months remodeling every room paying exquisite attention to detail in preserving this piece of Exeter’s history making their new home cozy, comfortable and full of charm!!
Upon arriving at the front of the residence, even before seeing it, you can hear the peaceful sound of the beautiful tiered water fountain located to the north side of the front courtyard. There is a rustic fire pit which brings warmth to a cool night. Beyond this, there is a new archway and gate that lead to an outside spring and summer garden that is now dormant.
On the south side of the front courtyard there is a new cement walkway which gently curves toward the driveway which separates the lawn from a flower garden. In the flower garden there is another fountain which had belonged to Sarah’s grandmother which was converted into a succulent garden. There are colorful antique tiles in the pathway which also appear in the sides of the new wall surrounding the quaint newly designed front courtyard. To Jim and Sarah it was very important to maintain the home’s architectural integrity. They added a new tile roof, but kept the origianal metal roofing above the front door and south side front window. The entryway to the home is original to the 1930’s with an old fashioned mail slot, original door handle and metal peephole in the front door. There is an archway inside the front door that has been mimicked throughtout the rest of the home in the remodel. There are cubby holes and builtin bookcases that are original to the house as well as the wood flooring.
Once inside the home, one can immediately feel the warmth of Christmas and the love Jim and Sarah have for family and friends. The Willow Tree Nativity and the collection of Will Tree angels Sarah has collected over the years through birthday and Christmas gifts. They sit on the piano for all to enjoy. Also on the entry hall tree is a little collection of deer that has also been given to her by great grandmothers, grandmothers, mother and other family members. The dining room table originally belonged to her grandmother.
Jim is a general and solar contractor as well as a self taught artist. Paintings by Jim are featured throughout the home. Jim’s first and favorite painting is of a couple on the beach located in the living room. They call it his “primitive style” painting. Another painting in the home with special meaning is a painting of silver shoes which hangs in the guest bathroom. These wonderful silver shoes belonged to Sarah’s cousin Katy Ann who lost her life in 2007 at the age of 19 in a fatal car crash. Sarah says Katy Ann loved shoes and these particular silver shoes were a favorite pair. She often wore them to work as a hotess at the Vintage Press. The actual pair of shoes hang on the wardrobe of the master bedroom.
The Tylers love original works of art. There are two bronze sculptures that are a must-see. One is located in the living room just alongside the doorwar that enters into the dining room. The other one is located in the dining room. The artist that created these is a dear friend of the Tylers and has a lovely gallery in Cambria which is a favorite weekend getaway for Jim and Sarah. The artist’s name is Riccardo Spizzamigilio. The smaller one in the dining room is titled “Sempre Avanti” which means always moving forward.
There is much to see throughout the rest of the home. While the kitchen got a complete makeover, it still has hints of “old” throughtout. Jim and Sarah found the vintage light fixtures above the sink and many throughout the house at local antique stores and many of their kitchen décor pieces were passed down from her grandparents. One of Sarah’s favorite pieces is an old crock whre her great grandmother used to store her wooden spoons; now years later, Sarah does the same. Sarah wants to pass this piece down to other family members someday.
Moving into the hallway from the dining room, there is a small wooden chair outside the guest bath. This was the children’s “time out” chair. The first bedroom is off to the right or front of the home. The 2nd bedroom is to the left which features the new Shiplap style ceiling which Jim and Sarah installed themselves. In between these bedrooms is the beautifully decorated guest bath. Moving down the hallway is the master bedroom and bath. While most of the home is origianal to its 1938 build, the master suite was added on sometime during the ‘80s. When Jim started work on the bedroom, he discovered it was built with some serious structural issues that caused water damage and dry rot so they decided to rebuild this portion of the house from the ground-up. This presented a challenge but in the end it worked out and the room is exceptional featuring a barn style sliding door to the master bath, an old vintage dresser made into a bathroom sink, limestone tile shower, high vaulted bedroom ceiling with exposed beams, two builtin bookcases with a window seat in between with a view to the beautiful lush green grass of the backyard.
The Tylers have created a very relaxing and stylish outdoor dining table, a raised hot tub and a pool with a lovely picturesque rock waterfall that can be seen from the kitchen, dining room and master bedroom. There are several lawn and seating areas, making it a great spot for large and small gatherings. There are so many new and old interesting and endearing things about this house that are not talked about here. This delightful home just has to be seen!!