Cottage of the Week: 515 Fernleaf
Larger than it appears from the street, this 1932 cottage is reported to have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,400 sq ft.
The Grandest Angel of Them All
In the headline of his obituary, the Los Angeles Times called him the “Grandest Angel of Them All.” After a 35-year career in baseball that included 18 seasons in a Los Angeles Angels uniform, Arnold ‘Jigger’ Statz died at home in Corona Del Mar on March 16, 1988 at age 90. With Mike Trout not born for another three years, the headline was not hyperbole. To this day, Statz has the 4th most hits as a professional baseball player behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron. Wondering why he isn’t as well known as these three Hall of Famers? 3,356 of his hits came as a member of the Angels back when they played in the Pacific Coast League.
Two of our cottages in the Village date back to 1914 - the same year that WWI started and Babe Ruth made his first appearance in the majors.
348 Dahlia Place is now tucked away behind some apartments and is perched over Bayside Dr. It was located near the first building in Corona del Mar, the Hotel Del Mar and may have been one of two cottages built for the staff.
A block away is 214 Dahlia Ave. which is listed as a 1914 house but according to an interview a few years ago with the owner, it was actually built much earlier and moved from an Irvine bean farm to its current location. He said that he has a photo of it from 1910 when it was a barn in Irvine (we desperately need a copy of this photo!) but that it may be much older.
Corona del Mar: 1940 & Today
1940 Aerial View of CdM that shows Avocado, Acacia, Begonia, Carnation, and part of Dahlia Ave. With the Big Blue House now gone (can you find it in this photo?), a dozen structures from this 80 year old photo remain today.
Cottage of the Week: 510 Dahlia
A delightful cottage that is rather unique in that it features elements of streamline moderne architectural style with its rounded edges.
The 1948 cottage has 600 sq ft and 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. It was last sold in 1984 for $215,000 and looks like it has been rented out the past few years.
For more info on 510 Dahlia, Corona del Mar, CA 92625, you can visit these sites:
Realtor.com - 510 Dahlia
Zillow.com - 510 Dahlia
Redfin.com - 510 Dahlia
Artist Rex Brandt, who lived and worked in Corona del Mar for most of his life, is considered one of the most important and influential California watercolorists.
From ‘Blue Sky’, his home and studio located on Goldenrod next to the Footbridge, he created hundreds of paintings of coastal scenes and one of the most important watercolor schools. Through the school and eleven books on watercolor painting, Brandt taught and inspired many professional artists.