BUNGALOW HUNTER STORY
Andy’s early fascination was sparked from driving deliveries through
so many great neighborhoods filled with Craftsman Bungalows, California-Style
Spanish Haciendas and English Tudor Cottages built prior to World War
II. His interest in the possibilities and potential these homes had to
offer for first-time home buyers and growing families relegated to higher
density condos and look-a-like house painted pink and beige.
“Great neighborhoods like Laguna Village, Old Towne Orange and Floral
Park in North Santa Ana have so much more to offer than the “cookie-cutter”
homes. The older properties provided larger lots with big backyards and
houses built of quality construction, fabulous fixtures and fine craftsmanship
no longer offered in new housing construction. Better yet, there is No
Mello-Roos to increase property taxes or the usually dreaded Home Owners
Associations (HOA) found in most of the new planned housing communities.
THE THE BUNGALOW HUNTER
Andy bought his Colonial Revival Style Bungalow in 1994 and began restoring
the historic 1922 structure and gardens. It took several years of scraping
paint, refinishing hardwood floors and replacing plumbing and electrical.
He placed the property on the local historic register and furnished it
with period furnishings and appliances.
The fascination continued to where Andy started helping others in their
quest to restore and renovate vintage homes. As a licensed real estate
agent, Andy began to search-out Bungalows and cottages for others to buy
throughout Orange Counties and Long Beach historic neighborhoods. “I
started researching the history of the vintage properties and the resources
available for owners of vintage homes,” Andy said, “That’s
where somebody along the line called me the ‘Bungalow Hunter’
and the name has stuck.”
It became increasingly clear that the popularity of vintage homes in great
neighborhoods was increasing as a desirable way of life in the 1990’s.
The appreciation for quality craftsmanship and construction was returning
a sense of American pride and nostalgia to the bay-boomer generation.
That added appreciation for historic homes fueled resurgence in rediscovering
vintage neighborhoods and those spacious classic older homes. The growth
of cable television also helped with specialized shows like This Old House,
If Walls Could Talk, and Huell Houser’s California’s Gold.
The only trouble was that there really wasn’t any Realtor or Internet
service connecting all the various historic neighborhoods scatter about
At the dawn of the online Realtor. Com experience, Andy figured that there
had to be a better way to utilize the internet to consolidate the various
historic neighborhoods and vintage homes for sale into a real estate network.
For the online home buyer, it was difficult to go to one of these on-line
real estate services and extract information on historic homes in certain
Mostly because of the broad scope of the data fields on real estate websites
didn’t offer easily provided defined categories for productive vintage
home internet searches. To frustrate matters further, most realtors didn’t
have a clue how about vintage homes and the great historic neighborhoods.
DON’T BE SUCKERED INTO A “PIECE
Andy Alison provides home buyers interested in purchasing vintage a vintage
home the resources to easily search for available and to be represented
by a Realtor that is a specialist in all aspects of a vintage home purchase.
It takes a specific knowledge and experience to navigate the potential
pitfalls that Buyers often encountered with older homes.
No one wants to end up buying a “Piece of Shack” as Andy calls
older homes fabled in movies like the “Money Pit.” There are
hidden dangers that most real estate agents don’t have a clue about
when it comes to buying an older home in a historic neighborhood.
The renewed enthusiasm for vintage neighborhoods and homes is what drives
Andy Alison to provide the best resource available, whether online or
by traditional methods, for buying that heart-warming vintage home in
a great vintage neighborhood.
People, who love nostalgia, or better yet a way-of-life reminiscent of
simpler times, will enjoy what Andy Alison, the Bungalow Hunter, has created
for those looking for that perfect vintage home and the added advantage
of a skilled Realtor Specialist to make sure the vintage home buyers is
properly represented and will enjoy a successful transaction and close
Welcome Home America!