Following a tip from the VanDruffs (hi Carey), I stopped by 9070 Lubec Street in Downey on July 29. This house, called the Cinderella House, is a very special property. It’s the last custom home the VanDruff brothers built before the first Cinderella Ranch tracts went up.
I immediately noticed it was being worked on…and going on the market! As you can see, the house next door is being remodeled extensively. That makes me nervous.
When I see a contractor or landscaper’s truck parked outside a unique vintage property like this, my heart leaps into my throat. Oh no. What’s happening to the house?!
Original windows and trim intact? Check. Original rock details? Check. Original midcentury house number left alone? Check. So far so good.
I was told that the house was in almost-completely-original shape, kept that way by an owner who loved it as it is. According to Charles Phoenix (who was lucky enough to go inside), it’s still pretty much the same as it was in 1954. (The house wasn’t yet on the market when I took these pictures.) The kitchen is original (and adorable). The fireplace, made from stones found at Palos Verdes, has built-in petrified wood planters. Even the outdoor spaces are 1950s-cute. Do watch the video – it looks amazing. I could live here.
Unfortunately, I had to work the weekend of the open house. But I’m holding out hope that it sells to a buyer who will love it just as much as the last one did.
View the listing here. I can’t stop clicking through the pictures.
Just for fun, here are a couple of original brochures gifted to me by the VanDruffs:
As you can see, it’s called the Cinderella House in this 1954 brochure.
I’ve seen a different version of this brochure (which includes floor plans!) online. Someday I’ll scan and post it for the world to see.