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December 9, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Fawnskin, California

By RetroRuth

This week we have a very cute, kitschy cabin with lots of paneling and some fun furniture.


This home is located at 1156 Bruin Trail, Fawnskin, California. It has five bedrooms and two bathrooms and is approximately 1800 square feet. It was built in 1960 and the asking price of the home is $409,500. It is for sale by owner, and you can see the listing on Zillow here. From the listing:

Located on the quiet north side of the Big Bear Lake, this 3 story midcentury cabin has room for the whole family. It comfortably sleeps 13. After you park in the roomy, flat driveway, it is a few feet to the street-level front door. Once inside you are greeted by a majestic great room with vaulted ceilings with wood beams, a massive native rock fireplace, new hardwood flooring, and live edged slab stairs. The open kitchen has all original rainbow colored cabinets, a beautiful copper tap, and a gorgeous stained glass window. Outside the windows nothing but rolling forest views of an almost half acre lot. Down the hallway is a master bedroom and a beautiful office/bunk room with huge windows and a sliding door to the balcony. Up the stairs are two more lovely bedrooms with cantilevered ceilings and plenty of natural light. One with a queen bed, and one with 2 twins. The moon-themed twin room comes with a vintage telescope. Downstairs is my favorite part of the house – a charming basement den with its own fireplace (including vintage copper cooking tools) and a live edge slab dry bar. We love to watch our curated VHS collection in there. Around the corner, an adorable dining room, laundry machines, two huge storage areas (one would be perfect for building a sauna) a beautiful bedroom, another full bathroom and a door that leads to the huge forested backyard with an outdoor bar. The downstairs makes a perfect guest suite with its separate entrance that leads you down pink quartz exterior stairs from the driveway. During the summer months, you can enjoy BBQing on the balcony while enjoying the sunset view. In winter, the adults can drink mimosas by the fire while they keep an eye on the kids sledding in the backyard. At night, watch a film on the 100″ motorized movie screen and HD projector, or nightcaps by the fire in the basement while the kids snooze upstairs. In the winter, you’ll be minutes from the slopes and the Village. In the summer, only a few blocks from your boat which is moored at Captain John’s Marina. Keep your eyes out high in the sky for Lucy and Desi, Fawnskin’s resident Bald Eagles. This charming mid-century home was built by it’s artist residents in 1960 when Fawnskin was founded as an artist commune. It hasn’t changed much since and has very little wear and tear, as it was only used a few months a year as a summer home from the time it was built, until recently, when it was given a fixing and shining up. We didn’t want to touch its original 1960 charm, but we did give it a newly finished basement, new hardwood flooring, a Nest thermostat, & a new sunset-view deck with dining bar, BBQ and seating. It has an adorable backyard bar as well. The appliances are all original and work great, the fridge even has a butter softening compartment! It’s easy to tell it was built with love. The 2 fireplaces are gorgeous; handcrafted with native rosy quartz rock. The breakfast bar, the basement bar, and the stairs are all made from thick live edge wood slabs cut from the National Forest close by. The kitchen has delightful all-original color-blocked cabinets, a beautiful and functional copper faucet, a windowsill perfect for an herb garden, and a magical stained glass window which reflects a perfect image of itself onto the kitchen wall every night at sunset. My favorite room might be the basement den – it has its own native quartz fireplace, bar, and big windows facing the forest. An irresistible nostalgia about it. Its a really fun place to hang out, mix drinks and chat with friends, or chill out and watch your VHS/DVD collection.



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Dining Area

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So, what do you think? Between the furniture, the appliances and the paneling, this place is adorably eclectic and funky. This looks like my perfect idea of a cabin getaway. I would force my whole family to go here every weekend. I would just sit around admiring that great room and all of the wood details.


This post is sponsored by Real Estate Broker Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert! If you want to learn more about the mid-mod scene in Denver, you can visit Adrian’s site here. Thank you, Adrian!

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3 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Fawnskin, California

  1. Dan Reply

    December 9, 2018 at 8:31 am

    The perfect mix of kitschy and classy, just what a place like this should be. Really does look just about perfect.

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    December 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    This place is so sweet and homey and fun!

  3. Alex Reply

    December 13, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    The VCR kind of spoils the illusion. The fridge is pretty awesome though.

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