With over 30 years in the appraisal industry, John Ashworth has experience in every kind of property use…
THE KING’S HOUSE
Elvis had already left the building, but in 1994 I appraised the Beverly Hills home he built in 1958 when he started making Hollywood movies.
The house is somewhat unremarkable and not overly large by today’s standards, but it is in one the best locations in Beverly Hills, overlooking the city, and the neighbors at the time were George Burns and Phil Donahue.
Casa de los Gobernadores
On a bluff overlooking the American River in Carmichael, plans were made for it to become a permanent residence for all future Governors of the State of California in the early 1970s by then-Governor Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan. Ground was broken in 1974. The project was not complete by the time Reagan was succeeded by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown did not desire to live in the house, but agreed to complete construction due to contractual obligations.
The succeeding governor, George Deukmejian, intended to live at the property but decided against it due to political pressure. No California governor ever lived in the house, though Nancy Reagan reportedly stayed there at times.
The property was lived in only by caretakers for several years; the state eventually decided to auction the property via private bid, and it was sold in 1985 to a private investor who developed it into a ten lot subdivision named Casa del los Gobernadores (House of the Governors). While most of the new lots were about half an acre in size, the “governor’s home,” was reduced to 4.59 acres in size, as it still is today.
The developer offered the “governor’s home” for sale in the early 2000s for $5,900,000, stating that he would sell for a price of $3,500,000 if the state, or then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, wished to buy it. Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver reportedly viewed the house four times but decided not to purchase. The property sold to a private party in 2004 for $4,100,000.
JOHN STANFORD BROWN HOUSE
- Historic home on the Sacramento River in the Delta
- In the National Register of Historic Places
- Oldest private swimming pool in Sacramento County
- Indoor/outdoor bar and dining area
- Ernest Hemingway visited several times
- Large dock on river–SF Bay is a 2-3 hour cruise
- Cliffside home overlooking St. Thomas harbor
- Typical street in central neighborhood
- Driving on the left side of the road
- View of the Caribbean from a condominium unit
- The island of St. John is only accessible by boat
- View of Peterborg and world-famous Magen’s Bay
- Rebuilding after the Hurricane Hugo
Various Appraised Properties
Two of eight homes appraised for a family trust in the East Sacramento area
Commercial lot leased by a Walgreens franchise
Former restaurant and bar leased as office space
Non-operational for several years, the district was considering disposing of the property; rezoning from public use to private development required careful consideration of highest and best use
Two adjacent Habitat for Humanity homes nearing completion; attached with common wall at garage
At over 14,000 SF of living area, one of the largest residences in the Sacramento region
Partial acquisition for street widening project
Access to American River via very steep downhill grade on deep lot
Known as a split-lakefront lot, the property has the residence on land side of Lake Blvd and frontage on Lake Tahoe on the opposite side of the road. This one has a pier with outdoor kitchen, two jet-ski lifts and two buoys for boat mooring.
Located in Napa Valley wine country less than a half-mile from the origin of the Tubbs Fire, this 40-acre rural parcel was fully engulfed (ground cover had returned by the summer); the wildfire moved southwest into the city of Santa Rosa and destroyed over 5,000 homes in October of 2018.
Waterfront home on Serene Lakes
Recreational Land with Hunting Lodge
220 acres includes two miles bordering the Yuba River; lodge with five bedroom suites and a commercial kitchen, two three-acre lakes, professional skeet shooting and sporting clay courses, caretaker’s apartment, barn and ample hunting and fishing