[Update August 1 2011]: My internet browsing skills suck because I came across an article at la.curbed.com published in January 17, 2011 discussing the second house below for sale. As the commenter suggested, this house was moved to Reseda to make way for the Hollywood freeway. So it seems that this property is not an original SF Valley home. On a separate note, this property sold in July 13 for $380,000 which is $14,000 less than the original list price. Hopefully the new owners can share any stories or findings from this historical gem.
The L.A. Times ran an article over the weekend about the Valley's oldest (and still standing) house in the Sunland-Tujunga-Lake View Terrace area. Its a wood frame folk Victorian built in 1896 and occupied by Raymond Shelly whose grandpa built the home. Its amazing that this house is still standing after earthquakes, storms, etc. What's the maintenance like on a home this old?
Like all homes built back then, they were typically ranch homes with vast amounts of land in order to raise cattle, orange groves, olives, etc. Then came the bulldozers to make way for the concrete jungle, in this case the 210 freeway. His backyard is literally the 210 freeway. The article also goes on to discuss the Survey L.A. project which is in the process of discovering and preserving historic sites which found Shelly's home during surveying trips.
7545 Darby Ave Reseda, CA. And its for sale! According to the realtor and property records, this is a Tudor style home built in 1898. It was foreclosed in Feb 2010, then sold to an investor who renovated and flipped the house and is currently for sale at $394,000. The house looks brand new that it probably feels like living in a McMansion from Santa Clarita instead of a house from Back to the Future 3.
Can anyone confirm if this is indeed the second oldest house in the Valley after Shelley's?