2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,268 sq.ft.
Offered at $499,000
This charming 1925 bungalow is nicely sited above the street, offering both privacy and easy access to Proctor shops and restaurants. Original architectural elements include coved ceilings, mahogany doors and trim, casement windows, hardwood floors and a Batchelder tile wood burning fireplace. Additional features include an enclosed entry foyer, vintage hardware and fixtures, a large formal living room, a formal dining room with a French door to the yard, a breakfast nook in the kitchen, two spacious bedrooms and a full bathroom on the entry level.
A second bathroom with a shower is located in the unfinished basement along with laundry and storage. Ample basement ceiling height and easy attic access offer excellent opportunities for future expansion. This historic property also includes a fenced back yard, a large patio, an old Japanese maple and a shared one garage accessed through the basement. Given its intact architectural details and its storied past, the Innocenti House is eligible for inclusion on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, which could confer significant property tax savings based upon renovation expenses.
House is 1,268SF
Lot is 5,950SF
Batchelder tile fireplace
Mahogany doors and trim
One car garage
Built by Western Builders, Inc. in 1925, this "Electro-Ease" model home - the second in Tacoma - featured nearly every electrical household device on the market at the time, including an electric piano, sewing machine, range, refrigerator and furnace. In addition to all of the electronics, the house served as a showcase for local purveyors of fine furnishings and fixtures. The house was opened to the public upon completion and hosted more than 3,000 visitors during its first week on the market. It was purchased fully furnished by Albert and Adelina Innocenti for $7,500.
Born in Italy circa 1893, Albert Innocenti was living in Tacoma by the early 1910s. He was a member of the Tacoma Eagles and the Tacoma Elks Lodge, and he worked officially as the manager of a “soft drinks” establishment on Jefferson Ave during the prohibition era. In truth, Innocenti was also the owner of the Lucky Silver Tavern on South Tacoma Way, and he made the news in August of 1931 when his home on Union Ave was raided by federal prohibition agents. Barrels of moonshine were discovered in the basement along with a concrete tunnel – with locked doors at both ends - connecting the basement of the house to the garage on N. 22nd St. The liquor cache in the basement also had a special platform for the loading and unloading of shipments. Law enforcement reportedly found documents pointing to a larger bootlegging ring, but those documents were quashed in federal court and Albert was only convicted on state liquor charges. He lived in the house until his death in 1974. Adelina died in 1989. The couple had no children.
The Proctor District is one of Tacoma’s most celebrated and desirable neighborhoods, offering an idyllic urban village experience. The area features some great old historic homes and a wonderful mix of owner operated shops and restaurants, including Metropolitan Market, Chalet Bowl, Cactus, Ice Cream Social, Cooks Tavern and the historic Blue Mouse Theater – the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Washington State.
The University of Puget Sound serves as an anchor institution in the neighborhood, providing access to a wide variety of academic, athletic and cultural activities. The Proctor District offers a local farmer’s market every Saturday from April through November, excellent public schools and easy access to Point Ruston, Point Defiance Park and downtown Tacoma.
2120 N Union Ave is offered at $499,000. Please contact us directly to schedule a showing today.