The Bybee House and water tower circa 1887 at the gateway to Jacksonville is on the Historic registry & symbolizes a way of life. It wss said to be the most conspicuous and publicly visible location in the valley but is now nestled behind Leland Cypress trees. Under a canopy of century old black walnut trees, the old brick courtyard features an antique two tier cherub fountain. The 4-story water tower has been transformed into a magical living space. The lush garden & grounds have lent themselves to formal events and businesses such as a B&B & an antique store.
You'll find updates with clean lines while still maintaining the history, character and charm of the home including original wood floors and high wood ceilings. Kitchen updates with copper counter top, stainless steel appliances, cabinets and side pantry. Living Room is inviting with wood floors, fireplace. Den, library or office tucked behind the fireplace. The Master is on First Level with access to grounds and gardens. There are two large bedrooms upstairs with their own adjoining bathrooms and nice views. Between the main home and Historic Water Tower you will find the indoor utility room, pantry and hobby area. The home is on a foundation.
The 4 story Historic Bybee "Water Tower" had been updated with 1st Floor Living Room, 2nd Floor Bedroom, 3rd Floor Bathroom with shower and jacuzzi tub and 4th Floor One of the Best Telescope Rooms in Southern Oregon. Would make wonderful guest quarters or whatever your imagination allows.
Approximate Square Footage is 2842 which includes Home and Water Tower that are connected.
But that's not all the Bybee House has to offer! There are several,
artful structures and settings just waiting to be put to use.
Entering the Bybee House you are greeted with century old black walnut
trees that canopy the old world style courtyard. Beneath your feet is
historic brick with the centerpiece being the antique 2-tier cherub
fountain originating from a southern California estate. Cool off on a
hot summer day as you sit by the fountain enjoying a glass of wine from
one of the many valley wineries.
Along one side of the courtyard is the 2 car garage (with additional work
space) and a studio building measuring approximately 25' 7" by 23' 5".
Incorporating vintage architecture including a rounded door, french doors
with beveled glass. The building adds to the privacy of the courtyard as
well as being a space that could be used for storage, possibly guest
cottages, studio space or maybe even a commercial kitchen.to name a few
Just steps away from the courtyard is a gazebo that was built using more
vintage architecture. The gazebo features antique ironwork on the sides, vintage columns, an old metal piece that serves as a "compass" on the floor and a beautiful, aluminum finial that was purchased in NY's Liz Clairborne Gallery in SoHo. This is a perfect place for outdoor dining or perhaps a romantic spot for wedding vows.
The fenced in (deer proof), raised bed garden measures 27' by 81'. While
it is not "certified" organic, it has been treated as such and no pesticides or herbicides have been used. Inside the garden is a charming greenhouse built using vintage windows and more vintage architecture. The greenhouse measures 12' by 14' 5". A garden shed stands waiting nearby to house your riding mower and other garden tools.
In the back area stands a charming pergola measuring ?. It is flanked by
cypress trees, beautiful, aromatic mimosas, birch trees and lilacs. With
a concrete slab floor it is well suited for outdoor dining, wedding vows or how about a bandstand? We've done it several times and it was delightful!
Beyond the pergola, the back area is flat and is perfectly suited for a large garden or perhaps extra parking for events. Truly, the only limits here are those of your own imagination!
Finally, whimsical artistic touches dot the landscape and home. The
entrance to the garden features an assemblage overhead consisting of
vintage lawn tools. Throughout the home and tower there are paintings on
the floors and walls. All the artful touches have been lovingly added by
Charles and Beth Baker.
The Bybee House is a harmonious mix of art, history and location that is
sure to please anyone and everyone who enters!