The Little Blue House at 768 Holcomb may be the best example of adaptive rehabilitation in Midtown. Blending modern and traditional styles and lovingly restored in the last 5 years by well-known infill developers and the current owner, this home is graciously situated on an oversized, fully landscaped lot which was tastefully designed to reflect the unobstructed views of Mt Rose and provide ample privacy. The outdoor spaces include a full wrap around deck with accent lighting and secluded hot tub with privacy awning, fire pit, artificial grass, bbq area and carefully chosen plantings to provide color during the warm months.
The Little Blue House itself has been fully updated to modern standards while retaining the charm of a classic home – the hardwood floors have been carefully restored, and the kitchen has been fully upgraded with top-of-the-line appliances and granite countertops. The soaring ceiling in the front room provides a feeling of openness in the 684 square feet of living space. The basement has a roughed-in space for a wine cellar and tasting room. And it’s not just the appearance that pleases – all electrical, HVAC, plumbing and roof systems have been replaced within the last 5 years.
While the Washoe County Assessor claims this home was constructed in 1914, unofficial sources say this historic ranch home once sat on the V&T Railroad that eventually became Holcomb Avenue with the designation of Wells Addition in 1905. Possibly built for the shepherd in charge of Sheldon Wells’ sheep flock in the late 1800s, this is one of the original homes that make up the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Conservation District.