At a time when most developers would rather tear down an old structure to make way for a higher-density project, one developer in Anaheim decided to restore a historic 1924 home while building new homes around it with an eye toward complementing and preserving the historic context of the property.
The project is called Bella Court. The builder, SRC Development, has restored back to its original splendor the Spanish home known as the Mumm House, and entered into a Mills Act Agreement with the City of Anaheim to preserve the 1920s-era jewel for generations to come. The remaining land was subdivided into separate parcels for new homes that were designed to blend beautifully with the historic architecture and feel of the Mumm House.
SRC Development, a local builder headquartered in Anaheim Hills, believes that Anaheim is a great place to build new homes while preserving its past. Although large public builders are not interested in such distinctive infill projects, and other private builders are still having a difficult time obtaining construction financing, SRC is actively seeking sites where it can uniquely capture and bring together the charm and history of the old with the new.
On May 20, 1921, Jacob Mumm Jr., a pioneer homesteader from the Yuma Valley in Arizona who originally emigrated from Germany, purchased 20 acres of land on Dale Avenue in Anaheim. He built a home for himself and his wife, Elsabe “Elsie” Mumm, in 1924. Their ranch was given a county address of 9669 Dale Ave. after WWII. Following annexation into the city in 1956, the address was changed to 717 S. Dale Ave.
The Mumms lived on the ranch for the rest of their lives. Jacob was a frequent traveler to Africa, Japan, Iceland and other exotic parts of the world and became a renowned photographer who presented slide shows of his travels to local organizations. In 1955, Jacob and Elsie sold off all but 1 acre of their property. After Elsie passed away in 1958, Jacob remained at his small ranch, tending his avocados and oranges until his death in 1982.
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