As one of Bakersfield’s original neighborhoods, Westchester’s history is as rich as the city itself and the area contains some of Kern County’s oldest and most prominent homes.
Located at 2300 18th St. is the historical home built in 1910 by world-famous dentist Parker Wilbur, otherwise known as “Painless Parker.” The “matron of Bakersfield,” Floy Holloway, also lived in the home and her family, the Scharpenbergs, held regular church meetings and holiday parties centered around the large dining room and formal living room.
At 2,709 square feet, the two-story house was very large for the time period, featuring four bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, basement and bomb shelter.
The master bedroom contains a large secret closet and recent owners added a deck overlooking the downtown skyline along with a spiral staircase for easy access from the spacious backyard. The remaining bedrooms are large and perfect for relaxing with the windows open. The upstairs hall bathroom is equipped with a large claw-foot tub, built-in hamper and built-in storage.
The sun porch next to the dining room is spacious with large windows, providing plenty of natural light during the day for reading, relaxing or enjoying the morning sun.
The home is situated on a corner lot with RV parking and separate two-car garage. Its location is near the heart of walkable downtown Bakersfield, providing easy access to local boutiques and restaurants, and community events like the annual Fourth of July parade draw spectators from all over.
A recent appraisal on the vintage home priced it at $400,000 but the sellers are asking for $349,000.