Joel Toller has sold dozens of houses in his career as a real estate agent, but none quite like this one.
When it comes to 917 Charter Oak Ave., he can tell you not only its floor plan and amenities, but also which creaky steps he used to avoid when he was trying to get downstairs without waking up his parents. He can direct you to the secret cubbyhole where he used to keep his treasures and the spot out back where he raised sheep for 4-H. The Toller family decided to put the family home on the market because Joel and his sister have long since moved out and their parents spend a lot of their time in Montana and at another house in St. Helena.
“It’s not like I’m yearning to keep this in the family for some reason,” Toller said. “We had all the cousins up for Thanksgiving, and that was a nice way to send the house on its merry way to its next owner.”
The 2,400-square-foot Victorian was built in the 1880s by John Cornelius Money, for whom Money Way was named.
According to Mariam Hansen of the St. Helena Historical Society, Money served on the City Council for almost 50 years, built the Richie Block where the Masonic lodge is today, and built the Vance residence, later known as St. Gothard’s Inn and today the centerpiece of the Las Alcobas hotel.
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Hansen said the house is part of the Charter Oak/McCorkle historic district, as outlined by a 1978 historical resources inventory. The whole street was laid out by James Ignatius Logan, whose house is now the Long Meadow Ranch tasting room, Hansen said.
The Money home is on a third of an acre, with a guest house and a carriage house. The Tollers moved there in 1977.
“It was fun to play hide-and-seek in because there are a lot of nooks and crannies and secret hiding spaces under the stairwells,” Toller said.
The house is listed for $1,995,000 at coldwellbankerhomes.com.