When Judi Jones was asked how she knew her home was the one, she said , “I knew it was the one because I knew Dave was the one.” Her late husband Dave was a widower when they met and he and his deceased wife Pat purchased the three bedroom 2,600 sq. ft. California Monterey Revival in 1981. He had been a probation officer in the 60’s and he fell in love with San Pedro.
Judy and her husband have traveled the world over, and their eclectic abode is a treasure trove of souvenirs and memories.
The front yard has a lot of beautiful pepper trees creating a lot of shade over the driveway. Large, plush ferns and bright red geraniums also complement the yard.
Having to regrettably cut down her husband’s favorite front yard tree after he passed, she placed a statue of a life sized pelican, his favorite bird, on the stump looking out at the ocean in remembrance of him.
The house was remodeled in 1995 adding a wrap around deck and a small balcony off the kitchen. A large “Louie Newton” wicker chair sitting on the balcony was brought back from India by Judi’s father.
A console table in the living displays treasured family photos of days gone by.
There are two identical light fixtures; one in the living room and one in the dining room hanging above the dining table. They were made for them in Rosarito Mexico and transported to San Pedro via her husband’s pickup truck.
There are many other items from Mexico including the hand carved dining set in the dining room off the kitchen…
the tiles and sinks in both bathrooms…and the mirror, bed and large cabinet in her bedroom.The basket hanging on the side of this beautiful mirror was hand woven and belonged to a tour guide during a trip to Mexico. When Judi expressed interest in it, he gave it to her!
A cherished family heirloom is her Mother’s fully refinished and restored player piano with original music rolls. She recently had it completely tuned up. The two colorfull pictures in this picture are from the Unicef store, here in San Pedro at Crafted at the Port of L.A.
A lighted curio cabinet to the right of the front entrance to the home, is home to several smaller souvenirs from her life including a matryoshka doll of Gorbachev and other communist leaders that she acquired on an illegal visit to Communist Russia, a face carved out of a root, and a tea set he father gave her as a child.
An impecable needlepoint of the United States showing each state’s national flower hangs near the kitchen. Dave’s Mom and Aunt made it for him in 1942.
Judy’s favorite story is in regards to this signed photograph of her Aunt Peggy, who was a burlesque dancer in the 1930’s. Peggy lovingly gave it her Aunt Eva, and signed it: “To Aunt Eva, I will always love you, Love Peg, 1930.” Judy and her sister get a laugh out of the fact that Peg thought her Aunt Eva would hang such a provocative photo, especially for the era, on her wall! A demure painted portrait of Judi as a young girl hangs in the stairwell.In the cabinet above the sink in the half bath, is the alarm clock that Judi’s Mother used to set for them to get up for school when they were kids.A bold display of flags depicts Judy and her husband’s world travels.
The back yard is almost a third of an acre! Dave built a path up the hill, though Judy doesn’t go up there much anymore.A large fountain now houses succulents and flowers.
Judy’s beloved dog, Bailey, is the only living memory she has of her husband. They rescued him as a puppy. He follows her all around the house! She doesn’t look forward to the day when he’s gone, but is reassured to know he will be up in Heaven with Dave. ~S.P.A.