The Station Master's House, believed to be the oldest house in Costa Mesa, was recently sold. The new owner says he plans to keep it intact but do some renovations inside. (DON LEACH, Daily Pilot / February 4, 2014)

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A tiny abode — believed to be the oldest house in Costa Mesa — has been sold to a local businessman who says he plans to keep the quaint structure intact.

The Station Master's House, at 2150 Newport Blvd., and the adjacent buildings on the 0.42-acre lot sold for $750,000, according to Valerie Torelli of Costa Mesa-based Torelli Realty, which represented the seller, George Gilmore.

The transaction is in escrow with closing scheduled for Wednesday, Torelli said. Gilmore bought the property in 2002.

The original asking price was $875,000.

The property also has a separate two-car garage, storage area and building that housed a rug business.

Torelli said the rug business has since moved.

The house had been occupied by a renter.

The new owner, who declined to publicly release his name or announce his plans for the property, told the Daily Pilot he will maintain the Station Master's House as a residence.

He added that he wants do some interior remodeling but maintain the historic qualities of the exterior.

The redwood home was last renovated in 2004.

The roughly 1,000-square-foot house is believed to have been built as early as 1880. Save for the Diego Sepulveda Adobe from the 1820s, the house is the oldest in town, local historians say.

The Station Master's House has one bedroom, one bathroom with a small adjacent alcove, a living area and kitchen. It was once used by the station master working the Paularino railroad siding of the Santa Ana and Newport Railway, whose route went from Santa Ana to the Newport Pier, according to Costa Mesa Historical Society records.

The house was originally near present-day Baker Street and Newport Boulevard before being moved in the 1940s to its Newport Boulevard location near Stater Bros.