April 14, 2017

Preservation Personals: Queen Anne Victorian Seeks California Dreamers

  • By: Jared Foretek

The rarest of finds, I haven’t been up for sale in over 100 years, and perched up on a hill with the San Francisco Bay practically in my backyard, it isn’t hard to see why. Originally built in 1897, I’ve just gotten some work done, but my Queen Anne style remains as rich as ever.

Mark Twain must’ve been wrong about the weather in San Francisco, because I first served as a summer home for a prominent local attorney. With details like etched glass, carved door knobs, and vintage light fixtures spread throughout my 4,852 square feet, you may need a century of your own to discover everything that makes me unique.

But for the basics, I’ve got six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. My tongue-and-groove redwood walls are original, as are the fir floors.

My kitchen, on the other hand, has come a long way with top-of-the-line appliances and an open floor plan that leads into the family room and out to my spacious deck and hot tub. Also outside you’ll find my brick patios, yard, and gardens with two olive trees and rose bushes that have survived since the home’s earliest years.

Back inside you’ll find the curved windows of my parlor, from which you can look out to the picturesque San Rafael hillside while the period reproduction wallpaper takes you back in time. But don’t worry about my admittedly advanced age; electrical wiring, plumbing, and a new foundation have all been recently added.

Enchanted already? See more of me here.

California Victorian exterior

photo by: Christopher Battista

San Rafael, California 94901.

California Victorian formal parlor

photo by: Christopher Battista

The curved windows of my parlor look out onto the San Rafael hillside.

California Victorian kitchen

photo by: Christopher Battista

My newly renovated kitchen is truly state-of-the-art.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.


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