In the market for an historic Victorian??

Posted on | May 21, 2010 | 7 Comments

In a conversation with a long-time customer the other day, we got word of a Victorian home for sale. While there are, of course, many houses on the market these days, (including some older ones), I asked the owner if I could post this one on our blog since the house happens to be a Newsom Brothers design.

Newsom Bros.

Now even if you’re not from California, and not as familiar with the 19th century domestic or commercial architecture of Joseph and Samuel Cather Newsom, you have still probably seen what is perhaps their magnum opus of residential designs, the William Carson Mansion in Eureka, Ca. now the home of the private Ingomar Club.

Carson Mansion

Its been called “the most photographed Victorian in America”, (and it probably is), owing to the fact that it is most exuberant residence the two brothers ever put on paper.  But then most of the Newsom’s houses are exuberant and often eccentric in the most appealing way. By the way, the Carson Mansion is NOT the house that our customer is selling, but the one below is, and it is also from the imaginative minds of the Newsom Brothers.

Here are a few pictures provided by the seller of the house, located in a historic neighborhood in Stockton, Ca.

Newsom House front

The facade is a nice combination of Stick Style and Queen Anne, which would make sense since it was built in 1888.

Newsom House 4

The front hall, (looking partially into the front parlor) appears to retain all of its original detailing, and amazing stained glass.  It also has its original newel post lighting, parquet flooring and pocket doors.

Newsom House 3

You can see the “heft” of some of the trim and wainscot in this room, and notice the very generous frieze space and ceiling (just in case  you happen to know a good source for Victorian wallpapers…).

Lastly, it’s marker outside…

Newsom House sign

So you can own Stockton’s “best example of Victorian architecture” and for only… ready for this… $200,000! It’s really a steal, especially given its pedigree as a Newsom Brothers design!!  By the way, I learned that the house is zoned for commercial use also, and has a fully finished basement living area.

So if you are in the market for a painted lady or would like to learn more details about the house or to see it for yourself, you can call Kathleen @ 209 470 6019.


7 Responses to “In the market for an historic Victorian??”

  1. Reclaimed Home: Green Low Impact Housing Renovation of New York, Brooklyn, New Jersey
    May 26th, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    [...] CA Painted Lady for $200k. [...]

  2. Tigerlily
    June 1st, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    Hope this finds another owner willing to take good care of it..

  3. mary mc intyre
    September 9th, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    interested in Benicia, CA historic homes

  4. Andrea
    September 20th, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    If I didn’t have my own special project in Boston, I’d be up for this. I yelped when I saw the the top photo. I hope the house finds a devoted steward, like our house finally did.

  5. Bette
    November 30th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    There are LOTS of Newsom Brothers houses in SF and ALameda. Take the annual house tour to see more.

  6. Ken Gillespie
    December 1st, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    We have bought and historic Victorian or Edwardian home on the Historical Registry. We are trying to retore the house and have ran into many problems. We would love your imput.

  7. steve
    December 1st, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    Hi Ken. We would like to help any way we can, and if we can’t answer your questions, perhaps another reader could! What sort of problems are you encountering?


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