c. 1896 Queen Anne – Escondido, CA – $3,300,000

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Added to OHD on 1/26/19   -   Last OHD Update: 1/26/19   -   23 Comments
700 S Juniper St, Escondido, CA 92025

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One of San Diego's cherished, architectural treasures on the National Registry of Historical Places & part of the Mills Act. The Victorian estate sits atop a private, .5+ acre knoll, surrounded by exquisite gardens, mature trees, Swiss Victorian gazebo, two porches & rear patio. The interior is a romantic, articulately planned turn-of-the-century masterpiece with one of the most intricate collections of hand-printed Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper in the country. Ideal location.

The A. H. Beach House, also known as the Bergman House, was built in 1896. This famed Queen Anne Victorian estate is one of San Diego's cherished architectural treasures on the National Registry of Historical Places and part of the Mills Act, a state law allowing local governments to reduce property taxes (by as much as 70%) on historic properties in exchange for the preservation of such properties. Escondido's "Crown Jewel" sits on a corner lot, atop a private knoll on a flat . 5+ acre lot, surrounded by exquisite gardens, mature trees and a 360 degree gold-tipped, hand-welded privacy gate. An elaborate 2001 Award Winning Swiss Victorian gazebo provides a private, serene environment to enjoy afternoon tea and entertain family and friends. The interior is a warm and romantic, articulately planned, hand-designed masterpiece. A virtual gallery of music quality adornments, 700 S Juniper boasts one of the most intricate collections of hand-printed Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper in the country. The estate features generously proportioned sunlit rooms, a formal living room, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a garden and breakfast room, stately porches and a SOHO award-winning gazebo, hand-crafted wood doors, trim, knobs and hinges, genuine antique lighting and fixtures, turn-of-the-century finishes and furnishings from all over the world, including the personal homes of famed historians and figures, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Wyatt Earp. Located within walking distance of a charming downtown area and the Mingei Museum, antique and art showrooms, as well as the California Center for the Arts, this home is in the heart of the Old Escondido Historic District. The house was originally built in 1896 by real estate agent Albert Beach, at a time when Escondido had 1,000 residents, according to census records. The house's restoration has received more than 18+ editorial and design awards and in 2001 was the subject of the PBS TV show "Restore America. " Previous owners, Virgil and Natalie Bergman, were responsible for placing the house on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Bergman was a former dean at Palomar College and president of the Escondido Public Library's board of trustees. * Additional, in-depth details about the home's history, renovations, finishes and furniture available upon request.
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23 Comments on c. 1896 Queen Anne – Escondido, CA – $3,300,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9652 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Linked up top are the National Register report and a link to a photo gallery with nearly 100 photos.

  2. Bethany otto says: 2448 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Escondido, CA

    According to Zillow, a 440% price increase since it last sold in 2016 for $611k. Mysterious, as I pass this house daily and nothing different has been done to it. It’s impeccably maintained, and in Escondido’s historic district, but probably the people looking in this price range around here are going to be looking out in the nearby hills at estate properties with pools. We can only hope an OHD’er with deep pockets craves this one! I have been through it on the annual house tour and the kitchen and yard are much smaller than they appear in the photos. That being understood, it’s still my number one favorite house in my town and I wish I could afford it.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 667 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m seeing it sold for $1.6 million.

      • Bethany says: 2448 comments

        That sure sounds more likely; I’m just going by Zillow. But even so that’s triple the price.

  3. Janet A says: 13 comments

    What fun to look at…and to dream about. I never knew wallpaper could be so beautiful. Gorgeous property. Wish I could afford it.

  4. SandyF says: 118 comments

    Escondido is a lovely town in San Diego County. The Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper alone is worth $25k probably…at least. Mills Act is a lifesaver for us Californians-I am lucky to have it in my 1915 Craftsman. What a treasure this beauty is. Thank you for sharing.

    • DONNA Reynolds says: 1 comments

      The wallpaper is worth a lot more than that. I did one room in my house with Bradbury&Bradbury and between labor and paper it was $14,000. I would say well over $100,000 in wallpaper.

      • MJGMJG says: 180 comments
        1887 Queen Anne

        Probably right. The Burrow and the Bradbury wallpapers and ceiling papers are very expensive. I looked into years ago and ended up opting to recreate the elaborate ceiling and wallpaper stencils in my house. Much cheaper, but certainly much more backbreaking. And though I love the wallpaper and ceiling papers produced, I’m a little sick of seeing them in many historic houses. There are thousands of designs out there in libraries and museums everywhere of beautiful patterns, some even way more beautiful than this, I almost wish they’d come out with more options.

  5. becky says: 39 comments
    OHD Supporter

    bass lake, CA

    Absolutely over the top stunning! Even the furniture is stunning! I LOVE this home!

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    The intimate, low ceiling, kitchen and back room are my favorites: very nicely done. The museum is really great too. The antique plantings on the grounds are stunning; especially the palms. Doesn’t get much fancier than this.

  7. Cindy says: 125 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    Exquisite! Love everything about this house. Just a little over my budget. I can dream though.

  8. MazamaGrammy says: 354 comments

    Impeccable inside and out.

  9. Jeanne Smith says: 57 comments

    That very unusual footed, square bath tub is the most beautiful tub I have ever seen! It is picture 19.

  10. PhillipPhillip says: 169 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    I love the house and especially the grounds. The wallpaper not so much. It is just too busy for me. The very first house i bought was owned an old lady who wallpapered even the ceilings. In a prairie house. Steaming all that mess off did me in on wallpaper. But to each their own and i know there are those who are all about it.Certainly wallpaper in a Queen Anne makes way more sense than in a prairie house. Property in CA is for the most part so expensive for what you get. But i can see the appeal of the climate there for sure.

  11. Barbara VBarbara V says: 256 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    I’d be tempted to clear out all but the most absolutely necessary furnishings and simply bask in those ceilings and walls…

  12. StevenF says: 657 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    So nice to see that a gazebo of that quality could still be built as recently as 2001.

  13. MJ Gonzalez says: 15 comments

    With each picture my jaw dropped a little more. I don’t necessarily like wall paper, but the paper in this house is gorgeous! I too like the square claw-footed tub. I usually don’t look at the furnishings as they do not get sold with the house, but some of the chairs and couches have to stay. The gazebo is cute as a button. I love this house.

  14. SuzyQ says: 68 comments

    I am still in the bathroom looking at that lovely bathtub. I just thought my old claw tub was fancy. This house is exquisite.

  15. Boxwood says: 46 comments

    I’m having Sensory Overload!

  16. MichaelMichael says: 1197 comments

    I love all the wallpaper but love the coved ceilings even more. I am wondering about the change in the cove in the dining room, though. Missing built-in hutch perhaps?

  17. GypsyGypsy says: 126 comments

    I’ve died and gone to wallpaper heaven! I usually don’t care for it, but I’ve always loved the B and B ones. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many designs in one place unless it was San Francisco.

    As much as I despise carpet, I even like it!

    I couldn’t see anything past those 2….guess I’ll have to scroll back and look for the tub!

  18. Dianna Dean White says: 19 comments

    just perfect!

  19. Lori says: 11 comments

    Dollhouse! An absolute dream home. Waking up each morning in this lovely home would be a dream come true. Definitely enamored with this stunning beauty!

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