Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Walk Around My Neighborhood: Banker's Hill Victorian Homes

I have been on numerous walks in my neighborhood (of Banker's Hill) and have always been in awe of some of the lovely Victorian styled houses that are all within a few blocks from my house. Having lived in my neighborhood now for close to four years I thought it was due time to learn some history about these lovely neighborhood homes.  I centered my blog around these three as there are many other amazing historical homes throughout my neighborhood, these are my favorites!

The first house is known as the Britt Scripps Inn and is of the Queen Anne Victorian style.   It was built in 1887 for just $3000 (I'm sure a lot of money back then) and was considered one of the most expensive homes of its time.  There are many beautiful stained glass windows throughout as well as a separate carriage house in the the back.  Eugene Britt was the original owner who then sold the house to Edward Scripps for just $16,000 before the 1900's.  It went through many owners and renters and went through a massive renovation to restore the house to its original glory which can now be shared by visitors as it's now a bed and breakfast.

This home is located on First Avenue just past Laurel headed into downtown.  It's been referred to as the Long-Waterman house.  I love this style commonly referred to as the Queen Anne Victorian style.  The house was built in late 1890's by John Long, who was the owner of the Coronado Fruit Package Company.  He later sold the house, after the untimely death of his wife, to Robert Whitney Waterman in 1891.  Waterman was San Diego's 17th governor.  It was sold for $17,000!!  It is now used as office space. 

This is the Timken House.  It was built in 1888 and is also of the Queen Anne Victorian style with a mix of Georgian influence.  It was built by the highly regarded prominent architects Comstock and Trotsche.  It has been a private residential home since 1965.

These are all truly wonderful homes and I'm so lucky to live so close to this history and pass by them on a daily basis.  It would truly be a dream of mine to own and live in a Victorian home someday.  A gal can dream.

Till' Next Time,



  1. Hello,
    I just found your darling blog, and became your newest follower. Everything here is so pretty! I look forward to reading your future posts soon. I hope you are enjoying the countdown to Christmas.
    Chloe xx

  2. Lovely blog, my dear!

    Saludos de Una Pin Up Frustrada,
    Helena Drive