Swaying island palms and Tudor styling accent this one-of-a-kind, three-story, 14,000 square foot home — a historically registered landmark less than a mile from the world-class Hotel Del Coronado resort in San Diego, California. Offered for sale, no currency today could forge such an authentic and spectacularly crafted once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Originally drafted by noted architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill in 1898, the commission was to be a vacation getaway for a wealthy Standard Oil executive. The work eventually was completed in 1929 and, by then, it had become the Southern California retirement home of the former surgeon general of New York. Purchased again at auction in 1950, 711 A Avenue became the home to a family of stalwart ‘islanders’ dedicated to the small-town community of Coronado. The manor since has been the site of countless historical tours, social functions, and picturesque garden weddings.
The grounds’ mature foliage shrouds the majestic design and quality construction of this exquisite example of Old English Country style architecture — all of it in the center of one romantic and idyllic beach town.
With its small-town Americana feel, Coronado is one of the most highly rated and coveted beach cities in California. 711 A Avenue is located only a few short blocks from the main artery of Coronado’s community heart, also known as ‘The Village’. Directly across the bay from metropolitan San Diego, life in this affluent resort town of fewer than 25,000 includes golfing at the renowned waterside course, sailing out of Glorietta Bay, surfing and sunbathing in the Pacific, as well as browsing the collection of small specialty shops and dining in the fine eateries along Orange Avenue. There are miles of walking and biking paths, and plenty of public park space and natural beauty. Add upscale cultural events, hometown pride and one of the most patriotic Independence Day parade displays around, it then becomes apparent why this tourist destination converts vacationers to residents with frequent regularity.
Whether a resident or a tourist, one immediately will notice the high and steep-pitched roof lines as well as the adobe and wood exterior walls of this impressive house. Features of this 30-room mansion include 10 bedrooms, 16 bath and powder rooms, a ballroom, and a walnut-paneled living room with a hidden doorway and private stairwell to the wine cellar. The reserved luxury of the formal dining room with a splendid fireplace promises another 100 years of memorable feasts. The caretaker suites and servant entries add to the functionality of the estate, as does the elevator and dumbwaiter. The original period appliances in the kitchen including the iceboxes and gas stove are updated, though they preserve a museum quality appearance. Beautifully styled gables and dormer windows provide ample light through the beveled glass, and architectural details like sterling silver electrical and bathroom fixtures, as well as the priceless Delft tiles that artistically frame one of the many fireplaces, should not be overlooked.
Inside, the marble-arched entry way welcomes visitors and ocean breezes alike. The floorplan here is a textbook case of an English country house layout. Chambers throughout include a study, an anteroom, sitting rooms, the library, the butler’s pantry and vestibules; and, mapping one’s initial orientation should begin with one of the most dramatic features — the grand wooden staircase. Each of its landings could be scenes from the famous Hearst Castle. Artistic archways and detailed handiwork seem to document one’s ascent from the large first-floor entry hall to the third-floor Chinese room. Ornamental ceiling treatments and hidden doorways add to the awe. The master bedrooms on the second floor are all complete suites, and the rooftop Widow’s Walk offers 360-degree views including Glorietta Bay, downtown San Diego’s skyline, picturesque western sunsets, and the iconic red-roof shingles of the Del resort.
Sunrooms, covered balconies, and porches overlook the green expanse of the estate’s park-like yard. The back patio terrace is ideal for outdoor socials, and its steps lead to dining and seating areas, as well as the pergola-covered path through the gardens across the lawn. This property originally was developed from five parcels and the owner will have the option to split lots.