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Category Archive: ‘Historic Homes’

Downtown Tour


I mentioned the downtown San Diego open house tour on Saturday, and got there myself for just a glimpse – here’s a sampling of the diverse buildings on this year’s list:

The actual mission-style building that houses the San Diego Chinese Museum was physically moved from a couple of blocks over. They have photos of that and other historic shots when you visit in person. For a youtube tour, click here:

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Bubbleinfo TV, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 0 comments


la jolla

Enjoy local architecture in October, with lectures, exhibitions, and tours scheduled throughout the month – from the UT:

Fantastic opportunities in the second and third tours:


“Sundays with Save Our Heritage Organisation,” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each Sunday in October, Balboa Park and other locations; see for details.

Modern San Diego home tours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 10; self-guided tours of six homes, $40; tickets at

“Oh! San Diego” open house tours of 41 sites, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17; free. See details at

American Society of Interior Designers Kitchen and Bath tour, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24; $25; tickets available from

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 0 comments

Western White House

For Gavin Herbert, the retired founder and CEO of Allergan—the nearly $70 billion pharmaceuticals company—it was a lifelong love of gardening that led to his ownership of one of Southern California’s most storied and valuable coastal properties: President Richard Nixon’s so-called Western White House.

Now, it will hit the market for $75 million. Mr. Herbert, 83, is selling the estate after 35 years of ownership and is looking for a buyer who will continue to care for the property. The 5.5-acre estate in San Clemente, Calif., has more than 15,000 square feet of living space over a main house, guesthouses and staff quarters, and 450 feet of ocean frontage.

In 1969, six months into his presidency, Mr. Nixon and some business partners bought the property, then 26 acres, for $1.4 million from the widow of original owner, Hamilton Cotton, according to reports from the time. He dubbed it La Casa Pacifica.

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Historic Homes | 2 comments

Del Mar Terrace


You could make a case that Del Mar Terrace is under-valued, compared to the rest of Del Mar.  The views are bigger due to fewer trees, and you can get to the freeway or beach in five minutes – how many places can say that?

Ken Rochetti was the architect of the featured home above, and quite a few others in the north coastal region – here’s one on Whale Watch in La Jolla with some trick drone work:

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Bubbleinfo TV, Del Mar, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 0 comments

La Jolla Case Study

Those familar with the mid-century modern homes have probably heard of the Case Study houses, which wiki calls ‘experiments in American residential architecture’.  Unfortunately this video is of the corner house which is two doors down, and then only drives by the Case Study House #23A:

Case Study “Triad” House A
– standing
2342 Rue de Anne, 1960
One of three related houses where the earlier Arts & Architecture puritanical vocabulary of post, beam and glass are now played off against water (reflecting pond). One of only three (hence “Triad”) San Diego examples of the 36 building Case Study program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine editor John Entenza and USC’s School of Architecture (1945 -’66) to promote modernism as a stylish, livable architectural form. Situated three feet below street level, House A’s 10-foot front door is reached via a pre-cast concrete path floated over a shallow reflecting pool. This 6-room modified U-plan is the most complex of the three resawn tongue and groove redwood boarding houses decoratively enhanced by the (wood and steel) post and beam (laminated wood) motif.

Story with photos here: Case Study houses – La Jolla

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Bubbleinfo TV, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, La Jolla | 0 comments