California is home to many distinctive architectural styles. Victorian architecture — which rose to prominence during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), right around the time that California was gaining wealth and power following the Gold Rush — is one of the state’s most recognizable styles. To this day, many cities in Northern California — including San Francisco, Ferndale, Sacramento, Alameda, and Eureka — and Southern California — including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Riverside and Escondido boast beautiful examples of Victorian architecture.

Let’s take a tour up and down the Golden State to discover some of the most inspiring Victorian-style homes currently for sale by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

233 Van Ness Ave | Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | $1,245,000

Completed circa 1883 in the Italianate Victorian style, this exceptional Santa Cruz landmark property exudes charm, character and history with beautiful wood work, high ceilings, a great floor plan and lovely flower gardens and fruit trees.

 

1524 Pacific Ave| Alameda, CA 94501 | $1,335,000

Built in 1902, this spacious and charming Alameda Victorian features two exceptional living spaces that can either remain separate or be combined. Other highlights include light-filled interiors, high ceilings, stately living and dining rooms, as well as an open, wonderful kitchen with breakfast area.

 

809 Scott Street |San Francisco, CA 94117 | $3,650,000

Set just a few doors from San Francisco’s iconic Alamo Square Park, this 1888 grand dame Victorian home has not been on the market in almost 50 years. The spacious three-level home reflects the careful stewardship of its owners since it has been completely restored and features natural light and city views from some rooms, high ceilings and original molding details, welcoming liv and dining rooms, a fantastic kitchen/great room opening to deck and garden, front deck and elevator, plus a lower level as a legal apartment.

 

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 

20585 Avenida Castilla | Murrieta, CA 92562 | $1,599,000

Perfect for the horse enthusiast, this exquisite 5.45-acre equestrian estate situated in Murrieta’s exclusive community of La Cresta offers a lovely landscaped, gated entry leading to a Victorian-style home, featuring four large bedrooms and four baths in the main house, plus a guest house with two bedrooms, two baths (with separate gate), plus an additional one-bedroom apartment.

 

3775 Mount Rubidoux Drive | Riverside, CA 92501 | $990,000

This late-20th Century American Queen Ann Revival is ideally perched on Mount Rubidoux with a commanding position for viewing the City of Riverside, the mountains to the east, & the mountains, including Mount Baldy, to the Northwest. A main entry (2nd floor) opens to the living room with two story ceiling, fireplace and windows to the covered porch that surrounds the front and  sides of the home; while a newly updated kitchen impresses with stone counters, a new stove top, recessed lighting & refurbished cabinets and a cozy breakfast area with magnificent views.

 

969 W 3rd Ave | Escondido, CA 92025 | $795,000

As the oldest historic home in Escondido, this 1886 residence was built by the Escondido Town & Land Co back in 1886 as a model home. A fabulous Italianate-style Victorian remains in pristine condition today with large rooms with high ceilings and lots of windows to enjoy the views. Five bedrooms, three baths, plus an attic and a basement along with a gated driveway with a two car garage and workshop characterize the home. A remodeled kitchen stuns with Soapstone counters and painted wood floors.