We got the opportunity to visit one of Escondido’s most beautiful & historic, Victorian homes: the Albert H. Beach House. I have been lusting over this property for about 20 years now so jumped at this rare opportunity to see inside!
The Queen Anne-style home was built in 1896 for A. H. Beach, whom did not live in the home for long. Many notable people lived in this home including businessman and inventor, Henry W. Putnam.
Later Amelia Timken Bridges, who bears the last name that the Timken museum is named after lived here. The gallery now houses a remarkable collection of art composed exclusively of Putnam purchases.
In more recent years, art dealer and collector Harry Parashis and his wife, Letitia, bought the home in 1997. They spent many years and dollars bringing it back to its original Victorian ornate grandeur, then sold it for $1.2 million in 2016. Since then it’s been put back on the market!
The interior comes with original hardwood floors and lighting fixtures, Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper throughout and hand-made doors by a master craftsman. This home does not have a bad angle, I swear! Literally every inch was catered to it feels. It was stunning to see in person!
The English-style backyard was also extremely exciting to explore. There was a beautiful gazebo, lively garden, Italian-imported fountain and even a table set up and decorated for an afternoon tea. We were in heaven walking around!