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La Jolla Tudors Offer Storybook Charm

By lajollahomes | April 7, 2009

Gracious Tudor + Guest House in the Beach-Barber Tract! La JollaImmaculate Tudor on Virginia Way!

Childhood memories of Hansel and Gretel aside, classic English Tudor style architecture is highly sought-after and demands a premium. The Beach-Barber Tract is especially known for its preservation of these picturesque and romantic storybook cottages, and buyers are charmed by the enchantment created by steeply pitched roofs, cross-gabled facades with half-timber ornamentation and multi-paned leaded glass windows.

By the 1880’s, European-trained architects were being sought out by wealthy Americans to design high-style period homes and Tudors became particularly popular in the 1920’s. Because of the complexity of their designs and the angles, nooks, dormers, and gables inherent therein, Tudors are prohibitively costly to build today, but preserved and restored Tudors occasionally come to the market and they often sell faster and command a better price than their plain neighbors.

Prominent early San Diego architects who designed Tudor homes in La Jolla include Edgar Ullrich, who designed the original Spanish residence featured on our cover, and Tom Shepherd, Lilian Rice, and Herbert Palmer. On Virginia Way, a superb, meticulously maintained four bedroom Tudor residence offers the inviting detailing of days gone by combined with a highly sought-after location on this wide street within steps to shops, restaurants, beaches, school, and Farmers’ Market.

Completed in 1929 and also currently listed for sale, the extraordinary Tudor with guest house at 704 Fern Glen in the Barber Tract was originally one of four grouped family residences, two of which have been razed for development. This lovely property offers original camellia bushes and the classic architecture and gracious ambience of a European country home as well as the exceptional value added opportunity to add another residence on the lot. Beautifully restored to its original glory, this home offers a glimpse into the well-heeled lifestyle of early La Jolla, just a stroll away from beaches and Village.

        Please call Greg anytime for further information about these fine Tudor residences. 1-800-LA JOLLA www.LaJollahomes.com

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