Historic homes open for Mother’s Day Tour

Old Escondido's 'Crown Jewel'.

Who: Old Escondido Historic District

What: 19th Annual Mothers Day Home Tour – Five historic homes will be open to the public.

Where: In the Old Escondido Historic District, just south of Escondido’s historic downtown.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

Why: To further the Old Escondido Historic District’s mission “to promote and protect Old Escondido, the city’s oldest neighborhood.”

How: Tickets can be purchased in advance for the discounted price of $25 at:

Rosemary-Duff Florist, 101 W. 2nd St. and Major Market on Centre City Parkway,

online at www.oldescondido.org.

Mother’s Day is great. Know what is even greater? The 19th Annual Old Escondido Historic District Mothers Day Home Tour.

Five historic homes, each representing a different decade in Escondido history, will be open to the public tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

Escondido was incorporated on Oct. 8, 1888. Only a decade later, Beach House became the crown jewel of the Historical District ruling from the southeast corner of Juniper and Broadway.

Beach House “was exceptionally restored by the current owners; the interior boasts exquisite wallpapers and elegant fabrics,” Carol Rea said. “Nearby on 6th Avenue, the Blackburn house was built in 1904 and moved to its current location from 2nd Avenue in 1934.”

The Perry House, on 5th Avenue, was built in 1924 for Martin Perry and his wife. Perry was a teacher, then a principal, and, finally, the first high school district superintendent. The Mayne House, on 9th Ave.  was completed in 1940 for John and Naomi Mayne.

The “newest” home, according to Rea, is on Kalmia Street. Allen McManus built it for his son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Bettie McManus in 1953. Bettie was a department store model. Her spacious closets reflect her love of fashion. Current owners have an impressive collection of retro-home appliances and décor displayed throughout the mid-century ranch-style home.

Refreshments will be served at the lovely Beach House garden, Rea said. Elegant linens and floral arrangements will be on hand to make the day especially memorable for mothers ands fellow travelers.

Click here for a map of the Old Escondido Historical District.

Home-baked cookies and professionally baked items will be offered along with a choice of refreshing beverages. A beautiful full-color keepsake program with photographs and descriptions of the homes is also included in the ticket price, according to Rea.

Home Tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 each at Rosemary-Duff Florist, 101 W. 2nd  at Broadway or at Major Market on Centre City Parkway. Tickets also are available on-line at www.oldescondido.org.

Children under age 12 can attend free with a paying adult. On the day of the tour only, tickets will be available for $30 each at 537 S. Juniper St. although tickets are anticipated to sell out before the event this year, according to Rea.

Proceeds from the annual Historic Home Tour further the mission of the Old Escondido Historic District; to preserve, protect, and promote Escondido’s oldest neighborhood. For more information, call 760-291-7206 or visit www.oldescondido.org.

Beach House.

Beach House


This 1896 Queen Anne Victorian is a period accurate reproduction with ALL of the upgrades and remarkable reproduced amenities. It is 4 bedroom plus one additional room, 2.5 bath, 2 Story, over 3200 square feet on a corner lot located high above the street on a knoll that looks out over historic Escondido, in San Diego. There is an additional lot with a 1000 sq ft home and a 4 car garage adjacent to this home which is for sale also….this would make a wonderful office for the Victorian if it were used as a Bed and Breakfast, or a wonderful caretaker’s home.

Here is a brief summery on the property:

A Stunning restoration of an incredible residence listed on the National Registry of Historical Landmarks. This home has extraordinary interiors, splendid gardens, impressive period accurate gazebo, featured in “Victorian Homes’, “San Diego Home”, and the “San Diego Union Tribune” and is recognized as the most significant example of Historical Residence in Escondido.

These masterfully produced restorations were done with historic accuracy at great expense with master craftsmen and experts in restoration assisting the owners at every turn. The hand crafted wood doors were custom made to period perfection for this residence, genuine antique fixtures and amenities, reproductions used only where superior quality found or created for this residence. Karastan rugs and period accurate carpets abound, this home is a San Diego legacy and has won awards and accolades from Historic experts who call it nothing less than ‘The Crown Jewel of San Diego County’ in Victorian Homes!

Hand printed BRADBURY & BRADBURY wallpapers were designed, created, and then applied to almost every wall and ceiling space FOR THIS HOME, and, every room and space has been appointed with a custom design plan including period accurate furnishings and artwork, many pieces which can be negotiated for sale. Please inquire about the adjacent lot also available for sale.

This home is within walking distance of classic downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue, which includes many fine restaurants, the Mingei Museum, Art Galleries and the nearby California Center for the Performing Arts.

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