Thursday, December 28, 2006
The regal Victorian at 566 3rd St. in Pacific Grove could still be back in 1890, occupied by Mrs. I.D. Rodgers, whose name sits low in gold letters on a dark green wooden plaque on the facade. Another plaque identifies the house as a member in good standing of The Pacific Grove Heritage Society.
The traditional bay window, steep stairs and 14-foot covered porch leading to the entry on this gray-with-white-trim beauty are all significantly of-the-period, and beautifully so. The white fence and gate may or may not have been part of the original, but no matter. Their design and spacing are good-looking and era-appropriate.
Susan Jeannero is the current owner of the two-bedroom, one-bath home, and it’s clear that she has great appreciation for what the house represents, and for the privilege of living within an icon. Aside from being perfectly maintained, the house’s addition—built before Jeannero bought it—as well as a kitchen remodel, were done brilliantly and sensitively to incorporate the best of the present while losing nothing of 116 years of stately presence.
Storage is abundant and unseen in cabinets done with narrow wainscoting. Stainless appliances, the Jennaire fridge and granite counters are beamed upon by daylight from a recessed window the width of the room, high above the workspaces.
There are big and small details throughout the house, genuine treasures. The front door still has its original bell set into the knob. It rings. The door’s glass is etched with a single rose. There’s the claw-foot tub and copper-porcelain shower attached. Some of the showpiece kitchen cabinets have mostly clear leaded glass, with simple designs. Hinges on several doors are rich with designs inscribed on the brass. The list continues seemingly ad infinitum.
The front bay window isn’t part of the living room, as in many Victorians. Behind them lies Jeannero’s master, the most light-filled and spacious imaginable in a Victorian home. As in all the rooms, the walls in this bedroom are a luminous butter-cream color, trimmed with white crown molding and window sashes. With one exception, all of the ceilings are 12 feet high.
It’s the living room—which likely served as the parlor originally—that one enters first. Although configured differently than the master, it has equally spacious measurements, plus the benefit of having one of the two extra-wide archways in the house, this one to the dining room. The interior architecture shows poetic balancing of ideas; a second broad bay window concludes the dining room. It’s ensconced behind beautiful framing that produces a low ceiling with a deep sill. Leaning in, an old map that papers the window-box ceiling is revealed and a pleasure to notice. With standard ceilings, the dining room has a comfy atmosphere.
The second archway lies between the dining room and the addition to the left. Considered a family room, it could so easily become the master, since a second bath would be legal, and the ideal place for it is now only a storage porch. The room extends past the length of the dining room and steps down. It contains the only fireplace in the house, set into the center bay shape. French doors lead to the 400-square-foot garage set in back on the street-to-street property.
Looking down 3rd Street, an aperture of oak boughs on the next block is a spyglass to the sea.
Price: $1,088,000. 566 3rd St., Pacific Grove • Colleen Goldsmith, The Jones Group Town and Country Real Estate, 917-8290.