NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
MILL’S ACT HISTORIC PROPERTY
LOCAL HISTORIC REGISTRY, CITY OF ESCONDIDO
The A.H. Beach House, also known as the Bergman House, was built in 1896. This famed Queen Anne Victorian Estate is one of San Diego's cherished architectural treasures on the National Registry of Historic Places. This renowned property was also indoctrinated into the Mills Act, a highly-regarded state law with an atypical criterion, which allows local governments to reduce property taxes by as much as 70% on historic properties in exchange for the preservation of such awe-inspiring properties as this one.
Originally built in 1896 by Albert Beach, this home was built at a time when Escondido had a mere 1,000 residents, according to census records. Subsequent owners, art dealer Harry Parashisand his wife Letitia, purchased the home in 1998 after Harry became fascinated by a Charles H. Fries painting of Escondido. The piece contained the Beach House, which he later learned was for sale. With the help of master craftsmen, expert historical consultants, and architectural specialists, the owners transformed the home into a breathtaking showpiece -- carefully preserving its original detail, character, and intent. The house's restoration has received more than 18+ editorial and design awards and in 2001 was the subject of the PBS TV show "Restore America". In shorter words, a legacy landmark for the city of Escondido was born.
Escondido's "crown jewel" sits on a corner lot, atop a private knoll on a flat 0.5+ acre lot, surrounded by exquisite gardens, mature trees, and a 360-degree gold-tipped, hand-welded privacy gate. An elaborate 2001 Award Winning Swiss Victorian gazebo provides a private, serene environment to enjoy afternoon tea and entertain family and friends. The interior is a warm and romantic, articulately planned, hand-designed masterpiece. A virtual gallery of music quality adornments, 700 S Juniper boasts one of the most intricate collections of hand-printed Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper in the country. The estate features generously proportioned sunlit rooms, a formal living room, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a garden and breakfast room, stately porches and a SOHO award-winning gazebo, hand-crafted wood doors, trim, knobs and hinges, genuine antique lighting and fixtures, turn-of-the-century finishes and furnishings from all over the world, including the personal homes of famed historians and figures Ulysses S. Grant and Wyatt Earp. This property is a rare combination of history, spectacular restoration, functionality, and street presence in the most perfect location. Located within walking distance of a charming downtown area and the Mingei Museum, antique and art showrooms, as well as the California Center for the Arts, this home is in the heart of the Old Escondido Historic District.
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California Center for Performing Arts
The Center is the art & soul of our community, featuring concerts & performances, museum exhibits, education programs & special event venues (artcenter.org).
Escondido Historic Downtown
Escondido is the heart of North County San Diego's rich history and culture. It has one of the few remaining authentic downtown historic districts complete with vintage buildings filled with eclectic shops, galleries, parks, and amazing restaurants (visitescondido.com/to-do/historic-downtown).