Victorian Envy: Kimberly Crest House

by Theresa Cacace (photo by William Liles)

If you love CIRCA, then chances are you’re also head-over-heels for all things Victorian! To help feed our need for towers, turrets and spindles, we’ve employed the lovely Theresa of the uber-popular Facebook page Vintage Wonderlust to take as all around the country showcasing her favorite Victorian houses.
 
Kimberly Crest, a picturesque French chateau style home built in 1897, is a well preserved example of the Victorian Era in Southern California and was built originally for a very lucky Mrs. Cornelia Hill. Shortly after the home was sold to the Kimberly family in 1905 and the family continued to live at the home until 1979! At 7,000 square feet the building qualifies as a petite chateau and I can understand why. If you are lucky enough to visit I definitely suggest you bring your walking shoes as the entire property is 39 acres and also a botanical park.
 

The first floor consists of ten rooms, which include: a powder room, half bath, library, parlor, main hall, dining room, flower porch, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and laundry room. These rooms were used for greeting guests and entertaining.
 
The second floor was the personal living area for the family and includes a mezzanine with two bedrooms on each side connected by Jack and Jill bathrooms as well as a conservatory
 
The third floor has an additional bedroom and a billiard room as well as a screened sleeping porch that would have been used in the hot summer months. The other half of the top floor was sectioned off as servant’s quarters and includes a bathroom for their use. The house also has an attic and basement.
 
The Kimberly Crest Carriage House was built for the family’s horses and carriages and had a small apartment on the top floor for the caretaker. It now serves as a gift shop and museum. In 1897 the cost to construct the home was $10,000!! Imagine getting that much house for that amount now days! Fabulousness would be everywhere!! The house is not the only thing to ogle and drool at; the gardens are large and lush, and just as gorgeous as the house. I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking! Enjoy!!
 

The Details:

 
Kimberly Crest House
1325 Prospect Dr
Redlands, CA 92373
Built 1897
Architects: O.P. Dennis and L.P. Farwell
 

The Eye Candy:

 
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Photo by Melesse. 

 
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This and all photos below courtesy of the Kimberly Crest House and Gardens Facebook page. 

 
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The Carriage House.

 
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The Kimberly Crest House might be 117 years old, but this beauty sure knows how to ride out the social media blitz of the 21st Century. Does YOUR house have it’s very own Facebook page?
 
 
 
 
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AUTHOR THERESA CACACE

Currently living in Southern California, Theresa is a self-proclaimed Sociocultural Anthropologist and Classic Cinephile with a passion for the eras of late 1800s to 1950s. She loves all things vintage and historical, and it shows in her work. Theresa runs the Facebook page Vintage Wonderlust, which has over 23,000 followers! Her dusty love is so strong that she feels it is her calling to share all she finds with anyone who shares her interest. Someday, she hopes to own a beautiful Queen Anne style Victorian and use it commercially to share the stunningly beautiful architecture with the masses.

 
 



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