Stunning Queen Anne Victorian Overlooking Monterey Bay

  • $2,750,000
570, Archer Street, Ocean View, New Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County, California, 93940, United States
Featured For Sale National Register of Historic Places
570, Archer Street, Ocean View, New Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County, California, 93940, United States
  • $2,750,000


The Lou Ellen Parmelee House is the best remaining example of Late Victorian Queen Anne high style residential design in Monterey.

In 1896, the year of construction of the Parmelee House, Monterey was just beginning to emerge from a long period of dormancy precipitated by the Gold Rush of 1848. That seminal event in state history had stripped the former capital of Spanish and Mexican California of its population and its political power, leaving in its wake a sleepy seaside fishing village. It wasn’t until the mid-1870s with the advent of railroad transportation into Monterey County that the quaint charm of the “Old Pacific Capital” and its unsurpassed natural setting were rediscovered.

Step up onto he porch of the Lou Ellen Parmelee House and prepare to be enchanted. This beautiful home is a unique building and is an important part of Monterey’s historic fabric. Originally built in 1896 and filled with charm, character, and elegance both inside and out, this landmark Victorian stands tall among its neighbors. Set between both Hoffman and Archer Parks, this adds privacy and Monterey Bay Ocean views (& fresh air) from practically every room. The exterior detailing, subtle yet colorful paint, and the tall brick chimneys and hip and gable roof are a pleasure to the eye from every angle.

Features of this one-of-a-kind property include the best of both worlds: Old World hand-carved craftsmanship with modern upgrades that add to the warmth and comfort of an elegant and well-loved family home. This classy Victorian painted Lady has been updated & meticulously restored to her former glory showing absolute pride of ownership & period details.

Marvel at the spacious living room. It’s gorgeous hand carved medallions add so much interest to the soffit ceiling. Whimsical original chandeliers, painted floors, all anchored by a central fireplace draws you to this comfortable and beautiful space for entertaining family and friends. Tucked around the corner is the adjoining washroom, with imported French terracotta Saltillo tiles, a perfectly sized low flow toilet-sink combo echoing times past. The light and airy breakfast room with tall windows splashing light onto whitewashed wooden floors is ready to host many a casual family meal.

Enter the grand parlor which flows into the formal dining room, both with high ceilings, rich polished tongue & groove Douglas fir floors, and elaborate coffered fleur-de-lis ceiling. Imagine dinner parties underneath the fantastical swooping lines of a gorgeous period chandelier warmed by its own sweet and elegant fireplace. The convenient access door to the remodeled & eclectic chefs’ kitchen with 5-burner Lacanche stove, crowned by a stainless-steel Viking range hood refrigerator, triple sink, garbage compactor, and Boshe dishwasher are surrounded by stone countertops, finished with glass fronted Wood-Mode fine custom cabinets, painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, and finished with imported hardware. Comfortable and quirky cork-backed luxury vinyl tile make this a welcoming space for preparing favorite foods for those special guests. Kitchen porch leads down to back yard anchored by an outdoor fireplace where a budding orchard of apple, pear, peach, cherry, lemon, and olive trees are easily reached.

A stunning redwood staircase with exquisite carved spindled railing leads up to second floor and four generous bedrooms with tall windows overlooking the gardens and bay views. Primary bedroom fireplace (needs gas stove electric blower) Upstairs bathroom has fireplace with Jotul gas stove insert (blower fan) and whimsical original lions paw footed tub and shower for luxurious soaking. Environmentally friendly shellac used on the painted floors (crushed beetles, not as hard) instead of verathane is another example of the natural materials that the Victorians would have used chosen by the caregivers of this fantastic property in keeping with its authenticity.

A rare third floor attic with skylights adds interest and nearly 1,000 sq ft of extra living space, combined with a large full raised basement which offers plentiful storage. New plumbing and electrical through the whole house are a comfort. Double laundry sinks and a DIY workshop in basement. The quality and artistry of the upgrades and repairs to the original hardware, woodwork, and plaster throughout is extraordinary!

Private gardens create a sanctuary in the heart of New Monterey. The charming yard, with its crushed granite paths, archways of 1800s antique climbing roses is in keeping with the era. Bocce court with crushed oyster shells surrounded with low maintenance succulents and eclectic stone pavers bring you to a place of peaceful rest and reflection. The double lot is completely fenced, spacious and level and is accessed by both front and back porches. Great backyard for pets, children, and home gardeners, including a useful backyard shed.

Come and view the Parmelee House, a Grande Dame of Monterey! Registered in the historical society and on the Mills Act, for a reduced property tax rate, a unique historic property that rarely becomes available. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own your very own piece of California history! This beautifully crafted home invites lifestyle you’ve been waiting for. This estate is rich in history! Unique & Stylish! Come see this timeless Victorian Beauty! Great location in the heart of New Monterey, just a short stroll down to schools, coastal recreation trail, shops and restaurants and world-famous Monterey Aquarium and Cannery Row and all that make Monterey a special place to live.



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Updated on September 29, 2022 at 11:50 am


  • Address 570 Archer Street
  • City Monterey
  • State California
  • Zip/Postal Code 93940
  • Country United States

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