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Historic Spanish colonial homefront near Olympus Corsair in San Diego, California



Did you know that San Diego is home to a variety of historic properties?

If the walls of these stately homes could talk, they would have plenty of stories to tell! Some highlights of this city include:

Whaley House Museum

Built in the mid-nineteenth century in the Greek Revival style, the Whaley House has been one of Southern California's most popular tourist attractions since 1960. It features the city's first two-story brick edifice and was constructed from bricks forged in Thomas Whaley's brickyard.

Back in 1849, Thomas Whaley left New York for California during the Gold Rush. He later married Rachel Pye, and in 1851 they moved to present day San Diego’s oldest neighborhood, appropriately named Old Town. Whaley established a variety of business ventures with his partners, establishing his own fortune.  

After the completion of construction of the home in 1855, it was dubbed the "finest new brick block in Southern California" by the San Diego Herald, as it also contained damask drapes, Brussels carpet, and mahogany furniture.

Today the home details what life was like for local San Diego residents during the nineteenth century and serves as a point of interest for visitors looking to enjoy a self-guided tour at their own pace.  

Marston House Museum

Considered a fine example of the Arts & Crafts style, the Marston House dates back to the early-1900s when it was built for George and Anna Marston.  

George Marston was a prominent civic leader whose work in historic preservation is well-known in California, while his home was carefully designed by world-renowned architects.  

The stunning home is surrounded by rolling lawns, well-manicured formal gardens, and pathways lined by mature oak and eucalyptus trees. As visitors explore the grounds, they can learn more about one of San Diego’s most prominent families and the designers who helped them create one of the region's most important estates. 

These are just a couple of the historic properties and sites near our apartments in San Diego. If you would like to call our community home, please contact our leasing consultants to arrange a private tour where you can experience all we have to offer.