1043 Ocean Blvd. (use the BACK button to return)

In June of 2005 this property was for sale!
Asking Price: $16,900,000.00 (I do not believe that it sold)


On Sunday - June 19, 2005, Roger M. Showley published: SPRECKELS STATELY HOME BY THE SEA UP FOR SALE in his column entitled - The Front Porch - in The San Diego Union-Tribune. What follows is the text of his column: The Spreckels mansion in Coronado, one of the most storied properties in the Crown City, is on the market for a cool $16.9 million, more than 10 times what it fetched when last sold in 1986. The 12,751-square-foot property sits on nearly half an acre at 1043 Ocean Blvd. and commands a 115-foot unobstructed beach view. And that's just what John D. Spreckels, who owned the nearby Hotel del Coronado and many other properties and businesses, had in mind. He lived in what is today the Glorietta Bay Inn less than a mile away, and the Ocean Boulevard home was to be his beach house. But in 1910, he gave it to his son Claus as a wedding present, and the younger Spreckels occupied it until his death in 1935. His widow Ellie, who remarried in 1947, remodeled the home that year. By 1975, after several years of being vacant, the house was sold for $275,000 to Dave Gillingham, now a Palm Desert resident, who made numerous improvements and upgrades before selling it in 1979. The house was the site of the 1982 Designer Showcase house for the San Diego Historical Society and local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Four years later, George Wiley, now a retired investment counselor, bought the home for $1.3 million, records show. He has made no major changes, according to Thomas P. Sacco, the San Francisco-based agent representing Wiley on the sale. Harrison Albright, who designed many Spreckels projects, including the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park and the Spreckels Theatre downtown, was the architect of the mansion, in which he incorporated Italian Renaissance and Beaux Arts styles. The 27-room main house includes six bedrooms, 4- baths, basement, attic and unfinished wine-storage room used during Prohibition. The northeast wing has a six-car garage and two apartments. A guest house, completed in 1928, contains two master bedroom suites, each decorated by an 18-inch fresco running around the perimeter of the room on the upper portion of the walls. One depicts San Diego historical scenes and the other, the French countryside. An online tour of the house is available at www.spreckelsmansion.com, and visits to the home are by appointment only through Princeton Real Estate, (415) 359-7757 or thom@sfhotinvestments.com.

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Tom and Rosann Moran
Rental: 311 Ocean Blvd.
Residence: 150 Alder Street
Coronado, California 92118
(619) 435-4857
Email: tommoran@coronadobeachhouse.com