Out & About—Not your typical San Diego stucco home

Out & About

Probably my greatest deficiency in life is that I am interested in everything, a true Jack of all Trades. Sadly, there’s not enough time in the days, the weeks, the months, and the years to develop all of my interests, and just as soon as I get started developing an interest in one area, another area comes along and carries my interest away with it.

Architecture is one such interest that I never took time to develop. Fortunately for me, the residential architecture in San Diego is pretty blasé, so there’s no need to develop anything. Most of our houses are stucco, a great material for the Mediterranean climate that we have. However, occasionally, if you keep your eyes open while you’re out and about, you can find houses made out of stucco, some with stucco, a few with stucco, and if you’re really lucky, that rare mansion made out of stucco.

So imagine my surprise when I’m out and about in one of those 1% neighborhoods and find a Victorian mansion with clapboard siding:

Birdrock Victorian mansion

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I was pretty sure that Scotty had beamed me to somewhere in New England and that I was looking at a house straight out of a Stephen King novel. But no….

Upon recovering from my shock, I realized that I was still in San Diego. Everything else for miles around was stucco, stucco, and stucco.

San Diego mansion

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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10 thoughts on “Out & About—Not your typical San Diego stucco home

  1. operasmorg

    Hahaha, I’m afraid that’s the way it goes! 😀 There is a bunch of cool not-all-that-stucco houses along a rather cool loop made of Via Latina and Via Grimaldi on the north side of Carmel Valley Rd between I-5 and Camino Del Mar, tho. I discovered it by accident one day when I decided to veer up the hill on Via Aprilia to check out the clift. There’s even one that looks like a pyramid. The style changes every corner. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I did not. I’ve never really been much of a movie person unless I knew the movie had a great soundtrack, like Star Trek, Star Wars, Etc. I went to Wikipedia and saw that there are three movies named up, 1976, 1984, and 2009. After looking at the Wikipedia entries, I presume you’re referring to the 2009 film since it’s more relevant to the topic here. Definitely not the 1976 film……..LOL

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