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435 W Thorn St
Metro Uptown San Diego 92103

$2,690,000
Residential beds: 5 baths: 4.0 4,320 sq. ft. built: 1927

Though it would be at home with villas in Lake Como, San Diego is proud to claim this estate as its own. Walking the steps to the iron-gated entrance flanked by espalier walls, note the hipped roof with the projecting wings and decorative eave overhang.
Status:
Active
Prop. Type:
Residential
MLS® Num:
170033289
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
4
Year Built:
1927
Reduced to sell, bring your offer. At the peak of the prestigious historic walking district of Bankers Hill, this one of a kind 1926 Italian Palladian home reflects the neo-classical symmetry and grandeur of 16th century Andrea Palladio’s architectural vision. While it could be found alongside the grand villas of Lake Como, San Diego is proud to claim it. Mills Act property savings. See Supplemental.
Total Living Area:
4,000 to 4,999 SqFt
Total Floor Area:
4,320 sq. ft.
Price Per SqFt:
622.69
Lot Size:
7,500-10,889 SF
Lot Size:
0.17 acre(s)
Total Bedrooms:
5
Optional Bedrooms:
0
Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
4.0
Full Bathrooms:
3
Half Bathrooms:
1
Fireplaces:
1
Fireplace Details:
FP in Living Room
Architecture:
Other
Residential Style:
Detached
Structures:
Other/Remarks
Other Structures:
Guest House, Gazebo
Stories:
2 Story
Num Stories:
2
Total Stories:
2
Entry Level Building:
1
Year Built:
1927
Total Parking Spaces:
2
Market Area:
Metro Uptown
County:
San Diego
Community:
MISSION HILLS
Neighborhood Code:
Bankers Hill
Home Owner Fees:
0.0
Mello Roos Fee:
0.0
Other Fees:
0.0
Monthly Total Fees:
0.0
Terms:
Conventional
At the peak of the prestigious historic walking district of Bankers Hill near balboa park, this one of a kind 1926 Italian Palladian home reflects the neo-classical symmetry and grandeur of 16th century Andrea Palladio’s architectural vision. While it could be found alongside the grand villas of Lake Como, San Diego is proud to claim it as its own. Featuring a grand centralized hall graced by porticos on both floors, this masterpiece features pilasters, magnificent Venetian windows, a quartet of arched French doors and curved entry ways throughout. The intricate wooden floors, abundant gumwood windows, doors, beams, and even a built-in confessional, display the artful and painstaking craftsmanship of bygone years and the influence of the original owners, lumber baron N. N. Herriman, and his wife. Lillian. The Herrimans travelled by rail from New York to San Diego. They brought the blueprints of the home they left behind, and replicated it at 435 West Thorn Street. A recessed dome overlooks a grand dining room that opens out to a spacious back veranda trellised by wisteria and red trumpet vines. Original wooden beams crown the palatial living room warmed by a welcoming, over-sized fireplace. Expand the living area by opening a trio of beautiful arched French doors into a parlor room with bar and resplendent with dramatic Venetian arched windows. The gourmet kitchen is over 300 square feet with all Viking appliances, double oven, walk-in pantry, large iron pot holder, French chef’s island and separate eating area, with arched doors leading to the veranda on one side and to the side patio on the other. Ten foot walls, and six-foot arched windows stream in natural light, and make this a wonderful gathering place for family and friends. Coved ceilings throughout complement the soaring walls. Exquisite original built-in cabinets adorn the upstairs library, which features an arched confessional gateway, reflecting previous residence by a Bishop. The library French doors open onto a balustraded grand balcony overseeing the front of the residence. Original, one-of-a-kind light fixtures illuminate every room. The back office opens onto a loggia that reveals spectacular views of downtown San Diego and the Bay. A downstairs room may be used as a bedroom, office, studio or playroom. A detached guest house, with a full kitchen and steam shower, an opulent over-sized Jacuzzi, mature landscaping and Venetian fountains are hidden within the property’s Italian espalier garden walls. A stand up, 1200 square foot attic provides for ample storage and leads to a hosting rooftop with sweeping 360 degree views of downtown, San Diego Bay and Point Loma. No better place to watch Fourth of July fireworks shows! An air-conditioned 200 square foot basement provides for wine storage. Easy walking distance to Hillcrest, Balboa Park, Little Italy and Mission Hills..
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Elementary School URL:
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Floor
Type
Size
Other
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Master Bedroom
19' × 17'
-
-
Bedroom
19' × 17'
-
-
Bedroom
16' × 15'
-
-
Bedroom
11' × 9'
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-
Bedroom
11' × 9'
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Living Room
29' × 16'
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-
Dining Room
19' × 19'
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-
Family Room
16' × 12'
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Kitchen
21' × 16'
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Other
0 × 0
-
Short Sale:
No
Listing Type:
Exclusive Agency (A)
Complex Features:
Other/Remarks
Interior Features:
Balcony, Built-Ins, Crown Moldings, Open Floor Plan, Pull Down Stairs to Attic, Recessed Lighting, Storage Space, Two Story Ceilings, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceiling
Equipment Included:
Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Refrigerator, Other/Remarks, 6 Burner Stove, Gas Range
Miscellaneous:
Urban
Site Influences:
Corner Lot
View:
Bay, City, Evening Lights, Water
Exterior Features:
Stucco
Property Condition:
Repairs Cosmetic
Configuration:
Deck
Parcel Number:
452-494-21-00
Heating:
Radiant
Heating fuel:
Natural Gas
Cooling:
N/K
Utilities:
Cable Connected, Electricity Connected, Natural Gas Connected, Phone Connected, Sewer Connected, Water Connected
Pool:
N/K
Spa:
Private Below Ground, Yes, Heated
Spa Heat:
Gas
Roof:
Composition, Tile/Clay
Rooms:
Basement, Dining Room, Family Room, Formal Entry, Library, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Family Kitchen, Jack & Jill, Separate Family Room, Walk-In Pantry
Patio:
Balcony, Brick, Deck, Gazebo, Slab, Patio
Security:
Security Lights, Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Skirting:
Stucco
Telecommunications:
Cable (coaxial)
Water Heater Type:
Gas
Water supply:
Meter on Property, Public
Irrigation:
Sprinklers
Sewer Septic:
Public Sewer
Exclusive Use Yard:
Yes
Laundry Location:
Closet Full Sized, On Upper Level
Laundry Utilities:
Gas
Age Restrictions:
N/K
Sales Restrictions:
N/K
Floor finish:
Tile, Wood
Guest House:
Detached
Garage:
Detached, Garage
Total Garage Spaces:
2
Total Non-Garage Spaces:
0
Zoning:
SPECIAL AN
Fencing:
Full, Gate, Other/Remarks, Masonry
Topography:
Level
Ownership Type:
Fee Simple
Restrictions:
N/K
  • Photo 1: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Though it would be at home with villas in Lake Como, San Diego is proud to claim this estate as its own. Walking the steps to the iron-gated entrance flanked by espalier walls, note the hipped roof with the projecting wings and decorative eave overhang.
  • Photo 2: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Welcome to the Morris Lilian Herriman historical estate. The 1926 Italian Renaissance masterpiece sits at the highest point in Bankers Hill and features Palladian architectural elements made prominent by famed 16th century architect, Andrea Palladio.
  • Photo 3: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The raised, recessed entry reflects the Palladian architectural style. Flanked by classical Roman columns, a coffered ceiling hosts an upper grand balcony. The original entry doors are framed by crowned pilasters with an arched half circle overhead.
  • Photo 4: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    As you enter the grounds, to the right is a garden featuring a grand Italian fountain, bordered by artful balustrades that complement the boxwood hedges. Sit on the crafted concrete bench, gaze at the hibiscus trees and listen to the cascading fountain.
  • Photo 5: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Beyond the iron gate are mature trees that lead to the hardscaped rear grounds bordered by an espalier southern wall. Dine alfresco with nature as your dining partner. A glance at the home reveals paned Venetian windows peeking out from the awning.
  • Photo 6: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Dine or entertain outdoors on a spacious 24x15 raised veranda framed with Roman columns and crowned with a trellis of wisteria and red trumpet vines. Open the crafted trio of arched French doors and marry the grand dining room and gracious veranda.
  • Photo 7: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The 100â length of the grounds provides limitless entertaining options, from very intimate to large, formal events. Many a wedding reception, bridal and baby shower, holiday party, and business gathering have been hosted by this gracious home.
  • Photo 8: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The grounds lead to a sumptuous Jacuzzi. Walk up the steps to lavish in the bath and observe the entrance framed by Roman columns supporting an open trellis trailed with pink trumpet vines. A lion's head wall fountain complements the Roman theme.
  • Photo 9: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Interior entry shows a quartet of crafted doors, topped by a Palladian half circle, with arched double doors leading to the coatroom. The exquisite millwork is abundant throughout the home. After all, Morris Herriman was a lumber baron!
  • Photo 10: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The grand entry reveals the Palladian architectural style with a central stairway that marries lower and upper porticos. The upper hallway connects the perfectly symmetrical wings. Arched entryways on both sides lead to inter-connected living areas.
  • Photo 11: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The palatial living room showcases a large stone fireplace adorned with dentil moulding. Tall walls are crowned with original ceiling beams that complement the crafted Venetian windows. A trio of paned, arched French doors open to the parlor.
  • Photo 12: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The living room is adorned with six foot tall Venetian windows that let in abundant light and frame the outdoors. A built-in, lit, recessed arch allows for a featured antique olive jar or sculpture.
  • Photo 13: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The millwork throughout the home is all original and painstakingly crafted to the highest standards befitting a discriminating lumber baron.
  • Photo 14: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The parlor room showcases fine millwork, with windows revealing the back gardens. The trio of French doors open to extend the flow of the living room or can closed for a more intimate feel. Crowning the room is a brilliant Swarovski crystal chandelier.
  • Photo 15: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The archways and doors connect rooms in a continuous flowing pattern. This view shows the living room, parlor, dining room, and back gardens. Each room can be used intimately or opened up to easily host a large party. Note the original light fixtures.
  • Photo 16: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    A recessed dome overlooks a spacious dining room that easily fits a dining table fit for a king. The coved ceiling is complemented by the arched French doors that open to the over-sized veranda.
  • Photo 17: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    This room opening in the dining room encapsulates the Palladian architectural style, showcasing arches, columns, openness and spatial inter-connectedness.
  • Photo 18: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Ah, the gourmet kitchen! Viking appliances, double convection oven, walk-in pantry and large French island make even the haughtiest chef smile! Custom cabinetry with dentil moulding, granite counter surfaces, and a separate eating area are all here.
  • Photo 19: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Arched doors and entry way lead to a coatroom and to a foyer centered to a guest bathroom, back studio and the kitchen. The original, hand crafted iron and wood railing graces the lower stairs and landing and leads to the upper living area.
  • Photo 20: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The father of Palladian architecture, Andrea Palladio, would be proud! The stairway greets a central hallway connecting symmetrical wings, revealing upper and lower porticos. Note original built-in bookcases and French doors leading to the upper balcony.
  • Photo 21: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The library shows exquisite millwork, with built-in bookcases and French doors. The wall archway may have been a confessional door, reflecting the estate was once owned by a church. The doors let in natural light and open to the balustraded balcony.
  • Photo 22: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The spacious master bedroom features coved ceilings and an expansive feel, with large windows offering views of downtown, San Diego Bay, and Point Loma.
  • Photo 23: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    A large bedroom has coved ceilings and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light. Two closets allow for plenty of garment space.
  • Photo 24: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    The highest point in Bankerâs Hill. His view is of the airport, San Diego Bay and Point Loma. On a clear day, you can see forever!
  • Photo 25: MISSION HILLS House for sale : 5 bedrooms : 435 W Thorn St in San Diego
    Night panorama from the highest point in Bankers Hill â city lights, U.S.S. Midway, San Diego Bay, cruise ships, descending airplanes, Coronado Bridge and Mexico. View the Big Boom 4th of July fireworks and five other fireworks shows in all directions!
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Listed by Bennion Deville Homes
Listing information last updated on September 14, 2018 at 11:54 PM (UTC)
Area Statistics
Listings on market:
784
Avg list price:
$629,900
Min list price:
$124,999
Max list price:
$13,999,000
Avg days on market:
37
Min days on market:
1
Max days on market:
887
Avg price per sq.ft.:
$463.25
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