1567 Compton Road (1988)


Nestled on one acre of foliage is this Traditional American Craftsman Home. The lot lies in an area which was once the Charles Compton Estate. In 1898, the Compton Estate was partitioned into four 21-acre lots. This home was built in 1907.


The Mission-style architecture of this home reflects the post-Victorian attitude of a return to basics. Simplicity of form is characteristic of Mission Style. Natural stone wraps the corners and punctuates the stucco walls. Roof eaves with exposed rafters extend four feet beyond the walls. Interestingly, simpler models of this home were available in kit form from the Sears Roebuck catalog.


For the past three years, the present owners have been working to return this house to its original condition. Pleasant surprises discovered in this process have included golden oak woodwork and beautiful inlay pine flooring. The Victorian and transitional furniture and décor of this house have been mixed to reflect the decorating style of the early 1900s. The remodeled kitchen is one of the rare concessions to present day convenience. However, even it opens up toward a Victorian dining area.


A large continuous porch extends around two side of the house. The southern exposure of the porch overlooks a ravine where a stream once flowed.


The back yard has been lovingly landscaped in keeping with the "Jazz Era" while retaining some of the atmosphere of the Mission Style. The rose garden contains varieties that originate from this period and have been ordered from specialty rose nurseries. A trellis in the rose garden has been artistically fashioned from old tree branches. The perennial and herb garden behind the barn also contain species that were commonly found in gardens during the twenties.