Monday, September 7, 2009

H is for Houses - Berkeley styles

Daughter Candace Shock took these pictures of Berkeley houses during the many weeks that she stayed with me after Otto's death. She didn't include one of the more common styles, derived from the Mediterranean, perhaps because she grew up in one, the one in which I still live. She has returned to her own husband and household in Ontario, Oregon. My son Otto is here for this week, and soon (maybe Wednesday) I will begin sharing the house with a friend.

Here a Tori gate sits easily next to a driveway

This is a house I have long admired for its architecture
and the way in which the current owners
have painted it to show its decorative details.
It's a shame about those overhead wires, isn't it?

Some of said decorative details.

Details on a somewhat less elaborate Victorian.

And this little Victorian cottage boasts solar panels on its roof.
Very Berkeley!

There are many half-timbered houses

I think a witch might like this one.

Another delightful little Victorian - and too many overhead wires.

Details. Please enlarge this photos by clicking on them.

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Maggie May said...

What gorgeous houses. What a lovely place.

Mara said...

Wow, that certainly looks better than the concrete house I live in, even if it is painted baby pink!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, they are gorgeous houses, indeed! Would love to take a stroll there!

Have a great evening!


Roger Owen Green said...

My niece went to college there. it's a nice place; I could live there.

Martha in PA said...

Lovely homes!

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June said...

Beautiful details...and how wonderful that they've remained so well cared for and intact! In the east it becoming a rarity for historic architectural detail to be so maintained.

photowannabe said...

Lovely homes with wonderful architecture. They have so much character.

Joanna said...

Great H post. I do love Berkeley houses. We have friends there and whenever we visit we walk all up and down the hills admiring the architecture.

Tumblewords: said...

Gorgeous houses! It is a shame about the wires...there's no excuse.

Life with Kaishon said...

I just LOVE these pictures. So beautiful! Every time my pictures get ruined because of wires it makes me irritated! Really lovely architecture. You are never far from my thoughts and prayers!

Jay said...

That's very pretty architecture! I love the first house, and yes, the way they've painted it is perfect - but I also love the gothic 'witch' cottage, too!

nonizamboni said...

Wonderful Victorian house tour, Phyllis. And don't you jsut love the solar panels?!
Happy Wednesday, my friend.

Ann said...

Lovely houses, so much better architeture than the new box like ones.

This house must be the most beautiful house in Auckland,

Dragonstar said...

Such beautiful, decorative houses. You're right about the overhead wires - there are so many everywhere these days.

Linda Jacobs said...

I want to move to California and live in any one of these! But especially the Victorian ones!

Lilibeth said...

I absolutely adore looking at old houses restored. There aren't many where I live, out here in the West. Thanks for these beautiful pictures.

Lilibeth said...

I guess I should have said mid-west. We are in the middle--tornado alley and lots of plains.