The Cool House: Hooked on (Victorian Beach) Houses

Friday, May 08, 2009

Hooked on (Victorian Beach) Houses

Everyone knows I'm a modern girl, it's right there in the URL after all, but that's not to say I don't have flirtations with older architecture. I've even lived in a Victorian house - real Victorian that is, built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), not Victorian-style - and I still love the elegance of the older ladies.

Within the Incorporated Village there are outstanding examples of late Victorian and early C20th architecture; so many that the Bay Crest area has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

I love the shingle style "beach cottages"

their porches


and turrets

The windows,

 especially the windows

the beautiful original stucco gatehouses

and the glimpses of grandeur long past.

This post is part of Hooked on Houses Friday blog fest


from the right bank said...

I love living in a contemporary house but at the same time I really appreciate the history, features and details in these houses that you don't find anymore.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love these! What beautiful homes. These are the kinds of houses that make me run off the road when I drive past them.

modernemama said...

Julia: You have to get out of the car and walk the area (it's a circuit), smell the lilacs; admire the cherry blossom, magnolia and dogwood trees; listen to the gentle lapping of the Long Island Sound

Terry said...

There are Victorians I don't like. Nor am I a big new houses with Victorian pastiche. That said, most are knock outs. These are spectacular. Do you get to see these, like any time you want?

modernemama said...

Terry: These are only a few. I can see the last from my bedroom window and I walk past the others every day, alone or with the dogs

DesignTies said...

Beautiful houses :-) Love the oval windows, and the house with the turret.

Older homes have so much charm -- thanks for sharing the pics of these ones :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Jean Martha said...

Love this post! I want a shingled beach house!

Jean/renovation therapy

kathleen said...

I'd be happy in any of those houses!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

oh!What gorgeous old gals they are!

modernemama said...

new post up today: slide show of more local houses; wider range, different styles

Charlie said...

Wow! These are spectacular! Very few places have houses with that much history.I love our New York Estates, and I so miss Long Island in the summer. Thank you for giving me the tour of one of my favorite places on earth.