Los Gatos, California
Iconic Queen Anne Victorian in Downtown Los Gatos!
The architectural design is that of the Eastlake style, part of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture prominent in the late 19th century. Elaborate woodworking, both on the interior and exterior facades, are hallmarks of the Eastlake movement started by architect, furniture designer and writer, Charles Eastlake.
Evoking a sense of romance, the façade of the D.P. Simon’s estate boasts an intimate front porch with spindle work, decorative scalloping, corbels and cornices. Enter through the original leaded glass door with accented transom to the foyer. Admire the intricately detailed walnut balustrade of the handsome spiral staircase.
With exceptional period detailing throughout, enjoy decorative wainscoting and beautiful door casings with transom accents opening to bright rooms. Queen Anne stained glass borders the picture windows in the living, dining and family rooms. Corbels adorn entry areas and sparkling chandeliers hang from intricate ceiling medallions.
A manicured hedge frames the sprawling lawn and planters of fragrant blossoms create a tapestry of color. Relax under the gazebo or entertain on the spacious patio enjoying the beautiful garden views.
This is a unique opportunity to own a true Los Gatos treasure. Rich in history and period adornment yet updated with all the modern conveniences of today!
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|Heated Sq. Ft.||3,090|
- Has Rentable Unit(s)
- 1st Floor Laundry Room
- Breakfast Room
- Dining room
- Entry Hall
- Gourmet Kitchen
- Laundry Room
- Living room
- Master bedroom upstairs
- Driveway - Paved
- Fenced Yard
- Guest House
- Ceiling Fans
- 2 Fireplaces: Wood
- Grand staircase
- High Ceilings
- Walk-In Closets
- Wood floors
- Central air
- City sewer
- City water supply
- Gas heating
- Security System
- Sprinkler System
- Carriage House
- 12-foot Ceilings
- Pocket Doors
- Stained Glass Windows
Other Outstanding Features• 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms
• 3,090 +/- sf interior living space
• Almost ½ acre lot
• 2 fireplaces -family room and master bedroom
• Separate laundry room
• Carriage house/studio apartment
• Large 10 x 20 foot storage shed
• Award-winning Los Gatos schools – Van Meter Elementary, Fish Middle and Los Gatos High School
• Great commute location – close to Highway 17
• Downtown Los Gatos location
HistoryThe Original Owner – Mayor of Los Gatos
Daniel Page Simons first learned about the lumber trade from his father. Born in New York, D.P. was raised on a small farm and served in the Civil War. After the war, he married Mary Cochran and moved West, first managing a lumber yard in Ohio and then purchasing vast amounts of timber land for large corporations. In 1889, due to health reasons, he relocated to Los Gatos, California in search of a more temperate, mild climate.
The small, quaint town of Los Gatos had just incorporated 2 years prior in 1887. Simons and his wife settled and built a lovely Victorian home, 207 Los Gatos Boulevard to raise their family. With his previous experience in the timber industry, Simons jumped right into the booming Santa Cruz Mountains timber trade by buying large tracts of land for a local company. Simons also played an active role in Los Gatos government, serving as a trustee from 1892-1896 and then again 1906-1908, before becoming mayor from 1908 until his sudden death in 1910.
On the afternoon of his funeral, all streets, businesses, and public schools, as well as the post office and library were closed. Simons was remembered as one of the most prominent and active purveyors in lumber industry in the country and an integral member of the early Los Gatos community. As a tribute, Simons Way was named after him.
The D.P. Simons House
Built in 1888, the D.P. Simons house stands proud in downtown Los Gatos! It remained in the Simons family until 1935. The second owner was Mrs. Ethel B. Crawford. During this period, a 3-story elevator was added in the area by the half bath. Mrs. Crawford made a few more changes to the property during her tenure and sold in 1984 to a local businessman, Barry Solloway. It was his intention to return 207 Los Gatos Blvd to its former splendor. Mr. Solloway began the renovation which included removing paint covering the several stained glass windows. In 1987, the home received a Bellringer award, a distinction given to only 100 historic homes in Los Gatos. On April 22, 1989, tragedy struck the old home when the 2nd story sustained substantial damage from fire. The fire started in the front bedroom due to someone smoking in bed. The majority of the second floor was rebuilt. Later that year, the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake occured. Although many homes in downtown Los Gatos suffered substantial damage, 207 Los Gatos Blvd did not sustain any damage from the earthquake.
In 2010, following restoration by the owners at the time, Caroline and Clay Teramo, proprietors of the old Mountain Charley tollhouse (an old toll bell is mounted on a post near the gazebo), the Simons House was featured in The Museums of Los Gatos Historic Homes Tour.
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