If ever there were an antithesis for contemporary design, Victorian architecture would be it. From turrets and towers to spindles and brackets, ornamentation is the telltale characteristic of these cherished homes.
Victorian manors can often be found cheering up neighborhoods, with warm and whimsical colors inviting visitors and residents alike to cozy up in more traditionally defined rooms.
Their complex roof lines—with distinctive gingerbread trims—are each their own unique blend of playfulness, timely elegance, and grandeur. As North America embraced this architectural era without abandon, it plays host to some particularly stunning estates.
Something truly unique, this home in Aspen’s West End neighborhood hinges on sleek, modern construction to annex a classic Victorian home. Spanning over 3,800 square-feet of living space, the original Victorian residence was thoughtfully woven into the remodel and expansion of this captivating property.
An open layout, high ceilings, exposed beams, and seamlessly blended indoor and outdoor spaces complement each other to create a one-of-a-kind experience where the future and past coalesce gracefully.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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Modern refinements completed in 2016 ushered this Oakville charmer into a new era. With over 9,200 square-feet of living space, an elevator connecting to all four levels, and a self-contained coach-house, it’s easy to see why this landmark property stands as one of the area’s finest estate homes.
From the bright bay windows and stained-glass features to the built-in cabinetry and sky-high ceilings, each room in this manor features something special. Keep an eye out for the glass conservatory, marble master en-suite, and herringbone pattern oak hardwood.
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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Artfully designed and lovingly cared for, the Chadwick House was built in 1883 by a prominent local mariner. Its Queen Anne–style wood frame is set atop brick piers, adding a smart sturdiness to its delicate exterior.
Inside, yesteryear details include carved wood banisters, original fireplaces, heart pine flooring, and original windows with stained detailing. Well-considered updates (granite counters and custom cabinets, among others) leave the rich history of this charming home intact.
Atherton, California, United States
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Worlds collide in affluent Atherton. After all, it’s here that Silicon Valley’s elite nest in historic Victorian homes, a mere stone’s throw from high-tech innovation. The perfect example can be found in this circa-1885 build, complete with incredible four-story guest tower.
A stunning front porch and upper balcony frame picturesque windows with decorative railings. Inside, warm hardwood flooring and vaulted ceilings traverse a stately library, billiards room, and courtly bedrooms. Added refinement arrives with the carriage house, lush local flora, artist’s studio, and multiple fireplaces.
Somewhere between a bygone era and a love for great detail are the perfect residents for these modern Victorian manors, ready to usher in a new chapter for some much-loved neighborhood icons.
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