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One of a kind: How Fallbrook has mastered the art of custom homes

Chris Hasvold

Coldwell Banker Village Properties

Fallbrook, a picturesque community nestled in the rolling hills of northern San Diego County, is renowned for its unique, custom-built homes. These architectural gems not only showcase breathtaking design but also serve as a testament to the legacies of some of the most famous designers who have lived and worked in the area.

A walk through Fallbrook's architectural history

One historic home in Fallbrook is the Pittenger House, a beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse dating back to 1900. The Rev. William Pittenger, a Methodist minister, Civil War soldier, and early recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, once owned the house.

The Victorian style adds a touch of elegance to Fallbrook's scenery with its intricate woodwork, steep gables, and wrap-around porches.

The famous design team Mead and Requa helped spread the Spanish Mission style, which is another important part of Fallbrook's architectural history. In August 1914, William E. Gird commissioned Mead and Requa to design a house for his ranch in Bonsall, near Fallbrook.

The final design had two identical wings with fireplaces and indented arches on the outside. These wings were on either side of a dramatic three-arch entrance patio. The living room of the two-story main house boasted three sets of matching French doors opening onto the entrance patio. This stunning home still stands today, according to the Fallbrook Historical Society.

Adobe masterpieces: The Weir Brothers' legacy in Fallbrook

The amazing work of the Weir Brothers is another important part of Fallbrook's architectural history. Renowned for their craftsmanship and attention to detail, the Weir Brothers – Larry, Jack, and Roger – became legendary figures in Southern California for their distinctive adobe homes.

These beautiful, one-of-a-kind residences are not only built to last but are also typically situated on sprawling estates, providing a serene and luxurious living experience.

The Weir Brothers began their journey as adobe craftsmen in the 1950s, learning the art of traditional adobe construction from master builder Irving Gill. With their new skills, the brothers started making one-of-a-kind custom homes that combined the beauty of adobe with modern architectural ideas.

Their designs often incorporated large, exposed wooden beams, earthy tones, and organic materials, providing a sense of harmony with the surrounding landscape. The brothers took great care in selecting the building sites for their custom homes, often choosing locations with breathtaking views of Fallbrook's rolling hills and lush valleys.

The estates on which these homes are built often include expansive gardens, orchards, and equestrian facilities, further enhancing their appeal to those seeking a luxurious and tranquil lifestyle.

Other distinctive styles of Fallbrook's custom homes

There are many different kinds of custom-built homes in Fallbrook, all with a charming and elegant look. Among the most prominent styles found in the area are:

1. Ranch style: These sprawling, single-story homes feature open floor plans and are typically built on large lots. They reflect the agricultural heritage of the region, offering a comfortable and functional living experience.

2. Mediterranean style: Newer, larger homes in this style are increasingly popular in Fallbrook. These homes draw inspiration from the architecture of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, featuring red-tile roofs, stucco exteriors, and courtyards.

3. Craftsman style: Known for their attention to detail, Craftsman-style homes showcase the beauty of natural materials, such as wood and stone. These homes often feature wide porches, overhanging eaves, and handcrafted woodwork, reflecting a timeless aesthetic.

4. Mid-Century: This architectural style, which gained popularity in the mid-20th century, is characterized by clean lines, open floor plans, and large windows that bring the outdoors in. Mid-century homes in Fallbrook often boast stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Custom-built homes in Fallbrook are a great example of the area's long architectural history.

They show the skill and vision of some of the most well-known architects who have worked in the area. From Victorian farmhouses and Spanish mission-style homes to the Weir Brothers' timeless adobe masterpieces, these homes are full of character and charm.

In the charming town of Fallbrook, the unique and beautiful custom homes that combine tradition, innovation, and art continue to captivate both homebuyers and architecture fans alike.

Chris Hasvold, broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Village Properties, can be reached at 760-728-8000 – office or 760-604-1700 – mobile.


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