A Victorian...in the San Fernando Valley?

A Victorian...in the San Fernando Valley?

Gregory Han
Feb 6, 2008

On our way over to Granada Hills to shoot a MidCentury residence (an upcoming house tour slated for next Friday), we caught a glimpse of a structure that was obviously much, much different from its surrounding neighbors...

Just off of Woodley Ave. in north most reaches of Granada Hills, close to the second biggest public park in Los Angeles (O'Melveny Park, a hidden gem), is your everyday suburban neighborhood filled with postwar, single house dwellings intermixed with newer tract homes. But like Paris Hilton at an Amish gathering, it was obvious one person had something completely different in mind:

According to our House Tour contact, his neighbors began converting their post war 1950's single story home into a Victorian "eyesore" over the years because his wife had always dreamt of living in one as a child. So the husband spent years converting and adding architectural elements, initially all by himself, painting the exterior with colours that seem more San Francisco Haight Ashbury than San Fernando suburbs. It's still not complete from the looks of things, and we were disappointed to discover nobody was home when we rang the doorbell (we did peek inside, and the interior seemed very much a "work in progress too).

Personally, I love it. No, I wouldn't personally want my own home to look like this, but I can respect that this person wanted something different...much different. It's a totally unexpected, individualistic and colourful ode to their own dreams. Growing up just a few miles away, I know the Valley is mostly about "fitting in", and I'm quite proud someone had the gumption to follow their architectural dreams, irregardless of property value worries. Definitely future material for HGTV's "What's With That House".

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