Sac Historic House Profile: Castle Drogo

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Recently I spent a lot of hours on Ancestry.com, feverishly attacking the search function as I traced my family’s roots to England, Scotland and Ireland. I had heard great stories of our ancestors passed down through the generations “an Earl, or if not an Earl then definitely a peer…” or “he was a […]

Spring Zing

I recently finished a house history for a lovely crafstman style bungalow in the Alhambra Triangle. Never heard of the Alhambra Triangle? Neither had I, truth be told. It’s a small area east of 30th Street around S and T streets. Think the Natural Foods Co-op area.

Otherwise, it’s been a lot of dodging […]

Sacramento Old City Home Tour

Hey local Sacramento folks! I’ll be at the Sacramento Old City Home Tour on Sunday to hand out flyers for Sac Historic House. Be sure to stop by and say hello. Here is the flyer for the event. Hope to see you there!

Sacramento Historic Property Plaques

The City of Sacramento has recently announced a new historic property plaque program. If you own a historic house or building that is on the city’s landmark list or if your property is in a landmarked area (e.g. parts of Alkali Flat), you could qualify for one of the shiny new plaques on offer.

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Sac Historic House Profile: Dan Flynn

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This week I was lucky enough to catch up with the very busy Dan Flynn, author of my favorite Sacramento guidebook Inside Guide To Sacramento (Embarcadero Press). This is not a flimsy one page, Capitol-Crocker-Old Sac, day trip from San Francisco type of guidebook… there is real care, local knowledge and […]

The House Historian of England

I think most of my readers know by now that I do house history research here in Sacramento. So I was quite thrilled to be-friend the lovely Melanie Backe-Hansen, who is the first in-house historian to be employed by a UK estate agency. Translation: she’s a supersleuth of houses in England who regularly runs […]

Awakening Curiosity

One of the strangest effects of having extra free time and the absence of work stress is an acute feeling of being awake. I seem to notice a lot more of what’s going on around me. I can literally stop and smell the roses… and I do. My breathing has deepened, I get more […]

Van Voorhies House – a peek inside!

These past few weeks, I’ve had the great pleasure of researching the house history for the Van Voorhies house on G Street. It really is a charming house, quite small and now a bit low-key in its current incarnation as law offices.

The house was built by architect Charles Cate in 1868-69. In 1872, […]

Sacramento House History Research Rate Change

Charming house I researched this month – it’s for sale too, wish I could afford to buy it!

On September 15, I’ll be raising my house history research rates to a flat $300. Until then, I’m still offering the introductory rate of $125. So if you have a house in the East Sac, Land […]

Spreading A Little Link Love

The new issue of Victoria magazine is calling to me from the living room, so I’m going to make this post brief. I’ll do a little link love and share some recent/not so recent finds with you.

Pomegranate Paradise from Jamba Juice – I don’t know if these things are actually “healthy” but it […]