“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character.
These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

8 Year Old Miles Ekhert



“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop

Kindness the power it holds


Architecture, historic or otherwise and I have had a very long love affair.  A very one sided love affair, but a love affair none the less.  I love old buildings and the details that went into them, whether they’ve been renovated or they’re falling down around themselves, I can’t help myself, I adore them.

Whenever, we go into a new city one of the first things we do is to seek out the historic home in the area. On our travels this past summer we had the opportunity to visit the Unsinkable Molly Brown house (Classic Queen Anne Architecture) in Denver, CO and the Riordan Mansion (Craftsman Architecture) in Flagstaff, AZ. Both were very interesting in history, style, and sported porches that were to die for.  Insert jealous, green with envy sigh here.  They each were stunning in their own unique way. I find that touring old homes not only teaches us about the architecture of a home, but about the history and those that resided in the area. Personally, I think this is the only way to learn history. Reading it out of a book, makes me nod off, but take me to a historic docent led tour and I’m all there.  I am so grateful that their are groups of people who care about the history of their neighborhoods and wanting to save these old structures.

The Molly Brown House Museum

 The most interesting tidbit I learned from the docent at The Molly Brown Museum?  Margaret Brown was never called Molly, she was known by Maggie to her friends.  The movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown is the only place where you will hear her called Molly.

The Carriage House At the Molly Brown House in Denver COThe Carriage House..gorgeous.  Only during the Victorian era would you find a balcony on the garage…

Denver, CO Molly Brown House Exterior FrontCan we say gorgeous?  Look at the round balcony upstairs.  When Margaret entertained, she would place the musicians she hired to play there.

Molly Brown House, Denver CO Hitching PostHow visitors parked their ride, when they stopped by to see Margaret brown. Yup, it’s a hitchin post.

Molly Brown House, Denver CO Lion at Entry StairsTwo  majestic stone lions greet you at the entry stairs.

Molly Brown House, Denver CO PorchCan we say porch envy?  Not only does it wrap around the corner, but it has a mosaic tiled floor, stunning stone and wood arches, sculpted aged stone, and an old wooden screen door for grand children to slam in their going out and coming in.  I want to live here.

To find out more about the Molly Brown House Museum visit their website.

The Riordan Mansion

You would never know from the exterior that the Riordan Mansion is considered Craftsman architecture.  My hubby was so disappointed, he thought he was going to see a log cabin mansion.  Once inside though you are greeted with masterly designed Stickley furniture and the classic beautifully crafted clean lines of  the arts and crafts movement.

The main entry to the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff AZThe uniqueness of this home was derived because of it being built by two brothers, Tim and Michael Riordan.  While both sides of the home were similar in style.  Each brother put their own personal taste into the decor of the home.  Tim’s side of the duplex is now used for transitioning historical displays throughout the year.  The center of the home was a common area that was for entertaining and shared family time.  The main gate shown above takes you to a lovely courtyard facing porch, which is the entry for this common area.

Floorplan of the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff, AZ
The floorplan for the Riordan mansion, observe the communal area in the center.

Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff AZ PorchThe porch and courtyard that led to the common living room between the two residences.

WWI Don't waste food poster at the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff AZI had no idea that the United States Food Administration created these posters to help abate hunger in Europe during WWI. There were several at the Mansion. On another note take a look at the gorgeous arts & crafts sconce and wallpaper.

Chandelier in the dining room of the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff AZArts and Crafts chandelier  in the dining room of the Riordan Mansion.   Aren’t  the ceiling details sensational?

Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff, AZ Entry StoneworkThe stone work entry for the Michael Riordan side of the home.  There was a lovely old fashion rose blooming to the left of it when I was there.

Old Fashion Rose near the entry of the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff AZI find it amazing that vegetation that was planted at the same time a historic home was built survives such as the old fashion rose in bloom while we were visiting in June of 2014.

Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff, AZ Ponderosa PineHave you ever wondered what a Ponderosa Pine looks like?  Well here you go.  This historic state site was covered in them.

Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff, AZThe Michael Riordan side of this duplex mansion.  A small glimpse of the split rail fencing that surrounds the property.

To find out more about Riordan Mansion State Historic Park visit their website.

Are you interested in owning a historic or older home in San Diego County?  Call 619.405.7673 or email me at homes@livininsd.com.


“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Kindness in action one day

Make a difference in one persons life and watch the world change, one person at a time.

Photo and video credit:  Life Vest


Front view of 13523 Sohail St., in Lakeside, CA  92040

Here is your last chance to purchase this beautifully built Michael Gregory home at a great price for new construction here in San Diego County.   They are closing out on their final home in Green Hills and just reduced it by $10,000.  Priced to sell now at $558,777, if you’ve been looking for new construction this is it!  Call me to view at 619.405.7673 or email me at homes@livininsd.com


  • 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath
  • 2186 Sq. Ft.
  • 10,006 Sq. Ft. lot
  • No Mello-Roos!
  • HOA dues of $125
  • Vinyl fenced yard.
  • Home comes with a 10 year structural warranty.
  • 5 year Home Protection Plan.
  • 1 year Fit & Finish warranty.
  • Roof constructed with radiant barrier keeping the attic cool.
  • Windows and doors are constructed with dual panes of glass and LOW E.
  • LOW E windows and doors keep the home cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.
  • Foundation is constructed with post tension slab.
  • Garage doors are insulated keeping the garage cooler in the summer.
  • Toilets and shower heads use less water for conservation.
  • Front yard landscape is included and comes with drought tolerant vegetation, drip irrigation and irrigation on a timer.
  • Home includes cable and tele lines in all bedrooms and family room.
  • Kitchen includes tele line as well.
  • Ceiling fan pre-wires are included in all bedrooms and family room.
  • Recessed can lights are included in family room and master bedroom.
  • Extensive staircase with open rail creates a dramatic feel once inside home.
  • Kitchen boasts gorgeous Juparana Santa Cecelia slab granite counters and tile/stone custom back splash.
  • Stainless steel appliances.
  • Bathroom counters are constructed with a green product called “Piedrafina”.  Piedrafina uses recycled marble and is beautiful.
  • Master bath includes a make up vanity for the ladies with plenty of counter space for all your grooming needs.
  • Separate master tub and shower and private water closet.
  • Spacious 3 space garage that has a 2 garage doors.

13523 Sohail St., Lakeside, CA  92040 Kitchen

Dining room of 13523 Sohail St. in Lakeside, CA  92040

Rear of Home of 13523 Sohail St., in Lakeside CA