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Coronado Landmark Enters A New Era. Hansen Family Bids Fairwell To 711 A Ave.

711 A Ave Coronado CA 92118

Coronado, CA – For 66 years, the mansion located at 711 A Avenue in Coronado, was home to Leo and Helen Hansen and generations of their family. The 14,000 sq ft architectural masterpiece is a local treasure situated on more than 30,000 sq ft of property. On June 17, Joseph Lerner, Realtor at Keller Williams San Diego Central Coast, closed the record-breaking sale of the Hansen House Mansion to a private buyer who wishes to remain anonymous.

This Sunday, members of the Hansen family will gather at the house for the last time and share fond memories of growing up in the estate named after them.

History of the Hansen House

The Hansen House Mansion is a three-story landmark located at 711 A Ave.  It was designed by noted architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill in 1898 for A.P. Stephens, a retired Standard Oil executive.  It was purchased in 1915 by Marshall O. Terry, former Surgeon General of New York.  Then, in the early 1920’s, Terry commissioned Edward G. Bolles, a San Francisco architect, to redesign the estate into the landmark we recognize today.  Leo Hansen bought the home at auction in 1950.  For more than six decades, Hansen used the mansion as a place to raise his children and orphaned niece and nephews, while always opening his doors to the community.

The Hansen House has hosted Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, numerous foreign dignitaries and Hollywood celebrities.  The mansion’s exquisite craftsmanship and magical charm was also featured as the set for 1996 TV movie, What Love Sees.

About the Hansen House

Eight-foot high brick walls encircle the Hansen House estate covering nearly an acre. The façade is unlike any other Coronado property with majestic, steep-pitched rooflines combined with adobe and wood exterior walls.  Inside, the 30-room, three-story mansion includes 9 bedrooms, 12 bath and powder rooms, a ballroom, a living room featuring a vaulted ceiling and sequoia tiles, wine cellar, and a gorgeous formal dining room with a fireplace framed with Delft tiles. The original period appliances including the icebox, gas stove, dumbwaiter, and old-fashioned elevator preserve the home’s character. Beautifully styled gables and dormer windows provide amble light throughout. Architectural details like sterling silver electrical and bathroom fixtures are sure to impress.

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