The Monterey colonial revival style is rumored to have been created by East Coast transplant Thomas Larkin who built what was essentially a New England colonial revival home flavored with Spanish colonial revival details. Whether or not he deserves this credit is a matter of some contention, but regardless, the Monterey colonial revival has become a common form in the California landscape.
In general Monterey colonials are characterized by a low sloped roof, stucco walls, and perhaps most importantly a second floor balcony on the front of the house. The grand upper Rockridge home that we feature today has all of these details and more with massive rough-hewn beams throughout the interior of the house, tile floors, and wrought iron chandeliers. There is a great original bath and a kitchen that, though recently updated, fits almost seamlessly with the rest of the house.