With stunning period details and elegantly restored craftsmanship, one of Sacramento’s finest historic homes – The Saverien Manor – has hit the market for nearly $3 million.
The main house in French Normandy was built in 1936 by Frank “Squeaky” Williams, who pioneered the development of Sierra Oaks when Fulton Avenue was just a dirt road among pastures. Manor of Saverien sits on a private 1 acre lot near bustling Fair Oaks Boulevard at 930 Saverien Drive.
The estate originally comprised 11 acres down to the American River. Saverien Manor, the oldest standing house in the Wilhaggin neighborhood, feels secluded but is only eight miles from downtown Sacramento.
“It is considered one of the most unique places in the area,” said listing agent Iman Turminini of Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty. “You really have to go and walk around (the property) and see how it feels.
The house has only changed owners three times in almost 100 years. The sellers are planners and planners Zafar and Vanessa Alikhan, who bought the property in 2016 for $725,000, according to public records. They have extensively restored and modernized the property, which was once owned by famed waterbed pitcher Tom Labrie, according to public records.
“It has been a labor of love to restore with historically accurate elements that match the home to avoid altering the historic charm and architectural integrity,” according to marketing material provided by Sotheby’s.
Williams built the five-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot main house of Sierra cedar with extensive copper detailing. The house bears his signature by using natural building materials, such as hammered metal, stone, handcrafted brick and rich woodwork. The entrance is paved with original terracotta tiles. There are also many skylights.
Refined details are found throughout the house: Tiffany light fixtures, stained glass windows, hardwood floors and exposed beams. A sensational hammered and etched copper range hood designed by Gustav Stickley, valued at an estimated $100,000, showcases the chef’s kitchen. Stickley was an American furniture maker and designer who led the Arts and Crafts movement.
The fireplace in the front living room is stone and brick and restored by removing 22 coats of paint. There is a library and a downstairs bedroom/study that was once a butler’s pantry.
The master suite has several bedrooms with a magnificent panoramic balcony overlooking a large heated swimming pool with a diving board, a slide and a waterfall.
The expansive grounds, dotted with heritage oaks, cedars and pines, include a ropes course, large vegetable garden with container bins, barn, bike path and rock spa. There are several seating areas lit by peacock lamps forged into a time when peacocks roamed the grounds.
The independent guest quarters on two levels – originally a carriage house built in 1920 – contain a kitchen and a workshop above. The outdoor kitchen is easily accessible from inside.
“Saverien Manor is arguably the finest example of a Williams house that has been restored, not largely replaced,” according to Sotheby’s.
“The house is comfortable, but no expense has been spared for materials.”
This story was originally published October 28, 2022 5:00 p.m.