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Address: 3525 Seventh Ave., Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 619 298 3142
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Description: An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample...
An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.
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Beautiful home...hope for a good tour guide!

First, let's start with my complaint about our tour guide. When they learned we were from the midwest twice they condescendly made comments or asked if we have an arts and craft... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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307 reviews 307 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Perhaps I’m spoiled. I’ve been to many impressive historical homes owned by artists, statesmen and business moguls (e.g., the Mark Twain home, Hill-Stead, Olana, Molly Brown’s house and some by Frank Lloyd Wright) so I was a little bummed that the Marston House didn’t compare favorably. To give credit where it is due: (1) the grounds are very nice, and... More 

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54 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

First, let's start with my complaint about our tour guide. When they learned we were from the midwest twice they condescendly made comments or asked if we have an arts and craft scene in our area. Yes, we do and in fact we have homes like this! During the tour they also rushed through and only allowed a small number... More 

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munich
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15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Hard to find a parking spot, since the staff keeps the courtyard for their use. You might find a spot in the lanes cutting through Balboa Park. Do not expect to visit the house in 30 min, as soon as you arrive. The tours do not take place every 30 min, more likely every hour. I went there twice, in... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is located within balboa park. We visited here as a part of a field trip while i was going to school for interior design. A historical home with period furnishing and details typical of the arts and crafts style. If you are just visiting san diego i may skip this unless you are an avid architecture buff or feel... More 

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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81 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is one of the very few American homes of the A&C period that is maintained inside and out as it was when it was built. The furnishings are "of the period" and were used by the "western branch" of the Marston family (yes, there is an eastern branch in New England). They were very successful, wealthy, and creative. The... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

One's experience at the Marston House appears to depend greatly on the quality of the guide. We were looking forward to the visit because we love the Arts and Crafts style, but had some concern because reviews of guides were uneven. Our guide was terrific and we greatly enjoyed the tour. The tour was a nice blend of information about... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This Arts-Crafts home on the Northern edge of Balboa Park is a hidden Gem. The gentleman who gave the tour was very knowledgeable about both the House and San Diego History. My wife and enjoyed the one hour tour and were very fortunate to be the only two guests on the tour. We were able to ask as many questions... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is one of the hidden gems of San Diego, a 1905 Irving Gill designed home next to Balboa Park, in the heart of San Diego. It is full of arts and crafts furnishings, just as it was in the early twentieth century, and the forward thinking architect combined with his environmentally conscious client (George Marston) created a beautiful home.... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

2 adults 1 - 8 yr old. We found out about this house through trip-advisor and decided to explore a little history of San Diego. The house itself is off the path so to speak but is nearby balboa park and hillcrest. We parked in front of the high rise apartment that was near by and walked to the gift... More 

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San Diego, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I read the reviews and come to the conclusion that it really, really depends on your guide. I am a local history teacher. My guide talked a lot about the architecture and the interior furnishings (as being in keeping with the style of the house, but not the family for whom it was built,) but very little on Marston and... More 

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