The majestic Arguello-Gosbey House, commonly known as the Hensley House, was built in 1890. Located in the National Register listed Hensley Historic District, the neighborhood is home to the highest concentration of Victorian era homes in the city. The distinctive Queen Anne style architecture and prominent corner of North 3rd Street and Hensley Street establishes it as a signature building in the area. Its status as a designated San Jose Historical Landmark is a reflection of the care taken to preserve its unique character.
The central downtown location places this home close to Japantown, San Pedro Square, Google’s planned transit village, new mixed use projects, San Jose Diridon Station and the SAP Center. This prime investment opportunity to own and shape a piece of San Jose history is combined with an atmosphere of vision and growth for the surrounding area.
An added benefit to owning this historic residence is the Mills Act, which provides tax savings that are made available to use for restoration projects. Original and Victorian period appointments are throughout.
The turn-key 2 1/2 story floorplan boasts approximately 3,619 sq. ft. with a total of 5 spacious bedrooms and 6.5 baths, which includes:
- 3 master suites and 1 additional bedroom with private hallway bath.
- Permitted and comfortably appointed attic apartment suite with kitchenette, full bath, and unique architectural roof details, eyebrow windows and dumbwaiter.
- Common areas include a gracious living room with high beamed ceiling, stained glass and a gas fireplace.
- A formal dining room features a built-in carved sideboard with gold gilded accents, leaded glass cabinets and glass double pocket doors.
- A large library, with skylights and imported English antique vestment cabinet, can be accessed from a separate exterior entry.
- The Carriage House garage conversion, is a 6th bonus room with kitchenette, a full bath and an upgraded electrical panel.
- The main floor dining room can be setup as an office/bedroom suite, as the 7th room rental for a total of $150,000 or more in rental income per year.
The home can be expanded as per the City approved expansion plan, to provide for the interior remodel of the kitchen, master sunporch and other improvements, or it can be reverted back to its pre Bed & Breakfast first floor layout, affording a larger kitchen and bedroom downstairs. The home is zoned R-M and once served as a Bed and Breakfast, first approved in 1989 and in operation until the early 2000’s. It has been a venue for parties, weddings and special events, hosting up to 75 guests.
The potential to generate income as co-living, shared living, or corporate space, Airbnb rental, or as a Bed & Breakfast, expands the vision for what The Hensley House can become. The rich history of the home and neighborhood, combined with the vitality of the surrounding areas, paints a bright future for The Hensley House and the buyer with the vision to write its next chapter.
- Queen Anne style Victorian architecture
- Victorian stained glass transom windows
- Eyebrow windows
- Gable-hip roof
- Two and a half story bay window
- Original trims window with raised architrave frame
- Original woodwork beams/doors/molding
- Plaster ceiling medallions
- FIve antique crystal chandeliers
- Glass double pocket doors
- Built-in carved dining room sideboard with gilded accents
- Original lead glass cabinets
- Victorian hardwares
- Skylights in the library and attic bathroom
- Antique vestment cabinet imported from England
- Three gas fireplaces
- Outdoor gazebo
- Ornamental iron fence
- Brick pathway
- Paved driveway
- New commercial grade slide gate operator by LiftMaster
- New redwood fence with steel posts
- Whole house water filtration system
- Two tankless water heaters
- Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect
- Newer upgraded bathrooms on the second floor and carriage house