7. HARRIS/TOWNSEND HOUSE & WALL, 12984 Lake

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Due to a thick grove of old trees, several of them evergreens, it is very difficult to get a proper look at the towered, three-floored 'Queen Anne' mansion that stands here. Most likely built sometime in the 1880s, it is the sole remaining Victorian-era lakefront estate-house. Its original estate-wall, fully intact, is very visible. A glorious example of Victorian estate-wall design at is creative zenith, this picturesque composition effectively expresses the Victorian desire to blend with Nature all that Man built in its midst. Carved at the crown of one of the posts at the driveway is "Lake Cliff", the estate's original name. [An interesting diversion from here would be to go elsewhere all along Lake Avenue to view some of the more estate-walls that were spared the fate of the original houses.]