Behind ivy-covered walls that embrace lush gardens, the Buck Estate is more than a rare and incredible home, it’s a touchstone to Vacaville history. Built in 1891 by Frank H. Buck, Sr., the Queen Anne Victorian is a one-of-a-kind monument to the architecture of the period. This Estate features a Main House with 2 stories plus a ground level basement with major recent upgrades, a Carriage House event center with sliding doors that open to the estate, and an industrial grade kitchen large enough to host major event and finally, a separate 2 bed/1.5 bath Cottage remodeled in 2015. The Buck Family sheathed the Main House in brick in 1930 after building the original house out of wood almost forty years prior. At every turn, find intricate detail, meticulous upkeep and grand layout.
The Main House was remodeled in 1995 including new HVAC and updated electrical systems. A new roof installed in 2011. It has front and rear parlors, sun room, morning room, time-period kitchen, formal dining room, breakfast nook, and 14′ ceilings throughout the main level. Upstairs are 5 spacious bedrooms with 10′ ceilings and 3 bathrooms. The partially completed ground level basement includes an additional bedroom and bathroom. For decades, the Buck Estate was home to the Buck family. This magical property has been transformed from the Buck Foundation headquarters to a family home over the last year and is now waiting for a new legacy to begin.
Frank Buck Sr., a prominent fruit grower and the first mayor of Vacaville, had the Queen Anne Victorian built in 1891. He lived in it with his wife, Annie Stevenson and their two sons, Leonard and Frank Jr.
Leonard, a medical researcher with UCSF, inherited the home in the 1920s and renovated it and the gardens in the ‘30s. Part of the renovations included putting the brick exterior on the home, adding the brick walls, the pond and art-deco reflections pool featuring spouting griffins.
Eva created the Solano Education Foundation in 1989, selecting the first two Frank H. Buck scholars. After Eva’s death, family members took over the foundation and revised it to the Frank H. & Eva B. Buck Foundation, deeming the estate as The Foundation’s permanent headquarters. The house and gardens underwent another renovation in 1995-96. The third floor served as the offices for The Foundation staff. The second floor retains a homey-interior. Many family heirlooms are on display from throughout the eras. The ground floor and attic act mainly as utility and storage areas. Landscape architect and co-owner of Live Oak Landscape John Gilpin supervises the gardens. Gilpin redesigned the estate grounds in 95-96, creating a blend of Victorian and English gardens. Organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers are bouquets are grown in the back Cutting Garden.
Facts About the Grounds
- The estate is approximately one and one-third acres.
- There are approximately 300 roses on the estate.
- The marble piece located in the stone semi-circle is the original well-head and was imported from Spain.
- The croquet court is one-third the size of a regulation court.
- The Chinese wisteria is around 90 years old, and Japanese wisteria was recently added.
- The framed fruit labels hanging in the Carriage House are originals from The Buck Co.
- Before the upgrade in 2006 and added studio in 2016, the Carriage House (designed from the original barn) was built in 1997-98. It has a commercial grade kitchen, event center, 2 ADA bathrooms, and conveys with event related property.
- The Cottage had a complete remodel in 2016 and is on VRBO for approximately $200/night. 2 bed/2bath eat-in kitchen, family room, 2 car garage, views of the estates. Address is 317 Kentucky Street.
- The Buck Estate is currently for sale at $2,500,000 by McGuire Capital Group Realty.
The Main House
- Size: First Floor – 2,610sf; Second Floor – 1,904sf
Total – 4,514sqft
- Ground level basement adds an additional 2,609sqft
- 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and bed/bat in finished basement
- Remodeled in 1995
- Furnishings negotiable
The Carriage House
- Size: 3,020sf with second floor loft
- Event center
- Improvements: Commercial style kitchen with stove, hood, cooler, freezer, sink and 2 bathrooms
- Remodeled in 2006
- Chairs/Tables negotiable
- Size: 1,030sf
- 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
- Detached 576sf 2-car garage
- Rental unit possiblity
- Remodeled 2015
There will be a private tour and lawn party Saturday, July 8th. In addition to a tour of the estate, refreshments and croquet will be offered. Please contact Shea if interested.
Who is Shea McGuire?
I Believe In Real Estate. I am an owner of McGuire Capital Group Realty, a local boutique real estate brokerage in Vacaville, CA. We are 100% Local, Organic, Grass-Fed Realtors. I started practicing real estate in 2002. However, I grew up in Vacaville as a daughter of a real estate broker-developer, Paul McGuire. I figured I’d better be good at this – with more than 80 years of combined real estate experience in my family! My family helped define modern Vacaville through commercial development, residential custom developments, the creation of Opportunity House Program and Thrift Store, founding VPEF: Vacaville Public Education Foundation, and being involved in life-changing organizations like Rotary.
Real Estate ownership & investing is my passion. My personal experience in owning, flipping, investing, managing and navigating in the changing real estate market offers my clients the best service available. I have the ability to share and educate clients about what makes Solano County a unique place to live and invest. I have a high-quality professional network including CPA’s, investors, private money lenders, contractors, property managers, & inspectors. I have very effective negotiating skills, I am a good listener and a great communicator. I think outside the box and am very proud of my small, yet bad-ass brokerage.