James Lick established his legacy at the Mt. Hamilton Observatory, but he also left behind a nice house built from 1858-60.
It’s tucked away in an apartment complex on Lick Mill Boulevard in Santa Clara, off Montague Expressway. You need permission to enter the property.
Lick lived here for many years, building a granary and planting orchards. The building is not open for viewing, but looking through the windows, the interior is a classic Italianette style with wide crown molding and high ceilings.
I mention the house in Mt. Hamilton by Bike, which has been updated with the names of unidentified riders from the 1963 race.