Mansions at Hillhouse Avenue

Outfit of the Day on Yale's Campus, New Haven, CT

Outfit of the Day on Yale's Campus, New Haven, CT
Outfit of the Day on Yale's Campus, New Haven, CT

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Mansion at Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT Mansion at Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CTMansion at Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT

As part of our campus tour at Yale University, we walked down Hillhouse Avenue, a street known for their 19th-century mansions. Mansion hunting has always been a fun activity that Dan and I did in our hometown. Now we make a point to find all the ritzy neighborhoods in each town we visit, just to see what their fanciest houses look like. Does anyone else enjoy doing this?

All of the mansions on this street are owned by Yale University with the exception of a chapel (not pictured). In fact, even the president of Yale University lives in one of these mansions. He must be required to live and breathe Yale at work and home. Can you imagine that?

In addition, each of Yale’s residential colleges have faculty, such as the head and the dean, who are required to live and eat with their students on campus. Now that’s commitment! Does anyone know if other schools require this?

Unfortunately there aren’t any guided tours for these mansions. Nor did I find these estates to be particularly beautiful. Maybe my expectations were too high? Either way, I’m sorry if I disappointed anyone! However, I still took pictures in case someone here liked the 19th-century architecture. All in all, we still enjoyed our pleasant stroll under the tall trees and the beautiful weather.

If you’re interested in touring mansions in New England, we would recommend visiting Newport, Rhode Island because you actually get to walk inside each room. Learning about the Newport Mansions were surprisingly fun and could take up an entire day. Whereas, these mansions in New Haven only took like 10-15 minutes to view.

After seeing the mansions, we went hiking at East Rock State Park.

What does your ideal mansion look like?

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61 Comments

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Very true, thanks!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Aw, thanks Heather!

  1. June 8, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Love how laid back your outfit is! And I liked the second mansion though! I’d be disappointed too knowing that there are no guided tours for those mansions! I’d love to see what’s inside!

    xo, Wandering Ella

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      The second one is my favorite, too! Thanks so much for reading, Ella!

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks Violette!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Yale is absolutely gorgeous! But you’re probably used to it, coming from the U.K!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      For sure! I love discovering new things!

  2. June 9, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I love your outfit! It’s simple and nice :). It’s always interesting to see mansions on college campuses. The university I went to has a President’s mansion and they’re required to live and breathe work *o*. That’s quite a dedication! At that point, I’d imagine them being so dedicated that they’re happy with the honor.

    I guess since we’re in modern times, I’m not really a fan of the classic mansion look. I like squares and big windows that look down a slightly sloped hill (so I’m not scared of the house sliding down).

    Thanks for sharing :)!

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Definitely an honor! And the home you described sounds perfect!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      I know! We were a bit disappointed. But, thanks for reading, Cindy Elena!

  3. June 9, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I love going mansion hunting too! I’ve always found it to be so much fun to see historical estates with amazing architecture. It is too bad you were unable to tour the inside of these mansions, but I really love your photos!

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    • June 12, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Valerie. So glad we share the same interest! Exploring the interior is one of my favorite parts of mansion hunting!

  4. June 10, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Those mansions are gorgeous! My campus as a President’s house, but I don’t know if our President actually lives there. She does host dinners there though! I was there once with the swim team. I noticed some other houses on my campus, but I’m unclear about who actually lives in those haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Wow dining with the President of your school? That is sooo cool! Thanks for commenting!

  5. June 10, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    beautiful mansion and you look beautiful! 🙂

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks Kandice, so sweet!

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Jessica!

  6. June 11, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Oh actually this area looks lovely. Maybe you were underwhelmed but still it looks so peaceful and quite and tree-lined got to love that!

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    • June 12, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Whoops, I didn’t mean to sound ungrateful of my surroundings! I totally agree with you and I’ve always found Yale to be super pretty 🙂 !

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Definitely try it out, but don’t be too creepy about it, haha! Thanks girlie!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Heather. All of Yale is super photogenic!

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      I know, if only it were attainable!

  7. Siffat
    June 12, 2017 / 4:32 am

    Mansion hunting is so much fun! Sorry to hear you weren’t particularly impressed, but if it’s any consolation, your pictures are beautiful.
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Aw thanks, Siffat. That means a lot.

  8. June 12, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Wow! Seems like an awesome job perk. Can you imagine the history in those places? I bet you could check it out if there was some sort of reception open to the public or ticketed event.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • June 21, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      For sure! We had some photo shoots in one of the houses on this street, which was pretty cool and what inspired this post! Thanks for reading, Yasmin!

  9. June 12, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Full of puppies <3 Obviously. Just Kidding but a lot of dogs would be a dream come true and I am happy without a 2 story house or anything. Maybe a one story with a nice big backyard for my doggie, Marley!

    • June 21, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Aw so sweet! I bet Marley would love a huge backyard!

  10. Micaela
    June 13, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I had no idea the head and the dean were required to live on campus– though if it meant living in one of these mansions you could count me in 😉 Personally, I’m a big fan of 19th century architecture, so I find those to be some very beautiful homes! I know in Vermont many of the faculty members live in adjacent towns, but certainly nothing as grand as these estates.

    Idea for you and Dan: perhaps visiting the governors mansion and all those mini-mansions in Hartford/ West Hartford? I feel like its easy to forget about the gorgeous homes located in Hartford!

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      You’re so right, and I remember seeing a ton of victorian houses in Burlington, Vermont! And great idea, we’ll probably visit those mansions by Hartford the next time I visit my parents! 😀

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you, Erica!!

  11. June 19, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Loving your casual chic outfit, and this place looks so gorgeous! I’m always looking for new places to see so thanks for sharing!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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    • June 21, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks for reading, Chelsea!

  12. June 20, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    How fun! I love walking through the fanciest neighborhoods… and when in NY, I love hanging out at the Frick!
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

    • June 21, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      Awesome, I’ll have to look up the Frick in NY!

  13. June 22, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Beautiful pictures and I really like your top! Have a great day beauty!

  14. June 26, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    It still looks like a lovely stretch of homes! I wouldn’t mind one of those for myself, haha. I also love Newport as you mentioned!! The homes there are incomparable. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

    Best,
    Christina
    Looks by Lau

  15. July 5, 2017 / 4:53 am

    OH, cute look!! Love the top, it is so cute!!

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