During the 1840s, Rafael Estrada constructed this adobe brick home on a hillside overlooking the bay. His family lived there until it was sold to the Soberanes family in 1860, who lived there until 1922. The Serranos later purchased and restored the house in the 1920s and 1930s.
The house contains beautiful furnishings that are a blend of early New England and China trade pieces mixed in with modern Mexican folk art.
Casa Soberanes received its nickname – The House of the Blue Gate – from the blue gate at its garden entrance on Pacific Street. Wine bottles, whale bones, and abalone shells border paths meandering through the sheltered garden.