HOME OF THE WEEK: A Romantic 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival Style Estate Designed by Kenneth A. Gordon, Located in Altadena

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Tucked below the street, at the end of a cul-de-sac, is this romantic 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival Style estate, designed by noted architect Kenneth A. Gordon. Rich in original architectural details with chef’s kitchen and baths updated in period style, this home has been authentically restored and updated for today’s living. It unassumingly unfolds into a 3 story, 5,187 s.f. estate with 4 bedrooms upstairs and a total of 5 bathrooms, on what feels like an acre with secluded gardens overlooking an extensive private lawn, 20,790 ± s.f.

This resort-like property has the feel of an acre of privacy with its gorgeous landscaping and mature trees, set against a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. The property unfolds from the original fountain by the entrance to the cascading waterfall in the tiled koi pond, the grounds have a multitude of architectural features, entertainment patios, an abundance of original details, including stunning tile, lighting, woodwork, and wrought iron detail.

The dramatic two-story entry sets the tone for this special home, with its coffered ceiling, original crystal and bronze chandelier, and original flooring with Malibu Tile inset. The large step-down formal living room features large arched windows, an original fireplace surrounded by Malibu tiles, original sconces, and original hardwood floors, refinished in 2020. The formal dining room features a Juliette balcony, original lighting, and an adjoining balcony which is ideal for outdoor dining and affords a most enjoyable view of the lush grounds and the mountains while enjoying the sounds of the koi pond’s cascading water.

The spacious chef’s kitchen (approx. 400 S.F.), updated by Cynthia Bennett, offers plenty of entertainment space and a view of the huge redwood tree from the breakfast table. The lower level of the home features a spacious family room, library, an updated tiled bath and a sizable laundry room with tremendous storage, and a large garden room with two sets of large arched French doors that lead to the garden.

The grounds include a swimming pool and spa, a 36-foot steel I-beam bridge with a wrought iron railing which leads to the additional parcel with a large grassy resort-like yard with multiple entertaining patios. Bougainvillea, jacaranda trees, plumbago, sago palms, and large trees. The outdoor kitchen area has a sink and a large island. Multiple walls are made from river rock found on the property. Other walls are made in an old-world style of cut terracotta pipes, stucco bases with terracotta pavers on top. A potting arbor, vegetable garden, and outdoor workroom 8’ x 8’, with electricity added to the outdoor space.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a hidden gem of privacy, an architectural beauty, its lush grounds, and quiet setting. Getaway to a more peaceful setting in Altadena.

Main Properties:

Bedroom(s): 4
Bathroom(s): 5
Interior: 5,159 sq.ft.
Lot: 20,790 sq.ft.

Offered at $ 3,295,000

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For more information contact:

Sarah Rogers

MBA, GRI, e-PRO, Realtor
Estates Executive Director
Trust & Probate Division Executive Director
626.390.0511 mobile





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