Grand Estate Outside Pasadena Tied to a Sensational Double Murder in the 1940s Heads to Auction

By Nancy A. Ruhling

A magnificent Old Hollywood estate near Pasadena, California, that was connected to a notorious double murder that made headlines around the world in the 1940s is heading for auction in October.

The property, which is in the city of La Cañada Flintridge in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains, was originally put on the market in 2019 and most recently listed, for $8.995 million in March, by Gina Olivares of Deasy Penner Podley Real Estate.

It will be sold by Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions with no reserve price from Oct. 13-18.

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11 Homes for Sale in Southern California

Revel in a curated selection of some of our most striking properties located throughout Los Angeles county. The iconic Art Deco estate in La Cañada and up for auction for the first time in its history is not to be missed. Our latest listings cover the full spectrum of Southern California living, ranging from a 1904 Italian Revival Estate in Pasadena, to an updated bungalow at the foot of Franklin Hills, a Mid-Century Modern in La Crescenta, and a loft in the heart of Hollywood.

La Cañada Flintridge | The Overell Estate

607 Foxwood Drive | $8,995,000

Sotheby’s Concierge Auction: October 13-18th | Preview Event September 22nd

The Overell Estate, one of the most iconic and historic properties in the San Gabriel Valley, has been updated and expanded with the latest technology without losing its classic character – with construction quality that would be difficult and exceedingly costly today. A unique blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco architecture. The design, a collaboration between L.G. Scherer & Cyril Bennett, was completed in 1929. With just over 13,000 square feet, the house has been expanded, remodeled, and redesigned by the previous and current owners. There are two APN’s totaling 1.18 acres with outstanding landscaping, including several fountains, a waterfall, koi pond, pool, spa, lanai, views galore, and entertainment areas. Between 1999-2003, the house underwent a total renovation and addition of 5,000 square feet, comprised of the master bedroom, family room, pub, theater, gym, sauna, baths, and lanai. All five bedrooms are ensuite, spacious, have tremendous closet space, and feature balconies. The three-level floor plan is excellent. In addition to the four bedrooms in the main house, there is an attached one-bedroom guest apartment with its own entrance. Old world charm reminiscent of Hollywood glamour.

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Ravishing Jazz Age Estate in La Cañada Hits the Auction Block

by Pauline O’Connor

On October 13, bidding will open for one of the grander properties in the upscale hamlet of La Cañada Flintridge. Known as the Overell Estate, the luxurious residence was constructed in 1929, at a then-astronomical cost of $80,000, for prosperous furniture dealer Walter Overell and his society-maven wife, Beulah.

A blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles, it was designed in a collaborative effort by architects L.G. Scherer and J. Cyril Bennett. Based in Hollywood, Scherer’s other notable designs included a Spanish-style mansion in Little Holmby for Marlene Dietrich, and the Hancock Park Tudor owned in the 80s by Francis Ford Coppola, while Bennett’s projects included Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium and Raymond Theater.

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DPP Real Estate Welcomes Katherine Davis Caldwell

dpp real estate is excited to announce Katherine Davis Caldwell as a new agent to our Pasadena family.

Katherine’s integrity as a Realtor is rooted in her creative background as a visual artist. As with artmaking, everything is considered; seemingly minor details may often be the most important. Buying or selling a home requires acute attention to detail, aptitude for clear communication with the client, and engagement with professionals across the industry. Katherine seeks out the nuances of communities and properties that create distinction. She has a deep appreciation of historic homes and notable architecture, influenced by both her upbringing in a 1737 home and later, from her experience working for a contemporary architectural photographer.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Katherine has lived in and navigated tight-knit neighborhoods in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. She received her BA from the University of Vermont and her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Katherine was represented by prominent art galleries for over 15 years and her artwork is held in private, public, and corporate collections.

Katherine relocated to Los Angeles in 2011 and has lived in Eagle Rock with her husband and son since 2013. She launched into real estate soon after her son was born and is currently an active volunteer and Board member of the Dahlia Heights PTA, where she has developed new initiatives for after-school art enrichment and other creative programs. Katherine is a member of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the California Association of Realtors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her family, painting and drawing in her home studio, and tackling endless home improvement projects with her husband.


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On the Market: Local Properties Worth a Look

by Sara Smola

AMENITIES: Thoughtful touches include a hand-crafted, built-in wine closet, zero-edge infinity pool, and detached ADU. The gourmet kitchen with a marble waterfall island and custom walnut cabinetry is stocked with high-end appliances from Thermador, Wolf, and Gaggenau. A downstairs primary suite features diamond-polished concrete floors and custom cabinet with an espresso closet.

WHAT SETS IT APART: Designed by IA Design Studio, this tech-focused home boasts Lutron lighting, whole-home media for sound, DoorBird security system, and a panic room with a solid-steel American Security vault door that can keep its owner both protected and connected.

Signature Spanish design elements are incorporated throughout the property’s exterior and interior, including white plaster walls, red tile roof, terracotta flooring, rounded-arch doorways, floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyard and patios, wrought-iron accents, and ornate chimney tops.

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