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House Hunting in LA: Outdoor Oases

dppre March 24, 2021

Real Estate

House Hunting in LA: Outdoor Oases
1485 Lomita Drive Pool 2 Full

Photography by Cameron Carothers

Spring is in the air and warmer weather is surely on its way to sunny SoCal. We have plenty of hot listings with remarkably cool outdoor entertainment areas – and all available to tour virtually, of course! Picture yourself sipping lemonade poolside at a Pasadena Colonial Revival estate. Then take in the lush landscaping at a Spanish Colonial hacienda in La Cañada Flintridge. Happy house hunting!

Pasadena | Distinguished Colonial Revival

1485 Lomita Drive | $5,995,000

As the maiden property on peaceful Lomita Drive, this family estate prominently rises above the street, encompassing over ¾ acre of nearly flat landscaped grounds and 6,300 sqft+ of living space – featuring the main residence, guest house, expansive lawns, pool/spa, terraces, and outdoor sojourns, as well as a 3-car executive garage. Grand public areas commence with a majestic foyer, flanked by formal living and dining rooms, each with french doors that flow out to brick pavers and lawns. Chef’s kitchen with adjoining great lounging room – all leading to the outdoors – provide abundant space for more casual entertaining. The sweeping staircase with double landing leads to the master wing – with spacious bedroom suite, his/her walk-in closets and opulent bathroom. In addition to an intimate office with balcony, three guest bedrooms, two baths, and service staircase completes the second level. The grounds boast large specimen trees of oak and pine, along with plentiful citrus. Outdoor entertaining areas include numerous patios, a large swimmers pool with spa and chaise decking anchored by a regal outdoor fireplace and entertaining pavilion. Landscape design by Mark Berry and masonry by Bob Cook.

La Cañada Flintridge | Spanish Colonial Hacienda

4229 Oakwood Avenue | $6,200,000

Stunning Classic Spanish Colonial Hacienda home located in prestigious La Cañada Flintridge. The living space boasts seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms with a retreat that is set back from the road amidst the classic landscaping on an expansive flat lot. As you open the gate, you are welcomed through a large front yard with a soothing fountain and gazebo, a perfect place for taking in the lush greenery. The well thought out layout is designed as such that all the bedrooms are spacious and dispersed throughout for privacy and every room in the villa frames the view of the tranquil outdoors. Beautiful architectural details throughout the home include open beamed ceilings, custom French barn doors, Spanish tile details, indoor corner fireplace, unique cantina room, romantic enclosed patio with a pond, and a rock waterfall. The open gourmet kitchen features top-of-the line appliances and a separate wine cellar. Master suite, with a room sized walk-in closet, spa-like master bath, cozy fireplace and sliding doors that lead to a sprawling patio with a sparkling pool, which is great for entertaining. In addition to all the luxuries of this spectacular villa is a spacious detached two bed, one bath guest house above the four-car garage with its own living room, kitchen, pool bath and a separate laundry area.

Pasadena | Mid-Century View Home

1260 Sierra Madre Villa | $1,688,000

Overlooking the verdant greenery of Eaton Canyon, this 4-bedroom/2 bath, single-level Mid Century captures breathtaking views of nature through curved walls of glass, with exquisite sunrises and sunsets reflected off the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. Its modern gourmet kitchen is outfitted with custom teak cabinetry behind which lies an entire line of updated Miele and Ceasarstone countertops throughout, completed by an oversize island with built-in casual dining area Centrally-located between the living room and kitchen/dining room is a stand-alone iconic Mid Century circular fireplace that brings a classic period feel to this home. Two separate wings adorn each end of this home providing extra privacy and quietude. The master suite offers one bedroom with another bedroom used as a walk-in wardrobe. A sitting area and ensuite featuring walk-in shower with double, rain-shower heads completes the suite. A door leads outside from the master to a sitting area on the patio where views abound of the pool, deck, and backyard fire pit, all fenced-in and surrounded by green lawns and mature eucalyptus, oak, lemon and palm trees for extra privacy. On the opposite end of the home there are two more bedrooms and a bath plus a family room with sliding glass doors looking out toward the mountains.

Altadena | 1924 Tudor

1665 Braeburn Road | $3,400,000

Interior design firm, House of Honey, took this 1924 historic home and gave it some modern flair, making it an absolute dream. On the first floor there are three large bedrooms with whimsical bathrooms that form a perfect union of function and beauty. The living room features a Batchelder fireplace, gum-wood crown moldings and real wood floors. The gorgeous dining room flows into an airy sunroom and a kitchen that takes classic Boho Chic to the next level. The kitchen is highlighted by a Calacatta gold marble waterfall island, Viking appliances and beautiful French doors. The private backyard is huge! You will enjoy true California living as you gather with friends and family on the patio, lounge by the pool on a sunny day, and sip cocktails under the cabana at night. Don’t forget to go upstairs! With the help of published architect, Tom Marble, the second floor has been masterfully transformed. In the master suite you will enjoy vaulted ceilings, an electric fireplace, a custom bed frame, a huge walk -in closet and a bathroom you will never want to leave. Down the hall you will find cozy nooks, perfect for rest or play, a den, and an amazing media room where you can enjoy all your favorite movies. The owners of this home spared no expense in creating a custom detached music studio used by Grammy-nominated producers and songwriters.

Altadena | 1926 Spanish Estate

537 East Altadena Drive | $1,499,000

Welcome to this elegant and romantic, gated 1926 Spanish estate that sits behind a tall, stately hedge. The architectural four bedroom, three bath residence is beautifully sited on an 10,613 sqft parcel that offers an unusual level of privacy on its park-like lot. A rose laden path leads you to the inviting front porch that opens into a gracious entry done in handcrafted tile. From there you step into the sun-drenched living room with a Batchelder fireplace done with a rich wood surround, tall arched front windows, custom built-ins and hardwood floors. A formal dining room boasts an elegant tray ceiling as well as doors to the exterior and its verdant lawn. A library/office, with barn doors, connects seamlessly to the space. The light and bright chef’s kitchen is picture-perfect with a cozy handcrafted breakfast nook, a refurbished antique stove plus an adjoining family room or den. Upstairs there are four large bedrooms as well as a hand painted, decorative balcony. Interior features include antique hardware, period fixtures with all the grace of the era. It’s a pleasure to behold. The grounds are an entertainer’s dream with an outdoor barbeque and kitchen all overlooking the tranquil pool. There is an expansive pergola with a plentiful grapevine that helps create magical opportunities for al fresco dining, under the stars

Altadena | 1956 Mid-Century Modern

2869 Winterhaven Lane | $1,995,000

Welcome to this incredibly designed and sited Mid-Century retreat. The gated property is a Zen-like oasis that offers sweeping city and mountain views, idyllic privacy as well as stunning architecture. This four bedroom, three bath home, with a salon and guest suite that has a private sitting area, has been painstakingly redone from top to bottom featuring exquisite finishes and details throughout. There is an open floor plan that makes this perfect for both large gatherings and small dinner parties overlooking the twinkling lights of the city below. The sun-filled home was transformed by celebrated architect Eui-Sung Yi, AIA, who doubled the space while ensuring each room framed the vistas seen through the walls of glass that wrap the residence. Some spectacular details include a fully remodeled kitchen with an expansive island, beautifully renovated bathrooms and a master suite that has an elevated loft office, a spacious dressing area and a wide, tiered deck shaded by old growth trees. The professionally landscaped yard is second-to-none offering seclusion as well as a tranquil respite from daily life with its multitude of serene spaces that are comprised of trickling ponds, water features, an outdoor kitchen and elevated, tree top decks.

Pacific Palisades | Contemporary Home

1922 Palisades Drive | $1,795,000

Contemporary home ideally located at the end of a cul-de-sac, providing privacy and featuring the only four bedroom townhome in the Vista Del Mar community. Enter the gated courtyard into the foyer to the light-filled vaulted living room with fireplace, wet bar and dining room. An entertainer’s dream, features an open-flow gourmet kitchen with island and sitting peninsula with Viking, Bosch and SubZero appliances. Additional flex-space is perfect as a work-from-home area, breakfast nook, children’s area/den with a patio for dining, BBQ or simply relaxing. Hardwood floors, powder room, laundry room and a two-car garage with storage complete the main level. With majestic ocean and mountain views, the owner’s suite occupies the entire upper level, with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, walk-in and 2nd closet, patio and spa-like bath. Three additional bedrooms, two baths and a bonus room smartly designed as a family room, office or at-home gym open to a grassy backyard area. Amenities include a pool, paddle tennis, playground and park.

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