ABODE: A Zen Bungalow Nestled in Peaceful Pasadena
When I first saw this beautiful home brimming with custom design details and prairie-school charm, I couldn't help but fall in love. With a lush backyard and an easy, open one-level floor plan, the home, (originally built in 1915) boasts all the trimmings of a classic California bungalow like custom built-ins, a low-pitched gabled roof with deep overhanging eaves, and simple wainscoting. With a dramatic wood pergola and a handsome arroyo-stone retaining wall along the corner lot, it's been the perfect hideaway for LA-based Art Director Paul Dove, whose passion for interiors, custom furnishings, and well-considered design is reflected in his meticulously maintained abode. Although I love beautiful interior spaces -- and this home certainly has them in spades -- it was the larger-than-average back lot that stole my heart. A generous shaded patio surrounded by dry-weather loving cacti opens up to a seemingly endless backyard. There's even an old chicken coop, (original to the home,) which Paul has repurposed into his own design/build workshop. The perfect space for after-hours outdoor gatherings or lazy Sundays spent happily putzing on personal projects.
If you're in the market to live within the greater Los Angeles area, the home is now available for sale. Recently placed on the LA Times 'Hot Property List', consider snatching it up before this stunner on a corner lot goes to some other highest bidder.
1018 North Mar Vista Avenue Pasadena, California 91104 Agents: Cynthia and Lauren Luczyski, Deasy/Penner & Partners, (310) 275-2222