Pasadena became popular around 1900 for its mild climate, making it a sought-after getaway for wealthy folks to enjoy the winter. The Oak Knoll neighborhood was developed in 1905 by railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington, mining operator and banker A. Kingsley Macomber and businessman William R. Staats. They paid $300,000 for the land and planned an upscale community.
The elegant and sophisticated stone and stucco façade of this 1923 vintage beauty in the still-prestigious Oak Knoll neighborhood, just south of Pasadena’s bustling downtown district, is softened with creepers, flowers, neatly clipped hedges and an old fountain. Set on just under a fifth of an acre, the 3,000-square-foot house is available for $3 million via Ted Clark and Heather Lilliard at Compass.
One of the most inviting things about the property are the individual “rooms” that comprise the lush gardens. These include a romantic walled courtyard complete with a fountain and a fireplace surrounded in greenery, and an arched loggia furnished with an enormous outdoor bed for afternoon naps. Enhanced with several chandeliers, a pergola-shaded patio overlooks the swimming pool and spa.
Like the gardens, the interiors have been glammed up with lots of glitzy chandeliers, including in the master bath. Lovely period details greet visitors upon entrance to the foyer, which includes a black-and-white marble floor, walnut wainscoting, massive door surrounds and fabulous millwork. Furnished as a music salon, the formal living room boasts a fireplace and four sets of French doors, plus a floor-to-ceiling picture window. The dining room also enjoys a set of French doors out to the front courtyard, along with a sparkly crystal chandelier.
Off of the dining room is a sunroom, done in black and white with a crystal chandelier, floor-to-ceiling windows and gracefully detailed doors. Also done in a strict palette of black and white, the expansive kitchen sports Shaker style cabinets and designer stainless-steel appliance.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and two full baths. With a fireplace over-mounted by a large TV, the master suite features a walk in closet and a bathroom jazzed up with a black-glass chandelier, while the two guest bedrooms, which share an updated hall bath, each have an enclosed sleeping porch.
All this carefully preserved vintage charm is available for ten times what the founders paid for the entire neighborhood in 1905. Somewhere, Henry Huntington is chuckling.