Famous star in Pasadena’s Prospect Park

The Prospect Park Historic District in Pasadena, set above the Rose Bowl on the eastern bank of the Arroyo Seco, is known for its exquisite variety of 1906-1930 homes by a Who’s Who of master architects. One of the most iconic is Hamilton House, a 1924 Colonial Revival at 445 Prospect Square designed by Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury, the renowned firm that also designed Pasadena’s Vista del Arroyo Hotel, Shakespeare Club and USC Pacific Asia Museum. The home, which commands a sweeping corner lot near the district’s southern entrance, has been listed by Taylor Morphy of John Aaroe Group at $3,649,000.

If this stately beauty looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen it on the silver screen. It’s played leading roles as Jennifer Lopez’s dream house in Enough, in Will Smith’s Enemy of the State, and in No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, among others. You may also have encountered it on the National Register of Historic Places.

Designed in the Adam style, inspired by late 18th century British architect Robert Adam, the home adds an appealing lightness to the strict symmetry of Georgian architecture. An elaborate balustrade defines the roofline of the two-and-a-half-story, multi-gabled house with two pairs of brick chimneys. A classic entrance portico is surrounded by nine shutter-flanked eight-over-eight-pane windows. Expansive yards surround the home; views of the patio and large pool are framed by massive multi-paned windows and French doors.

Attention to detail glows everywhere in the over 4,600 square foot home, from the gleaming hardwood floors and magnificent woodwork to the recently remodeled baths and cleverly converted phone booth elevator. The vast, open kitchen is an entertainer’s dream. The second floor has four bedrooms and three baths, while the top floor offers a bonus room, bedroom and ample storage.

Clearly, this historic treasure is ready for its next closeup: yours.

For more information, visit 445prospectsquare.aaroe.site

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