Early Linda Vista Craftsman, preserved in time
Walking up the path to this tree-shaded home on Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco is like stepping into the early years of the 20th Century, when the first houses in the Linda Vista area were built. Many of these homes reflected the Craftsman style, which looked especially perfect in this natural setting. In 1911, one of the neighborhood’s key architects, J. Constantine Hillman, designed this five-bedroom, four bath residence for his own family. Thanks to the dedication of generations of owners, the result looks much the same today. Now, with Aaroe Estates Director Maggie Navarro listing the over 2,800 square foot home at 320 Linda Vista Avenue for $1,995,000, the next chapter of its history is about to begin. Topped by a three-gabled roof with deep, overhanging eaves, Hillman’s rustic, intricately shingled two-story vision is accented by dozens of small-paned windows, set singly and in bands. The massive front door opens to a breathtaking great room with a soaring sixteen-foot ceiling, huge decorative tile fireplace and textured redwood paneling topped by rows of exposed rough sawn beam ends. Overhead, casement windows in the second floor sleeping porches open into the room. Wainscoting, beamed and coved ceilings, and polished hardwood floors enrich the vintage ambience at every turn, and each window frames a leafy view. In 1917, a noted photographer used images of this home in her lectures as an outstanding example of blended architectural and landscape design. Today, the home and grounds are simply one, with charming porches and sitting areas that take advantage of the lovely plantings, dappled light and San Gabriel Mountains views. These days, the house is an easy walk from the Rose Bowl, the Aquatic Center and Brookside Park in the Arroyo below. Yet minutes from these modern-day destinations, your timeless world still awaits.
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