High architectural drama meets intimate ambience in this just-finished home in the sought-after Riviera section of Pacific Palisades. From the outside, floating roofs soar over striking walls of stone, glass and Perla Blanca shell stone. On the main level, floor-to-ceiling glass doors erase the...
A few years following the completion of Pasadena’s legendary Colorado Street Bridge in 1913, the elegant Vista del Arroyo Hotel and its guest bungalows arose on the east side of the Bridge. Illustrious local architects Marston and Van Pelt, who were selected to do the first design of the Hotel itself, also created several of the guest bungalows. Among them is Bungalow 23, located at 23 South Grand Avenue. Today, these historic bungalows are part of the Vista del Arroyo Bungalows, a three-acre terraced community of thirty restored and new homes that overlooks Pasadena’s charming Arroyo Seco parklands.
None of the other homes within the Vista del Arroyo Bungalows community can duplicate the astonishing views provided by Bungalow 23.
Bungalow 23 is the only home in the community situated directly opposite from and level with the iconic, 103-year old Beaux Arts Bridge. Sweeping, close-up views of the Bridge are accessible from a covered balcony stretching across the bungalow’s entire west side, along with views of the San Gabriel Mountains, the stately former Hotel building (now the Richard H. Chambers United States Court of Appeals) and the rustic Arroyo Seco below.
Privacy, light and astonishing vistas
Although it has all the conveniences and security of a condominium, the 2,200 square foot home looks and feels like a single family dwelling. There are no shared walls. Only one-third of the flooring overlaps the ceiling of the residence below. During its reconstruction in 2004, Bungalow 23 was completely stripped and updated to create luxurious living spaces with exquisite details and finishes. Nine sets of French doors define four lovely, light-filled rooms, joined by one full and one ¾ bath.
In the grand living/dining room, three pairs of French doors open to the balcony. The dining room alcove presents a breathtaking close-up of the Bridge against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, while the library alcove looks out at the Spanish Colonial Revival beauty of the former Hotel structure. In the spacious Great Room, dresser-drawer steps ascend to a sleeping loft and elegant cabinetry conceals a Murphy-type queen pull-down bed. These permit the Great Room to be used as a second bedroom that easily sleeps five. Two sets of French doors open from the Great Room to a private patio that affords an intimate view of the Bridge. Further French doors in the breakfast area of the gourmet kitchen frame a garden view with splashing fountain. The spacious master bedroom connects through three additional sets of French doors to a private patio entryway.
Set between city and nature
Bungalow 23 sits in the center of the best Pasadena has to offer. A charming walking path winding through the community connects a natural woodland and recreation area on one side with the finest urban amenities of Old Town Pasadena on the other. The famed Norton Simon Museum, the Pasadena Historical Museum, and the beloved Gamble House are each but a short stroll away. And soon, access will be afforded to yet another nearby delight: newly-created Desiderio Park, a wonderful greenspace for dogs and neighbors alike.
Sale of the home incudes all televisions, electronics, music system and security system, plus tandem parking spaces and two large separate storage units in the underground garage.
Bungalow 23, listed by Sarah Rogers at $1,600,000, is an incomparable residence… and one of the City’s rarest finds.
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