Oak Knoll: Pasadena Paradise

If anyone creates a ranking of Greater LA’s most gorgeous neighborhoods, Pasadena’s Oak Knoll district will be high on the list. Its broad, shady, winding streets, softly lit by vintage style street lamps at night, showcase block after block of large, lovely homes.

Among them is this resort-like California contemporary at 900 Hillcrest Place, set on nearly 30,000 square feet of sweeping lawns and privacy-shielding old growth trees. It’s just been listed by Ted Clark and Heather Lillard of John Aaroe Group at $4,288,000.

If the boundary between inside and out seems to disappear in this warm, modern home, it’s because award-winning architect Douglas Ewing planned it that way. He’s created the effect with walls of metal-cased windows and sliding glass doors that blend with the home’s clean lines. His tranquil color palette is enhanced by elegant natural materials including sandstone and wide-plank ebony oak floors, vaulted beamed ceilings, and a sleek bronze-faced fireplace with an unexpected touch: an artisan live-edge timber mantle.

A built-in bar with sink in the Great Room is just one of many ingenious built-ins that preserve the clean interior lines and functionality. Private spaces in the four-bedroom, five-bath home include a master suite with an office, large walk-in closet, Roman tub and separate shower.

Life here flows naturally to the magnificent back yard, where a central courtyard opens out to the pool and broad lawn area. On the spacious patio with large outdoor fireplace, beautiful dining and seating areas invite conversation and memorable gatherings. In the nearby pool house, glass doors stack to one side, opening the full front wall to the pool and patio area.

The home’s Oak Knoll neighborhood is surrounded by the charms of Pasadena and nearby San Marino. The art collections and ravishing grounds of the Huntington Library and Gardens lie just over two miles away, and emerald Lacy Park is just down the road.

While some may not see December in Pasadena as more than a lead-up to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game, the town overflows with holiday festivities all month. They range from Snow Days at Kidspace Museum to the once-a-year opening of Castle Green for a Holiday Tour of one of the oldest standing historic landmarks in LA County.

The historic Langham Huntington Hotel hosts everything from children’s Teddy Bear Teas to lavish Christmas Eve and Day feasts. Entertainment sparkles with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops’ beloved Holiday Candlelight at All Saints Church, the city’s version of a classic European cathedral, and A Cinderella Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse. And of course there’s classic holiday shopping (on actual streets with festive decorations and twinkling lights!) throughout Old Pasadena and along Lake Avenue. No wonder this place feels like home.

For more information, contact Aaroe Estate Directors Ted Clark and Heather Lillard.

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