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Exquisite Oak Knoll Spanish Colonial Revival

Restoring and enhancing the historic property at 869 South Oak Knoll Avenue in Pasadena’s prestigious Oak Knoll neighborhood has been a 17-year labor of love for the current owner. Today, every detail of the romantic charm of this 1924 home reflects its original vision — including a new guest house flawlessly mirroring the style of the main house. The home was just listed by Ted Clark and Heather Lillard of John Aaroe Group for $2,000,000.


The elements that make Spanish Colonial so appealing surround you: high-pitched exposed beam ceilings in the living room, octagonal Saltillo pavers, dramatically textured plaster walls, gleaming hardwood floors and ornate wrought iron accents (most original, a few hand-crafted based on another historic Pasadena home). A curved corner fireplace in the living room was uncovered and restored. Nearby, a high-set quatrefoil stained glass window by the famous Judson Studios glows like a jeweled flower. In the chef’s kitchen, Imperial Jade granite countertops offset warm wood cabinets. Top-grade appliances include a Thermador six-burner range with grille and a double oven. The adjacent butler’s pantry/bar has elegant mahogany cabinetry and a copper sink.


Upstairs, French doors in the master suite open to a small balcony. An expansive closet and dressing area serve this airy retreat. The second bedroom suite features a light, bright bath that has been fully remodeled in period style. Large windows overlook the lush yard below. A downstairs three-quarter bath and laundry, also remodeled to the era, features a full steam room shower.


This is a home designed for lavish entertaining and has been a destination for many high-profile charity events. Beautiful al fresco gathering places are everywhere, from the broad grapevine-covered pergola near the pool to the intimate reviewing porch off the dining room.


Across the pool, a shady, honeysuckle-covered loggia wraps around the expansive guest house, with French doors leading to a verdant-wrapped guest room which doubles as an entertaining space with full bath and kitchen.


The Oak Knoll district, among the most beautiful residential areas in the city, is one the few Pasadena neighborhoods to preserve nearly all its original properties in a glorious array of styles. Its leafy streets are a haven for walkers and bicyclists. The Shops on Lake Avenue are within easy walking distance, and the 110 (Pasadena) Freeway is nearby.This exquisite home is ready to embrace you in its warm, rustic elegance.

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