Before and After: An aging dame gets a modern makeover but keeps her Tudor soul

By Carren Jao

Before its transformation, Tamara Kaye-Honey’s 1924 Tudor suffered decades of inattention.

With its wood-shingled roof, gumwood cabinetry and beige walls, the four-bedroom Altadena home lacked charm and modern comforts when Kaye-Honey first laid eyes on it.

Yet the interior designer “fell in love with the bones,” drawn to the home’s openness and dramatic arches, she said. Sensing its potential, she and husband Ryan Honey purchased the property for $1.175 million in 2007.

Over the next decade, the couple turned the cutesy storybook home into a more modern hideaway while preserving its Old World soul.

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For $1.48M, an expansive Mt. Washington aerie with walking paths, bocce ball court

By Bianca Barragan

This artsy house stands out among a crowd of handsome homes in hilly Mt. Washington.

The expansive property includes a large main house—with high beamed ceilings and an abundance of big windows—and a 400-square-foot artist studio with French doors and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.

There are also connections to the outdoors, including a deck off of the dining room (a great post from which to take in the spectacular views of the nearby hills) and an outdoor patio adjoining the master bedroom.

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Home of the Week: A post-and-beam beauty in Pasadena

By Lauren Beale

Framed by a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, this 1970s house in Pasadena is a prime example of the post-and-beam style. A long hedged driveway leads to a motor court and the home’s wooden double door. Inside, the interiors are like a museum for a not-so-distance past.

The kitchen was recently redesigned by architect Barbara Bestor to be entertainer-friendly. The master wing also has been remodeled; the remaining bedrooms have been restored to retain their original architecture.

Walls of glass and oversized clerestory windows create a unified and well-proportioned appearance from the outside, where there are a swimming pool and surrounding deck.

The details

Location: 1615 Hastings Ranch Drive, Pasadena 91107

Asking price: $1.899 million

Year built: 1971

Architect: Thomas A. Dismukes

Lot size: 13,080 square feet

Features: Living room fireplace, dining room, wooden ceilings, patio, swimming pool, gardens

About the area: In the 91107 ZIP Code, based on 23 sales, the median sales price in March was $839,000, according to CoreLogic. That was a 1.3% decrease in price from the same month the previous year.

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This Post-and-Beam in Pasadena Offers Classic California Living For $1.9M

By Jenny Xie

Built in 1971, this well-maintained home features expansive windows, ample outdoor space, and tasteful updates suited for the modern lifestyle.
The San Gabriel Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop of rolling green peaks for this post-and-beam construction designed by architect Thomas A. Dismukes. The four-bedroom, two-bath residence offers a secluded refuge in the city of Pasadena, California, boasting both natural and city views. A hedged drive leads to a motor court and entrance, which spills into an open-plan living room, dining room, and kitchen. All throughout, clerestory windows and floor-to-ceiling glass allow light to pour into the home and open up to the surrounding vistas. Promoting an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, a pool and garden area looks to the mountains to the north, while a generous southern deck stretches toward the city. The property has been thoughtfully restored and features a new kitchen by architect Barbara Bestor, a master wing with ensuite bathroom, and a guest wing with three bedrooms or offices.
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The Art & Design of the CalEdison Building

Completed in 1931 by Allison & Allison, the Edison Building was one of the first all-electrically heated and cooled buildings constructed in the western United States. Located on the corner of 5th Street and Grand Avenue in Downtown LA’s Financial District, the fourteen-story, steel-framed building follows a classically inspired Art Deco design and features art by Merrell Gage and Hugo Balin along with seventeen different types of marble. The lobby is now open to the public with fast wi-fi, which can be accessed for free for one hour, and common areas updated by Rios Clemente Hale Studios. Here’s a look inside.

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