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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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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Home of the Week: Building on 1920s roots in Altadena

By Neal J. Leitereg

Situated on a leafy lot in Altadena, this handsome two-story by architect William N. Norwood showcases all the hallmarks of the Spanish Colonial Revival style: a clay-tile roof, decorative iron trim and intimate living spaces. But beyond the arched front entry, the 1920s home takes a more contemporary direction. The living room’s original wood-burning fireplace is now boosted by a decorative tile surround. Contrasting hues throughout give the interior a subdued vibe.

Location: 1284 New York Drive, Altadena, 91001

Asking price: $2.379 million

Year built: 1926

Architect: William N. Norwood

Renovation: Gibbs Architects

Interior design: A1000XBetter

Lot size: 0.38 acres

Features: Decorative tile work; hardwood floors; beamed ceilings; living room with wood-burning fireplace; formal dining room; master suite with sitting area and dressing room; swimming pool and spa; mature landscaping

About the area: In the 91001 ZIP Code, based on 25 sales, the median sales price in February was $714,000, according to CoreLogic. That was a 6.9% increase over the same month the previous year.

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Staples Center architect seeks a buyer for leafy post-and-beam in Calabasas

By Neal J. Leitereg

Architect Dan Meis, known for designing modern stadiums and sports arenas around the world, has put his own home court in unincorporated Calabasas up for sale at $2.25 million.

Sitting among oaks and mature trees in Monte Nido, the post-and-beam was renovated by Meis, who incorporated a mix of new materials while preserving the home’s original vibe. The 1970s house was originally designed by Malibu-based architect Douglas Rucker.

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Former home of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’s’ Ann Guilbert sells in Pacific Palisades

By Neal J. Leitereg

The longtime home of late actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, known to millions of TV viewers as next-door neighbor Millie Helper on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has sold for $2.64 million.

Sitting on a double lot overlooking Temescal Canyon, the English country-style home retains such 1940s details as hexagonal tile floors, original brick fireplaces and diamond-pattern leaded glass windows.

The 2,321 square feet of living space includes a formal living room, an updated kitchen, a dining nook, four bedrooms and 3.25 bathrooms. In the game room/den, walls of built-in bookshelves surround the living space.

Multiple decks and balconies extend the living space outdoors. The tree-topped setting was designed by noted landscape architect/designer Cleo Baldon and her partner, horticulturist Sid Galper.

The quarter-acre property had been listed at $2.65 million prior to the sale.

Sara Clephane and Mike Deasy of Deasy Penner & Partners were the listing agents. Allan Glass of ASG Real Estate represented the buyer.

Guilbert, who died last year at 87, was a regular cast member of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” for its full run from 1961 to 1966. She had acting credits that included a recurring role on the sitcom “The Nanny.” More recently, the character actress appeared on the shows “Getting On” and “Life in Pieces.”

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