With a timeless white stucco façade and iconic barrel-tiled roofline framed by towering palms, manicured hedges, and a regal circular motor court with classical fountain, this Spanish-inspired estate exudes an air of Old Hollywood glamor. This aura is fitting for a residence whose provenance dates to the 1920s and whose architect, Wallace Neff, is widely recognized as the father of California-style architecture.
Altadena, California | Tracey D. Clarke, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage
The Old World glamor pervades the 4,322-square-foot floor plan, readily apparent in soaring cathedral ceilings, richly hued ceramic tile, and artisanal wrought-iron rails and fixtures. In the formal living room, four dramatic arched doors echo the graceful line of the vaulted ceiling and fill the space with lovely light. A fireplace with ornate detailing adds warmth and classic character. Three similar arches in the adjoining sitting room—which is accented with ceiling fans, a stately iron light fixture, and eye-catching black-and-white tile flooring—overlook and give way to the colorful backyard. In the sunken dining room, a groin-vaulted stuccoed ceiling and an iron chandelier contribute to an august ambience, while richly hued cabinetry, beams, and Moroccan tile contribute to a handsome aesthetic in the kitchen, which is anchored by a superior stainless-steel range and outfitted with other top-caliber appliances. Nearby, a butler’s pantry and wet bar facilitate the grandest of gatherings. A library with a decorative stone fireplace, hardwood floors, walls of bookshelves, and French doors is an ideal oasis for quiet contemplation. Even baths benefit from the artful detailing of carefully designed Moroccan tilework and thoughtfully chosen fixtures and finishes.
A regal stairway with tiled risers and an iron railing leads to the private quarters on the upper level. The restful owner’s suite includes a sitting area, French doors to a private terra-cotta-tiled balcony enveloped by flourishing flora, and a striking tile-clad bath with vintage-inspired fixtures offers two sinks, a soaking tub, and a steam shower tucked into an arched alcove. The guest baths are finished with similarly whimsical retro flair, and in addition to the home’s guest suites, visitors can be comfortably accommodated in the estate’s casita.
Neff’s designs are known for their seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces with their natural surroundings—a trait this property exemplifies with ease. A spacious shady terrace offers dining space tucked beneath trees, while a sun-washed living area beckons with its warming tile-detailed fireplace. Beyond a fountain with deck jets bounded by decorative tile and meticulous parterres of shrubbery, an additional patio is set amid a grove of towering palms beside the refreshing swimming pool and a breezy Spanish-style cabana. Fitting for the home of a Hollywood icon or anyone else in search of consummate privacy, fruit and palm trees and tall manicured hedges help ensure peaceful seclusion day or night, indoors and out.