Award-winning Monterey Colonial is a timeless treasure
Soon after it was built on a quiet cul-de-sac in Altadena’s prestigious Country Club Estates area, this home by illustrious California architect H. Roy Kelley began garnering awards. Among them were the House Beautiful Prize for Best House of Its Size in the Country, honors from the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and a showcase in California Arts and Architecture magazine.
The winning indoor-outdoor beauty of Kelley’s original plan still fills the home today. All rooms on both floors open to a wrap-around balcony or veranda on two sides, creating a light, expansive ambience. The hardscape, mature trees and layout of the grounds still reflect the vision of renowned California landscape designers Florence Yoch and Lucile Council. Sunsets, forever unblockable, dazzle through the trees.
This is only the third time the home has been on the market since 1932, when it was built for publishing executive James M. Irvine. Over the years, two subsequent owners have made sensitive upgrades that preserved its charm. The kitchen has been remodeled and updated with custom cabinetry, granite counters and upscale appliances. It now opens wide to the newly enlarged family room space, where sweeping windows fill the setting with light. Here, two sets of tall glass doors open to a spacious patio overlooking the grounds, highlighted by an original pond and decorative fountain surrounded in Bouquet Canyon stone. Charming seating nooks shaded by mature trees enhance the setting.
The main level also features a formal living room with fireplace and multiple French doors to the veranda. The dining room has a fireplace and graceful arched built-ins. In the cozy den, paneled in original knotty pine, two 20-pane windows frame a front lawn view. A spectacular curved stairway rises to the second floor where there are four spacious en suite bedrooms. The recently remodeled master bath is a large, indulgent retreat with soaking tub, double sinks, and new LED lighting. The master bedroom adjoins a vast dressing area with natural light, a wall of closets, and a long counter topping drawers and cabinets. The master and two other bedrooms have access to a large rear sun deck. A two-car garage, an attic with pull-down ladder and a basement complete the property.
The opportunity to live in a unique and timeless home is rare -- and it’s arrived.