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FINE LIVING IN THE GREATER PASADENA AREA JUNE 2012

Top-Tier Real Estate WHO'S BUYING IT?

WHAT YOU GET FOR... $500,000 TO $16 MILLION

BUNGALOW HEAVEN CHAMPION BOB KNEISEL

NEW THIS MONTH: ARROYO HOME SALES INDEX


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23 11 29 45 REAL ESTATE 11 A LASTING IMPRESSION Bungalow Heaven champion Bob Kneisel helped ignite Pasadena's preservation movement. — By Brenda Rees

23 WHAT YOU GET FOR... A sampling of Arroyoland's current market from $500,000 to more than $16 million — By Bettijane Levine

29 FOREIGN BUYERS ARE BULLISH ON TOP-TIER HOMES Luxury brokers are setting their sights on burgeoning billionaires from China and beyond. — By Noela Hueso

37 BOND OF BROTHERS A lifelong friendship keeps two Pasadena youths on terra firma as they graduate from rigorous West Point. — Scarlet Cheng

DEPARTMENTS 9

FESTIVITIES Pasadena Playhouse, KCET and The Gamble House

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ARROYO HOME SALES INDEX

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KITCHEN CONFESSIONS When you're a chef-mom, how do your kids rebel?

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WINING AND DINING Abricott serves up charm to office workers hungry for a change.

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THE LIST A sale of important Navajo artifacts, a Pasadena community garden breaks ground and more

ABOUT THE COVER: Photo of painted portico at 1369 Altadena Dr. / Susanne Hayek Photography

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EDITOR’S NOTE

AS RECORDS FOR TOP-TIER REAL ESTATE PRICES CONTINUE TO SPIRAL UPWARD, do you ever wonder who’s buying those zillion-dollar homes? It’s probably not the bold-faced names you already know, although they’re often the sellers. Take Candy Spelling’s much-ballyhooed sale of her mega-mansion in Beverly Hills. The widow of the late television mogul, Aaron Spelling, sold her 56,000-square-foot estate to British heiress Petra Ecclestone. Indeed, as globalization evolves, making billionaires of entrepreneurs all over the world, it’s often foreign buyers who have the wherewithal to pluck American trophy properties. So with one of the L.A. area’s priciest homes currently on the market in Arroyoland’s backyard—the Bradbury Estate, asking nearly $79 million—Noela Hueso interviewed experts on the luxury real estate market about the new demographics of wealth. Back home, we offer a bit of “real estate porn,” as it is delicately known, although we prefer to extend the term beyond the homes of the über-rich to include those of mere mortals (who still need to have a pretty good financial advisor, natch). Real estate voyeurs won’t want to miss Bettijane Levine’s feature on “What You Get For...” $500,000 to $16 million in Arroyoland’s current market. Of course, the value of much Pasadena real estate depends on how well owners have tended their legacy of historical homes. In this issue, Brenda Rees talks to a local champion of historic preservation, Bob Kneisel, who led the charge to protect Bungalow Heaven by having it designated as the city’s first Landmark District. Finally, with June sending a new generation of graduates out into the world, Scarlet Cheng chats with a couple of young men from Pasadena— Stevie Stringfellow and Denny Lowe—who are lifelong friends and freshly minted West Point alumni entering military service. — Irene Lacher

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FESTIVITIES

Supporters enjoyed an al fresco dinner at the Pasadena Playhouse’s annual gala.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard

Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Playhouse board Chair and gala honoree Michele Engemann

The Pasadena Playhouse celebrated its recently restored financial solvency and the board chair who helped craft it—Michele Dedeaux Engemann—during its annual black-tie benefit, “Premiere Gala: Destination,” at the San Marino home of Stephen and Chantal Bennett on May 19. Some 290 guests savored a feast prepared by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods and performers belting out some of the honoree’s favorite Broadway tunes—including “On Broadway,” with co-writer Mike Stoller in the audience—at the lavish garden party, which raised nearly $300,000 for the theater...KCET-TV applauded its supporters’ great taste at a May 15 foodie fundraiser in honor of the independent station’s new quarters at Burbank’s The Pointe. Celebrity chef Thomas Keller joined them at his Beverly Hills restaurant, Bouchon, for a sumptuous $2,500-a-plate repast of risotto with summer truffles and Parmesan mousse and lamb rib eye

Gala Chair Sheila Grether-Marion, Mark Marion and Marissa Chance Fox

“en Persillade,” accompanied by wines donated by Geoff and Alison Rusack. Edward Bosley, director,The Gamble House, with Gwen and Robert Whitson, owners of the Van Rossem-Neil house

San Marino’s Joachim Splichal of Patina designs the culturally diverse dinner at a June 16 benefit offering tours of KCET’s new facility for $250 per person...The Gamble House presented a benefit home tour, “Arroyo’s Edge: Greene and Greene Interiors 2012,” on April 22, opening doors to six private

PHOTOS: Pasadena Playhouse, courtesy of Luminaire Images; KCET, Lee Salem; Gamble House,Tom Moore;

Pauley Perrette

Arts & Crafts residences not usually open to the public. William and Janet Morris, owners of the E.W. Hawks house

FROM LEFT: Gamble descendents Joseph D. Messler, Jr., Tracy Gamble Hirrel of San Marino and (at far right) Margaret Winslow with Greene relative Virginia Dart Greene Hales

John Mazur, Lynda McNamara and Kirc Kopic

Susan and George Reardon of South Pasadena

Carol and Warner Henry of Pasadena

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PHOTOS: James Staub

Architecture and community have been lifelong passions for Bob Kneisel, Bungalow Heaven’s longtime champion. BY BRENDA REES WALKING DOWN THE STREET IN HIS LEAFY, BUNGALOW-RICH NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB KNEISEL STOPS AND STOOPS TO PULL UP A WEED FROM A CURBSIDE MEDIAN, EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE. HE TUGS AT THE OFFENDING DANDELION-LIKE PLANT AND HURLS IT INTO THE GUTTER.“I’LL COME BACK FOR THESE WITH A BAG,” HE SAYS AS HE YANKS UP A FEW MORE.“THESE WEEDS WILL GET IN EVERYONE’S YARD, IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT.”

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THIS PAGE: A sampling of Bungalow Heaven’s Arts and Crafts treasures

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One would think that after so many years of working to establish, and then protect, Bungalow Heaven in Northeast Pasadena from the lure of fast-paced urban development, Kneisel, 65, would take a break from handson involvement, but he can’t. The bond of man and Craftsman is as solid as the ruffled brick porch columns of Kneisel’s 1912 house. “I’ll be in my house till I die,” he says matter-of-factly about his Mar Vista Avenue home of 26 years. “I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d be.” The recent recipient of The Blinn House Foundation’s annual Robert Winter Award (named for the noted Pasadena architectural historian and author) was selected because of his close association with the success story of Bungalow Heaven, the first and largest landmark district in Pasadena, established in 1989, according to the foundation. “Bob Kneisel made the landmark district a reality, which marked a turning point in preservation in Pasadena,” the foundation said in announcing the award. Bungalow Heaven is a little oasis roughly situated between Washington and Orange Grove boulevards and Lake and Hill avenues, reaching out in spots toward Mentor and Holliston avenues. With front doors topping 1,300 (it originally encompassed 982 homes, but the boundaries were extended), Bungalow Heaven makes up one of the country’s densest concentrations of Craftsman homes (with many other styles represented as well, including Spanish Revival, Victorian and Colonial cottages). The moniker Bungalow Heaven has been around since the 1970s when resident John Merritt, a Pasadena Historic Preservation staffer and fellow Robert Winter Award recipient this year, coined the phrase. (Merritt went on to become executive director of the California Preservation Foundation.) Mostly constructed between 1905 and 1925, these Arts and Crafts–style single-lot homes reflect a more organic approach to architecture than their immediate predecessors, the ornate Victorians. Redwood shingles adorn low-slung roofs that shade wide front porches. Bungalows were initially constructed for working-class buyers who valued good taste. While prices have since soared for the popular style, it still attracts aficionados of livable design. Creative folk, educators, horticulturists, scientists and people in the entertainment industry — straight, gay and of every ethnicity — all find their way to these picture-perfect streets. And Kneisel probably even knows their names. “You may come here for the homes, but you’ll stay for the neighborhood,” he says of the close-knit community. Indeed, there is plenty of buzz about the summer “movie nights” as well as the July 4th parade in McDonald Park. And residents are still recovering from this year’s Bungalow Heaven Home Tour, which welcomed more than 1,000 visitors. But neighborliness is also an everyday affair there, with young moms and toddlers meeting in playgroups, children riding bikes together, couples walking their dogs and seniors enjoying a simple stroll. Back on the sidewalk, Kneisel points out architectural details (“That’s called ‘peanut brittle,’” he says of the marriage of clinker bricks and mixed stone found in a chimney.) and tells stories about unfortunate attempts at remodeling, drawn from local history. He stops at a gorgeous example of a California bungalow that would be right at home in a Greene & Greene portfolio. “Can you believe it was once stuccoed over? Just look at it now,” he says with a touch of pride. Farther down the street, Kneisel calls attention to a modest bungalow that was moved from a site near Caltech in 1992, saving it from demolition. “Linus Pauling lived in it back in the ’20s,” he says of the two-time Nobel Prize–winner. “We have a saying, ‘Bungalow Heaven is where bungalows go when they are good.’” 12 | ARROYO | 06.12

Kneisel (center, in hat) toasts the installation of a Bungalow Heaven sign.

There may be no one who knows these streets as intimately as Kneisel. For the past 20 years, he has been a block captain, receiving complaints and passing along communications to the residents. He is currently serving a second term as president of the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association and is a regular docent for the home tour. Kneisel’s passion for the neighborhood was ignited in the mid-’80s, when a lovely two-story 1912 Craftsman bungalow on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Washington Boulevard was unceremoniously demolished to make way for, as Kneisel puts it, “one of the tackiest apartment houses anyone has ever seen.” So he and other disgruntled homeowners decided to take action. Kneisel led a door-to-door campaign circulating petitions for the area to be rezoned for only single-family use. They savored their victory when the city agreed to change the zoning. That success encouraged residents to go further. They had saved bungalows from destruction from the outside—but could these houses be saved from themselves? Up and down the street, classic bungalows were being altered, fitted with aluminum windows or sadly stuccoed over. Residents mulled the pros and cons of becoming a historic district. Once again, Kneisel and other residents put on their walking shoes to take the pulse of neighborhood, door by door. Some homeowners immediately grasped that such a status would increase their property values; others saw the designation as infringing on their rights. “There were those who said, ‘These homes are historical, they are nothing special,’” recalls Kneisel. “We had a little image problem back then.” For a year and a half, a conservation plan was hammered out between the City of Pasadena and the activists. The plan lists what kinds of minor and major home alterations must be reviewed by city staff or commission members. Kneisel was the neighborhood’s representative on that initial review panel. “Bob was incredibly enthusiastic and he engaged a lot of people in the effort,” says Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy, a senior planner for Pasadena at the time. “There was a lot of footwork in those early days and Bob never shied away from it.” With a working conservation plan in hand, Kneisel and company once again knocked on doors to garner signatures in favor of adopting the regulations. Canvassers discovered that while homeowners were interested in preserving their homes, they were also quite concerned about other aspects of community life, including heavy traffic, rising crime and potholes. Many residents were particularly concerned about the safety of


Kneisel at the 2009 Founders Day celebration.

McDonald Park. “Forming a neighborhood association was a tremendous step,” says Kneisel, who helped facilitate it. Not only was it a city requirement for areas seeking historic status, the organization also fostered the bond among neighbors. In 1989, the city council voted to designate Bungalow Heaven a landmark district, Pasadena’s first. The designation requires the city’s approval for proposed demolitions, exterior changes and new construction, thereby safeguarding the neighborhood’s architectural integrity for generations to come. “Bob and a handful of people really made this happen,” says Tina Miller, past president of the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association. “Bob knows the folks on the city council, and he knows how the system works. He’s like a politician in the good sense of the word. He likes being out there, shaking hands, kissing babies and listening to what you have to say. It matters to him. He wants to get things done.” Kneisel’s activism expanded beyond the boundaries of Bungalow Heaven in 2002, when the association joined the Pasadena Neighborhood Coalition. “We offer our experience and can be a resource to those associations that are trying to do what we did back then,” he says. “We want others to benefit from our knowledge.” He served as coalition president for two years. He also continues to defend individual historic buildings and neighborhoods that are being threatened. He recently received a call from other local neighborhood associations to join in lobbying on behalf of three structures around Hill Avenue and Washington Boulevard. One of them, a brick Colonial Revival building at 1313 N. Hill that houses the Shoetorium, is seeking city council approval of its landmark status. Kneisel is a natural for prominence in local preservation circles, despite the fact that he never studied architecture or history in school. (He worked for years as an environmental economist for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.) “Bungalows were built for human scale; they aren’t mansions with high ceilings,” he says. “They are modest and easy to live in. Craftsman bungalows have lots of windows, great ventilation and integrate nature in the design, so there’s a woodsy natural feeling to them.” So how was this love match made? Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1950s, Kneisel remembers riding his bike to check out houses in the “new development.” When his history professor father took a job at Long Beach City College and moved the family west, Kneisel recalls preferring Knott’s Berry Farm to Disneyland because “it was more interesting—probably because it felt older.”

The preservationist at the 2012 Bungalow Heaven home tour.

In the 1970s, when Kneisel was a grad student in economics at UC Riverside, he became the caretaker of the eclectic Weber House in Riverside. The experience sparked his affinity for historic homes and gave him the organizational know-how to save such beloved structures from the wrecking ball. Built between 1932 and 1938 by architect Peter J. Weber, the house’s hand-carved and hand-decorated elements combine Moorish, Craftsman and Art Deco styles. “I cut my teeth on home repair there on the Weber House,” says Kneisel, recalling the unusual brick residence on nine acres with its gaspowered refrigerator, “challenging” electrical system and solar water heater (installed in 1935 and still operational) with collector panels made of automobile windshields. The elaborate floor-to-ceiling bathroom mosaic, created with recycled broken tiles, is, as Kneisel says, “an amazing piece of artwork.” Kneisel befriended Weber (“It’s not often you can meet the architect of a home you are living in”), who became his early unofficial mentor in historical architecture. Weber had worked for noted designer Julia Morgan in San Francisco; later he was a chief designer at the architectural firm of G. Stanley Wilson where he planned much of Riverside’s elaborate Mission Inn. “[Weber] was a man who wasn’t afraid to do things his own way,” says Kneisel. Throughout his two years as caretaker of the Weber House, Kneisel was involved in preserving the old dwelling; even after he left the area, he served on the board of the Old Riverside Foundation for Historic Preservation, which ultimately saved the house from demolition. “I think I came of age about historic preservation as [the foundation] learned the ropes about saving the house,” he says. “That was my first taste of being an activist citizen.” Despite his fondness for the past, Kneisel has two feet planted firmly in the present and eyes focused on the future. Back on the pavement, he stops and takes in the scene before him—sparkling homes, wonderful gardens, singing birds and an incredible sense of peace just seconds away from the bustle of Lake Avenue. A diamond very much in the rough in the 1990s, the neighborhood is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It now “feels more authentic. I love when the stucco comes off and homes change into something beautiful,” he says. “We are fortunate to live in this wonderful island, surrounded by people with common values who want to live here. That is what makes any neighborhood great.” |||| 06.12 | ARROYO | 13


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MY NEIGHBOR HAS BRAIDED THE LEAVES OF HER DAFFODIL PLANTS AND BENT THE ENDS GENTLY BACK INTO THE GROUND. IT IS A TRICK HER MOTHER TAUGHT HER MANY YEARS AGO, MEANT TO DIRECT THE FLOWERS’ ENERGY BACK INTO THE SOIL AND TO THEIR ROOTS; SHE SAYS THE DAFFODILS WILL FLOURISH MORE ABUNDANTLY NEXT SEASON. HER GARDEN IS SIMPLE. PINK AND RED ROSE BUSHES CLIMB ALONG A BRICK WALL, SURROUNDED BY A LOW, WHITE PICKET FENCE. THE BRAIDED DAFFODILS GROW ALONG A CURVING PATH BELOW THE NORTH-FACING EAVES OF THE HOUSE. GERANIUMS AND MARIGOLDS SPILL OVER THE EDGES OF HER TERRA COTTA POTS. EVERYTHING LOOKS OLD – THE BRICKS IN THE SUN, THE ORANGE CLAY, THE FADED WOOD, THE EARTH ITSELF – BUT EVERY YEAR THE BLOSSOMS ARE NEW. I often see her kneeling in the beds with a trowel, and pulling weeds. In the evening she sits under a tree with a book or magazine and a cup of tea. Hers is a terrain more reminiscent of an English kitchen garden than a minimalist, draught-resistant landscape, or an entertainment haven; but she waters everything by hand from an old bucket that collects rain water, and she has created a green wall of sorts where moss and vines grow quite easily over one side of the garage. She’s made a circle of stones that she collects during her morning walks through the neighborhood and in the canyons. There’s nothing inside the circle, you just pass it on the way to her back door. When you visit her home, you can feel that she loves and cares for her yard, and so you want to linger there. But you don’t have to labor over a flower pot to demonstrate passion for the terrain. Numerous landscape architects and designers, pool and water feature specialists, lighting impresarios, craftspeople and artisans provide services to residents and enterprises in the San Gabriel Valley. The best of them share their clients’ devotion to their surroundings and to the elements. –continued on page 19

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arroyo ~HOME SALES INDEX~

AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.

+9.2% ALTADENA HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. ARCADIA HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. GLENDALE HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. LA CANADA HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. PASADENA HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. SAN MARINO HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. SIERRA MADRE HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. SOUTH PASADENA HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE MEDIAN SQ. FT. TOTAL HOMES SOLD AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.

MARCH ‘12 23 $460,000 1582 MARCH ‘12 22 $558,250 1470 MARCH ‘12 108 $382,500 1371 MARCH ‘12 21 $900,000 2052 MARCH ‘12 120 $449,500 1350 MARCH ‘12 13 $1,500,000 2431 MARCH ‘12 11 $562,000 1450 MARCH ‘12 9 $560,000 1674 MARCH ‘12 327 $379

327 363

+11%

APRIL 2012 HOMES SOLD

MARCH 2012 HOMES SOLD

HOME SALES

APRIL ‘12 31 $406,000 1432 APRIL ‘12 21 $930,000 1904 APRIL ‘12 97 $440,000 1336 APRIL ‘12 26 $1,275,000 2351 APRIL ‘12 141 $573,000 1615 APRIL ‘12 12 $1,727,500 2933 APRIL ‘12 14 $590,500 1813 APRIL ‘12 21 $790,000 1678 APRIL ‘12 363 $414

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HOME SALES ABOVE $750,000 RECENT HOME CLOSINGS IN THE ARROYO FOOTPRINT

SOURCE: CalREsource

ADDRESS

CLOSE DATE PRICE

BDRMS. SQ. FT.

YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE

PREV. SOLD

ALTADENA 1260 East Altadena Drive 1179 East Loma Alta Drive 1315 Sonoma Drive 1691 East Mendocino Street

4/13/12 4/6/12 4/19/12 4/24/12

$830,000 $850,000 $1,000,000 $2,392,500

3 5 8 5

1728

1923

$258,000 $1,095,500 $540,000

08/15/1997 11/01/2005 12/13/2000

4906

1927

ARCADIA 1570 South 10th Avenue 1746 North Santa Anita Avenue 925 South 2nd Avenue 2033 Elkins Place 1841 Elevado Avenue 85 East Grandview Avenue 1360 Michillinda Avenue 1630 Highland Oaks Drive 1455 Rancho Road 940 Singing Wood Drive 759 Carriage House Drive 1124 South Santa Anita Avenue 224 Hacienda Drive

4/2/12 4/26/12 4/17/12 4/20/12 4/13/12 4/13/12 4/27/12 4/30/12 4/4/12 4/27/12 4/25/12 4/2/12 4/17/12

$750,000 $860,000 $930,000 $965,000 $995,000 $1,225,000 $1,398,000 $1,500,000 $1,950,000 $2,400,000 $3,300,000 $3,380,000 $3,775,000

3 3 3 4 2 4 4 3 4 5 6 3 11

2156 1803 1842 2823 2328 2633 2574 3576 3356 6302 5905 1843

1957 1952 1923 1955 1951 1951 1959 1951 1937 1952 2003 1927

$749,000

03/04/2005

$162,500

02/23/2012

$1,155,000 $1,531,500

02/08/2007 03/21/2006

$2,550,000 $910,000 $475,000

03/04/2005 05/19/2010 03/09/1982

GLENDALE 3243 Menlo Drive 1616 Vista Drive 1740 Heather Ridge Drive 1812 Cleveland Road 2821 Kennington Drive 3344 Emerald Isle Drive 1649 Santa Maria Avenue 1900 Deermont Road 1642 Capistrano Avenue 513 Cumberland Road 736 Cavanagh Road 1750 Cielito Drive

4/20/12 4/18/12 4/5/12 4/6/12 4/13/12 4/18/12 4/24/12 4/3/12 4/10/12 4/11/12 4/19/12 4/17/12

$750,000 $758,000 $779,000 $785,000 $787,000 $798,000 $840,000 $846,000 $846,000 $875,000 $895,000 $920,000

4 4 3 9 3 5 4 3 4 4 6 3

1575 2806 2366

1938 1940 1964

$488,000

07/07/2000

3394 2520 2557 2206 2865 3512

1982 1967 1926 1967 1996 1924

2423

1964

$995,000 $554,500 $330,000 $384,000 $595,000 $499,000 $475,000 $570,000 $689,500 $895,000

01/03/2006 01/11/1990 12/15/1986 02/18/1988 05/16/1990 11/21/2001 09/11/1996 10/29/1992 12/10/2001 02/01/2011

2350 Paseo De Cima 3770 San Augustine Drive 1915 Calle La Costa

4/4/12 4/10/12 4/10/12

$960,000 $1,100,000 $1,115,000

4 6 5

3802 0 3272

1987 1994

$389,500 $917,500 $560,000

08/17/1987 11/15/2007 11/18/1998

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE 4931 Flanders Road 4340 Bel Aire Drive 4520 Viro Road 4578 Viro Road 1016 White Deer Drive 4085 Hampstead Road 4819 Crown Avenue 334 Starlight Crest Drive 612 Hillcrest Avenue 832 Lynnhaven Lane 4953 Alta Canyada Road 4275 Mesa Vista Drive 5186 La Canada Blvd 5206 Vista Lejana Lane 335 Blythe Road 4420 Woodleigh Lane 1248 Inverness Drive 4730 Hillard Avenue

4/12/12 4/24/12 4/25/12 4/20/12 4/17/12 4/23/12 4/30/12 4/26/12 4/27/12 4/27/12 4/18/12 4/5/12 4/19/12 4/27/12 4/27/12 4/17/12 4/23/12 4/5/12

$775,000 $873,000 $915,000 $950,000 $1,025,000 $1,068,000 $1,070,000 $1,135,000 $1,200,000 $1,350,000 $1,390,000 $1,445,000 $1,658,000 $1,795,000 $1,860,000 $1,910,000 $2,000,000 $2,185,000

3 3 4 3 3 2 4 6 4 4 5 10 2 5 4 3 9 6

2019 1924 1929 2045 1977 2437 2351

1953 1936 1945 1946 1966 1961 1947

3492 3289

1955 1949

$380,000 $859,000 $475,000 $745,000 $1,400,000 $398,500 $575,000

11/13/1995 07/29/2004 10/21/1987 05/25/2000 09/26/2006 10/17/1997 06/12/1998

$728,000 $480,000 $825,000 $1,260,000 $2,260,000 $153,000 $1,500,000 $1,992,000

08/24/2001 07/18/1997 08/24/2011 12/31/2001 08/25/2004 03/29/1979 03/16/2012 10/12/2007

1625 4713 3739 3339

1952 2000 1942 1940

3843

1977

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The Arroyo Home Sales Index is calculated from residential home sales in Pasadena and the surrounding communities of South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Glendale including Montrose, Altadena, Sierra Madre and Arcadia. Individual home sales data provided by CalREsource. Arroyo Home Sales Index © Arroyo 2012.

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HOME SALES ABOVE $750,000 RECENT HOME CLOSINGS IN THE ARROYO FOOTPRINT

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870 Green Lane #6N 4220 Woodleigh Lane 4064 Chevy Chase Drive 4251 Commonwealth Avenue

4/12/12 4/12/12 4/24/12 4/24/12

$2,349,000 $2,990,000 $3,000,000 $3,412,500

6 5 6 6

PASADENA 1866 Las Lunas Street 2135 Monte Vista Street 1210 North Sierra Bonita Avenue 813 South Euclid Avenue 445 Juniper Drive 149 Glen Summer Road 535 South Orange Grove Blvd #6 185 Sequoia Drive 437 South Orange Grove Blvd #6 307 Tamarac Drive 564 East Claremont Street 387 Plumosa Drive 3449 San Pasqual Street 3760 Hampton Road 2742 Madera Drive 3225 Orlando Road 693 Santa Barbara Street 1502 Scenic Drive 407 Cherry Drive 451 South Sierra Bonita Avenue 109 North Orange Grove Blvd 475 Allendale Road 1650 San Pasqual Street 636 South San Gabriel Blvd 513 South Los Robles Avenue 611 South Chapman Woods Road 840 Vallombrosa Drive 1900 San Pasqual Street 1540 Loma Vista Street 1080 Prospect Blvd 611 South Chapman Woods Road 837 Cambridge Court 1591 Oakdale Street 1586 Oakdale Street 405 Mira Vista Terrace 1205 Wabash Street 234 Annandale Road 3620 East Colorado Blvd 1315 Fairlawn Way 502 Laguna Road 630 Hillside Terrace 1044 Armada Drive 3543 East California Blvd 1375 Ridge Way 1154 Hillcrest Avenue 1270 Hillcrest Avenue 1556 Lombardy Road

4/3/12 4/27/12 4/20/12 4/24/12 4/3/12 4/12/12 4/3/12 4/6/12 4/20/12 4/30/12 4/13/12 4/16/12 4/4/12 4/11/12 4/17/12 4/5/12 4/30/12 4/19/12 4/25/12 4/19/12 4/18/12 4/16/12 4/24/12 4/19/12 4/5/12 4/13/12 4/27/12 4/5/12 4/27/12 4/6/12 4/25/12 4/6/12 4/6/12 4/26/12 4/27/12 4/23/12 4/6/12 4/13/12 4/23/12 4/13/12 4/10/12 4/30/12 4/10/12 4/3/12 4/24/12 4/6/12 4/11/12

$750,000 $757,000 $759,000 $775,000 $780,000 $780,000 $795,000 $799,000 $825,000 $837,500 $847,500 $850,000 $860,000 $870,000 $895,000 $900,000 $908,000 $925,000 $950,000 $979,000 $1,000,000 $1,070,000 $1,095,000 $1,100,000 $1,100,000 $1,135,500 $1,190,000 $1,215,000 $1,225,000 $1,248,500 $1,277,500 $1,300,000 $1,325,000 $1,356,000 $1,399,000 $1,500,000 $1,585,000 $2,060,000 $2,100,000 $2,260,000 $2,470,000 $2,500,000 $2,700,000 $2,710,000 $3,380,000 $5,550,000 $6,000,000

2 3 6 4 5 2 2 3 2 4 4 3 2 3 4 3 9 2 3 4 5 2 3 3 9 3 7 3 4 3 3 4 6 5 9 3 3 10 4 4 10 11 8 8 8 4 5

SAN MARINO 1335 South San Gabriel Blvd 1390 Blackstone Road 1840 Carlisle Drive 2794 Fleur Drive 744 Plymouth Road 2710 Canterbury Road 970 Sherwood Road 1922 East California Boulevard 1459 Waverly Road 2258 South Oak Knoll Avenue 1245 Mesa Road 1417 Wilson Avenue

4/27/12 4/17/12 4/25/12 4/13/12 4/25/12 4/13/12 4/26/12 4/11/12 4/20/12 4/30/12 4/18/12 4/30/12

$968,000 $1,130,000 $1,300,000 $1,495,000 $1,575,000 $1,720,000 $1,735,000 $2,050,000 $2,230,000 $2,290,000 $2,880,000 $3,125,000

SIERRA MADRE 150 Coburn Avenue 304 Sycamore Place 154 San Gabriel Court 470 Ramona Avenue 625 Oak Crest Drive

4/10/12 4/4/12 4/27/12 4/16/12 4/17/12

SOUTH PASADENA 2052 Amherst Drive 556 Alta Vista Avenue 1713 Gillette 294 St. Albans Avenue 1204 Marengo Avenue 2032 Primrose Avenue 1700 Diamond Avenue 1826 Diamond Avenue 1909 Oxley Street 1618 Camden Parkway 1205 Garfield Avenue

4/25/12 4/27/12 4/24/12 4/6/12 4/2/12 4/26/12 4/13/12 4/27/12 4/19/12 4/25/12 4/23/12

SOURCE: CalREsource

6516 4466

2005 1941 1938

1152 1244 2712 1962

1921 1926 1912 1915

1785 2269 1914 1980 2300 2360 2164 2055 1943 2612 2924 3691 1558 2439 2046 2388 1937 2133 2820 5764 3879

1948 1965 1957 1970 1948 1925 1932 1948 1947 2010 1940 1962 1953 1975 1947 1910 1923 1951 1975 1934 1981

2127 3103 2329 3879 3326 3489 3660 3720 2487 2060

1951 1999 1924 1981 2011 1935 1929 1912 1952 1936 1957 1961 1980

3390 3609

$2,190,000 $3,495,000 $1,675,000 $2,875,000

10/05/2007 02/15/2006 09/06/1995 01/1q5/2002

$605,000 $460,000 $499,000 $1,200,000 $610,000

08/11/2005 11/04/2010 07/08/2011 06/15/2006 11/06/2002

$500,000 $300,000

11/09/2000 07/01/1996

$810,000 $820,000 $475,000

12/03/2008 03/09/2004 06/12/1991

$887,500

08/20/2010

$656,000 $915,000 $1,174,500 $856,000 $737,000 $333,630 $138,500 $660,000

08/10/2011 02/28/2006 07/18/2008 04/15/2005 10/27/2004 09/07/1988 02/23/1978 10/18/1991

$2,449,091 $625,000 $1,300,000 $1,225,000 $167,000 $1,135,500

06/15/2006 08/03/2001 09/28/2007 12/30/2008 09/14/1983 04/13/2012

$570,000

10/18/1991

$860,000 $1,395,000 $1,600,000 $1,208,010

10/01/1999 03/16/2007 10/28/2010 03/23/2001

$2,600,000

01/19/2007

$1,080,000 $2,402,000 $240,000 $1,249,000 $2,350,020 $2,500,020

05/06/1992 11/16/2005 01/28/1977 07/29/1993 01/04/2001 08/31/2001

5632

1909

6341 6814

1939 1981

3 4 2 3 4 4 4 7 4 3 5 5

1732 2069 2378 2508 3001 3172 2864 3692 3067 2509 4000 4037

1952 1947 1937 1927 1935 1948 1941 1927 1930 1948 1950 1931

$550,000 $623,000

08/16/2002 04/16/2002

$255,000 $1,150,000 $1,270,000

12/29/1980 10/06/2004 07/27/2004

$500,000

04/17/1986

$1,180,000 $2,250,000

04/12/2000 07/16/2004

$800,000 $845,000 $987,000 $1,060,000 $1,497,500

4 3 3 4 4

1959 1856 2856 3168 3380

1957 1966 1907 1911 1964

$1,070,000

07/25/2007

$265,000 $475,000 $1,392,000

09/25/1997 04/29/1999 03/28/2006

$790,000 $790,000 $795,000 $870,000 $900,000 $924,000 $925,000 $950,000 $1,090,000 $2,050,000 $2,429,000

2 2 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 5

1588 1836 2118 2208 1660 1695 2585 2150 1853 2300 4809

1925 1939 1924 1939 1919 1928 1925 1922 1911 1927 1925

$735,000 $823,000

04/16/2004 11/30/2005

$765,000

07/18/2003

$950,000 $1,098,000

11/10/2005 08/02/2006

$1,021,818 $1,967,000

11/04/2008 05/31/2007


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–continued from page 14 ELEMENTS OF COLLABORATION “Your landscape says, ‘I care about my home and my neighborhood,’” says Tom Tuzzolino, of Tom’s Picture Perfect Landscape, a full-service landscape and design firm that has served the Los Angeles and Orange County communities for years. “Your landscape is the entrance to your castle.” The company specializes in fireplace, barbecue and pool remodels. They also create custom concrete drives, outdoor lighting and kitchen areas. They recently built a 2-sided fireplace and outdoor living area “from the ground up.” Tom and his team worked closely with the homeowners, and their first object was to situate the fireplace in an ideal location for open-sided views. The fireplace draws family and guests from a Jacuzzi and from the barbecue center, which the landscape team also created. During another project, Tom and his crew renovated the sweeping front yard and facade of a home. The design included custom stonework around the base of the residence that was echoed in mailbox, columns, seating area and an acid wash drive featuring cut diamonds. Custom lighting illuminates the columns and trees. Tom calls himself a hands-on boss, who works his sites and engages with clients every day. “We’re there at every step to make changes and decisions with the client,” he ex–continued on page 25

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–continued from page 19 plains.“That way we build as we go, taking zero short cuts on anything. It makes for a better experience for everyone.” ELEMENTS OF HYDRATION Andy Sarian and his team at Sarian Pools create and renovate pools and spas. Their motto: we build – you swim. They specialize in lower-depth, energy efficient pools that reflect, literally and figuratively, the practical and aesthetic lifestyle of their clients. All Sarian projects meet current VGB certified standards, and whether you’re building a new pool/spa, or rejuvenating an existing one, such certification is critical. Sarian's Don Engle stresses the importance of owner involvement on any pool project. From site location and planning, through the securing of permits and completion of a project, homeowners should find a professional service that establishes an order, maintains cost and budget, and ensures a client's satisfaction. The Sarian team recently completed a project for another regional pool design organization; the original company was unable to follow through on various aspects of the job, leaving the client hopeless and heartbroken. Sarian pools rescued the project and the homeowner from impending disaster. "We're really good at making things happen," says Engle. Pasadena Showcase House of Design veteran Jeff Lokker, of Huntington Pools and –continued on page 33

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WHAT YOU GET FOR... SOURCES DIFFER ON WHETHER it was Mark Twain or Will Rogers who first uttered this enduring investment advice: “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of it.” That advice started circulating about 100 years ago—and it’s still being offered, although more grammatically correct, by Arroyoland real estate experts. Never mind that the country’s social and economic structure has changed drastically in the intervening years. The amount of land on planet Earth hasn’t changed one iota; only the ways in which we use it. And despite current economic uncertainties, residential real estate mavens still counsel not to wait to buy land, but to buy land and wait. Sometime down the road, they say, either you or your heirs will probably reap a windfall. Of course, you have to buy at the right time, in the right place. And some experts are saying that the San Gabriel Valley meets both those qualifications. The time is right because of lowered home prices and mortgage rates. The place is right because so much of the valley remains largely residential, with zones of lovely homes in safe and leafy neighborhoods just a short distance from some of the West’s top cultural and commercial hubs. Statistics show that about 27 percent of all homes nationwide are being snapped up by investors—i.e., those who believe that Twain or Rogers was right. But some statistics can be misleading. “You read the national news and you think, ‘Oh, it’s a buyer’s market.’ But in Pasadena, it’s not,” says broker Sharon Verani of Sotheby’s International Realty’s local office. In fact, there is a dearth of certain kinds of homes on the market in the Crown City, Verani says. “And there’s a whole bunch of pent-up demand. People are waiting in the wings with cash in hand. They are waiting for the right property at the right price, and when it comes up, there are multiple offers. In the price range between $1 million and $250 million, the competition is really stiff,” she continues. “That’s because Pasadena has beautiful homes, historical homes, and there’s no more land to build on. We have an easy commute to downtown, great cultural assets and it’s a wonderful place to live.” Armen Sarkissian, a broker with Prudential California Realty in Pasadena, agrees. “The one-to-two-million-dollar price range is very hot,” he says. “There’s very limited inventory in that price range for those who want well-maintained homes in certain wellestablished areas of Pasadena, San Marino and Glendale. “It’s the neighborhood that counts,” he says. And if the right house in the right neighborhood in that one-to-twomillion-dollar price range hits the market, there’s likely to be a bidding war, he says.

Taking the temperature of Arroyoland's current real estate market BY BETTIJANE LEVINE

Realtors say interest in condominiums is rising, especially among young people starting out and older folks who are downsizing. And a new, sophisticated group of condo buyers is emerging: They’re urbanized metrophiles who crave an über-modern home with high-grade amenities, high-end services and few maintenance issues. Perhaps a luxury loft they can close and lock for weeks at a time while they’re at their second homes or off globe-trotting. Mary Ann Shemdin, a Realtor with Keller Williams, monitors the pulse of this slice of the Pasadena market. “We’re like New York, London or Tokyo,” she says. “Our condo buyers are international. They want service, convenience, luxury and ease.” For all these would-be buyers, there’s grand variety: For the downsizers there are gracious older condos with spacious floor plans and lots of charm; for the urbanites, some of the top new-construction condos offer opulence along with boffo architectural attitude. So what can you get for your money? Here’s a current sampling: –continued on page 24 06.12 | ARROYO | 23


AROUND $500,000 Listed at $535,000 The Prado, Unit 312 840 E. Green St. Pasadena 1 bedroom, 1 bath 1,092 square feet

Built in 2006, this full-service condominium is perhaps “the most high-end building of its kind in Pasadena,” says broker Mary Ann Shemdin of Keller Williams. She calls it “a haven of metropolitan repose” because, though near the city’s heart, it’s extremely quiet and secure. The building’s shell of concrete and steel blocks outdoor noise, she says. Homes here have wood floors, 10foot ceilings, kitchens with stainless-steel appliances and a list of services and amenities that rivals fine hotels’, despite the moderate homeowners association dues of about $350. There’s an onsite concierge, a 24-hour internet café, a business center, conference room, two public areas for entertaining and what Shemdin calls “a serious gym, not a wannabe.” There’s a 16-seat theater, and the requisite pool and barbecue facilities. This home has “very large, lovely windows along one whole side, out of which you see nothing but treetops,” Shemdin says. It has an open floor plan with conjoined living, dining and kitchen areas, a washer and dryer, an office alcove, a bathroom with separate tub and shower and a large walk-in closet.

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AROUND $1 MILLION

PHOTOS: Erik Grammer, courtesy Armen V. Sarkissian, www.ArdEevinHouse.com

Listed at $1,199,000 851 West Mountain St. Glendale 3 bedrooms, 2 1⁄4 baths 3,788 square feet

This turn-of-the-century architectural gem is a piece of Glendale history. Designed in 1903 by Nathaniel Dryden for the Dan Campbell family, who were among Glendale’s founders, it has been lived in and lovingly maintained by succeeding generations for 108 years. During the past eight years, it has undergone complete restoration, and everything important that needed doing has already been done—roofing, plumbing, electrical, heat and air, says Prudential’s Armen Sarkissian. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance, the home in the Verdugo foothills is named Ard Eevin, which means “beautiful heights” in Gaelic. It anchors the recently designated Ard Eevin historic district of Glendale, where Dryden also designed an estate for Leslie Brand, another Glendale founding father. Ard Eevin, with its welcoming portico and ample porches, is a refreshing ratatouille of Victorian, Craftsman and American Colonial Revival design, its rooms drenched with light from many windows. Perched on three-quarters of an acre, the home has a living room, formal dining room, pantries and kitchen. All the rooms are laid out in a curving floor plan, like pearls in a necklace, says Sarkissian. A heartfelt posting on Curbed L.A.’s website, presumably from the current owner, explains that she hates to leave her family’s beloved homestead, but she has overseen a restoration that ensures the house will endure: “All it needs is another true lover to keep it going another 108 years.” 06.12 | ARROYO | 25


AROUND $5 MILLION

This luxurious Mediterranean villa is by architect Reginald Johnson, who designed the Santa Barbara Biltmore hotel. Sited on 1 1⁄2 gated acres surrounded by sheltering trees and lush gardens, the 1915 home has had all systems fully updated but still retains all its original charm and unusual handcrafted architectural detail, says Sotheby’s Sharon Verani. The home has one of California’s earliest open-floor plans, with soaring ceilings, spacious light-drenched rooms, Palladian windows and doors in every room that bring the outside in. The main house has an airy sense of intimacy achieved through the genius of Johnson’s open and flowing design. The step-down living room, dining room, library, billiard room and solarium feature original moldings, hardware and built-ins. Limestone floors, massive fireplaces, spiral pillars and wrought-iron balconies are other original artisanal touches. The master-bedroom suite with fireplace has French doors, a spectacular view of the mountains and spacious separate dressing areas. Kitchen and baths are opulent, Verani says, and an 800-squarefoot, one-bedroom guest house is also amply equipped.

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PHOTOS: Susanne Hayek Photography

Listed at $4.6 million 1369 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena 8 bedrooms, 71⁄4 baths 13,652 square feet


MORE THAN $16 MILLION

PHOTOS: Planomatic

Listed at $16.5 million 1239 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 7 bedrooms, 101⁄4 baths 17,284 square feet

Talk about palatial, this home on 1.6 acres near The Langham Huntington Hotel is in one of Pasadena’s most desirable residential neighborhoods. Built in 1913, it was totally restored and updated from 2005 to 2011 by the current owners. The residence still retains its original elegance—crown moldings, coffered and cathedral ceilings, marble and wood floors, wood beams and wall panels—and also boasts state-of-theart systems to keep it running like new. “The owners spent more than $1 million just on exterior landscape and hardscape,” says Coldwell Banker Realtor Ann Chen. “Most rooms have French doors that open onto these beautiful patios and gardens.” There’s a potentate waiting somewhere overseas to snap this up, she believes, because the amenities— which include a five-car garage and parking for 26 additional vehicles—are so extravagant. Downstairs are the living room, dining room, library, family room, kitchen and two large bedroom suites. There are five more bedroom suites upstairs, each with its own luxe bath. Of course, there’s also a movie theater, exercise room with sauna, steam shower, elevator to the basement wine cellar, saltwater swimming pool and spa and outdoor kitchen with Viking appliances. A separate two-bedroom home with living room and kitchen is designed for household staff. ||||

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Foreign Buyers are Bullish on Top-Tier Homes Brokers selling multi-million-dollar properties are setting their sights on burgeoning billionaires from China and beyond. BY NOELA HUESO

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Hurwitz James Co.

It’s easy to be impressed with the much buzzed-about Bradbury Estate. “It’s one of the premiere estates on the market in America, without question,” says luxury real estate broker Bob Hurwitz, president of the Beverly Hills firm Hurwitz James Co. “It’s not every day you see an owner spending $8 million-plus for a temperature-controlled trout pond or tearing out marble quarried in Europe just because it isn’t perfect—and then redoing it three times.” The compound, which includes a 30,000-squarefoot main house, a 6,700-square-foot guesthouse, a 10car garage, a nearly Olympic-size swimming pool and a temperature-controlled trout pond, sits atop eight

acres and boasts city, canyon and ocean views. The main house offers seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, plus a two-story library, a large 3D theater, a 2,000bottle wine cellar, an oak-paneled elevator, 40-foot vaulted ceilings and a leather-paneled poker room with dark walnut floors. The price tag is impressive, too. At $78.8 million, it is by far the most expensive residential property for sale in the San Gabriel Valley. Building the Palladian Neo-classical style home, completed in 2011, was a nearly 10-year project for real estate tycoon Donald Abbey, whose eponymous commercial real estate investment and management firm has holdings throughout California. Hurwitz says Abbey insisted on

THIS PAGE: The Bradbury Estate’s commanding exterior.

painstaking attention to detail and was very hands-on during the process, living in the guesthouse and overseeing the construction, which included hand-painted frescos on Venetian plaster domes. Not surprisingly, because of its price tag, scale and scope (other fun features include a gym, massage room and subterranean shooting range), the home has been attracting a lot of attention, particularly from foreign buyers with very deep pockets. And while that’s no accident— Hurwitz has been actively marketing to foreign buyers for the past nine years (“because they have the money,” he says simply)—he’s convinced that the tumult of interest reflects a larger trend that has been heating up lately. “While the opportunity to buy major trophy properties at a ‘reasonable’ price has been a reality for the past couple of years, there has been a lot more activity recently on the market,” he says. “In the last month I’ve had five deals— four with Chinese nationals and one with a Russian. There’s just major wealth out there. A lot of them deal in natural resources: oil, gas and coal.” Asians, in particular, have been showing up in droves. In recent weeks, Hurwitz has shown the Bradbury property to five interested parties from China and another from Korea—all of whom provided evidence of sufficient wealth to buy it. “I’m not showing the property to anyone who can’t show proof of funds—and at least two of them were billionaires,” he says. “There’s a certain amount of cachet for very wealthy Chinese buyers to have an estate in the U.S.,” Hurwitz –continued on page 30 06.12 | ARROYO | 29


FROM TOP: An aerial view of the Bradbury Estate; colored light is filtered through the two-story library’s stained-glass ceiling.

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adds. “One of the couples that just looked at the Bradbury property thought it was too big for them, but they were still making an all-cash offer because they felt they would have people visiting from out of the country. How many people are interested in buying an $80 million property?” There are political considerations, too. “I’ve heard there’s some concern among very wealthy Chinese buyers from mainland China to get some significant portion of their money out of the country [because of the political climate],” Hurwitz says. “It’s a smart move to diversify anyway, and it’s recognized worldwide that the U.S. is a good investment.” It’s not surprising that there’s so much East Asian interest in the Bradbury Estate, as it has been formally dubbed. Seventy percent of the homeowners in Bradbury are from the Pacific Rim; the property sits northwest of Arcadia, which has a large Asian population; and the home itself has the perks foreign buyers typically look for. First, there’s abundant land. “The minimum lot size in Bradbury is five acres,” says Podley Properties’ Realtor Gina Olivares, who has been selling homes in the gated community for 27 years. “It’s an exclusive area and many people are unaware of it. When you drive past the gates you think you’re in the country, with its big homes and horse properties,” the latter a remnant of an earlier time, when many residents had ties (some still do) to nearby Santa Anita Park. “Bradbury is a unique community,” agrees Lynwen Hughes-Boatman, a senior partner at Deasy/Penner & Partners, who is listing the Bradbury home of former Dodger and current Texas Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltré (a seven-bedroom, 16-bath Mediterranean estate on the market for $19.5 million). “It’s not going to appeal to some buyers because it’s not in the center of an area known for luxury real estate, such as Beverly Hills. Bradbury is very understated and very special. The people who live there want the privacy it offers, not the notoriety.” (The small community is home to only 1,048 residents, according to the 2010 census.) Or maybe they just want the smell of fresh paint. “Foreign buyers want new construction and they just want to come with their toothbrush,” Hurwitz says. “I haven’t had one person come in that didn’t [talk about wanting] to buy Bradbury with every single piece of furniture in it.” For Hurwitz, courting overseas buyers is obviously good business. Of course, Americans too are looking at his properties—“I have two Internet people from Northern California coming to look at Bradbury,” he says—but more often than not, he notes, the highest-priced transactions aren’t being done with U.S. buyers. According to the latest figures from the National Association of Realtors, foreign sales of residential U.S. property of all kinds grew by about 25 percent in the year ending March 2011 to a healthy $82 billion, up from $66 billion in 2009–10. 30 | ARROYO | 06.12

Florida saw the highest percentage of sales at 31 percent (with many luxury homes being snapped up by Brazilian nationals); California came in second, with 12 percent of its sales going to foreign buyers. So how are potential foreign clients found? Hurwitz’s various methods for reaching them go way beyond Internet advertising, although he has staff that “manipulates the social networks” for him. “I’m very proactive in reaching people,” he says. “I have personal representatives who work for me—in China, the Middle East, throughout Latin America—who promote my properties specifically in a personalized network to reach out to the wealthiest people. This is in addition to advertising in specialized high-end publications such as Unique Homes.” Not to mention the DuPont Registry, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, says Hughes-Boatman. As invited members of Luxuryrealestate.com’s Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, Hurwitz and HughesBoatman are able to reach international buyers through

these publications. “Additionally, for agents who represent exclusive clients and properties, I have created distribution lists of contacts all over the world, so we communicate through email blasts,” Hughes-Boatman says. Hurwitz also “incentivizes” people who contact him with listing suggestions, and because of his history of high-profile transactions, the marketing sometimes comes to him. “Editors will contact me from publications like Architectural Digest Russia and the Hong Kong Tatler asking to do stories on my properties,” he says. “It doesn’t cost me anything.” Ultimately, Hurwitz says, what international luxury buyers are looking for is the “wow factor:” “I have this one $36 million property in Malibu that I showed to a member of the Saudi royal family. He liked it and would have bought it, but when you drove up it wasn’t super-impressive,” Hurwitz says. “When you drive up to Bradbury, jaws drop open. It’s literally off the hook. That’s what foreign buyers are looking for. They’re saying, ‘Look what I have.’ They don’t want gaudy, but they do want it to be the best.” ||||


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continued from page 33 Vegetative barriers and water features, in particular, help to protect the Bernier + Vega havens from numerous forms of pollution: noise, particulate matter, visual distractions. When a landscape has been shrouded by stones, shrubs, plantings, waterfalls, designers like John and Michael can eliminate other barriers, for example, the traditional barrier between interior and exterior space. Michael describes a recent residential project: “The key was to discover that sweet spot between exterior and interior so there’s not such a distinction between the two. We wanted to establish a holistic environment, not just aesthetically, but in terms of community. We created a kind of sanctuary.” They continued indoor flooring to the outdoor living areas and walking paths. They responded to existing architectural themes in all of their plans, and established a flow from front to back yard areas. In Vega’s and Bernier’s world, integration equals inspiration. My neighbor’s patch of grass sprouts dandelions, and her hedges are occasionally unkempt, but she doesn’t seem to mind. Even the artful creations of the finest landscape designers are at times wild and unruly, other times meticulously clean. When water falls it splashes and when flowers outlive their blossoms, their petals fall to the ground.The secret to finding yourself at home in your own landscape seems to lie in finding the proper orientation, as Tom Tuzzlino did when he was building the two-sided fireplace, or the sweet spot that Michael Bernier describes when he recalls their latest renovation.“The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee,” writes Emily Dickinson.“A clover, any time, to him, is aristocracy.” AMHD

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BOND OF BROTHERS A lifelong friendship keeps two Pasadenabred youths---Stevie Stringfellow and Denny Lowe---on terra firma as they graduate from rigorous West Point. BY SCARLET CHENG

“THE MAKING OF FRIENDS, WHO ARE REAL FRIENDS, IS THE BEST TOKEN WE HAVE OF A MAN'S SUCCESS IN LIFE.” --- EDWARD EVERETT HALE

TWO CADETS GRADUATING FROM THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE CHILDHOOD---SECOND GRADE TO BE EXACT, WHEN BOTH WERE ENROLLED AT THE CHANDLER SCHOOL IN PASADENA. PASADENA NATIVES STEVIE STRINGFELLOW AND DENNY LOWE WERE IN CUB SCOUTS TOGETHER, HAVE REMAINED FRIENDS THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL AND JUST SHARED GRADUATION AND THE “PINNING CEREMONY” (WHERE SECOND LIEUTENANT BARS ARE ADDED TO THEIR UNIFORMS) WITH EACH OTHER AND THEIR RESPECTIVE FAMILIES. How did they become, and remain, such close buddies? “We just had a lot of shared experiences; our personalities kind of complement each other,” said Denny in a recent joint telephone interview. “A friend is someone who really knows you, kind of like family. Without anything being said you can read them, and they can tell how you’re feeling.” “Your well-being and your friend’s well-being are one and the same,” Stevie says. “You learn that especially after being in the military.” They attended the same kindergarten, but it was when they joined Cub Scouts that they became friends. Stevie's mother, Jordi Stringfellow, was troop leader. "We all became very fast friends,” recalls Jordi, who runs the Pasadena events planning company Jordi & Co. (Her husband, Dean, is an attorney.) And that includes both sets of parents.

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During those scouting years, the boys enjoyed rugged sports like hiking, camping and survival training, while the parents shared the less exhausting task of dining together. It helped that they lived near each other, and 10 years ago the Stringfellows moved even closer—from San Marino to the same street as Denny’s parents, real estate investor Dennis and optometrist Shelly, in the San Rafael neighborhood. “Stevie’s more openly fiery and confrontational,” observes Jordi. “Denny’s a little more politic and humorous, but both are trying to get to the same place.” Stevie left Chandler after fifth grade to attend Pasadena Polytechnic, while Denny went on to Flintridge Preparatory School. “We were kind of rival high schools,” says Denny, “but we really just expanded our friend groups—we introduced our friends to each other.” In 2007, after his high school junior year, Denny attended a summer leadership seminar at West Point. “I liked the interesting dynamics between military and physical training,” he says. “It was very motivating.” When he returned home, he told Stevie about his experiences. Neither boy comes from a military family, and while their fathers had been drafted, neither served in a war. Denny says his grandfather did attend the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, but he did not make a career of it. But Dennis Lowe was not surprised his son wanted to go to West Point. “He was always into history and all things military,” he says. “He kept my uniform in his closet.” Stevie, too, was deeply interested in history, says Jordi Stringfellow, who proudly notes that he has been editor-in-chief of the West a. Ghan nt in e d Point Undergraduate Historical Review. u t sas ump fist b “I was hoping he might attend my alma Stevie mater, USC,” Dennis acknowledges. “My wife, Shelly, and I talked to him about the serious commitment he was making. With what was happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, we were concerned. But he wanted to serve his country at the highest level he could.” “Everyone’s reason for joining the Army is a bit complex,” says Denny. He mentions his interest in history and the military. “When Sept. 11 happened, that was very shocking to me. That affected me very deeply. I felt it was a threat to the way of life I believed in, and I wanted to do my part.” Also, he says, “I felt there was a reality that I wasn’t tapped into—I wanted to get that experience you couldn’t get anywhere else. ” “We each applied to 12 or so colleges,” Stevie recalls. “We both got into Denny and Ste vie enjoy trave West Point early and we decided that’s ling together. what we wanted to do.” The academy known popularly as West Point is located in New York's picturesque Hudson River Valley, where it trains young men and women to be Army officers. It’s hard

to get in and hard to stay in—1,400 cadets started in Stevie and Denny’s class, but only 950 graduated. The school is rated one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, and during the four-year program, the cadets’ coursework parallels that of students at other leading colleges. What's different? History courses include military history, and physical training is mandatory. “You get up at 6:20 every day,” says Stevie. “Your room gets inspected every day; you can’t skip class.” During the week there are classes from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., then sports or military training from 4 to 6 p.m. Denny is graduating with a major in international relationships, and Stevie in military history. “You get out of it as much as you can take out of it,” Stevie says. This isn't your father's West Point. There are women there now—about 15 percent of the cadets. And, as Denny observes, “There’s less emphasis on meaningless yelling and more emphasis on things that serve a developmental purpose.” Fortunately, the education is paid for by the government—the academy estimates it costs $225,000 over four years—and students get a salary while enrolled. When cadets graduate, they will be second lieutenants, with an eight-year commitment ahead of them—five years on active duty and three in the reserves is required, although some may decide to pursue a military career and stay on. That’s no easy ride when the country is at war, as it has been since an international coalition invaded Afghanistan shortly after Sept. 11. These past four years have served to further cement the boys’ friendship. They’ve traveled together and, during last summer's break from West Point, even shared a community-service stint in Ghana. Assigned to build a health clinic for a village, they found the task far more complex to negotiate than they’d expected. “It fizzled, but it was an important learning experience,” says Denny. Still, it helped that they went there as a team. “You’re looking out for each other, essentially,” says Denny. “You can’t do it alone. We were lucky that at West Point, right off the bat we had someone we could count on.” “It’s psychological,” says Stevie. “It would be very easy to fall into a pattern, to lose your personality at this school if you’re not careful. To stay sane, you need good friends.” At press time, both sets of parents were planning to fly east to attend the graduation ceremony at West Point on May 26. In school tradition there’s also a “pinning ceremony,” which the graduating cadets can plan themselves. Stevie and Denny wanted a small one, with just their families and Jeff Stephens, their former headmaster at the Chandler School, and his wife in attendance. Stephens will be administering the oath to serve as an Army officer, which must be administered by a current or former officer of the military. (Stephens served as a chaplain captain for the Army in the late '60s.) “I happen to be extremely proud of them,” says Stephens. “These are two wonderful young men, and it has been my pleasure to have seen them grow up—from the age of 5—and turn out to be such fine and dedicated young men.” |||| 06.12 | ARROYO | 39


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KITCHEN CONFESSIONS

Baby Emma

Finicky Flashbacks When you're a chef-mom, how do you think your kids will rebel? BY LESLIE BILDERBACK | PHOTOS BY CLAIRE BILDERBACK

My experience as a mom has been riddled with disappointment.

away each attempt at a culturally diverse dinner table. Like everyone else’s, our bill of fare soon shifted from pad Thai and paella to hot dogs and buttered noodles. As she got older

Not because my kids are brats, but because my own expectations

and gained a sibling, we required that she set a good example and at least try new foods. Some of them stuck, but some of them (most of them) didn't.

have been consistently too high. You see, I have never been just a

Eventually she developed a string of food idiosyncrasies, beginning with her insistence that the foods on her plate not touch. I know this exists in other children, as I have seen spe-

mom. I am a chef-mom. Serving frozen waffles or blue-boxed maca-

cial plates with divided sections intended to avoid just that dread contamination. But this foible manifested itself not only on the plate, but also during preparation. For instance, I

roni and cheese is simply not something I condone. But, as I have

have never been able to feed her a stew.“If the ingredients all float around in the pot together, they are touching!” (That shows advanced reasoning, don’t you think?) Next she

learned, the hard truth of adulthood is that things don’t always go

developed her own perceptions of what constitutes food generally. Soup, for instance, is a liquid and therefore a drink and should not taste like meat or vegetables.

according to plan. My gastronomical standards have always been unrealistically high, and their reach ex-

(Disclaimer: She is not the only member of the family with weird food fetishes. Her sister, for instance, hates fruit. She will, however, eat raisins, because when she was little she didn’t

tends far beyond the professional kitchen (regardless of how long it has been since I’ve ac-

believe me when I insisted they were fruit---despite my credentials. My husband has strange

tually set foot in a professional kitchen). So, when my first daughter was born, I quite

food preferences too, although I think he just asserts them to annoy me.)

naturally intended to nourish her with only the best. It began with an attempt at home-

It didn’t take long for her to figure out that I was disappointed in her lack of cuisine

made baby food, which I now recognize as the initial stage of my maternal delusions. It

courage, and she quickly gave up any and all pretense of epicurean exploration. Though,

was, I discovered, not easy, pleasurable or beneficial to cook, purée and strain butternut

to her credit, she and her sister did once collude with a French waiter to secretly order es-

squash on two hours of sleep, only to have that little tongue push it right out onto her bib.

cargots. They did it just for my reaction, and after one-wrinkly nosed bite and the visible in-

That was lesson one.

dication of my approval, they handed over their plates to their dad and me. But it was a

Lesson two came later, after playdates under the supervision of other moms who, through no fault of their own, cared little about the culinary validity of SpaghettiOs, inciting a newfound desire for food in “fun shapes.” Further hopes of a childhood filled with exotic foods-of-the-world crashed and burned in rapid succession as she spat, flung or puked

nice gesture that has never been forgotten (and often recounted, especially when they are refusing to try something new, as they still occasionally do). She has, on occasion, tried to disguise her disdain for food and eating by attempting to –continued on page 44 06.12 | ARROYO | 43


KITCHEN CONFESSIONS

–continued from page 43 cook. The early efforts were more assem-

feed herself (when she remembers), which is

blage than cooking, ice cream sundaes

all I care about. (Although, a gentle re-

and Fluffernutter sandwiches being her

minder to drain the macaroni before the

specialties. In middle school she discovered

“cheese” packet is added never hurts.)

chocolate fondue, and it became her go-

Now my über-finicky eater is about to

to potluck item. Recently she discovered

don cap and gown and all too soon head

the joys of baking with food coloring (al-

off to college, where she will eat dorm food

though the concept of clean-as-you-go still

and be free of my gastro-expectations

eludes her).

forevermore. She has always marched to

It doesn’t bother me that she has no real

her own drummer, both in the kitchen and

interest in cooking, and I am not surprised

in the world, which, as it turns out, has been

that she shuns my expertise. It's natural to

her strength. She has grown into a bright,

rebel, and it’s certainly not easy to take les-

confident, interesting young woman de-

sons from a parent. After all, what kid enjoys

spite her disdain for head cheese and sea

a parent’s driving lesson? (“Brake...BRAKE!”)

urchin. So I suppose I can mark down the

Her friends occasionally solicit advice from

first one as a success. If I play my cards

me, which is enough to keep my ego intact.

right, she might call someday and ask me

I am actually glad she has found other

for a recipe. ||||

things that turn her on. Her interest in Star

Wars and Shakespeare is certainly more in-

Leslie Bilderback is a certified master baker,

teresting than my incessant blabbering on

chef and cookbook author. A South

about the derivatives of béchamel sauce or

Pasadena resident, she teaches her tech-

the history of the blood orange. She can

niques online at culinarymasterclass.com.

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Brain Food for the College Girl: Grilled Banana Fluffernutter Sandwich Here is a little bit of comfort food from home.This recipe is easily made on a George Foreman Grill, if your dorm room allows it. For those of you who have already graduated, you can use a nonstick pan on the stove, a griddle or even an outdoor grill. INGREDIENTS 2 slices whole grain bread (keepin’ it healthy!) 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 ripe banana 2 tablespoons Marshmallow Fluff (a.k.a. marshmallow cream on the West Coast) 1 teaspoon Nutella 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (optional—not necessary with the George Foreman Grill) 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar

METHOD 1. Coat one side of each bread slice with peanut butter. Next, layer one side with sliced banana and a drizzle of Nutella. On the other slice, generously plop on the Marshmallow Fluff. Carefully close the two pieces into a sandwich. 2. Spread butter lightly on the outside of the sandwich, and set in a nonstick pan over low heat (or place in George Foreman Grill). Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown on each side. Remove from heat, slice at an angle and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

*Variations: Substitute honey, raisins, chocolate chips or your favorite jam for bananas..


WINING & DINING Abricott 238 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena (626) 796-1613 Abricott.com

Serving Up Charm

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.– 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m.– 9 p.m.

Abricott offers cozy décor and an Asian fusion menu to nearby office workers hungry for a change of pace. BY BRADLEY TUCK

One of the joys of working from home is that I get to make my own lunch. It has to be hard, working in an office and, come the noon tummy rumble, being faced with the same choices day after day. Do you get in the car and go further afield, hoping you can drive, park and eat in the skimpy one-hour time frame? Do you rise early and put together a lunch in a box, so that you can work while you refuel? The area around Lake Avenue between Colorado and Del Mar boulevards has plenty of big office buildings, offering a built-in clientele to any lunch spot in the neighborhood. That clientele has been serviced largely by chain restaurants on Lake, which have the requisite uninspired menus that cover a lot of easy bases but get the job done. That’s not to say they’re turning out bad food; it’s just that the menus are designed at corporate offices to appeal to as broad a palate as possible, making the prospects for gustatory excitement slim to none. So with that said, it surprised me to learn that the location of Abricott, a charming little café that opened in January, was previously a Koo Koo Roo. The usual story is that a local restaurant closes and the site is snapped up by a corporate franchise, rather than the other way around. This counter-move has brought a very welcome addition to dining options in this part of town. In front, you’re welcomed by a large, bright covered patio, which is simple and modern in design. Entering the café, there’s a counter where you can peruse the menu and place your order. You’re then given a number; you seat yourself at a table and wait for your food to be brought. Here’s where it gets interesting. Venturing deeper into Abricott, you’ll notice

DRINK THIS.

the quirky and very cozy décor. On one wall, shelves are stacked with old books; another

CASA DUMETZ CLEMENTINA VIOGNIER 2010

wall features old mirrors and gilt-framed pictures of birds and flowers. A nook at the back is

This time of year, it’s as if all of Southern

home to a vintage couch. The effect is very Anthropologie, for want of a better description,

California is one giant perfume bottle. Dur-

but if you’ve ever been to one of their stores, you’ll see it’s an obvious reference point.

ing the day, the scents of star jasmine,

The menu holds some promise. I looked at the lunch menu, ordered and was then told

mine are carried on warm winds down the

part of town.) My food arrived quite swiftly. Grilled trout with green papaya salad was just

avenues. A morning walk is an olfactory ad-

that, the fish still lovely and moist with crisped caramelized skin. The salad was tasty

venture as freshly cut grass commingles

enough, but I’d have liked a bit more oomph from it. It was slightly sweet, a teeny bit spicy.

with the floral fragrances. At night, patios

I’ve had versions of this salad in Thai Town, Hollywood, where I’ve had to run and douse my

are heady with the scent of angel's trum-

mouth from a running faucet, trying to quell the chilis' heat. (It doesn’t work, in case you’re

pet and night-blooming jasmine.

wondering.) I’d wager that not many office workers would want to do that during their lunch, so maybe Abricott’s owners are playing it a bit safe for that reason. A Vietnamese báhn mi sandwich, described as "house-marinated pork belly, lightly pickled vegetables and mayonnaise," came on a nice soft French roll. The pork was subtly PHOTOS: Bottom, courtesy of Casa Dumetz Wines

lavender, citrus blossoms and Italian jas-

that breakfast is also served until 3 p.m. (They must have some serious late risers in this

Sultry and sensuous, Casa Dumetz Clementina Viognier 2010 would make a good Sunday afternoon sip, or a delicious accompaniment to an al fresco evening dinner. The winery is owned by Emilio Estevez and his fiancée, winemaker Sonja Magdev-

spiced and tasty, and the bread was good. The side salad it came with was generous,

ski.The grapes are from the Terra Alta vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley.Viognier is a

with dressing on the side, which I’m sure plenty of people appreciate. I bought a mini key

Rhône varietal that has been rising in popularity for several years. It can produce

lime cheesecake to enjoy it at home. The crumb base wasn’t too thick, and the cheese-

some lovely wines, with good fruit and a distinct floral nose. It’s meant to be drunk

cake was nice and tangy.

young. Susan Brink, owner of Venokado wine store in West Hollywood, describes it as

The dinner menu offers a similar mix of Asian-influenced American/European stan-

a wine “that kisses you back.” It’s luscious, rich and full of fruit, but with enough acidity

dards. There’s even a private dining room at the back with a large chandelier dangling

to make you want a second glass. At 14.5 percent alcohol, you might think twice

over the table.

about a third, though.They only made 140 cases, so if you want to try this beauty, get

In an area with limited dining options,Abricott is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. ||||

on it fast.The wine retails for $27 on the winery's website, casadumetz.com. 06.12 | ARROYO | 45


THE LIST

A SELECTIVE PREVIEW OF UPCOMING EVENTS COMPILED BY JOHN SOLLENBERGER

A PARTY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Collections and Botanical Gardens.The

June 1—Speel iT Show, an award-winning

$75 tickets include admission to the Hunt-

web talk show, hosts a black-tie fundraiser,

ington and lunch following the tour.

“Party for a Cause,” benefiting the Los

At 6:30 p.m., a gala benefiting the Peter-

Angeles Regional Food Bank. The event,

son Automotive Museum includes cock-

starting at 7 p.m. at Glendale’s Brandview

tails, dinner and a viewing of vehicles at

Ballroom, features cocktails, a three-

the Flying A Garage, 150 N. San Gabriel

course dinner and a silent auction.

Blvd., Ste. 700, Pasadena. Tickets cost $100.

Celebrities slated to appear or perform in-

June 10—The Motor Classic runs from

clude Grammy Award--winners Faith

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia

Evans and Ms. Monet, American Idol final-

Rd., San Marino.Tickets cost $25 in ad-

ist Ashton Jones and others. Spicy Mari of

vance, $30 the day of the event. A VIP

KJLH 102.3 FM hosts the event. Tickets

package is available for $125, including

range from $79 to $149.

lunch, wine and beer. At 4:30 p.m., guests

Brandview Ballroom is located at 109 E.

can savor a Mexican fiesta atmosphere at

Harvard St., Glendale. Call (888) 923-3372

the "After Glow" party at the Old Mill, 1120

or visit speelitpartyforacause.com.

Old Mill Rd., San Marino.Tickets cost $65.

Visit sanmarinomotorclassic.com.

A SWINGING EVENT June 1—The nonprofit Pasadena Child

GARDEN PARTY

Development Associates hosts the sec-

June 9---Pasadena Community Gardens

ond annual Golf Classic Tournament and

breaks ground on a community garden

Awards Dinner at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club. The event includes a hole-inone contest, complimentary massages by Equinox Fitness, music by the Crown

THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG

LAUNCHES POPS SEASON

City Combo Band, a silent auction and

of individual plots from 9 a.m. to noon. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard is among the local officials scheduled to join in the public celebration, which will include live music and breakfast. The gar-

an awards dinner. Shotgun start time is

June 16—The Pasadena Pops, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, launches its season

den is located on the site of former

1 p.m. The buffet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

at its new venue at the L.A. County Arboretum with They’re Playing Our Song, a con-

California Gov. Henry Harrison

Registration costs $200 per golfer, $700

cert version of Hamlisch’s Broadway musical of the same name. Singer and actor

Markham’s ranch house at 721

per foursome, and includes a golf cart,

Robert Klein and Emmy Award--winning singer and actress Lucie Arnaz, the daughter

Pasadena Ave., Pasadena.

lunch and dinner. Proceeds benefit the

of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will perform. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking; the

Visit pasadenacommunitygardens.org.

organization’s efforts to serve children with

concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets range from $20 to $96.

special needs.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call

Brookside Golf Club is located at 1133 N.

(626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.

L.A. MASTER CHORALE WRAPS SEASON

Rosemont Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-

June 10—The Los Angeles Master

7350, ext. 281, or email Kelly Orellana at

Chorale concludes its season with a

kellyo@pasadenachilddevelopment.org.

7 p.m. tribute to Polish composer Henryk Górecki at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

AWARDS SHOW RAISES FUNDS FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

made their homes in Pasadena.The event

a century. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena

Górecki, who was in the forefront of

starts at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast recep-

Humane Society and SPCA and the Ro-

Poland’s avant-garde

June 2—The Cherry

tion and auction at the Turf Club. L.A. City

tary Club of San Marino. Weekend events

movement at the

Blossom Festival

Council member Jan Perry is the special

include:

end of the Soviet era,

SoCal hosts “Camp

guest presenter. Tickets cost $60.

June 8—A welcome cocktail party and

left behind a monu-

Stories Awards Show

Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Hunting-

dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at Annandale

mental musical

and Fundraiser” from

ton Dr., Arcadia.Visit cherryblossomfestivalso-

Golf Club, 1 N. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena.

legacy when he died

cal.org for information. Call (626) 683-8243 or

Tickets cost $125.

in November. The mostly a cappella pro-

email wowproductions2@earthlink.net.

June 9—A self-driving architectural tour of

gram has as its centerpiece his 1981

San Marino and Pasadena offers views of

composition “Miserere,” written to support

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Santa Anita Park. The event includes a look at World War II history with a display of pho-

MOTOR CLASSIC RETURNS TO SAN MARINO

fine homes built as

the then-new Solidarity movement. Tickets

summer mansions in

cost $19 to $134.

Manzanar Relocation Center, where

June 8 through 10—The “San Marino

the city's early days.

Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111

Japanese-Americans were detained dur-

Motor Classic Design in Motion” automo-

The tour starts at

S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-

ing the war.The dress was later worn by five

tive exhibition returns to Lacy Park on Sun-

10 a.m., ending at the

7282 or visit lamc.org.

more detainees, who, after the war, all

day with 200 vehicles built over more than

Huntington Library, Art

tos, stories and a wedding dress worn by Chiyomi Ogawa, a woman wed in the

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THE LIST

OH,YOU SPIRITUAL DOLL,YOU GREAT BUNCH OF SPIRITUAL DOLLS June 29—The yearlong exhibition “Katsina in Hopi Life” opens at the Autry National Center, featuring more than 180 dolls from the Southwest Museum of the American Indian's collection. The Katsina is part of an elaborate ceremonial system of Hopi culture. Katsinam are believed to be spiritual beings representing all aspects of life, who bring gifts and goodness to the Hopi people.

The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.

–continued from page 46

CHALKING IT UP TO ART

through the zoo after

June 16 and 17—The local arts nonprofit

hours, viewing its in-

Light Bringer Project hosts the 20th annual

habitants. The

Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colo-

evening spotlights

rado from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 600

the new “Living Am-

chalk artists will decorate the shopping

phibians, Inverte-

center's public areas in diverse styles, from

brates and Reptiles” habitat and includes

classical to contemporary, whimsical to

animal feedings, silent and live auctions,

socially relevant and beyond. Look for live

food from some of L.A.’s top restaurants

music and a special Kids’ Chalkland area.

and live world music. Tickets cost $1,000.

In addition, the Pasadena Police Depart-

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333

ment hosts a classic car show from

Zoo Dr. in Griffith Park. Call (323) 644-4753

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

or visit lazoo.org.

Paseo Colorado is located at 280 E. 795-8891 or visit pasadenachalkfesti-

RARE CHIEF'S BLANKET ON THE BLOCK AT ART AUCTION

Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) val.com for event details and light-

June 19---A rare early classic Navajo

bringerproject.com for information

chief's wearing blanket in the Ute style

about the organization.

goes on the block today as the showpiece of John Moran Antique & Fine Art

A BEASTLY BALL

Auctioneers'

June 16 — At the 42nd annual Beastly

sale at the

Ball, one of L.A.’s biggest and most popu-

Pasadena Con-

lar fundraisers, the

vention Center.

Greater Los Angeles

Also included in

Zoo Association

the sale are Native American artifacts at

(GLAZA) invites guests

all price levels and European furnishings

to dress in casual or

and artworks from a private collection in

safari attire and stroll

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THE LIST

JITNEY RIDES INTO TOWN June 21—South Coast Repertory (SCR) and the Pasadena Playhouse present the SCR production of Jitney by August Wilson, continuing through July 15. The play, directed by Ron OJ Parson, recounts the African-American experience in the author’s childhood neighborhood; it's set in 1977 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, an area that legitimate cabs avoid. Unlicensed gypsy cabs, known as jitneys, emerge to fill the gap. The action takes place in a storefront jitney station where a shady group shares stories and meddles in each other’s lives, as urban renewal threatens the station. The production runs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $20 to $100.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org. –continued from page 49 Santa Barbara. The auction will take place

Award honoree. Rosemary Children’s

in two sessions: the catalogued afternoon

Services provides help for boys and girls

sale starting at 3 p.m. and the uncata-

who have suffered abuse, neglect and

logued Discovery Session immediately fol-

abandonment. Tickets cost $150 to $175.

lowing. The catalogue will be available at

Pasadena City Hall is located at 100 N.

johnmoran.com two to three weeks be-

Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 844-

fore the sale.

3033, ext. 211, or visit rosemarychildren.org.

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-1833 or visit johnmoran.com.

CAL PHIL LAUNCHES NEW SEASON AT NEW VENUE June 30—The California Philharmonic

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CHEF STAR POWER

launches its 2012 Festival on the Green

June 23—Rosemary Children’s Services

season at its new Santa Anita Park

hosts its 49th annual “An Evening with

home. The opening concert features the

Star Chefs” fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. at

USC Trojan Marching Band and

Pasadena City Hall. The evening spot-

Grammy Award--nominated singer

lights gourmet food and top chefs, in-

Vanessa Carlton performing with the or-

cluding the Food Network's Iron Chef

chestra. Selections include Copland’s

America judge Katie Chin and Danielle

“Rodeo,” Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” and

Keene, Bravo TV’s Top Chef Just Desserts

Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Moun-

finalist. Mistress of ceremonies is Lian

tain.” Gates open for picnicking with live

Dolan, author of Helen of Pasadena. The

jazz accompaniment at 5:30 p.m., fol-

evening includes live music, dancing,

lowed by the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets

wine, opportunity

range from $20 to $98. The concert re-

drawings and silent

peats at 2 p.m. July 1 at Walt Disney

and live auctions.

Concert Hall.

Congresswoman

Santa Anita Park is located at 400 S. Bald-

Judy Chu is this

win Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 300-8200 or

year’s Golden Star

visit calphil.org. ||||


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