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Friday, May 11, 2018

An Exquisite 1934 Grand Equestrian Estate Located in Altadena


425 Las Flores Drive, Altadena, CA 91001 (Includes 421 & 461 E. Las Flores Dr.)


This exquisite Monterey Colonial residence designed in 1934 by Robert H Orr is sited on nearly 2 Acres with beautiful mountain views; and remodeled in 2001-03 by celebrated architect Randell Makinson using superior materials, millwork and lighting fixtures. The residence is featured in the 2006 book Along Bungalow Lines.

Two additional residences grace the grounds: a stunning Guest House and a Carriage House with balcony over the 3-Car Garage. Equestrian facilities include the Stable with 4 stalls and turnouts, riding ring and barn. While there were many homes built on multi-acre properties in the 20’s and 30’s, few compounds such as this remain today on large lots with proximity to a city center – offering an oasis in an urban setting.

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The main residence has an abundance of character; tall ceilings, entry arches, hardwood floors, open beam ceilings, French doors, large rooms, and lighting fixtures designed by Su Bacon of Historic Lighting. The front door and many of the built-ins are made of Philippine mahogany. The spacious Living Room with built-in bookcases, open beam ceiling and fireplace opens to the Sunroom with glass ceiling, fireplace and fountain, Formal Dining Room, a fabulous Kitchen, 5 Bedrooms including his and her Master Suites, Den, 4.5 Baths, and screened balconies off most of the rooms to enjoy the mountain and tree-top views, 4550 square feet.

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The current owner worked with architect Randall Makinson to do a sensitive remodel of the main house which included a new expanded Kitchen with maple floors, and a charming breakfast area with French doors that open to a pond with fountain and flower gardens. The exterior stucco and balconies were redone and new systems installed.

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The Guest House is sited some distance from the main residence, giving each a measure of privacy. The Great Room features a tall wooden cathedral ceiling, fireplace and polished cement floor, there is a built-in entry seating area with storage, and a lovely patio off the bedroom. The charming Carriage House is perched over the garage and has a wonderful screened balcony offering treetop views.

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The amazing park-like grounds create a mini-Huntington Gardens with a canopy of oaks, sycamore, pine and fruit trees, sweeping lawns, vegetable and flower gardens, wisteria in bloom, rose garden and great mountain views. The gated, private grounds include a circular driveway, a large entertaining patio, and 3 automatic gates. The property is located only minutes from Pasadena’s city center with its cultural offerings, shops and restaurants, and just a bit further to downtown Los Angeles. It is being sold as it is designed and used, as one property, and is offered at $3,688,000.

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Architect Orr’s long career is distinguished by the design of many churches, schools and public buildings such as the Pomona College redesign, Fuller Seminary design as well as a number of substantial residences. Architect Makinson was instrumental in working with a Gamble heir to secure the Greene & Greene Gamble House for the University of Southern and the City of Pasadena. Makinson restored many other properties including the Blacker House, authored six books on the Greene Brothers and facilitated the establishment of the permanent Greene & Greene exhibit and archive at the Huntington Library.

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Altadena Heritage determined that the Wilson/Norton House (named for the original owners) is potentially eligible for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources due to its association with a known architect and with locally prominent owners, its good state of preservation, and its contribution to the architectural and historical context of the East Las Flores neighborhood. Click here to See Building Biographer Tim Gregory’s history of the property.

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Main Features:

Main Residence: 4550 SF, 5 BR, 4.5 BA
Guest House: 1104 SF, 1 BR, 1 BA
Carriage House: 580 SF, 1 BR, 1 BA

For a virtual tour of the property, visit

Offered at $3,688,000

Judy Rubin
Architectural Specialist
Coldwell Banker
(626) 688-3208 (Call/Text)
CalBRE 00978364










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