House Envy: Endearing Bungalow in CA


LOCATION: Pasadena, CA

PRICE: $749,000

HOUSE STATS: 2,560 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 4 baths

Organized Confusion. No two rooms are identical in this postcard Pasadena bungalow where unique painted finishes and surprise architectural details differentiate every space. For a taste of the home’s idiosyncratic flavor, take one look at the nursery. The stenciled walls and ceilings suggest a sunburst, or even a carnival tent. It’s fun, but it’s not too loud. Throughout, beloved hallmarks of the bungalow style, such as built-ins and wood trim, help establish continuity and unify the house as a whole.

The Gourmet Kitchen. What’s not to love? The tin ceiling and beadboard cabinets are traditional elements that, in combination with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, unexpectedly exude a contemporary feel. The impressive kitchen island—part moveable furniture, part stationary behemoth—provides valuable countertop space while enhancing the room’s period allure.

Pasadena Bungalow

The Great Outdoors. Out back, the wrap-around porch transitions onto a heavenly, tiered redwood deck. Professionally designed yet unequivocally casual, the bungalow boasts a gracious outdoor area with a full roster of amenities: an outdoor fireplace, a pergola, two fountains, and (count ’em) seven fruit trees.

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