March 31, 2016
Millionaire’s Row - South Orange Grove Boulevard - – Pasadena, California
Once known as “Millionaire’s Row” S. Orange Grove Boulevard is a main thoroughfare in Pasadena and South Pasadena, California. Even if you’ve never been to Southern California, you’ve likely seen pictures of Orange Grove Boulevard in books on architecture, in movies and on New Year’s Day when watching the Rose Parade. Each January 1 (provided the 1st is not a Sunday as it will be in January 2017) floral-decorated floats, equestrian units, and marching bands line up before dawn on S. Orange Grove Boulevard facing north for the beginning of the parade.
South Orange Grove Boulevard is one street of several exclusive residential districts in Pasadena. Since the early 20th century, because of the number of landmark mansions, the street earned the name Millionaire’s Row, an appropriate nickname, considering that estates once lined this spacious boulevard. The maker of Wrigley’s chewing gum, William Wrigley's, significant home was one of the many that lined Orange Grove Boulevard. This stately home still stands today and serves as the headquarters for the Tournament of Roses.
Formerly referred to as Mountain Avenue, N. Orange Grove Boulevard is home to the exquisite Gamble House. Owned by David Gamble, the son of consumer product maker James Gamble, founder of Proctor & Gamble, this American Craftsman masterpiece, was built in 1908, by architects Charles and Henry Greene. It is now open to the public as both as an architectural conservancy and museum. The Gamble House is a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Does this home look familiar to you? It might as it was featured in the movie “Back to the Future”.
In the 1950’s garden apartments became the dominant-multi-family housing type in Southern California. Similar multi- unit two or three story buildings were arranged in L or U-shaped plans around a common patio or landscaped courtyards. Like many other residential thoroughfares in Los Angeles, this grand boulevard underwent a dramatic shift from Victorian mansions to modern luxury apartments. Architecturally modest with simple rectangular forms and little or no decorative detailing, the emphasis was on landscaping with tropical plantings.
Today this neighborhood is still a much sought after place to live especially for those individuals who find that they are “empty nesters”. It’s centrally located and short walk from Old Town Pasadena, its shops, museums and restaurants and is in close proximity to freeways offering residents easy access to Downtown Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank and more.
Sound like the place you or someone you know would like to live, call us as we have a great 2 BR/ 3 BA -1,839 square foot one level Trianon condominium designed by famed architect Bob Ray Offenhauser. This quiet and light-filled end unit at rear of complex features spacious rooms and high ceilings and high end finishes. Call us today to make an appointment to see 535 S. Orange Grove Boulevard, Unit 12.
Susan and Bradley Mohr Real Estate Group
The farm-to-table scene is a refreshing trend in today’s hectic, technology-driven world. The movement brings us back to the basics and encourages us to purchase or grow and enjoy fresh, simple, healthy and less processed foods. According to NPR in 2014 there were 8,268 Farmer’s Markets operating in the United States. This figure represents a 180% increase since 2006. Not surprisingly Farmer’s Markets have been in Los Angeles since the early 1980’s. For many they are a pivotal aspect of life here – you can shop, grab prepared food from the likes of Corn Maiden Tamales, Cumin Chicken or Zaiga Kitchens and even enjoy something to eat and drink with family and friends alike.
Farmer’s Markets in Los Angeles are also fun places to see celebrities running errands and stocking up on groceries and flowers. For the best celebrity and chef sightings visit the Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Old Hollywood Farmer’s Markets on the weekend.
Thanks in part to the pioneers of the farm to table movement including Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA and Dan Barber, chef and owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown, NY and many others, today’s consumers understand the value of eating local, seasonal food, and they are willing to pay a premium to get it whether at a Farmer’s Market or stand, a specialty store or restaurant. If you ever have the chance to eat at either Chez Panisse or Blue Hill at Stone Barns – run, do not walk. You will be treated to one of the best meals ever…as we have personally experienced.
Though we love to dine out at least once a week, we’ve long been fans of having a vegetable garden at home. Here’s just a taste of what you will see in our garden at different times of the year.
Two years ago we expanded our “farm” to include four chickens. Truly nothing can compare to freshly picked produce, herbs, fruit and a recently hatched egg that is still warm. They are delicious poached and their bright yellow -orange yolks are a ray of sunshine even on the grayest of days.