By Pauline O’connor
When this Altadena residence materialized on the market last year for the first time in many decades, its decayed appearance evoked thoughts of Norma Desmond and Miss Havisham. Built in 1926 by architect William H. Norwood, the five-bedroom Spanish Colonial Revival was in a very bad way. Its visible maladies included water damage, popcorn ceilings, hideous carpet—even in the bathrooms—dreadful linoleum and tile, garish wallpaper, painted-over wrought iron, and desiccated landscaping.
Five months later, the vintage home has come back to market looking factory-fresh, thanks to an overhaul by Long Beach-based Gibbs Architects.
While original features such as hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, iron railings, sconces, and grilles, and French doors and windows have been retained/restored, the 4,738-square-foot house now sports a new kitchen with marble countertops, wood floors, and stainless steel appliances.
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The home’s fireplaces have been redone, along with its four bathrooms.
The .38-acre property’s outsides—which feature a swimming pool, spa, fire pit, and sundeck, are as well-groomed as its insides.
Last sold for $1.5 million, it’s now asking $2.379 million.