Pasadena is known for the Rose Bowl, a National Historic Landmark that is “host of the first and most famous college football postseason bowl game held on New Year’s Day,” said Wikipedia, as well as the Tournament of Roses Parade.
The Rose Bowl attracts visitors from far and wide; the stadium has been enlarged numerous times during its 125-year history to accommodate growing crowds. It can currently seat more than 103,000.
The Tournament of Roses Parade, as iconic a holiday event that exists anywhere in the nation, has been held since 1890 and is attended by approximately 700,000 people each year (with viewership on TV estimated at 70 million), according to Wikipedia. Originally featuring horse carriages, today’s main attractions are the impressive floats covered only in flowers and natural materials.
The homes of the leafy upscale suburb of Pasadena are equally impressive, ranging from the 100-plus-year-old craftsmans and Japanese bungalows of “Bungalow Heaven,” to the exclusive estates along Orange Grove Boulevard “Millionaire’s Row,” to famed residences like The Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, to this San Marino masterpiece.
Carefully updated to preserve its Colonial Revival architecture and expanded to suit the needs of today’s families, the expansive estate at 1045 Roanoke Road boasts four large bedrooms, three baths plus a partial, on a stunning 18,272-square-foot lot sited on a rising knoll.
A gourmet kitchen features a center island and breakfast bar, marble countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, and a separate butler’s pantry leading to the formal dining room. A view into the property’s lush gardens further enhances the appeal.
Next to the kitchen, a large family room is the ideal space to relax with family, entertain, and enjoy indoor-outdoor living, with walls of glass that open to the rear yard, where specimen magnolia and redwood trees, raised terraces, a sparkling pool, an arbor, and a fish pond with fountain await.