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Bungalow Heaven Landmark District

Welcome to my Bungalow Heaven website. Whether you live here in the district, are thinking about moving here, or maybe a Realtor, I hope you find this information useful.


JUST SOLD in Bungalow Heaven! | Michael’s 36th Home Represented In The Neighborhood! | 2 Story Colonial Craftsman with Studio | Listed at $999,000
868 North Mentor Avenue | Pasadena, CA

Nestled in highly sought-after Bungalow Heaven Landmark District, this warm and inviting 2,036 sqft (approx) Colonial Craftsman bungalow welcomes you. 4 bedroom (2 downstairs), 3 baths, a front porch, large front and back yards and side yards, and a wonderful additional 255 sqft (approx) STUDIO in the rear. The interior boasts a combined living and dining room with wood floors, crown moulding, Batchelder tiled fireplace, and large windows bringing in natural light. Cook in the updated kitchen with black granite countertops, built-in gas range, and trey ceiling with recessed lighting. Relax in the outdoor retreat with patio, large grass area, mature landscaping, fruit trees, and a separate STUDIO that perhaps can be a retreat, office, or game room. Exterior was recently repainted with updated Craftsman palette. Convenient long driveway to the detached garage allows for ample parking. A highly sought after area in the nation’s first historic district, and relatively close to McDonald Park. Old Town Pasadena, Caltech, and numerous shopping and dining destinations nearby.  This home was designed and built by Luthor Lincoln Parker (1861-1949) back in 1924. In the National Register of Historic Places portion of the Bungalow Heaven Landmark District!

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JUST SOLD in Bungalow Heaven! | 2nd Agent Hired To Sell It! | Listed at $730,000
1075 North Mar Vista Avenue | Pasadena, CA

Nestled in the highly sought-after Bungalow Heaven Landmark District and part of the National Register, this Spanish-Mediterranean Revival-style bungalow offers 3 bedrooms all on a single level on a large, flat 8,976 sf lot. The rear includes a permitted 215 sq ft studio, greenhouse with plumbing, large potting area, and a 2 car garage with storage above. Beyond the large front yard and inviting front porch, the interior offers both charm and functionality with a spacious living room that contains a permit reinforced fireplace, hardwood floors, lots of windows, and an adjacent formal dining area. Cook in the light and bright kitchen with center island, ample counter space, white cabinetry, and adjacent full size laundry area with half bath. Relax in the covered back patio terrace with lush landscaping and brick pavers. This is a highly sought after area in the nation’s first historic district, and relatively close to McDonald Park.

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JUST SOLD ABOVE ASKING PRICE in Bungalow Heaven! | Listed at $1,439,000
988 North Holliston Avenue | Pasadena, CA

Historic Craftsman charm with modern conveniences in the sought-after Bungalow Heaven Landmark District can be yours in this sprawling 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath residence, featuring 2,605 sq. ft. (approx.) of single level living on a park-like 17,583 sq. ft. (approx.) lot. The expansive covered front porch welcomes you to a light-filled, open floor plan with a spacious living room, formal dining room, breakfast room, and bonus family room/office and library. An updated en-suite master bedroom offers a walk-in closet and adjacent laundry room, while the remodeled oversized kitchen is perfect for entertaining, complete with abundant counter and cabinet space, breakfast bar, and prep/bar area with wine refrigerator and additional sink. Original Craftsman features in this architect-designed home include a Batchelder tile fireplace, period windows and wainscoting, built-in china cabinets and bookcases, and generous closets. A large California basement with built-in cabinets provides extra storage. Relax and entertain in your own park with enclosed, resort-style backyard, fruit trees, mature landscaping, spacious patio areas, and smart irrigation system. Park in the detached garage accessed by an electric driveway gate and stroll through the lushly canopied neighborhood to nearby Metro light rail, gourmet coffee, restaurants and shops.

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JUST SOLD Airplane Craftsman in Bungalow Heaven! | Listed at $898,000
1140 North Mar Vista Avenue | Pasadena, CA

Nestled in highly sought-after Bungalow Heaven, this beautifully restored Airplane Craftsman residence offers three bedrooms, including a main floor bedroom, on a large 7,976 sq. ft. (approx.) flat lot. Beyond the large, covered front porch, the spacious front living area boasts lots of windows, a stone fireplace, and built-in cabinets. Cook in the upgraded, gourmet chef’s kitchen with track lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and decorative tile flooring, along with an indoor laundry area that has room for a side-by-side washer and dryer. Other highlights include custom window blinds throughout, plantation shutters, hardwood and tile flooring, crown moulding, and built-in cabinets and storage. Relax in the backyard with patio area, koi pond, and drought tolerant landscaping. Park in the convenient 2-car garage with a long driveway and room for additional parking, plus an adjacent permitted workshop/bonus room currently used as a home gym with an outdoor relaxation area.

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JUST SOLD in Bungalow Heaven At Above Asking Price! | Listed at $949,000
961 North Michigan Avenue | Pasadena, CA

Located in highly desirable Bungalow Heaven, this single family Craftsman residence features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1,316 sq ft (approx) on a single level, all on a large fenced lot. Enjoy the large open living space with built-in media console, decorative fireplace, and separate dining room. Cook in the gourmet, upgraded kitchen with white appliance package including refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher along with stainless steel range hood, farmhouse stainless steel sink, ample counter space, and gorgeous wood cabinetry. Other highlights include central air and heat, wood flooring, built-in shelving, recessed lighting throughout, custom window blinds, upgraded bathrooms, and inside laundry area that includes stackable washer/dryer with extra counters and storage. Ample parking is available with a long driveway that leads to a detached two-car garage. Water-conserving landscaping features in front yard. Relax in the resort-style fenced backyard with large wood deck, trellis patio with fireplace, lawn, and lush landscaping.

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JUST SOLD! Record Sale in Bungalow Heaven at almost $900/sqft!
1226 North Mar Vista Avenue | Pasadena, CA

Nestled in highly sought-after Bungalow Heaven, this 2 bed, 1 bath historic Craftsman was built by Edward A. Daniell and sits on a large, flat 7,158 sq lot, and has been carefully restored. As you arrive through the covered front porch and yard, you will be drawn to a single story layout that is open and bright. The interior offers a combined dining area and living room with fireplace, 2 bedrooms in separate wings, and a spacious restored kitchen with a side-by-side laundry area. Tankless water heater, upgraded 220 amp electric, and 5 more years on Mills Act. This home was awarded a historic preservation award from the State of Calif. Great backyard with trellis patio and lawn. Convenient, detached garage used as a man cave, with storage cabinet space, long driveway, and driveway gate. Located in the Bungalow Heaven Landmark District and named as one of the best neighborhoods in the nation by Sunset Magazine, this vibrant neighborhood is close to schools, shopping, recreation, and major employment hubs.

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Our 31st Annual Bungalow Heaven Historic Home Tour that was scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 10am to 4pm has been cancelled due to the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak. The tour is self-guided, advance tickets are $20, and has been probably the most popular tour in Pasadena since it started in 1989. The next annual home tour will be in the Spring of 2021.

In 2016, Bungalow Heaven was named #3 out of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in America by Thrillist Travel:

“In case the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, this 16-block Pasadena neighborhood contains approximately 800 bungalows and exemplifies the early 20th century’s Arts & Crafts architectural movement. This style reverberates not only in the area’s grand, timeless houses, but in the unified, verdant atmosphere of the neighborhood itself, with shade blanketing its streets thanks to the trees that line them, and immaculately manicured lawns throughout.”

I always have a property that I’m preparing for the market (some are being restored, staged, or just being prepared for their first viewing). There is a very good chance I can get you a viewing before it goes to the open market. Call me, I do have some amazing Craftsman homes coming up. In the spring of 2018, I’ll have a 2-bedroom bungalow on Michigan Ave coming up. I’ll also have a farm house coming up later for close to $1 million.

The Definitive Bungalow Documentary – Bungalow Heaven: Preserving A Neighborhood

Get Your Complimentary Copy of Bungalow Heaven from Arcadia Publishing Images of America.

It is a great book. In over 200 vintage photographs, local authors Julianna Delgado and John G. Ripley (lives in Bungalow Heaven) share the history of Pasadena’s first and largest landmark district. This volume features historical images of bungalows from the Pasadena Museum of History’s Flag Photo Collection.

Bungalow Heaven was the first designated Landmark District in Pasadena. In 2008 most of the Landmark District was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first house in Bungalow Heaven dates to 1888, but most of the bungalows were built between 1905 and 1920. Once part of Mission San Gabriel – and later El Rincon de San Pasqual Rancho before annexation by the City of Pasadena – the neighborhood became known as Bungalow Heaven in the 1970’s. Coined by a city planner, the name reflects the abundance of one and two-story McDonald ParkCraftsman homes in the compact, six-block-by-six-block neighborhood, with McDonald Park in the middle.

Since its inception in 1989, Bungalow Heaven Landmark District has been a destination, a place people want to live, and this is reflected in the higher than average price-per-square foot sales prices when compared to all adjoining neighborhoods. It comprises of about 1,100 homes.

Join the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association.

Bungalow Heaven SignBut only if you choose! The optional and fun membership is run by volunteer neighbors who meet quarterly, and they organize a very popular annual spring walking home tour, as well as many free family events in the park that are very well attended. This is a place where you can get to know your neighbors, get involved with many of the events, and even get trained to be a docent for our annual home tour. But if you don’t want to get involved and prefer to hang out on your front porch, that’s ok too. Dues are only $5/yr per adult (yes, five dollars per year). Proceeds from the tour and the membership fees go towards events in the park, a quarterly newsletter that gets hand delivered to your home, grants to help others maintain the front of their homes, as well as other Bungalow Heaven focused endeavors. More information about the District can be found at bungalowheaven.org.

Do you live here in Bungalow Heaven?

Work with an expert. Not only have I done more transactions than any other agent in Bungalow Heaven, I also live in Bungalow Heaven (we live in our restored Cyril Bennett designed Craftsman on Chester). I’m the only broker that heavily promotes our neighborhood, allowing my clients to get higher than normal sales prices. Here are my Bungalow Heaven transactions to date (some of these homes I’ve handled multiple times):

  • 931 North Michigan Avenue
  • 961 North Michigan Avenue 2X
  • 840 North Michigan Avenue
  • 1318 North Michigan Avenue
  • 1320 North Michigan Avenue
  • 988 North Holliston Avenue
  • 1194 North Holliston Avenue
  • 884-6 North Catalina Avenue
  • 890 North Catalina Avenue
  • 1025 North Chester Avenue
  • 1035 North Chester Avenue
  • 1046 North Chester Avenue
  • 1053 North Chester Avenue
  • 1054 North Chester Avenue
  • 1141 North Chester Avenue
  • 1159 North Chester Avenue
  • 755 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 895 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 992 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 1075 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 1140 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 1226 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 1245 North Mar Vista Avenue
  • 868 North Mentor Avenue
  • 1045 North Mentor Avenue
  • 1308 North Mentor Avenue 2X
  • 1124 East Mountain Street 2X
  • 1130 East Mountain Street 6X
  • 1108 Evelyn Place
  • 1114 Evelyn Place
  • 1216 East Washington
  • 1218 East Washington
  • 1228 East Washington

Call me for a consultation, you won’t be disappointed.

A little more about Bungalow Heaven…

The American Planning Association has named it among its 2009 list of America’s Top 10 Great Places – the only one in California. Bungalow Heaven has been hailed as one of the best neighborhoods in the nation by Sunset Magazine for its architecture, its own park, and most importantly its people that care for their homes and their neighbors. As they say in Bungalow Heaven… “Come for the architecture, but stay for the people.”

Just up the street is Bungalow Heaven’s elementary school, Henry W. Longfellow Elementary. Designed by Greene and Greene, specifically Henry Greene, and is named after one of America’s best-loved poets. Built in 1912, it is the oldest school building still in use in Pasadena. Announced on May 16, 1911 in the Pasadena Star, it was to be “the first absolutely fireproof school in the city… and better ventilated and heated than any school building on the coast.” Henry designed the two-story, reinforced concrete structure in a classical idiom—complete with Ionic pilasters and faultless symmetry—that was nearly unrecognizable as a product of the Greene & Greene firm (Source: USC archives).

Learn more about How We Became Bungalow Heaven.

Map of Bungalow Heaven

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Michael B. Bell | Home Sales Done Right