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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: The Art of Living Small and Entertaining Big


With tiny living sweeping the nation, many people are finding that they do not need a lot of the space that is built into modern homes. Adherents to the movement universally report a sense of peace in down-sizing. One problem, however, is that tiny can mean solitary. What most tiny homes lack is an entertaining area that allows your social life to remain large while your home stays small.


This charming home located in the highly desirable San Rafael neighborhood of Pasadena solves this basic problem. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in 925 sq. ft. this home is laid out brilliantly with a circular floor plan that makes the home feel larger than its footprint. Charmingly decorated with updates throughout, the home is a real stunner when you get to the flat, enclosed backyard. An entertainer’s dream with privacy and currently outfitted as an intimate outdoor theater, this space accommodates any style of outdoor living you can imagine and can accommodate parties of up to 100.


The outdoor cinema has become legendary. With intimate seating for only eight, each summer, people would subtly start jockeying for invites to the limited parties. The seller is including the theater as well as all of the other furnishings at the buyer’s request, so all you need to do is bring your clothes and invite your friends.


The home is also located on the Secret Stairs of Los Angeles and features some of the best neighborhood surroundings you can imagine. Why travel half way across town to experience how beautiful the surroundings are in this neighborhood? The stairs afford this home an extraordinary amount of privacy and tree top view that evoke a tree house. Private and peaceful, the home is a perfect sanctuary.

Listed at $749,000.00 this home represents the most affordable option for entry into this beautifully maintained and highly desirable neighborhood with easy access to JPL, Cal Tech, the Rose Bowl and features an easy commute to downtown. Great value, privacy and entertaining options galore, this home is best of SoCal lifestyle. Come see it today.


Worth the climb. Located on legendary Secret Stairs of LA, this property is in one of Pasadena’s westernmost neighborhoods filled with charming stairways. Nestled in the San Rafael Hills is this wonderful Mid-Century charmer all on one level and above the street below like your own treehouse.

This 2-bedroom home was built in 1948 and is on a private uphill lot with lots of natural light throughout. Open floorplan with beautiful wood floors throughout, an open kitchen, lots of original details, and CAN include almost ALL the personal items such as the furniture and other household items. Other highlights of the home include newer roof with permit in 2009, central air+heat, Nest thermostat, neutral two-tone paint, ceiling fans, crown moulding, recessed lighting, and alarm system. Relax in the rear enclosed flat patio great for entertaining with outdoor theater setup available. A detached two-car garage with driveway is located in front of house.

Close to Downtown Los Angeles and minutes away from Pasadena Art Center and Cal Tech.

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Michael B. Bell | Home Sales Done Right