Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup

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We’re playing catch-up around here, since we were working around the clock to get our winter edition of the Rose Magazine to press.

Here’s what’s been happening recently on the Pasadena real-estate scene:

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    Private, all-girls Westridge School is expanding with a new science building that will be LEED-certified [pictured / via Brigham Yen]

  • Across the street from the future mixed-use Playhouse Plaza, a bridal shop has moved into the corner of Colorado and El Molino [via Brigham Yen]

  • Brigham Yen scores a closer look at the Westgate Apartments. The first phase opened up last month, with about 29 units ready for move-in [via Brigham Yen and CurbedLA]

  • The new building on Raymond Avenue that will become the future home of KPCC radio is coming along [via Brigham Yen]

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:

  • Children’s educational materials professional has listed for sale a six-bedroom, seven-bath home in Pasadena for $2.8 million

(Rendering via Brigham Yen)

Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup

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    Both halves of the Greene & Greene-designed Herkimer Arms apartment building are now in their new location at 470 N. Raymond Ave. The second, 115-ton half was moved early this morning. [Photo]

  • The city is converting an unused alleyway, underneath which the Gold Line trains run, into a walkable path for pedestrians. Planters, benches and trash bins will be installed. [CurbedLA and Brigham Yen]

  • The original El Taquito has shuttered, but a second location lives on at Lake and Villa. [Hometown Pasadena]

  • Troy Boyle, former bartender at the now-defunct Crown City Brewery, has opened his own nightlife venture: T. Boyle’s Tavern opened on Halloween in Rhodes Alley behind the Ice House. [Brigham Yen]

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper LA:

  • Cushman & Wakefield executive lists a three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 820 Laguna Road in Pasadena for $1.79 million

  • Agajanian Law Group founder lists a six-bedroom, five-bath home at 1430 Old Mill Road in San Marino for $3.13 million

  • Internist, pediatrician list a three-bedroom, three-bath home at 2875 Wallingford Road in San Marino for $1.58 million

(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed ‘La Miniatura’ house still on the market and coming down in price

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CurbedLA notes a price change on Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic “La Miniatura” house, built in 1923 into a ravine above the Arroyo Seco.

It’s been on the market for more than a year, starting back then with a selling price of $7.733 million. Now the listing is down to $5.59 million, CurbedLA reports.

The home’s owner David Zander (that’s him at top) talked to the Star-News in July 2008, following a multimillion-dollar restoration and just after he first put the property up for sale. From the archives, reporter Janette Williams wrote:

… it’s not for everyone.

Lloyd Wright’s buildings are known for being less than watertight, and the building materials and techniques don’t always
stand up well to climatic wear and tear.

The architect pushed the design technology and materials beyond his time, Zander said.

“That’s why many of his houses leak. I think that the house will leak forever – it just wants to, but it varies from
time to time and place to place. The house has a mind of its own.”

The restoration has put “La Miniatura” in very good condition, (Wim) de Wit, (architectural curator of the J. Paul
Getty Research Center) said, but agreed it will always need a lot of upkeep.

“It needs someone who appreciates architecture and will have patience,
who enjoys the spatial quality relating architecture
and nature,” he said. “It really needs to be lived in … not to be a
museum.”

(Below are some photos from a July 2008 photo shoot by photographer Walt Mancini.)

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