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Interspersed with the large Craftsman bungalow-style mansions in Oak Knoll built by tycoons a century ago are tree-lined streets with sprawling ranch style homes from the 1960s, as well as elegant Spanish Revival and Georgian Revival homes.

Oak Knoll is, arguably, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Pasadena. (The  argument would come from people who live overlooking the Arroyo Seco and in Prospect Park.) 

When the original homes in Oak Knoll were built, many were in the bungalow style.  Famous architects, such as the firm of Greene and Greene,  were employed.  No details were spared.  And money was generally not an issue.  Today, these architecturally distinguished estates on winding, oak tree-shaded streets come up for sale once in a generation or, sometimes, once in a lifetime -- and they are snapped up quickly even with multi-million dollar asking prices. 

At the southern end of Oak Knoll is the Langham Hotel and Resort--formerly the Huntington--one of the three remaining resorts from the era when Pasadena had a reputation for having a therapeutic climate and thousands of people came from across the U.S. to restore their health. 

The other two historic resort buildings in Pasadena are the Green Hotel and the Vista del Arroyo -- both converted to other uses.  The Vista del Arroyo is now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; the Green Hotel is now apartments called Castle Green.

 To visit Oak Knoll go to Wilson and California  and drive south. 

Madison Heights shingle style home   The bungalow architectural style is evident in this Madison Heights home, although the choice of yellow paint for the shingles is definitely a contemporary one

Madison Heights is adjacent to Oak Knoll and the homes, while generously sized, are not quite as grandiose as the more notable ones in Oak Knoll.  Like Oak Knoll and many other Pasadena neighborhoods, the streets in this area are lined with century-old oaks.  It is illegal to cut down trees in Pasadena without city permission -- even trees on private property.  The result: the city is heavily forested. 

Madison Heights Victorian home Some architectural details on this Madison Heights home show a Victorian influence -- in particular the steep-pitched roof, the bay window and multi-sided dormer.  This home was the first built in Madison Heights.

To visit Madison Heights start at Marengo and California and go south and east.

Madison Heights condo complex While there are very few condos in Madison Heights, there are some in adjacent areas along California Street, as well as on Oakland and Madison Avenues, north of California.  There are also many rentals in this area, including some designed by noted architect Wallace Neff.

How to create a "Night Garden" to enjoy on warm summer evenings.

Other sights to see on this website:
Bradbury Building detail chinatown los angeles california Lucky Baldwin's home Arboretum
See the amazing Bradbury building where 'Blade Runner' was filmed. Visit Chinatown from the Gold Line station and see this colorful neighborhood. See Lucky Baldwin's home in the Los Angeles Arboretum.

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