By Megan Slack
Amid the palm-lined streets of South Arroyo, Pasadena, a grand Tudor Revival-style mansion showcases a bygone era. It is, therefore, unsurprising that directors across this century and last have chosen the property as the backdrop for countless films throughout the decades.
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Located at 880 La Loma, the estate was used as a backdrop in the six-time Academy Award-winning film La La Land and the 1988 film Beaches.
Further to these Hollywood blockbusters, the estate was used in 1987 for Who's That Girl and frequently blessed television screens in Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, and the iconic detective series Columbo. A full complete list of the property's filmography can be found here.
The stately English Tudor Revival style home was constructed in 1920 by architects Sylvanus Boardman Marson and Garrett Van Pelt, who are celebrated for their signature traditional properties in the Pasadena area. All 7,479 square feet of the chandelier-filled kingdom pays homage to its glamorous heritage – through its eight elegant bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and grand wooden-kissed kitchen.
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Notable features include a spacious gym, a child's playroom, and a media room because this is Academy-approved, after all. There is also an ornate statement sweeping staircase running through the heart of the property. Meanwhile, remnants of a previous century live on in its stained glass windows and feature fireplace mantlepieces.
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The garden, which served as the setting of Laura and Harry's engagement party in La La Land, is equally as elegant, with its emerald swimming pool, verdant lawn, and stylish secret sidebar concealed in the garage.
The 1.96-acre estate is currently listed for $8,495,000 with Sally Forster Jones & Joshua Smith of Compass. In their discussion of the home, Joshua praised the timeless aesthetic of the architectural splendor, sharing: 'Although I appreciate some of the new construction in and around Los Angeles, our city, and especially Pasadena has such a storied past with significant architecture.'
He continues: 'From the California Craftsman to mid-century or Spanish style homes, that classic architecture will always be timeless and resonate with buyers. A world-class property like this with such a rich history would be something you would expect to find on the East Coast. That is something that will resonate with the national and international buyers coming to our city.'
'Although significant Architectural Properties will always have an audience, lately we may be seeing a bit of a backlash to so much similarity in the newer construction. That opens up a whole new audience with unique properties like this one. Especially with magnificent grounds,' Joshua adds.
'The incredible grounds and compound-like nature of the estate. With rolling lawns, soaring trees, patios, gardens, and stunning pools, you have everything you need from the privacy & comfort of your home. Unlike many homes on the market, 880 La Loma is rich in history. You feel the soul and character through every feature. It's a prominent, world-class property which will appeal to discerning buyers,' says Sally.
Next time you're indulging in a Hollywood classic, look out for the splendor of this age-old masterpiece.
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