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Clements-designed estate selected as 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

2 Apr 2014 4:58 PM
Clements-designed estate selected as 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Along with its vibrant cultural offerings, substantial community of affluent residents and abundance of beautiful landscapes, Pasadena is often regarded as one of the most sophisticated metropolitan areas in California thanks to its upscale luxury real estate. Throughout the City of Roses, breathtaking manses boasting intricate architecture and stylish features can be seen - some of which are owned  by famous celebrities and successful international business executives. 

Each year, one of the region's most impressive properties is chosen by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts to serve as an example of the finest in contemporary home and garden design as well as lavish residential accommodations. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the non-profit organization has selected an English country estate originally designed by Stiles O. Clements to represent the city's most opulent real estate for 2014. Boasting as much history as it does picturesque beauty and modern amenities, this private home ranks among Pasadena's most spectacular. 

As part of the showcase, the property will be available for public viewing Sunday, April 13, through Sunday, May 11, with the exception of Mondays. If you are interested in visiting this upscale Pasadena manor, making the proper arrangements as soon as possible can guarantee your chance to experience its exquisite construction and exceptional features. 

Estate has storied past of high-profile owners
Located on three-and-a-half wooded acres in the South Grand-Covington area of Pasadena, this mansion is a contributing structure to a pending Landmark District designation by the city, and has had many well-known names attached to it.

Constructed in 1915, the structure was designed by Clements, who enjoyed a career as a prominent Southern California architect for 50 years. Known for this work on such monuments as the Richfield Oil Building in downtown Los Angeles, the Swim Gym at Beverly Hills High School (which was featured in the film It's a Wonderful Life), the Hollywood Park racetrack and the Mayan Theater, Clements was an influential figure within the 1920s Art Deco movement as well as the 1930s Streamline Modern style.

According to research completed by Tim Gregory, the sprawling home's first owners were Robert Philip Flint - a Yale University graduate and manufacturer of carbonic acid and oxygen gas - and his wife Margaret. In 1925, the couple sold the house to real estate professional James Everding and his wife Susan, who resided there until 1942, whereupon the property was bought by Philip Chandler - the son of the Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler - and his wife Alberta. In 1972, the estate was then sold to John Fulmer, president of the John M. Fulmer Company.

Today, the property boasts such amenities as a pool, bathhouse and river rock spring house, as well as tennis and badminton courts, a gardener's potting shed, a greenhouse and a sizable pond. Its current features include a total of seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and five fireplaces, as well as oak floors throughout, redwood wall paneling and magnificent floor-to-ceiling leaded glass windows. Additionally, a one-bedroom chauffeur's suite - complete with a sitting room and kitchenette - sits above the carriage house.

Interested parties offered ample opportunity to visit
Commemorating the 50th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design event, members of the public and media will be available to tour the estate for a month this spring. There are three different time periods in which the home can be viewed, with varying ticket prices for each. For more information, visit the official event website

Those interested in attending a showing can reserve their admission by calling (714) 442-3872, purchasing tickets online or via mail order. As no neighborhood parking is permitted, complementary parking will be available at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, and a shuttle service will provide individuals transportation.