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A historic Tudor Revival in Glendale

At first glance, the tall, steeply pitched roof gives the illusion that the house is a charming cottage -- but once inside, the grandeur of another age reveals itself.

November 08, 2009|Dinah Eng

At first glance, the tall, steeply pitched roof of this historic Glendale house gives the illusion that the Tudor Revival-style home is a charming cottage, surrounded by ferns, holly and miniature English ivy.

But once inside, the grandeur of another age reveals itself with a dramatic two-story foyer lined with wood paneling, open-beam ceilings and mahogany door frames. Designed by architect Radcliffe Hollingsworth, the 1931 property is designated as a historic home on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and has Mills Act status, which provides property tax relief in exchange for the owners' maintenance of the historical and architectural character of the property.

"We enjoy older homes, fixing them up and bringing them back to life," said Lenny Schaustal, who owns the house with partner Chris Huntley. "We lived in another house not far from here and used to walk by with the dogs. The previous owner held an open house, and when we walked in, I could see the potential. It's grand, but it's a homey home."

To the left of the foyer is a living room with a mahogany and brick fireplace, built-in bookshelves and original light fixtures. The living room flows into a sun room, with a mud room and garage on one side and dining room on the other.

French doors open off the dining room to a patio deck with a panoramic view from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Glendale. The kitchen, which features a breakfast nook and Caesarstone island with built-in cooktop, wraps around to a laundry room.

A back hallway, lined with built-in storage drawers, leads to a guest room with sitting area and closet. A bathroom with separate shower and tub features an original green toilet and green, black and yellow tiles. A large cedar-lined closet completes the suite.

Upstairs, a large landing functions as a sitting area. The hallway leads to a master bedroom and bathroom with two closets that create a pass-through to a sitting room that can be used as another bedroom.

Below the main level is a bedroom, currently used as an exercise room, with a bathroom that connects to another master bedroom with two closets. A media room with surround-sound speakers and an office area is across the hall. A maid's room with bathroom and closet are at the other end of the floor.

Off the hallway is a china closet leading to a library and train room where an old train table still stands.

Outside the lower floor is a deck with an eight-person spa, a bonus room and spiral metal staircase that connects to an upstairs deck.


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Historic property

Location: 1020 Hillcroft Road, Glendale 91207

Asking price: $1,595,000

Previously sold for: $1 million in 2003

Size: Six bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,746 square feet

Additional features: Sub-Zero refrigerator, two-drawer Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer, wine cooler, Dacor double oven, Sharp microwave drawer, attic storage area

Around the neighborhood: Through the third quarter, 50 single-family homes sold in the 91207 ZIP Code, according to MDA DataQuick, at a median price of $750,000. That was a 1.4% price increase from the first three quarters of 2008. There were 23 homes listed for sale last week in 91207 at priced from $699,000 to $3,349,000.

Listing agent: Dorothy Terk Korostoff, Sotheby's International, Pasadena, (626) 396-3932

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