Home of the Week: Reimagined 1908 Colonial Revival in Pasadena

Prepare to be transported to turn-of-the-twentieth-century glory as we spotlight a 1908 Colonial Revival that has been lovingly-restored by its owner of twenty years, designer Maura Stewart. Spanning two levels on a tree-lined street in Pasadena, the 5-bedroom residence endured an 18-month renovation that involved a new foundation, restored floors and double-hung sash windows, a state-of-the-art security system, among countless other enhancements. The property, located at 1211 Avoca Avenue, is listed with Partners Trust’s The Botsford Group, and offered at $2,450,000.


The home’s East Coast design aesthetic is evident at first glance by way of its high-gloss finish front door, charming shutters, and original cedar shingles. When the owner began to restore the exterior of the home, she decided to restore it to its original unpainted state, hence the honey-hued color. If left unpainted for untreated, these shingles will naturally gray over time.


A wood-burning fireplace with gold leaf-adorned mantel (inspired by the owner’s visit to the New York Met Museum) commands the living room leading into the dining room and kitchen, its rich blue color matching the Ralph Lauren velvets cloaking the antique reupholstered furniture. Maura chose to paint the entire home with Farrow & Ball, an esteemed brand of pigment that has been featured in art galleries and museums worldwide, such as Musée Rodin in Paris and the Manchester Art Gallery in the UK. As such, everything about the design of this room, including the original panel molding, lends a refined, regal sensibility.


A chandelier adds radiance to this inviting and airy kitchen, which features see-through cabinets, updated appliances, and paint color that’s appropriately called, “Elephant’s Breath”. Located directly off the kitchen is a light-filled den—offering views into the ample garden and yard—as well as a proper bedroom converted from a humble maid’s quarters.


This loft-like, A-frame bedroom was actually part of a small, one room home constructed in 1880 and then relocated to 1211 Avoca Avenue in 1908. The residence that currently stands at 1211 Avoca Avenue was built around this existing structure.


Due to the centrality of the dining room, the owner wanted to instill something that suggested movement and compelled you to stop and take a deep breath. She found that the best way to convey that feeling was by adding wallpaper to the room, using Farrow & Ball’s Peony wallpaper to complete the look. She also added a picture rail around the perimeter of the room just below the existing crown molding so that the wallpaper would not get damaged when artwork was hung.


Spilling out from the residence is an expansive brick patio that offers several seating areas—including a bench perth running along the side of the home—and an ample, grassy yard. A tree house resides in one corner of the property while a barn-like garage holds court on the opposite end. Captured by photographer Pierre Galant, the residence is ready to be embraced by another deserving party.

1211 Avoca Avenue is listed with Partners Trust’s The Botsford Group. For more information on this property, click here

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