Tour Southern California’s Colorful Casa Andalusia

Dating to the late 1920s, this five-bedroom hacienda in Altadena is a true testament to the allure of a timeless style, suffused with inspiration and influence from Spain, Mexico, and the Middle East.

Evoking the expressive architecture of Spain and Mexico and the lyrical decorative flourishes of Moorish style, this distinctive Southern California home is a true rarity dating to the 1920s.

Its designer, Maurice Swetland, was publisher of American Architect and known for favoring international stylistic touches.

Sheltered by a canopy of oak trees and surrounded by a grassy lawn and a wall with a charming gate, the home bears the hallmarks of Spain’s influence in California, from stuccoed walls and a barrel-tiled roof to turquoise trim on the windows and doors.

Striking details fill nearly every space: decorative arches and transoms, copious ornate ironwork, posts with corbels, groin vaulted hall ceilings, and rugged, rustic ceiling beams and trussing.

Floors and walls throughout flaunt the vibrant colors of Talavera, Saltillo, and Moroccan tile.

Among the enchanting spaces are a formal living room with a cathedral-beamed ceiling and a fireplace, family room with wet bar and built-in bookshelves, and spacious kitchen with vintage cabinetry, diamond-paned windows, and soapstone countertops.

Throughout, French doors and wide windows offer views of the nearly half-acre grounds.

Bedrooms—one on the main level and four on the upper story—are cool and restful. The master suite enjoys a bath with ornate accents and a romantic balcony looking out into the treetops.

The delightful color and Mediterranean inspiration continue outdoors in a courtyard with a built-in fireplace and a fountain.

It gives way to grassy and graveled sitting areas enveloped by flowers and landscaping.

Steps beyond, an alluring pool and spa are secluded by fruit trees and other native flora and accompanied by a vine-draped arbor and greenhouse.


Offered at: $2,795,000
Location: 2098 Crescent Drive, Altadena, CA 91001



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