spanishThe Mediterranean Spanish style of homes in NELA comes in a mix of expressions and prices.

The fabled California missions that date back to the state’s earliest explorers were successful at evangelizing religion as well as architecture. Churches, commercial structures and homes are found up and down the coast in the Spanish Revival (some call it Spanish Colonial Revival) architectural style. And why not? The Mediterranean climate was exactly what the explorers and missionaries found on the Pacific Coast – reason enough to build what they knew worked.

Spanish Colonial Revival works just as well today as it did 300 years ago. It found its 20th century reawakening at the 1915 San Diego Panama-California Exposition, and is most iconic in the 1927-built Pasadena City Hall (seen out of context in films and TV shows, including as the fictional Pawnee, Indiana city hall in the television series Parks & Recreation).

Characteristics of Spanish Colonial Revival homes include a real mix. This can include the very familiar red clay- or terra cotta-tile roofs (low-pitch or even flat), stucco exterior walls (including chimneys), Juliette porches, a ring of arcades around the ground floor or at least copious use or archways, wood-casement windows, and ornate ceramic tiles and metalwork for trim. But in fact the Revival version of Spanish homes incorporates details from multiple sources: Mexico (Churrigueresque, a type of rococo), North Africa (Moorish) as well as Spain (Baroque). Clearly, these warm-weather regions foster an embrace of outdoor living, as illustrated by generous use of porches, open-air passageways and courtyards.

Spanish Revival homes in Northeast LA run the gamut in pricing. A 7-bed, 5-bath home in Pasadena with 6,700 square feet (built 1929) lists for $7.0 million. But if you’re looking for a condominium in a newer building, you can live your Spanish Revival dreams with two bedrooms and two baths, also in Pasadena, for less than $500,000.

Whether you are looking for Spanish Revival or Mid-Century Modern or everything else in between, contact Steve Aranda at 360 Real Estate Group (323-868-6242). Steve is an expert in buying and selling real estate in NELA, having represented buyers and sellers in the area for more than 13 years.

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