tudorAreas of San Gabriel Valley have a piece of England in this classic style, minus the weather.

Tudor style homes, while associated with the rainy and cool climate of England, have a surprising hold on southern California, including a handful of areas north and east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley. But to be accurate, the style is “Tudor Revival,” so named because its application in the 20th century came long after the original Tudors were built in the 1600s.

The features of larger Tudors are the half-timbering – what might appear to be blocks of stucco separated by wood beams on the exterior of the buildings, the facade in particular, although this characteristic is not universal. Roof lines are steeply pitched, windows are tall as are the chimneys, and portions of the second floor often overhang the ground story. In the Tudor Revival examples found in California, the houses may have been significant mansions and yet the aesthetic was intended to lean toward rustic simplicity. The apparent goal was to create a medieval cottage – in some cases even including a thatched roof.

Homes in some of the priciest sections of Los Angeles in the Tudor Revival style might list for $18.0 million or more, even though the style was meant to be subdued in relation to the ornate Victorian homes that were popular in the late 19th century. The largest concentration of large Tudors can be found in San Marino, Altadena and Pasadena.

While Tudor homes are more associated with a certain Windsor family in London, Tudors in Northwest San Gabriel Valley are found at less-than Royal Family prices in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Alhambra and elsewhere. Two-bed, two-bath Tudors in Pasadena could list for $850,000, while a three-bed, two-bath in Eagle Rock might sell in the low $700,000s. Almost always a fireplace on a large living room can be expected.

Tudor Revival homes stand out quite easily from the Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Mid-Century Modern, Victorian and Bungalow-style homes that otherwise populate the area. To see what’s available on the market now, 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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