Built in 1916, this gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival residence was designed by the prominent Pasadena firm Marston & Van Pelt for Ohio native Arthur L. Garford, who rose to wealth by creating a super-comfy leather bike seat in 1892, according to Peddling Bicycles to America: The Rise of an Industry, and went on to get even richer through various manufacturing endeavors. The 6,898-square-foot house has a circular driveway, French doors galore, a butler's pantry, and multiple fireplaces. Under the immense window treatments and too-frequent instances of trompe l'oeil there's a very cool place to live, and in a very classy neighborhood: the South Oak Knoll part of Pasadena, close to the Langham Huntington hotel.
Retreat from all the busy, marble-ous interior into the beautiful, but likely drought-intolerant, backyard, where there's a pool, a statue of Neptune flexing, and glamorous covered cabana with wood-paneled ceiling. The estate was originally commissioned to be even larger, connected to an adjoining house via "a second-floor galleria," and, of course, has appeared in movies: it was in the 1988 comedy Twins starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito. The Garford House is listed for $5.588 million.
· 1126 Hillcrest Avenue [deasy/penner]