Impeccable Spanish Colonial Revival above the Rose Bowl asking for $ 1.5 million

Local builder and craftsman Frederick Ruppel was an expert in restoring historic Spanish buildings in California. According to building biographer Tim Gregory, Ruppel helped rehabilitate the magnificent Mission San Juan Capistrano and has been listed as a “Building Construction Specialist” for Laguna Beach Exclusive Emerald Berry community.

In 1925 he built this Spanish Colonial Revival style house at 1150 Wotkyns Drive in Pasadena for his mother and eventually moved in with his wife. Ruppel, who died in 1977, would no doubt have been delighted to see how the residence has been maintained over the past 95 years.

It remains in immaculate condition, possessing features such as a clay roof, cathedral wood beamed ceilings, Saltillo floors and period tiles attributed to Ernest Batchelder. Original details blend seamlessly with sensible upgrades including a ‘cook’s kitchen’ with a farmhouse sink, subway tiles, expansive cabinetry and a Viking double stove.

The spectacular living room, anchored by a wood-burning fireplace, opens through patio doors onto a courtyard and a fountain, one of the many connections to the outdoors. In total, the house measures 1,825 square feet and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The house “Ruppel” is in the market for $ 1.495 million. Matthew Littell with Deasy Penner Podley has the list. A the virtual tour is available here.

In the formal dining room, wooden beams and casement windows.

The fully renovated kitchen harmonizes with the original character of the house.

There are several connections to the outside, including from the bedrooms.

Tiles attributed to Ernest Batchelder line one of the bathrooms.

The land covers 5,930 square feet, with a central courtyard and brick patios.

Edward K. Thompson