In the Disney Style


Robert F. McDonnell, a longtime senior designer for Walt Disney Co. who worked on such projects as the train station and walkway in Disneyland Japan and the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Streets in several of the parks, and his wife, Patty, bought this La Canada Flintridge house in 1971 as a family project to remodel over the years. Now that their work on the house is winding up, the McDonnells are ready to scale down. Only a couple of things need doing: A fireplace mantel needs to be installed in the master suite, and the English pub, or family room, needs moldings and paint. The designs are complete and ready for the next owner.

About this house: If it looks as though it belongs in Disneyland or Disney World, it’s no accident. The McDonnells wanted to create the house, known as Graystone Manor, in the storybook style that has entertained millions of visitors at the Disney parks. Patty is an expert in various crafts. Robert is currently a consultant on residential design. The house, built in 1937 but totally refurbished since the McDonnells purchased it, has stained and leaded glass, wrought-iron hardware and a variety of beams, corbels and trusses.

Asking price: $1,050,500

Size: The three-story house has five bedrooms in about 4,200 square feet.

Features: It doesn’t come with Snow White or Cinderella, but the manor has a stone fireplace in the living room; a china/silver pantry and raised-hearth fireplace in the dining room; a snack-preparation area in the laundry room; and two offices or a playroom on the third floor. There is also a porte-cochere and garage with direct access to the house.

Where: 2270 Cross St., La Canada Flintridge

Listing agents: Kay and Rook Shank or Renee Thorpe, Coldwell Banker Previews, La Canada Flintridge, (818) 949-5727 or (818) 236-3000.



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