California Classic Circa 1920s


Described as Classic California Tudor, this Altadena house was bought about five years ago and painstakingly restored by photographer Michael La Riche and recording-industry designer Tim Neuman.

The commute to La Riche's studio in West Hollywood became too time-consuming, so he and Neuman put the home on the market.

About this house: Built in 1928 by Thomas Breitenstein, a Pasadena paving contractor, the home is eligible for registration on the National Register of Historic Places.

Asking price: $1,975,000

Size: Four bedrooms and five baths in 5,944 square feet; lot size is more than an acre.

Features: The home has a carriage-style guest house, a swimming pool and a spa. There are original, leaded and stained-glass windows throughout. The home also has three Batchelder tile fireplaces and imported Italian wood carvings on the staircase banisters, fireplace mantels and over the front entrance.

The house has been used for filming by HBO, Fox, Disney and Playboy.

Where: Altadena, just north of Old Town Pasadena.

Listing agent: Gordon MacGeachy, Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, (310) 858-5470.


To be considered as a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only, please; we cannot return the pictures) and a brief description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail

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