Spanish Colonial Revival in Altadena keeps things rooted in the 1920s


A prime example of the Spanish Colonial Revival form is for sale in Altadena for $2.795 million.

The romantic estate, built in 1926, was designed by Maurice Swetland, a New York publisher and writer who was an executive of the United Publishers Corp.

Now owned by commercial and music video director Richard Farmer, the two-story house retains many of the original features and has been updated within the style. Original wall sconces, colorful tile, diamond-patterned leaded windows and Moorish filigrees are among features of note. Thick wooden beams top the common living spaces.


The massive living room has one of two indoor fireplaces and cathedral-style ceilings. The 4,216 square feet of interior includes a formal dining room, a den, a family room with a wet bar and a period-vibe kitchen.

The five bedrooms and 4.25 bathrooms includes a guest retreat on the main floor.

Outside, the tree-topped grounds are filled with various Saltillo-tiled patios, an outdoor dining area, three outdoor fireplaces and a swimming pool and spa. A three-car garage and greenhouse complete the setting.

The property last changed hands seven years ago for $1.555 million, public records show.

Robert Kallick of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.

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