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 Mountain Views News Saturday, January 19, 2013 

One Of A Kind: Featuring unique homes and gardens and the people who create them Story by Chris Bertrand Photos by Susanne Hayek


It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home… and one 
of the first places buyers want to see when considering a 
home purchase. The fabulous kitchen remodel at this Sierra 
Madre home just listed will definitely catch the attention of 
home buyers searching in the community.

 The Omega pecan cabinetry offers a tasteful change from 
the ordinary in this hub of the home. High end, stainless 
steel appliances and granite counters are set off by bead 
board work on the center island, which is also mimicked in 
the intricate door design in one section of the kitchen.

 There’s room for the kids to pull up their homework at the breakfast bar and cooking 
island while dad or mom prepares dinner. When a party’s on the docket, the island 
provides a great place to serve a buffet to guests.

 The large double ovens are ready for the home baker to cook up a storm of cookies 
or a banquet. An upscale wine chiller displays the owner’s favorite vintages through 
the glass front, ready to pop open to compliment the chef’s preparations.

 The kitchen isn’t the only area boasting a sleek remodel, as the master bathroom 
has undergone a complete makeover with artisan tile work, those gorgeous Omega 
pecan cabinets, slab granite counters, dual sinks, and a walk in shower with seating 
and plate glass surround. Even the laundry room features an upscale, up to date look, 
with slab granite counters. 

 The living/dining combination space features a brick-faced fireplace as the focal point of the formal areas. 
Finished in place, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting complete the look, which easily accommodates traditional 
or contemporary furnishings.

 Conveniently located adjacent and open to the kitchen, the family room also features a brick fireplace. The room 
opens to a delightful brick patio looking out to the spacious yard. 

 Though the home’s flexible, 2796 square foot floor plan technically offers five bedrooms, with three bedrooms 
located on the main level. Some of the bedrooms would be perfect for use as a home office, gym or playroom. 

 Outside, the wonderful professional landscape was created by a well known local firm, Gagnier Landscape. A 
beautiful combination of stonework, curved walkways and careful design provides a pleasing curb appeal.

 This home, located in the charming community of Sierra Madre is walking distance to one of the city’s major 
parks, Sierra Vista Park. About a half mile away, the bustling downtown offers many bistros with outdoor, pet 
friendly seating, plus a variety of unique shops and services.

 471 San Gabriel Court, Sierra Madre, is offered at $1,100,000 by Pamela Cimino of Podley Properties. An open 
house is scheduled in a week, on Sunday, January 27 from 2-4. For more information or to arrange a showing, call 


Saturday, January 12

10am–1 pm

Palm Room

Jill Morganelli, Instructor

$25 Arboretum members / $30 non-members (includes Garden admission)

Join Jill Morganelli, the curator of the Arboretum’s Victorian Rose Garden, for a workshop about 
rose pruning and rose care. January is a big month for roses; proper pruning and soil building will 
determine the health and beauty of roses throughout the year. Jill will demonstrate all the techniques 
for pruning a variety of different types of roses, lead a discussion on disease control and soil building, 
and teach you how to nurture perfect roses!

At 10am, come to the Palm Room for a very informative (i.e. essential!) talk, and then walk to the 
Rose Garden for a demonstration and question/answer session…Bring water and a hat.


You're ready to celebrate: your offer was accepted, you got your dream home under contract, 
your financing has been approved, appraisal and inspections performed, and settlement 
and closing are only a handful of days away. What important step have you yet to 
take? It’s the final walk-through.

It may seem minor, but this real estate tradition is critical before you take possession. This 
is the last opportunity for you and your agent to verify all is prepared - and repaired - according 
to your contract.

Make a checklist and begin with the plumbing, starting the dishwasher and clothes washer 
upon your arrival. Check under the sinks for any signs of leaks, turn on the shower 
and kitchen and bath faucets, and flush all the toilets so you know all is in working order.

Move on to the electrical systems, by turning on all the light switches, starting up the 
clothes dryer, and making sure the oven and stovetop heating elements are working. Open 
and close the garage door while you're at it. Be sure the sellers have left you any manuals 
and warranties for the appliances.

Don't forget to open and close all the windows and any sliding glass doors. Sure, your 
inspector is supposed to check and report on all these items, but this is your last chance to 
avoid any oversights or surprises!

City of Monrovia Department of Community Services 
321 South Myrtle Avenue . 626.256.8274 
Sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library 
Sign up online at 
Click on the calendar icon to find your event. No Internet? Call 626-256-8274. 
Walk-ins welcome 
Gardening with Edibles & Natives 
Sustainable gardening is particularly important in Southern California. Native 
plants thrive in our dry climate and can create exciting landscapes too. And what 
is better than eating fresh picked produce resulting from your own loving care? 
John Lyons from The Woven Garden is an 
expert on native and edible gardens. He 
designed a garden titled The Edible Labyrinth 
for the 2009 LA Garden Show, held at the 
LA Arboretum. John’s garden was dubbed 
“the most intriguing installation at the LA 
Garden Show” by Sunset Magazine’s senior 
garden writer. 
Join us for a full afternoon of inspiration, 
timely planting and gardening tips, and 
innovative garden design. 
Saturday, February 9 
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Library Community Room 
This program is part of the Discover Your World Cultural Program Series 
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