Real Estate Report: Still Looking For The Perfect Entertaining Kitchen For 2012, No. 6 is in Monterey

The Basics: A 6-bed, 6.5-bath house in Monterey's Mesa neighborhood, built in 1930 and remodeled in 2000, about 1.5-acres with a pool, rose garden, mature landscaping and handsome old trees. On the market since June, asking $3M. It could use some redecorating, but from here it looks like a relative bargain.

Not So Basic: There's room for all your relatives, and then some. This sprawling house was built in 1930, designed by Pasadena architect Reginald D. Johnson (1882-1952) best known for the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara and discreetly grand houses in Southern California. During the Depression he'd go on to design WPA projects (the Santa Barbara Post Office) and well-regarded moderate income housing.

Here, on the brink of the Depression, Johnson gave his client a classic Monterey Colonial. A style developed from California's two-story adobe ranchos, Anglo immigrants adapted it with a second-floor gallery and simple East Coast carpenter details mixed with the Spanish. It was a combination popularized for the very rich by decorator/design legend Frances Elkins in... Monterey.

Sheltered between two wings, a brick patio with its own outdoor kitchen. Just behind is a very serious indoor kitchen. 

What We Love: The kitchen has two dishwashers and room for more than one cook. There's a serving pantry and a formal dining room with a fireplace, but the kitchen opens to a big family/dining room with a fireplace.

More: Explore more of this house at the realtor's dedicted site; there's more Reginald D. Johnson, plus a Monterey Colonial by John Plunkett in Santa Barbara, at the links below.

Listing: 540 El Dorado Street, Monterey [Redfin]

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