5-Star Review: An extended stay at the lovely Bungalow

Sorry for the shameless, self-promotion, but an amazing 5-star review came in a while back, and I just can’t keep it in anymore.  I truly enjoy making people’s stay enjoyable and easy.  Pasadena is an amazing city, and I want to share it!

We spent 5 weeks at the Bungalow so it truly was a home away from home. It was an absolutely perfect place for our extended stay – charming, comfortable, pristine, well-appointed and homey. The outdoor patio area was quiet and lovely — with a canopy of gorgeous Bougainvillea in full bloom, and shaded seating, it was our go-to place for the start and the end of the day. The location was ideal, with easy walk to stores, restaurants, and movie theaters, and easy access to local sights and major roads. Bonnie is a gem: she was readily available and extremely helpful. She did everything possible to make our stay a wonderful one. I would love to return if the opportunity should arise, and without question can give the Bungalow the highest recommendation.

An extended stay at the lovely Bungalow


Upstairs Downstairs Tours at the Gamble House

The Gamble House, at Orange Grove and Prospect
The Gamble House, at Orange Grove and Rosemont

The Gamble House in Pasadena, as in Proctor and Gamble, is a stunning example of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture, perfected by the brothers Charles and Henry Greene.  Greene and Greene houses dot the Pasadena landscape, among other homes built by celebrated architects.  There is even a Frank Lloyd Wright just a few blocks away.

This national landmark is open to the public from Thursdays – Sundays, 12 noon – 3 pm, with one-hour docent-led tours.  The  Gamble House is three miles from The Bungalow.

For a limited time only,  this summer, the Gamble House will open its upstairs living quarters for exclusive Upstairs Downstairs tours.

The Upstairs Downstairs Tours start July 30, and end August 16, 2015.

For more information, check out their site.


Hollywood Bowl – An Easy Bus Ride Away!

Back on July 12, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl officially opened with a program called “Symphonies Under the Starts.” The Hollywood Bowl is a major LA Landmark and hosts world class entertainment events. For visitors, a great a way to get to the Bowl from Pasadena is by the Bowl Bus. You can avoid a lot of crowded and expensive parking, and relax. The Park & Ride Bowl Bus, leaves from Pasadena (Station #5) near the City Hall and is easy and convenient. Here a link to their website with more information about Park & Ride, as well as their upcoming events.


Art Work at The Bungalow

Right now, all of the art work hanging at The Bungalow is from the Norton Simon museum. If you visit the museum, you can see all three originals.
Pictured in the front room is a painting by Eugene Boudin, called Low Tide. The big dramatic sky and sea blues have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and spirit.
In the kitchen hangs a Paul Cezanne called Tulips in a Vase. The bright colors, bold strokes and flat shapes makes this 19th century piece look modern.
The bedroom is home to a large and ever popular, Diego Rivera, The Flower Vendor.
The Norton Simon has a varied and amazing collection – another gem in our city.

Tulips in a Vase, Paul Cezanne
Tulips in a Vase,
Paul Cezanne
Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera
Flower Vendor, Diego Rivera
Low Tide, Eugene Boudin

Top-Ten Day-Trips from The Bungalow

#1. The Griffith Park Observatory


Here is a series I am calling The Top-10 Day Trips from The Bungalow.  I’ll post one from the Top-10 each time.

For today, the fact that we are now receiving amazing photos back from Pluto, and it was the Griffith observatory where my husband and I went on our first date, I have chosen The Griffith Park Observatory as the first in the Top-Ten Day-Trips from The Bungalow.  Not only do you have stunning views from the iconic Hollywood Sign to Catalina Island, the museum has wonderful and accessible exhibits about  astronomy and several great planetarium shows throughout the day. Tickets for the museum and shows can be bought at the door. The Griffith Observatory is 15 miles from Pasadena and takes about 30 minutes driving.


The Bungalow Blog

Welcome to The Bungalow Blog

This designated historic, 1922, private residence is available for short term rentals.
This designated historic, 1922, private residence is available for short term rentals.

Here you will find interesting tidbits and information about Pasadena and The Bungalow.

Check in regularly to see what’s up.

Please feel free to ask any questions about the area or The Bungalow, and you can always go to my listing website for more information about The Bungalow – Your Home Away From Home!


Plaza Las Fuentes with the beautiful, stunning City Hall in the back ground.

The Bungalow Pasadena

The front room of The Bungalow offers a beautiful desk, comfortable couch, cozy fireplace and flat screen TV.
The front room of The Bungalow offers a beautiful desk, comfortable couch, cozy fireplace and flat screen TV.

Welcome to The Bungalow Pasadena. Make yourself at home in this comfortable, designated historic, 1922 bungalow.

Enjoy the convenient location and all the amenities and charm The Bungalow has to offer, including a remodeled kitchen and bathroom; secluded, shaded private patio with sitting area, a striking colorful bougainvillea, washer and dryer, and gas grill; beautiful landscaping with several fruit trees and a herb and butterfly garden; a cozy fireplace, TV and high bandwidth connectivity.

The bedroom offers a comfortable queen bed, closet and dresser space.

The sleeping loft is accessible via a ladder only, off the main living room, which has two comfortable twin beds. It’s like sleeping in a treehouse, and offers a bit of privacy.

The bathroom has been remodeled and includes a stand up shower, vanity and plenty of shelf space.

The Bungalow is within easy walking distance to Pasadena City College (PCC), Colorado Boulevard for the Rose Parade, shopping and restaurants, beautiful Green Street and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to name but a few. Several local eateries and coffee shops are only minutes away by foot.

Within a mile or two are the many wonderful sights and attractions Pasadena’s unique districts offer, including: Old Town, South Lake, Paseo Colorado and the Playhouse District; the world famous Huntington Library and Gardens; the Gold Line metro which can take you to downtown Los Angeles and Union Station; and the world class Norton Simon Museum. Likewise, many restaurants, live entertainment venues, the Rose Bowl, and cultural attractions, are just minutes away by car, foot, or public transportation. It is freeway friendly, yet quiet and secluded.

Parking is available on-street only and with an overnight permit. Please see my parking information sheet. Permit is included.

The Bungalow Pasadena offers a wonderful, comfortable, charming and convenient place to stay in Pasadena. It’s likely you’ll not want to leave! Continue reading