Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A few miles from Altadena



...that would be Flintridge, with roads and trails leading to a stretch of the Santa Monica Mountains called Cherry Canyon. Not usually an admirer of the gulag style of architecture, I appreciate the simplicity when all you really want to see is endless sky and trees and purple hills.

This house is for sale. There’s a rumor it belongs to a major basketball star – you know, the tall one.







Both my surgeon (the one who finds my bones after my horse throws them around the Arroyo) and my dentist live around here. So did Dr. Bob, a well-known heart transplant specialist who would ride up the canyon with Vandy and me and whoever else might join. Everyone, horses and all, could tramp across his lawn to the pool for ice tea and a swim. Hemingway was right; the rich do have more money.

38 comments:

  1. is that the house you can see from the fwy that is HUGE and looks kinda like a big ship? I often drive by that house on my way home from work, and look up and wonder.... who lives there and do they really appreciate the view.....

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  2. Hah! Like you Susan, I was still playing with the post. Yes, it's one of the houses you can see from the freeway, dangling from the hillside. But not the one, I think, that looks like the ferry boat. Do they appreciate the view? don't know. But I do know that during the day, no one is in Flintridge except workmen, craftsmen, maids, gardeners, and me.

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  3. Wow. You must pay your doc & dentist a brunch of money. I can't afford that.
    I can see blogger ChiefTess has influenced you. Nice fotos.

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  4. Nice house, nice view. But who is the 'tall one' baseball player? I have one idea, whose initials are RJ?

    Now I wonder where my orthopedic guy lives... I get my cast off on Friday (finally) so maybe I will ask him.

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  5. The "other house" also owned by a sports star is in the style I refer to as post modern nautical. If it should slide into the sea during the "big one" you will see no tears coming from me. I consider it one of the evil trio looking down at the devil.

    Cherry Canyon is in the San Rafael range. It's geologically related to the dominant San Gabriel range. I'm at the other end of the San Rafael's with the e/w fault line down where the Hi Ho is.

    The view your showing looks more like the one from my hospital room at the Verdugo Hills.

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  6. Part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, then. I've been in Verdugo Hospital after a concussion (riding accident, of course). Different view.

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  7. Haha, the Gulag School doesn't appeal to me, either, but that view's quite something, isn't it.

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  8. The several times I've been up that way I always wondered where everybody was. Such gorgeous views... and no sign of anyone. I never even saw the gardeners. Just big, open picture windows with nobody there. Maybe a grand piano or a sculpture.

    Haven't seen the nautical house. Reminds me of the retired admiral in Mary Poppins who shot a cannon off his roof every afternoon. But that's too kooky for Flintridge.

    I wish I knew where the San Gabriels give way to the San Rafael range. I want to download PA's brain into my own.

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  9. Precisely why I don't ride horses, ponies or Great Danes. I will walk, walk, walk, but don't make me climb big hills . I guess i"m getting a titch persnickety in my old age.

    And the "tall one" has "tall cactus" doesn't he! The house fits your great description. How do you think of this stuff KB??

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  10. The tall one really pisses me off.

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  11. But wait. Aren't all basketball players tall--oh, you. Your lovely photos have me remembering a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway a couple of years ago. Big sigh.

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  12. Hemingway was absolutely right! How much does the rich basketball star want for (one of) his house(s)? It's just behind the giant white liner overlooking Devil's Gate dam, isn't it? I'm with PA in hoping it'll set sail down there one day. The smaller white house to the left of it (as viewed from below) was the setting for an art exhibition by Olafur Eliasson a few years ago - do you remember that? The house interior was plain concrete, but the art was wonderful.

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  13. Ahh, I read it as tall baseball, not tall basketball. Duh. Totally different head. I'm thinking but the hints don't help. Lots of BB players are tall!
    So does this house have extra tall ceilings?

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  14. I enjoy your writing so much, and this time is no exception. Always like it when you take us on your adventures. Petit PDP's resident geologist has advised me not to pay a dime for a hillside house this close to a fault, so the tall one (whatever, per Lizard, I don't follow basketball either) can keep his gulag as far as I'm concerned.

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  15. Oh my, very nice. And I agree with Margaret

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  16. As you're driving west on the 210, is this on the right or left side of the freeway?

    If you're talking about Kareem, I have a funny story about him.

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  17. Will the Gulag be on the itinerary for Tours By Karin?

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  18. Mister Earl, when do we hear your funny story?? I'm dying to hear it!!!

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  19. You buy houses for your dentist and I just send mine to the Bahamas three times a year. Of course he's got ten kids he takes with him.

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  20. Left (south) side, Earl. And let's hear the story. (Brenda's dad played pro ball. Really.)

    Virg, I was looking around for a new money-making scheme. How many people can I squeeze in a Matrix?

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  21. A friend of mine was in a restaurant in the Southwest. The owner, who knew her, came over and said, Kareem's here tonight. She said, "Oh, I sat next to him in an art history class at UCLA." "Well you should go over an say hello to him," the owner said. "No, I don't want to bother him." The owner kept bugging her to go over and say hello to Kareem, so finally, reluctantly, she went over. "Hi Kareem. I sat next to you in an art history class at UCLA," she said. He just rolled his eyes as if to say, "Yeah, right." To which she replied, "You did go to UCLA, didn't you?"

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  22. Brenda: Who is your dad? What did he play?

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  23. Sometimes I daydream about having that much space around. Really lovely.

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  24. Earl, good story.

    OK, I'll be the fool: I assume there's not really a "gulag school"? But there should be.

    Do you suppose Michael Moore's
    Flint, Mich. should add Ridge to its name and thereby cure its ills?

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  25. Call me crazy...I rather enjoy seeing the ferry boat house when driving along the freeway!!! It's iconic!!!

    My family has been in the Glendale area for almost 100 years, and yet I've learned more about hiking trails and interesting spots to visit while reading all these wonderful SGV blogs than I ever did growing up here!!! Thank you all!!!

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  26. I'm with Petrea. Love your writing!

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  27. Banjo, you are really funny! Flint(ridge) Michigan? They wish!!!

    Mr. Earl, my dad played in the pre-NBA league, called the NABL. He played with/against pro teams such as the Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons (now the Detroit Pistons), Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers), Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings), Minneapolis Lakers (now the Los Angeles Lakers), and Tri-Cities BlackHawks (now the Atlanta Hawks). And he played with lots of big names (I mean big guys). Did that answer your question?? haha.

    He was a pretty shy guy and rarely talked about these days. A martini (shaken, not stirred) always got him talking.

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  28. Shanna, cloud queen, you should have been up there.

    And I see lots of pros and cons on the gulag school. I think up the top of that hillside is one of the few places a craftsman would look vulnerable and scared.

    Chieftess -- 100 years! Must hear some of your stories. Must.

    You've all been over to pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com for the Huntington pictures, right?

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  29. My goodness, Vandy is a handful. And I think it's very nice that your doctor lets you play in the pool. Does Vandy wear a tankini?

    wv talopody

    I think that's the study of tadpoles.

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  30. Aren't you sweet? I posted some of the behind-the-scenes tour Karin gave me at the Huntington, which was fab.

    Lots of great stories here today.

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  31. Chieftess,
    Didn't you mean, "thank ya'll"?

    Earl,
    My daughter came home from Auburn , her freshman year and said, "I think an Auburn football player is in my English class." I asked her what his name was. She replied, "Oh I don't know. Lawyer something." That would haven been Lawyer Tillman the star of the team that year! I died laughing, then told her to get me his autograph! :)

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  32. I stand corrected Ms. V!!! I surely did mean "Thank y'all"!!!

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  33. I need to go be a craftsmen in Flintridge so I can enjoy that kind of view. What a house.

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