This newly built French Manor style home is located at 601 Hampton Road in the prestigious Santa Anita Oaks section of Arcadia, CA and is situated on a .62 acre corner lot. It features 9,958 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2-story foyer with 22 foot ceilings and grand double staircase, aquarium, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, 2nd smaller kitchen, breakfast room, family room with wet bar, library, home theater, gym, detached garage and a separate building with indoor swimming pool and game room. It is listed at $5,880,000.

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  • Grrrowler

    I was looking at the front facade thinking it looked kind of quaint. Then I looked at the interior; it’s ghastly. Instead of being quaint and charming, the interior seems designed to impress more than anything else. There’s the ubiquitous horseshoe staircase, and this one isn’t even one of the better ones. The seating area between the two staircases looks like a waiting room, and the fish tank behind only furthers that feel. The rest of the rooms all seem overdone in one way or another. The use of both pilasters and (probably fake) marble columns between rooms on the ground floor is just too much. When the rooms do seem fairly simple, the ceilings are way over the top (pardon the pun) and overwhelm the space. The pool itself isn’t bad, but why have an indoor pool in Arcadia? It’s not like the area is lacking for heat, and it would be much nicer to swim outdoors. The back of the house is just awful.




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    • NOVA Ben

      Well, I don’t even have to comment now! Spot on, on all counts.




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  • Limedaiquar

    What a wonky floorplan…I only like the theatre.

    I was gonna say somethin’ else but I forgot.




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    • Mak

      Definitely.

      I started making a list, and then gave up.




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  • Daniel

    They couldn’t resist with the double staircase, could they? Agree with Grrrowler on this one.




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  • george

    I actually like the house. I would decorate it differently but every house I ever bought I had to buy new furnishing for anyway. What I would add would be an evator, in fact I believe every house at this price point should have either an elevator or a stacked shaft where one could be installed without any major renevations.




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  • Brian

    I am starting to get somewhat miffed at Grrrowler for succinctly nailing all the relevant points. And always managing to do it FIRST. But I will add that at first, I also thought the facade quaint, but looking a little more, it has some major issues. The uneven arches combined with the way-too-large central upper window break up any real coherence. And the truncated tower doesn’t work too well either – and rarely does anywhere. Aside from that, Grrrowler is my spokesman.




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    • NOVA Ben

      I’m with you there.




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    • Grrrowler

      I’m flattered!




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  • Rocco

    That aquarium is horrendous. Double staircase is silly, but the rest of the house is ok.




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    • Kenny Forder

      Yeah the aquarium just doesn’t fit. It automatically makes the room look tacky.




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    • NOVA Ben

      Agreed. Giant aquariums will ALWAYS look tacky when not placed in a secondary, recreational part of the home. Usually the basement…SOMETIMES an office, if done correctly.




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  • Chris

    It looks good at first, but closer examination reveals a lot of problems




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  • lambskin

    Agree with Grrowler but I do like the idea of two kitchens for entertaining as the darker one looks designated for the caterers. The ‘work out room” cracks me up it looks so phony-even the machine in the front has its manual attached for easy return!




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