At first, it may seem strange to think about a Cape Cod home in Pasadena, California. The Cape Cod style of architecture, named after the area of Massachusetts in which it was created, features an open floor plan centered around a fireplace. Cape Cod homes are colonial in design and often have nautical touches - such as wind-weathered wooden shingles and captain's staircases. This style of home was first developed in the 17th century by the early English settlers of New England, who needed utilitarian, affordable homes. As time went by, the style waned in popularity and was replaced by more recent styles. However, in the mid-twentieth century the colonial style of architecture was revived, including Cape Cod style homes.
As soldiers began to return from WWII, the nation faced a housing crisis. William Levitt and his sons recognized this need for housing and created the first mass-produced housing development in Levittown, New York. The majority of the homes in Levittown were constructed in the Cape Cod style because of its utilitarian style, ease of building, and affordability - all things that returning soldiers appreciated. Levittown was a great success, and similar housing developments started popping up around the country. The suburbs were being created. This style of architecture even made its way all the way across the US to Pasadena.
Pasadena was in the perfect location to become a suburb of the soon-to-be blossoming Los Angeles metropolitan area. Californian soldiers rejoiced at the availability of the Cape Cod style, and Cape Cod homes started to be built in Pasadena by the thousands. Today, home buyers can find many historically preserved and remodeled Cape Cod homes available in the Pasadena real estate market.
Cape Cod style homes around Pasadena can be easily recognized by their central fireplaces and doors, with symmetrically placed windows and dormers. The classic style makes for a great family home, and the traditional floor plan can be easily updated to suit present-day needs. These homes fit in well with the mix of preservational and modern architecture that makes up the heart of this California city.
See all available Cape Cod homes for sale in Pasadena below.