Home Of The Week
370 West Del Mar Boulevard
Designed by Greene and Greene and impeccably updated, this classic Craftsman residence was commissioned by Dr. W. T. and Alice Bolton, completed in 1906, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Embodying the “form follows function” philosophy, the home is exceedingly livable, crafted with superb materials and finished with the architects’ signature details.
Fronted by a wide circular drive and magnificent trees, the Millionaire’s Row home has an impressive front door with teak inset paneling and Emil Lange stained glass. This opens onto a gracious foyer with beautiful sightlines to the verdant backyard. The interior immediately reveals its character: wood floors and cabinetry rubbed to a gloss, classic period fixtures, exposed beams, extended lintels and sills, and generous doorways and windows emphasizing the easy flow from room to room.
Between the elegant mahogany-paneled formal dining room and the inviting living room, with its corner windows and Grueby tile fireplace, is a sunroom with built-in banquettes that overlooks the garden. The kitchen, updated to meet the demands of today’s chef, maintains its period flavor, and an adjacent pantry with nickel sinks and redwood cabinets also houses the home’s elevator. A laundry and an en-suite maid’s room complete the main level.
The distinctive 1929 addition of a Garrett Van Pelt-designed two-story bay illuminates the stairway with its Judson Studios stained glass windows. On the upper floor are five bedroom suites – including one currently used as an office – with restored baths, generous closets and period detailing.
Additional features include a large finished attic and a permitted basement with a sensational caterer’s kitchen. The two-car garage has an attached one-bedroom, one-bath guest house, and the serene backyard offers ample lawn, a pond and a rock-lined stream with a small bridge. This is a 20th-century architectural landmark that’s ideal for the 21st-century lifestyle.