Arcadia Residence

Arcadia, California    Architect LCRA Architects

Designed by TGP, Inc., the landscape for this Mediterranean-styled villa is designed to enhance the Mediterranean feel of the estate with a plant palette that includes lavender, rosemary, roses, boxwood, Italian Cypress and Olive trees, and citrus trees in pots on the pool deck. Many large, existing trees, such as oaks, magnolia, birch and ash, were retained to give the estate an established, mature feeling.

The hardscape design maximizes the estate feeling of the property by utilizing every area of the site. Pathways meander through lush gardens along the north and south property lines. A putting green with artificial turf and a drought-tolerant landscape occupy the north-east corner of the property, behind the pool house. A renovated existing tennis court, with new lighting and minimalist fencing, fills the south-eastern corner.

The rear yard itself, with a long, narrow pool at its core, responds to the formal axes of the home that are established by the architecture. A rustic stone paving on the pool deck further contributes to the Mediterranean villa atmosphere. A raised spa with a broad spillway provides a focal point to be viewed from the family room. A series of low, colorful fountains decorated with ornate tile designs, on axis with the front door, create a rich and inviting entry experience.