Tucked in the deep shade of the California Oaks that line its streets is a little bit of paradise, Bungalow Heaven residents say. On April 27, 2014 visitors may experience this pleasant neighborhood for themselves as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District, touring eight exquisite Arts & Crafts-era homes.

Bungalow Heaven, in central-northeast Pasadena, California, has one of the largest collections of Craftsman homes anywhere in the United States. Hundreds of Craftsman houses were constructed in the neighborhood from 1905 to 1925. The architecture reflected a movement away from ornate Victorian sensibilities to simpler structures in harmony with nature through the use of materials such as river rock and redwood shingles, and by including front porches and wide windows. Spanish revival and English-style bungalows also abound.

During the self-guided tour of the historic neighborhood and home interiors, docents will be on hand to offer commentary and answer questions. Visitors will also be treated to demonstrations of restoration work, music, and refreshments. An informative one hour garden tour, “Pools, Patios & Water Features ” conducted by landscape architect, Elizabeth Neaves, will be available for an additional charge. Lunch is also available for purchase.

Bungalow Heaven is located north of the 210 Freeway, between Lake and Hill avenues. It is bordered on the north and south by Washington and Orange Grove boulevards.

On the day of the tour, tickets, as well as maps and an informational tour brochure, will be available at McDonald Park at the intersection of Mar Vista Avenue and Mountain Street for $25 per person. Garden tour tickets will also be available at $10 per person.  Advanced tour tickets are $20.