The Location: In the foothills of Pasadena in the Eaton Canyon / Kinneola estates area.
The Land: The lot size is approximately 29,000 square feet (0.66 acres). We are on a southwesterly facing slope at approximately 1300 feet elevation. The highest point on the property is approximately 45 feet in elevation above the lowest point.
Survey Snapshot (2010)
Topographical Map (2010)
The House: 1952 California Ranch, designed by Arthur Swab. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths (plus outdoor, under-sky, bathroom/shower area); approximately 2600 feet
The Soil and Rocks : The foothills in which we live reach into the San Gabriel Mountains and are composed of classic alluvial basin sandy and gravelly soils (with frequently encountered boulders five to six feet in diameter just below the surface). The source rocks for the soil in our area are primarily metamorphic (schists and gneiss) and igneous (quartz diorite, granodiorite, granite pegmatites, and quartzite). The soil specifically located on our property is best characterized as sandy loam (per a conventional soil texture triangle: http://soils.usda.gov/education/resources/lessons/texture/. Here are a few other soil vitals from a recent soil sampling at the property (from a representative garden area):
Nitrogen: 1.7 lbs/1,000 sf
Potassium: 4.9 lbs/1,000 sf
Phosphorus: 5.3 lbs/1,000 sf
The Flora and Fauna : We are blessed with numerous native California oaks. We are in the process of migrating from plants that have high water needs to more drought tolerant and native plants.
The Weather: On any given day, our weather can be dramatically different from the weather just down the hill. We are often shrouded in a cloudy mist until mid-morning. High temperatures typically never exceed 100 degrees F. Low temperatures are generally in the 35 to 40 degree F range. We have approximately 10 days of freezing temperatures.