Concert pianist-turned-real estate mogul Tim Durkovic gives it up for classic-cool Pasadena. “Pasadena provides everything one associates with city life,” Tim Durkovic says. “Except the congestion and traffic!” The 47-year-old—who got his start fixing up and flipping houses with his husband, Mark Liddell, an interior designer and celebrity photographer—lived for years in the Hollywood Hills and Los Feliz after arriving in LA at the age of 21. But as the Guatemala City native’s passion for real estate solidified into a real estate firm (and supplanted his career as a college music professor), so too did his love of Pasadena grow. The Juilliard-trained concert pianist—who still plays 20 to 30 concerts a year with members of the LA Phil and Pacific Symphony—finally made the full-time move to the eastside four years ago. And he’s not the only one. “We are seeing a recent influx of celebrity buyers into Pasadena,” he says. “I think the secret is getting out!” Here, Durkovic gives us his Pasadena hot picks.
1. “The Langham Huntington hotel (1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., 626.568.3900, langhamhotels.com/pasadena) is home to gorgeous ballrooms, a fabulous bar and a top-five Pasadena resto, The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse. It is the area landmark!”
2. “Designed by the firm Greene & Greene in 1908, the Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place, 626.793.3334, gamblehouse.org) is such an outstanding example of Arts and Crafts architecture. The interior design is stunning too!”
3. “The ‘State Theater of California,’ the Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave., 626.356.7529, pasadenaplayhouse.org), is always putting on interesting and diverse shows. Plus, the numerous surrounding restaurants and bars make for a great evening out!”
4. “The Huntington (1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100, huntington.org)—encompassing the Library (one of the largest research libraries in the U.S.), the Art Collections (itself an architectural work of art) and the Botanical Gardens (with more than 15,000 plant varieties)— is one of SoCal’s must-see, must-dos!”
5. “Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 626.574.7223, santaanita.com) is a perfect thoroughbred racetrack that hosts premier national horseracing events and has the most spectacular views of the mountains.”