As a child growing up in the San Rafael area of Pasadena, Christmas was my favorite time of the year. The San Gabriel Valley would sparkle with Christmas lights and our mother knew just where to take us to see the best displays. We would pile into the family station wagon and tour St. Albans Road, Christmas Tree Lane, the Balian Mansion and Hastings Ranch.
But my favorite excursion was to Bullockâ€™s on South Lake to have my photo taken with Santa. After confiding my most heartfelt desires, I would head across the street to Blumsâ€™s, with my siblings, where my mother said we could each order a hot fudge sundae or a banana split.
Today I work on South Lake Avenue, right down the block from where Blumâ€™s was located. And, as a Pasadena-born-and-bred realtor, I know all the best chimneys in town. If you live in the San Gabriel Valley you can trust me to find you the perfect chimney for Santa to use to deliver your presents to you in the future. And, donâ€™t forget to have hot cocoa and cookies ready for him, like we did onÂ Christmas Eve at the Bell house.