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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Home Shopping: Folklore

Because I don't have a Guest Author for you today, I thought I'd tell you about a local author. Well, I'm reaching. He was born in San Marino, but he didn't exactly stick around.

His name was Tristram P. Coffin. He was a professor who studied and wrote about folklore. He died a couple of weeks ago in Rhode Island at the age of 89. (John says this makes him a Ghost Author.) The New York Times' obituary is detailed and interesting.

You can still easily find most of his books. Vroman's will even order one for you. He wrote about folklore in baseball, in holidays and even in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Speaking of reaching, since Mr. Coffin was born in 1922 I plugged "1922 San Marino" into my search engine and found this house at 1922 California Blvd. in San Marino. It was listed for sale only a couple of days ago at $1,850,000. Do look at the slide show, there's a lot to be seen beyond the hedge.

Let me know if you buy it.

20 comments:

This is Belgium said...

Like the house..
Greetings from Brussels

Kalei's Best Friend said...

That's a steal for that price!. One of the reasons I love that area.. The outside is so deceiving of what's inside... Not thrilled about the peach colored room, and I'd still buy it.

Bellis said...

I really wanted this house until I saw that giant turtle swimming in the pool.

With a name like Tristram Coffin, I thought you were kidding us today. But his obit's very interesting, and I might hunt out one of his books.

Trish said...

lol, you wanna write the check, or shall I?

actually, looks like the same architects who remodeled my godparents old place in LV did work here. Though, coupla rooms I could do without, feh!

Bellis---at first wondered why they would take a show picture of a dead body in the pool...the turtle makes MUCH more sense! ;-)

altadenahiker said...

I only liked a couple of the rooms. And I'll bet they'd leap at 1.5.

With that last name I guess you really can't go with Phil.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm not crazy about the decor but I think one could do a lot with the place. California Blvd's busy at rush hour, but you wouldn't be at the front of the house most of the time. The back is where it's at. The guest house looks twice as big as our home.

Which book do you think, Bellis? The Christmas book?

Petrea Burchard said...

There's also something called "A Proper Book of Sexual Folklore." It sounds interesting, especially because it's proper.

Desiree said...

I was wondering about the connection to the house!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Great post and I enjoyed the obit, particularly the last bit of humor which I imagine Mr. Coffin would have enjoyed greatly!

Bises,
Genie

John Sandel said...

Folklore? Methinks you have confused the true and the realty.

Petrea Burchard said...

Well, Des, as I said, I was reaching.

I think he would have, Genie. He sounds like an interesting person.

JS: Very funny, Mr. Dahlgren.

TheChieftess said...

Ya know...I think I could live with the peach colored room...

Petrea Burchard said...

...if you had to...

Margaret said...

With that last name I guess you can't go with cremation.

Trish said...

Well, if someone else is buying, I'd figure a way to manage the turtle in the pool and the peach 80's room.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh, I don't know, Margaret, I think he had a sense of humor.

So let us know how the transaction goes, Trish.

Desiree, I think my earlier comment to you sounded snotty. I'm sorry, I didn't mean it that way. (She's probably not even subscribed, but really, it's been bugging me.)

Ms M said...

Fascinating "ghost" author!
As for the house, it's quite attractive, but a bit out of my price range :)

Susan Campisi said...

I wonder if the house is vacant: the dogs could burn off a lot of pittie energy on 0.34 acres.

I enjoyed reading your Guest Author Guidelines. Really, I did.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! What a big house!
Love the colour of the walls.
I'm not crazy about the decor too, I prefer a clean decor...but I agree with you Petra, we could do a lot with the place.
Bellis draw my attention to the giant turtle swimming in the pool. I guess the turtle exit from the pool by the ladder...

Great idea the Guest Author Guidelines!

Petrea Burchard said...

Ms. M, I might have another ghost author lined up. We shall see.

Susan, it looked occupied. Several cars in the driveway. Might have been realtors, though. As for the Guest Author guidelines, thanks for reading. I think I need to cut, cut, cut!

Surely you are correct, Sonia. The ladder must be there for the turtle in the first place.