Stately homes of California . and begonias surround theoutside of the fence. The house is approached from the main gateway by an ascent of turfed terraces connected by steps. Midway one passes a large concrete pool and fountain. A perfect lawn stretches on either hand. At the back of the house, the grounds are more ornamental, the trees more plentiful. Among these the Italian cypress predominates, and gives a distinctive character to the garden. The center of this portion of the grounds has been laid out as a sunken Italian garden. Into this a double stairway descends. On the right and left st
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