Gingerbread. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


And An Architectural Recipe. . .

When I initially read about the July 2021 AR Challenge - Savory Stories, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to participate.  Share recipes?   Well, that’s not exactly a big part of my life but, hey, I could certainly read what others might share.  And that’s okay too.  

Then as those things sometimes seem to happen(at least with me) my mind wandered.  With the challenge no longer floating amidst the gray matter in my head, I found other things that caught my attention while I wandered.   And, of course, I still wondered.



I remembered some articles from the past about an phenomenon-of-sorts from the 1950s named Cinderella Homes.  It was a storybook-themed residential architectural style which was in evidence in many areas around the country and especially in Southern California.  

And associated with that style was the use of embellishments which I remember as being identified as gingerbread trim.  And just like that - a connection with the challenge was made.



Diamond-shaped window designs and pitched roofs added a certain ambiance to these homes.   A July 4th visit to the home of my youth, reminded me of the abundance of such homes in the area and many more that adapted the almost-fantasy-like design trend that was once very popular.  

Unfortunately my attempt at capturing some photography examples proved unsuccessful that day so, like many recipes - improversation was brought from the pantry(err my brain).


The feature image in this post is from



The above photo is from a neighborhood spotlight I wrote years ago. Although not from the same era as the previously mentioned Cinderella Homes, I think there is a fantasy-like feel to it. Imagine this one with some frosting and and some candy - wouldn't it be sweet especially in an area that craves additional inventory of properties for sale? After all finding homes made from gingerbread are not easily found - not even in Southern California.


The other photo is from a post about the little free libraries we see in many communities. While it is not edible, there is the food for thought component. And that's important in my opinion.





Now for the recipe portion of the challenge - take an interest in real estate then combine that with some local flavor and you can almost magically create any post.  No bake.  No fuss.  Sounds ideal for beating the summertime heat if you ask me.   And like food, the subject of architecture, design and life continues to fascinate me. 

Want to know more about Cinderella Homes? The following article might interest you as well as this one which I found interesting.  This post is an entry(in a decidedly roundabout way) for the challenge hosted by Rocky Dickerson.  Now please pass the gingerbread. . .

Posted: July 15, 2021   

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (66)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Aren't you the clever one? Great way to tie-in to Rocky's Recipe Challenge this month - and keep it real estate topic oriented. I can certainly appreciate these homes, but prefer a much cleaner design for homes. 

Jul 17, 2021 06:33 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, thought about you this morning, as one of the homes I am showing today looks a bit like a gingerbread house.

Jul 17, 2021 07:16 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Michael Jacobs ,

Of course you with all your pondering would come up with a delicious recipe for success!! Loved your entry into the July Challenge.

Jul 17, 2021 11:02 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Very cute entry. We have some historic homes in our area that cause many to dream of days gone by.

Jul 17, 2021 05:17 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

You are always so creative and thoughtful.  Well done!

Jul 18, 2021 08:05 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well now, this is one recipe that won't add size to my hips - so, it's obviously my fave!


Great spin on Rocky's challenge, Michael! Thank you for sharing your pondering moments with us and for participating in this month's challenge.

Jul 18, 2021 09:05 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I see where you went with that. Well played Michael! Great alternative to Rocky Dickerson 's challenge. Have a great week!

Jul 19, 2021 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Carol Williams - I can understand how styles change and evolve although I do remember marveling over the years as time capsule-type looks in home design.


Ginger Harper - that's nice to hear.  Smiles are or should be appreciated whenever they arrive.


Ed Silva - when I was growing up, I remember more than a few homes that included topiary as part of their landscaping choice.  It is definitely eye-catching.


CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA - I am glad to know you enjoyed it.  Thank you.


John Marshall - FORE! - no evil stepsisters necessary either.  





Jul 19, 2021 06:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

John Pusa - I don't know it for a fact but I have reason to believe Endre Barath, Jr. is more tempted by a visit to Vroman's in Pasadena than any type of gingerbread concoction.  


Dorte Engel - we must not forget Christmas in July, right?


Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I can certainly understand that.  Over the years, I have seen many updated versions of many designs.  The phrase "execution is everything" comes to mind.  And in some different contexts as well.  🙃




Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I am glad to hear you liked this unconventional recipe.  







Jul 19, 2021 06:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393


Joan Cox - ah, I need to work on that doughy filling. 


Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - they can certainly "spice up" a neighborhood.


Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - nice of you to say.  Thank you.  I appreciate those kind words.

Debe Maxwell, CRS - pondering does have its advantages.  🧐


Carla Freund - I knew a traditional recipe wasn't going to work for me.  Glad you enjoyed the post.  




Jul 19, 2021 06:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

This is one of the Little Free Library installations in our community.

May be an image of outdoors

Jul 19, 2021 07:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - aren't they such a good idea?  

Jul 19, 2021 09:31 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael Jacobs, brilliant spin on Rocky Dickerson's challenge. I've seen Cinderella Homes in NY but didn't know what they were called until today, thank you for that!

Jul 20, 2021 05:21 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Beth Atalay - like recipes, regional differences and personal preferences are a part of our daily life in some many aspects.  I love when we "find" the similarities in what may be thought of as differences.  

Jul 20, 2021 10:47 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I like the story of the boy that made a 'stick library' for the dogs in his neighborhood. Just a big box of sticks - take as required.

Jul 20, 2021 12:12 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Lyn Sims - I like that story too and it is new-to-me.  Thank you for sharing it.  😃

Jul 20, 2021 01:14 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Michael Jacobs 
You figured this one out!
Enchanting story line!
All the best - Lynn

Jul 20, 2021 06:28 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 - well, I knew I couldn't write a traditional recipe post so this was "created".  Thank you.  

Jul 20, 2021 06:30 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, you have taken a small break, and miss your witty posts!    Hope you are doing well! 

Jul 26, 2021 07:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - sometimes that is needed.  And nice.  

Jul 26, 2021 08:00 AM
Joan Cox

I agree!!!

Jul 26, 2021 08:00 AM