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Bed-and-breakfast within 30 minutes of downtown L.A.

Like well-aged wines whose time has finally come, seven bed-and-breakfast inns have recently been opened in the Los Angeles area, four in 1984. Situated in Pasadena, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and Venice, they make up an impressive collection of historic Southern California residences.

Several are architectural gems. Two establishments are on the National Register of Historic Places, and a third is a block from the famous Carroll Avenue Victorians. Six of the seven predate World War I. They include a meticulously restored Eastlake Victorian, a three-story Tudor mansion, a 1912 eight-bedroom beach house, and three turn-of-the-century California Craftsman-style houses. A 7,000-square-foot 1926 Mediterranean villa rounds out the lot.

If you are coming to L.A. for Thankgiving or Christmas vacation, or even if you live here, you might plan a stay in one of the new inns. All are within a half-hour of downtown Los Angeles; the Pasadena inns are minutes from the Rose Bowl, and the Venice Beach House is steps from the ocean. (Business travelers might also enjoy the inns, though they may not have such services as telephones in rooms, message-taking, and the like.)

Some of the inns have been included on past historic house tours. This month and next, you can visit two of them on similar walks. We give the details in our listing at right.

Innkeepers serve complimentary breakfasts, ranging from homemade pastries and breads to fanciful fruit concoctions and hot-from-the-oven quiches. You'll likely find a gift of wine and freshly cut flowers in your room.

Here's an east-to-west look at the new B&Bs. Ask for specific directions when you call for reservations; most have private parking. Rates quoted are for one night, double occupancy, and include breakfast. Pets and children are usually not allowed.

Donnymac Irish Inn, 119 N.Meridith Ave., Pasadena 91106; (818) 440-0066. This 1912 shingled Craftsman-style inn opened a year ago, 2 miles from the Huntington Library in San Marino, 5 miles from the Rose Bowl. Its five smallish bedrooms (three bathrooms) range in color from lavender to rose, and in price from $60 to $75. Antique furnishings are placed in each room; a gazebo-topped hot tub is available to all guests.

Crown Bed and Breakfast Inn, 530 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena 91101; (818) 792-4031. Minutes from the Pasadena Freeway (State 11), this five-bedroom inn was saved from the bulldozer in 1981, then completely restored by Pasadena Heritage, a preservation group. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was designed and built in 1905 by builder-designer Louis B. Easton as his showcase: its post-and-beam construction and wood paneling reflect classic Craftsman style. Rates range from $58 to $75. Terrace Manor, 1353 Alvarado Terrace, Los Angeles 90006; (213) 381-1478. Formerly the Raphael House, this 1902 Tudor mansion is one of six houses in newly designated Alvarado Terrace National Historic District. Original stained- and leaded-glass windows are found throughout; tiger oak and Philippine mahogany paneling bespeak the well-preserved manor's age. The five bedrooms are decorated in period prints and colors; all have private baths. Prices range from $60 to $90. Near the University of Southern California, 3 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, the inn has private parking.

Salisbury House, 2273 W. 20th St., Los Angeles 90018; (213) 737-7817. First inn to open in the city of Los Angeles (October 1982), this well-preserved 1909 Craftsman-style house has a small but cozy living room, a spacious dining room with built-in wood-and-glass cabinets, four bedrooms (two with shared bath), and an attic loft. Rates are $45 to $55. It's in the residential Arlington Heights area, 5 miles southwest of downtown L.A., 3 miles west of USC. On Sunday, November 4, you can visit this inn and 11 other restored turn-of-the-century houses in the area during the second annual West Adams Heritage Association Historic Homes Tour. You can take the self-guided tour between 10 to 4. Buy tickets ($5) and begin the tour at the Salisbury House.

Eastlake Inn, 1442 Kellam Ave., Los Angeles 90026; (213) 250-1620. This meticulously restored 1887 Eastlake Victorian opened last June. Two sets of stairs lead up from the high cove-ceilinged parlor to five bedrooms (four bathrooms; bathrobes are provided). Each room has period furniture (some Eastlake pieces), photographs, art, and books; authentic "flashed glass" panels adorn some windows downstairs. Victorian curiosities--a stereopticon, ouija board, and a collection of wallpapers and clothing--are open to scrutiny. Just north of U.S. 101 and minutes from downtown Los Angeles, the inn's five bedrooms run from $45 to $90. This year's annual Angelino Heights Christmas house tour, which includes some houses on Carroll Avenue, takes place from noon to 6 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9; it will include the nearby Eastlake Inn. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for accompanied children; call (213) 413-8756 for directions.

La Maida House, 11159 La Maida St., North Hollywood 91601; (818) 769-3857. The creme de la creme of all the new inns, this 1926 Italianate villa exudes elegance: a Carrara marble fireplace and a grand piano share space in the high-ceilinged living room; a crystal chandelier hangs in the small dining room; the eight bedrooms have sitting areas and private baths--and each guest is provided with a terry-cloth robe. Many of the rooms sport leaded-glass windows made by the owner, who also grows all the flowers and herbs and much of the fruit and vegetables served with the lunches and dinners (provided at extra cost). Rooms range from $60 to 105. La Maida is minutes from State 134 in a North Hollywood residential area. Children under 16 are not allowed.

Venice Beach House, 15 30th Ave., Venice 90291; (213) 823-1966. A half-block from the beach at Venice pier, this sprawling 1911 house has eight bedrooms (three have shared baths); one has an ocean view, and two have small balconies. Breakfasts can be taken inside or out; afternoon wine and cheese are often served on the outdoor patio. Prices range from $50 to 125. Guest parkings is on the north side of the house, which is about 6 miles from Los Angeles International Airport.
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