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511 West California Boulevard – History Revealed

4 Beds
4 Baths
4,675± square feet
27,348± square feet (2/3 acre)
Built in 1897

Owned in the same family for over 63 years and located near “Millionaire’s Row,” this unique 1897 Craftsman style home was designed by Frederick Roehrig, one of Pasadena’s pioneer architects. Another notable architect, Joseph Blick, later acted for some additions to the home in approximately 1922. One of 78 homes of contribution, “511 West” (as called by the family) is located in the Lower Arroyo Seco Historic District, and was architecturally influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. This Pasadena district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 2005. The Batchelder House, home of the well-known tile designer, Ernest Batchelder, is also included in this district. In addition to Pasadena, San Francisco, and Chicago were the other two prominent centers of American Craftsman design during the early 1900s.

This eye-catching and intriguing four bedroom, four bath home of English Arts and Crafts influences is characterized with a large turret offering strong curb appeal. The Assessor notes the home at 4,675± square feet on a usable lot of 27,348± square feet (~ 2/3 acre), with 1913 as the year built. A grand entry invites one into this amazing piece of history, adorned with a striking staircase, den/home office and activity room. The main level also offers a large formal living room (29’ x 14’) with a fireplace and windows overlooking the lovely front yard. A spacious formal dining room is adjacent to the butler’s pantry and kitchen. A charming breakfast room and laundry room with a half bath are conveniently located near the kitchen. A powder room on the lower floor is the finishing touch for residents and guests. Access to the expansive, amazing back yard is located off of the rear of the house. There are four large covered porches allowing for the ease of Southern California indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

The upper level of the home offers four uniquely designed bedrooms with significant detail and character. The master suite (24’ x 15’) has a walk-in closet, sitting area and roomy bathroom. All bedrooms pull light from and have different views of the property. In addition, there is another room with a closet area, as well as two additional bathrooms fittingly located by the bedrooms.

Mature trees from an earlier era of this special neighborhood are on site, including a gorgeous giant oak tree with a fleur de lis floored shaded sitting area, a variety of fruit trees, and orange trees from the original orange groves of Pasadena. The property includes a children’s play house and historic barn/garage with upstairs living quarters including the original antique water closet.

Victorian doorways, rounded ceilings, architectural details of the period, dentil crown molding, lots of windows, hardwood floors and so much more are offered in this period home. Stop by for a flashback in time, and a dream for the future.

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