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Altadena, CA

Talk about having the odds stacked against you: Altadena was founded on land that nobody wanted. Shaved off of a 14,000-acre Mexican land grant (the lion’s share went to the formation of Pasadena and South Pasadena), the land was considered too hard to reach – and too close to the mountains – to cultivate citrus crops.

But this unincorporated community of roughly 42,000 today has managed to thrive anyways in the shadow of Mount Wilson, one of the San Gabriel Mountain’s most well-known peaks and home to a famous observatory.

Altadena takes its name from a former business in the foothills there, the Altadena Nursery. The owner coined the term by joining the Spanish word “alta” for upper with “dena” as in Pasadena to the south: The two cities share a border, a school district and other cultural resources.

Ethnic representation in the city changed a great deal, especially during the 1960s (you can get an idea about the city’s demographics by looking at; and vestiges of the past remain in the old mansions you’ll see on Mariposa Street near Santa Rosa Avenue—a location that became known as “Millionaire's Row” when various tycoons from the East settled there in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Santa Rosa Avenue is also the place of another popular event: Pasadena might lay claim to the Tournament of Roses Parade, but Altadena has “Christmas Tree Lane”—one of the oldest, large-scale outdoor Christmas tree lighting events in the U.S.

What was long ago considered a problem for citrus growers—that Altadena was too close to the mountains—is now an advantage.

Today lovers of the outdoors will find plenty to do in Altadena, including hiking trails in Las Flores Canyon to the north and a botanical garden open to the public. The Sam Merrill Trail, which starts just north of Altadena, takes hikers up to the ruins of the historic Mount Lower Railway, which once shuttled passengers to several resorts built in the foothills.

That trail not only provides hikers with a good workout: It acts like a time machine, giving them a glimpse into the area’s not-so-distant past.

New Altadena Listings

2 Beds 3 Baths P1-15872 MLS Active Status
Sited on over a third of an acre, this Grande Dame has celebrated her 100th birthday! Built in 1922, this bungalow has been loved by the current owner for over 50 years and is looking forward to being lovingly restored. Beginning with the decomposed granite driveway, this property is as much about the nature that surrounds it as its gracious presentation. Entering through what has been used as the dining room, you'll notice the soaring ceilings, lovely original windows with side lights and the sweet built-ins on either side of the front door. The living room has a dramatic vaulted ceiling and more wonderful windows from 'back in the day'. The stained glass (made by the current owner) surrounds a door that opens to, what used to be, a Juliet balcony. The alcove, with the beautiful green and blue glass bottle window, used to be the front door entrance. Under the carpet appear to be lovely dark hardwood floors (corners have been pulled up in the dining and living rooms). The kitchen has groovy yellow flower wallpaper and flooring to match! A true 60's redo. Off of the kitchen is a great room with sliding glass doors to the yard. The main floor is completed by an enormous main bedroom, one additional bedroom and two baths. There is also a very spacious basement with an additional bath. The incredible yard has so much to offer so bring your green thumb and a hammer, this is such a fun project! Roof and AC are relatively new. Inspections are available. Home has just been fumigated. Agent has no knowledge of any permits.

2846 Santa Anita Avenue, Altadena

5 Beds 4 Baths 23335099 MLS Active Status
Sophisticated and Sleek Traditional 5 bedroom, 4 baths with mountain views in Altadena! Classic character meets the modern style you've been looking for! A gracious front lawn with verdant landscaping and cherished San Gabriel Mountain views capture your eye from the street. A welcoming front porch, which has been beautifully updated with European Siding System's Peruvian Teak paneling. Enter through a light-filled, formal living room centered around a decorative brick fireplace, classic tray ceiling, and engineered hardwood floors carried throughout the home. The dramatic and oversized center hall showcases a sleek architectural staircase and is flanked by the kitchen and formal dining room. The kitchen is equipped with modern amenities such as a gas range, built-in microwave, dishwasher and wine fridge. Smooth, white quartz countertops with soft and subtle veining & waterfall edge dress the custom oak soft-close cabinetry, and farmhouse sink. Enjoy a trio of dining and entertaining options; around the center island for casual dining, the eat-in breakfast nook, or the formal dining area! A laundry room with stylish mosaic floor tile is conveniently located off the kitchen. Three bedrooms on the ground floor, one with an ensuite bathroom perfect for a Mother-In-Law Suite, and two more bedrooms with shared hall bathroom. Upstairs, you'll find two generously-sized bedrooms and a full bathrooms. The 4th bedroom features ensuite bathroom and juliet balcony for enjoying mountain views. The primary suite is drenched with natural light, featuring an attractive wood-paneled, holographic fireplace, and an expansive balcony to take in the outdoors. The primary ensuite bathroom boasts a luxurious soaking tub, walk-in shower and dual vanity the perfect retreat to recharge and relax. In the backyard, sits a finished two-car garage with a modern glass door. Enjoy all the conveniences this neighborhood has to offer; Altadena Golf Course, Eaton Canyon hiking trails, Christmas Tree Lane, Washington Blvd restaurants, bakeries, shopping, schools and easy access to 210 freeway! Welcome Home!

1795 Morada Place, Altadena

5 Beds 3 Baths P1-15867 MLS Active Status
Situated above the street within the Altadena Country Club neighborhood, this impressive two-story grand Colonial home is a landmark to the area. Set before the picturesque San Gabriel mountains and on a prestigious street, this home offers traditional elegance and functional comfort fit for todays standards. The ground floor features a spacious entry with access to large formal dining and living rooms with bay windows. Additionally, the large chef's kitchen features natural light and includes Carrera marble counters, eating area, center island and ample pantry storage with access to laundry. The kitchen opens to family room with built-ins, fireplace and French doors to the spacious patio with pergola and several outdoor al fresco dining areas. The enclosed pool yard with dark bottom pool and spa opens to the drive. Guest quarters on the first floor allow easy access and privacy. The second-floor features three guest bedrooms with shared bathroom plus spacious primary suite. Remodeled primary bath adds vintage detail and includes a spacious closet, dual sinks, separate clear glass shower and oversized tub. The 382 SF finished basement offers a great additional flex space with bathroom. Showcased by the large lot, mature gardens, and gated parking, this home offers estate-like living at its best. Enjoy traditional details of hardwood floors, crown moldings, plantation shutters and beautiful mountain views. This home is a must see.

1893 E Mendocino Street, Altadena

3 Beds 2 Baths P1-15866 MLS Active Status
Welcome to this incredible 1958 post and beam mid-century, set in an unparalleled sylvan setting, on the celebrated Christmas Tree Lane. The 1,785 square foot home, designed by acclaimed architects Tryonand Foy, has three bedrooms and two baths done in their renowned approach that is known for creating a feeling of openness by wrapping the interior with scenic views of the verdant grounds. You feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle and in your own hideaway retreat. You enter the gated property via a driveway framed by stately brick pillars topped with artisan carvedhorse-heads believed to be crafted by the original owners. The residence welcomes you in via a light-filled central foyer that connects to the formal dining area and step-down living room with beamed ceilings as well as an elegant fireplace. In addition, this wing has a charming library with period built-insthat create the ideal room to read or relax. The kitchen has been updated and has high-end stainless-steel appliances. Finally, there are three lovely bedrooms with two remodeled bathrooms, redone in aEuropean style that marries function, efficiency and beauty. There is also a quaint detached 175 square foot bonus studio that could be used for work, a workout space or as a serene meditation sanctuary. The house is surrounded by windows that bring the outside in. This includes transom windows that wereplaced to open, allowing for a delightful cross flow of air that invites you to go out onto several patio areas that circle the structure. The 14,253 square foot parcel is accessed from sets of tall glass doorsthat showcase the surroundings that include a sloping lawn and majestic, old growth trees. The front entrance is planted with succulent varietals and cacti that appear sculptural and are easily maintained.The shade-dappled, terraced yard beckons you to enter with its serenity and grace, all in a once-in-a-lifetime location. Lastly, the rear of the fenced lot has a raised sport court that offer limitless possibilities. Tennis or pickleball anyone? Don't miss this true Altadena architectural stunner that offersthe very best of the California lifestyle.

3000 Santa Rosa Avenue, Altadena

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