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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 www.city-data.com); 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

$1,399,000
4 Beds 2 Baths 24411911 MLS Active Status
Are you on the lookout for a charming property with amazing potential in a great location? Look no further than 249 Jaxine Dr., nestled in the serene Chaney Trail neighborhood of Altadena, CA 91001. Whether you're a buyer or a seller, this property presents an exciting opportunity. For potential buyers, this lovely residence offers not just a home, but a promise of a brighter, more comfortable future. Nestled close to the scenic Chaney Trail, an ideal spot for those who enjoy hiking and outdoor activities, this property stands out with its excellent location. With a spacious layout, it is perfect for both relaxation and entertaining. What makes 249 Jaxine Dr. particularly special is the potential to enhance and personalize the space to better meet your needs. The backyard is recently completed with paving, gazebo, pergola and jacuzzi, which provides great covered seating areas on sunny days and entertaining family and guests. Newer double pane windows, sliding doors, and exterior paint. The property comes complete with approved plans to remodel and expand the kitchen and add a new bathroom, allowing you to add your personal touch and truly make it your own. For investor sellers, this property is a gem to showcase. The approved renovation plans can significantly enhance the value and appeal of the home. Highlighting its proximity to Chaney Trail, great community vibes, secluded location and the potential for customization can attract a wide array of potential buyers. It's a lucrative opportunity to present a property that not only boasts charm and location but also promises future growth and satisfaction for its new owners. From a mortgage perspective, the ability to buy a home that already includes approved plans for enhancements is a significant advantage. It streamlines the process of obtaining funds for renovations, often leading to more favorable loan terms. Buyers can potentially wrap the costs of remodeling into their mortgage, managing their finances more effectively while increasing the property's value. 249 Jaxine Dr. in Altadena is not just a potential new address; it's a robust investment in a vibrant and scenic community. Whether you're buying or selling, or navigating mortgage options, this property offers substantial possibilities that are hard to overlook. Don't miss the chance to be part of such a promising opportunity in the heart of Altadena. Must See to Appreciate!!!

249 Jaxine Drive, Altadena

$1,349,000
3 Beds 2 Baths P1-18569 MLS Active Status
Welcome to this delightful Altadena home set back from the street, featuring a large half-circle driveway & a newly installed, professionally landscaped lawn in the center. As you approach, you'll notice the inviting flagstone steps leading to the entry. Inside, the wood-like laminate flooring & dual-paned windows create a warm & energy-efficient atmosphere. The living room boasts a vaulted ceiling & seamlessly opens to the dining room where the beautiful flooring continues. The dining area features three sets of French doors: two sets lead to the side covered patio for dining alfresco or entertaining & one set opens to the front yard, perfect for enjoying the expansive lawn. The dining area also has a ceiling fan & opens to the well appointed updated kitchen, which is equipped with stone countertops, soft-close drawers & cabinets, a 4-burner gas range, a stainless steel dishwasher, refrigerator & tile flooring. This home offers three bedrooms. The primary suite features a sliding glass door to the backyard, a ceiling fan & connects to the primary bath, which includes a tub with a subway tile surround, a separate shower also with subway tile & a single sink vanity with a stone countertop. Between the primary suite & the third bedroom is another full bath with a subway tile surround & a single sink vanity with a stone countertop. A set of linen closets in the hallway lead to the third bedroom, which also has a ceiling fan, an office nook, a seating area & a door to the backyard. The backyard is split-level, with a lower area featuring a concrete patio, perfect for outdoor dining & entertaining. The upper area is grassy & shaded under a canopy of trees. The detached 2-car garage houses the laundry room & offers additional space for storage or a fitness area if desired. The west side of the home boasts an outdoor patio space with two different areas for entertaining: dining under the covered pergola patio or relaxing under the sail shade or around the fire pit. Don't miss this exquisite home & its perfect blend of comfort, elegance & relaxation!

505 Wapello Street, Altadena

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