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Sierra Madre, CA

The name Sierra Madre might celebrate the majestic mountain range forming a backdrop to this lovely, little community, but the city prides itself on being known as the “Village of the Foothills.”

“Village” is a key word, because this town nestled in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills between Pasadena and Arcadia has retained a village sense of community and intimacy despite being part of the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles.

Partly that has to do with the layout of Sierra Madre’s neighborhoods – small streets, old trees and old homes (many designated as historic landmarks), no traffic signals, a volunteer fire department – and partly it has to do with the dedication of residents, who’ve worked hard to preserve and protect the city’s heritage. One point of pride is the bell tower that houses the original school bell used by a schoolhouse in 1885.

Like many other cities in the foothills of the San Gabriels, Sierra Madre was formed from land once belonging to large Mexican ranchos. Though a settlement grew there in the late 1800s, the city itself wasn’t incorporated until 1907: By that time the population totaled about 500 people (today, by comparison, that number is closer to 11,000).

Visitors will find a business center consisting mainly of small merchants, restaurants and mom-and-pop stores. All of this encourages foot traffic and strolling, and the city has capitalized on this quaint leisurely appeal with a number of regular events, including: an Independence Day parade and festivities; and the annual Wistaria Festival (the wisteria vine has long been associated with the city).

But for walkers who want a more strenuous challenge, plenty of wilderness and canyon trails will take them up into the foothills.

Students attend schools in the Pasadena Unified School District, which serves Sierra Madre; and there are a host of churches of various denominations.

Also located within the city limits is the Mater Dolorosa Monastery, a lovely Catholic center in the hills where monks lead retreats, but that’s not all. It has also been known as a place where football teams participating in the Rose Bowl have stayed: An ideal place for players to meditate and rest up on the night before the big game!

New Sierra Madre Listings

$2,888,888
4 Beds 3 Baths OC24146628 MLS Active Status
Welcome to your entertainer's paradise nestled in the serene foothills of Sierra Madre. This meticulously crafted Craftsman-style home offers a perfect blend of charm and modern convenience. As you step inside, you are greeted by an open and inviting floor plan that seamlessly connects the spacious living areas. Natural light floods through large windows, highlighting the beautiful craftsmanship and detailing throughout. The gourmet kitchen is a chef's dream, featuring custom cabinetry, high-end appliances, and a center island perfect for casual dining or hosting friends and family. Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining area flows effortlessly into the expansive living room, creating the ideal space for gatherings and entertaining. The master suite is a retreat unto itself, offering privacy and comfort with its luxurious ensuite bathroom with steam shower, and ample closet space. Outside, is a true treat, from the heated pool, spa, fireplace, fire pit and putting green area to the covered cabana with outdoor kitchen and bar, pizza oven, golf simulator and shuffleboard your 5 star resort awaits. Located in the highly desirable Sierra Madre community, known for its charming downtown, hiking trails, and top-rated schools, this home offers a rare opportunity to enjoy California living at its finest. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a true masterpiece in Sierra Madre. Schedule your private showing today and discover all that this exquisite home has to offer!

315 Grove Street, Sierra Madre

$2,495,000
4 Beds 4 Baths 24415147 MLS Active Status
The Treasure of Sierra Madre! Captivating Spanish Colonial Revival designed by infamous architect Gordon Kaufmann, with rich history dating back to 1927, expressed through carefully curated, classic elements of the original period architecture. Naturally bright and private, the main courtyard radiates the grandeur of a flourishing great lawn opposite a breezy colonnade, massive arched front door, terracotta tiled center hall, cathedral ceilings with majestic, delicately carved exposed beams, focal wood-burning fireplace, and built-in cabinetry and millwork. Narrow, natural gauge original oak floors alternate with thick white stucco walls, all accentuated with ornamental ironwork and pops of green and pink through strategically positioned banks of French doors windows. A captivating floorplan encompasses formal living and dining rooms open to sheltered outdoor spaces, providing a harmonious balance of abundance of light and cool shade throughout the day. The spacious kitchen with adjacent breakfast room makes for a stately yet comfortable feel. A flex space such as game room, art, craft, writing studio, game or entertainment area, and office/guest bedroom, surrounded by expansive gardens, completes the first floor. Each of the three upstairs bedrooms, including the primary suite, lends beautiful period accents that elegantly contribute to the airy and generous scale - serving as a perfect canvas for the visionary who will bring this iconic property back to life! Available for the first time in 58 years, the timeless Kaufmann estate encompasses a two-level main house and a three-car garage with second story guest house casita, all majestically situated on nearly three quarters of an acre surrounded by magical serene and private grounds, gardens and pool at the end of the idyllic Olivera cul-de-sac, minutes away from all things downtown Sierra Madre!

165 Olivera Lane, Sierra Madre

$1,998,000
3 Beds 2 Baths PF24130110 MLS Active Status
“The One on South Canon” is a truly exceptional property situated in the picturesque town of Sierra Madre. Nestled on a premiere cul-de-sac, this rare gem boasts a single level home spanning 2,493 square feet, complemented by a 508 square foot Guest House, all set on a spacious 14,972 square foot flat lot. The location on one of the most coveted streets in town offers a serene setting surrounded by beautifully manicured California Ranch Homes and affords breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. Originally constructed in 1952, this residence seamlessly marries timeless charm with modern luxury. Upon entering you are welcomed by a grand great room featuring soaring ceilings, rich hardwood floors, a traditional fireplace, and a wall of built-ins, all bathed in natural light streaming through nearly full wall height windows and doors. The view from the living space includes glimpses of the mountains, a lush canopy of trees, and the shimmering pool. A highlight of the home’s layout is the open design that facilitates a seamless flow for both entertaining and everyday living. The thoughtfully designed rooms include a cozy den with a second fireplace and rich paneled walls, adding warmth and character. The large sunny kitchen, overlooking the front yard presents an opportunity for customization to create the Chef’s Kitchen of your dreams. Outside the expansive covered patio serves as a bridge between the indoor and outdoor living areas, providing a peaceful retreat overlooking the pool, built in BBQ, Bar with sink and refrigerator, and the Charming Guest House. The primary suite, strategically positioned for privacy, offers a tranquil retreat overlooking the backyard. It features a spa like bathroom, two closets and built in linen closets line the hallway. On the opposite side of the house the secondary bedrooms share a bathroom, creating a comfortable and private space for family or guests. Adding to the allure of this property is the one bedroom Designer inspired Guest House meticulously renovated in 2015. Perfect for accommodating extended family, guests, or serving as a home office, this space offers endless possibilities to suit your needs. 220 South Canon represents a rare opportunity to own a truly extraordinary property. Make this exceptional residence your own and experience the unparalleled lifestyle it offers in Sierra Madre. Offers are due Tuesday, July 23 at 11 am.

220 S Canon Avenue, Sierra Madre

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