As you walk up to 341 Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, you first stroll past the specimen magnolia tree in the front yard that has clearly seen its share of children’s swings swaying gently on warm summer evenings. The tree may have been planted around the era that the home was constructed, circa 1914.
This historic home is a gracious time capsule of a simpler era that features immaculate craftsmanship and unique period architectural details. Thankfully for the next curator of this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, the previous owners have all lived very gently in the property. The quality and condition of the original wood floors, ceilings, wainscoting and generous built-ins has persisted to our modern era.
Listing agent Pratima Solanki describes the home as follows: “This home truly is a treasure, the minute I walked in, I felt engulfed in warmth. Everything from the Cathedral wood ceilings to the centerpiece stone fireplace, brings the home into balance. The dining room with 3/4 of the wall covered with wood paneled wainscoting and cabinetry shows a unique balance as well – from the living room ceiling to the dining room wood features which cover 3/4 of the wall. Every room has a warmth, with views from every window of foliage. It feels like a true retreat.”
The front door itself speaks to the thought and detail that pervades the home. On either side of the primary door there are 2 other doors – often referred to as sidelights. However these are nearly full sized doors that bring the outside in.
Upon entering 341 Pasadena Avenue one is struck by the wood. A coffered wood-paneled and wood-beamed ceiling rises before you, showcasing the original fireplace. The wood details even encompass and surround the fireplace itself, further demonstrating the artistic and architectural vision of the original 1914 builders.
The dining room features an original built-in spanning an entire wall. The addition of original wainscoting in this room also adds to its gentle elegance.
The kitchen, laundry room and original sleeping porch present an opportunity to open up the space if so desired – as each room is large – with the combination of the rooms being even greater (if the new owner has a vision for remodeling).
There are so many preserved original architectural gems in this house – it’s dizzying to list them all. One example is the ingenious “cooling cupboard” built into the original kitchen cabinets. There is a vent that comes from underneath the house and percolates cool air down a series of slatted shelves. A vestige of how food preservation was accomplished in an era before ubiquitous electricity and refrigeration. Of course there is a clawfoot tub in the bathroom – along with the original built-in medicine cabinet. Most (if not all) of the windows and window frames are original to the home.
The bedrooms are of a comfortable size and there is an extra den space in the front of the home.
The backyard is a level and blank palette – leaving the new owners to let their imagination inspire this large outdoor space. Another unique feature of the home is the absolutely oversized original garage with soaring ceilings. The structure has a much larger footprint than other period garages and includes an attached extra workspace. The position of the garage on this deep lot creates a driveway suitable for off-street parking for up to 6 cars.
341 Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena is currently listed for sale at $1.25 million by listing agent Pratima Solanki with Sotheby’s International Realty. Showings are by appointment only.
Ms. Solanki described the ideal buyer for 341 Pasadena Avenue, “This home is perfect home for people looking to live in South Pasadena, wanting a home that is a single story, who like to entertain, close proximity to shops and schools as well as stables and tennis courts in the Arroyo.”
If you are searching for a very livable piece of true South Pasadena history, then you should plan to see 341 Pasadena Avenue.