519 Grand Avenue Blends Traditional Charm with Modern Convenience

PHOTO: Kevin Edge Photography | Interior of 519 Grand Avenue showing some of the curvilinear architecture

If you look straight out the parking lot from Trader Joe’s on Mission Street – you are facing the beginning of Grand Avenue. It’s an old street with many classic Spanish bungalows spread all the way up to the Pasadena border.

As you continue up the tree-lined street you come upon a particular Spanish bungalow at 519 Grand Avenue. The original 1920’s facade and porch lead into a home that blends the best of classic architectural character with tasteful updates that accommodate thoroughly modern living.

PHOTO: Kevin Edge Photography | Living room of 519 Grand Avenue

519 Grand is currently being offered for sale by listing agent Sarah Halpin, with Markey & Associates at an offering price of $1,698,000. Ms. Halpin commented on the position of the property on Grand Avenue, “This home is perfectly located.  Walk to the Arroyo Seco Golf course, trails, park and equestrian center. Trader Joe’s is just 3 blocks away and the Mission/Meridian Metro station is 0.6 miles away, approximately a 12 minute walk. For those of us with busy lives, being able to walk instead of being in our cars is such a treat. This home’s location offers this lifestyle.”

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PHOTO: Kevin Edge Photography | Kitchen at 519 Grand Avenue

The front door is an ornate and unique piece of art that invites you into the space to reveal beautiful hardwoods on both the floors and the interior doors of the home. A magnificent living space in the front of the house boasts both an original Batchelder tile fireplace and curvilinear architecture that is rare in an early 1920’s South Pasadena home. High arched dome ceilings lead into the domed entryways that progress into the kitchen and bedroom spaces. It is a type of craftsmanship that is only now found in vintage homes of a bygone era.

PHOTO: Derek Vaughan | SouthPasadenan.com | Listing agent Sarah Halpin with Markey & Associates at 519 Grand Avenue next to the Batchelder tiled fireplace

519 Grand Avenue was built in 1925 and later expanded through a series of tasteful remodels to produce the current 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. The well proportioned Spanish exterior expands into 3,178 square feet of living space in a 2 story structure. The lot is generous at 8,346 square feet and nicely accommodates a kidney shaped heated pool in the backyard which carries over the curvilinear architectural theme. The second story contains 2 large bedrooms including the master en-suite bathroom. Large windows frame the quiet, natural setting and one can see the South Pasadena water tower on the hills from the master bedroom.

PHOTO: Kevin Edge Photography | Upper level bedroom detail at 519 Grand Avenue

Sarah Halpin further explained the home design, “We are so lucky to live in an area where truly our homes reflect beauty through the architecture. This home has a beautiful living room with arched-domed ceiling and a unique architectural feature separating the living room and dining room. For those of us that can now work at home and avoid the traffic, this home offers an executive-like office with views of the trees outside and other character homes that sit on prestigious Grand Avenue.“

PHOTO: Kevin Edge Photography | Bathroom detail at 519 Grand Avenue

The newer construction is blended seamlessly into the original structure. Modern updates include central heat and air, a bolted foundation, as well as updated electrical and plumbing systems.

“This home is ideal for several types of buyers,” explained Ms. Halpin. “Today we had visitors from families in the community who are either in South Pasadena or Pasadena with growing families and need a larger home. We also had visitors who love the location and walkability, and are hoping to start a family in the near future. I think this home could also be great for multi-generational living. As baby boomers age, more people want to be closer to their parents or need them to provide extra help with their children. This home can accommodate relatives in the downstairs bedrooms, which can be closed off to the common area living spaces, and parents with children can enjoy the upstairs master retreat.”

519 Grand Avenue will be open on Sunday October 21st, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

PHOTO: Kevin Edge Photography | Backyard and pool area at 519 Grand Avenue


Derek Vaughan is a contributing writer and local realtor specializing in South Pasadena. Known for his expert knowledge of digital marketing and the local real estate market, Derek has lived in South Pasadena for the past 20 years. Derek has also worked for the Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for digital marketing for both the ESPN.com properties and the NASCAR online store. He also holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, Purdue University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.