1496 North Dominion Avenue, Pasadena 

This 1930s Craftsman is a remarkable example of our regional builders' art. Designed and constructed by an extended family of experienced contractors and carpenters, it is both practical and livable. Family lore tells tales of recycled wood from the construction of Hoover Dam and an old school house in Long Beach, lava rock from the Eastern Sierras, and aging Studebaker cars and trucks hauling materials to the site. The lower floor was framed and occupied by 1932, and the upstairs was finished by the mid-1950s. The current owners purchased the property from the original family and have enjoyed living here for many years. A classic floor plan offers three large bedrooms, one and three-quarter baths, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, vintage kitchen and laundry room. Period details -- patterned hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, built-in cabinetry, multi-paned wood windows, rich moldings and lathe and plaster walls -- are found throughout. Recent upgrades include new central heat, air, electrical panels, flooring and paint, and a paving stone parking area that connects patios and beautifully-landscaped garden spaces for entertaining or quiet outdoor activities. As a bonus, there is detached studio, adjacent to the double garage, that is well-suited for use as an office. 

Here is a rare opportunity to own a truly original character home. 

Home: 1,585 square feet (taped) 

Studio: 230 square feet (taped)

Site: 7,316 square feet (per public records)


Offered at $845,000