Looking for a home in Pasadena and/or San Marino? As I was previewing homes yesterday, these three homes for sale caught my attention.

The first home is in Pasadena and it's a "move in" craftsman located in Bungalow Heaven.  In chatting with the home seller when visiting, I found out that this house was purchased a few years ago in mid $600,000 range.  Since buying it, the home owner updated both the kitchen and the bathroom and spent quite a bit of time working on the yard which features many fruit trees and beautiful plants.

Unfortunately, the owner has to sell now and he listed the property on the market for $529,000 way below his purchase price.  I am being told that this is not a short sale, but a regular, standard sale.

Learn more about short sales here.

If you are looking for a beautiful craftsman in Bungalow Heaven and a smaller 2 bedroom and 1 bath home works for you, this one definitely deserves a visit.

HOUSE HUNT - Pasadena Bungalow Heaven

$528,000 :: 1084 North Michigan Avenue, Pasadena CA, 91104 - Bungalow Heaven Homes for Sale
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2 beds, 1 full bath
Home size: 1,078 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,750 sq ft
Added: , Last Updated: 05/28/11
Property Type: Single Family, Residential
MLS Number: 22152264

This charming renovated craftsman home is located in the popular Bungalow Heaven Landmark District. The home features a practical efficient floor plan and offers a living room with fireplace and beautiful moldings, a formal dining room with a built-in buffet and attractive light fixtures and a spacious kitchen. The kitchen was recently renovated using the finest materials and finishes. There are quartz counters, dark wood cabinets, an exquisite glass tile backsplash, and GE Profile appliances. There are two bedrooms that share the remodeled hall bath. The bath has subway tile, carrara marble counters and floors, and new fixtures. The house is complete with an office off of the front bedroom that would make a perfect nursery! The spacious fenced backyard has a brick dining patio, a large lawn, and established orange tree. This lovely home, complemented by the beautiful renovations is ready for the new owner to move right in!

Listed with Matthew McIntyre (w/ ), Prudential California Realty

HOUSE HUNT - Best Deal in San Marino

If you are looking for a home in San Marino to take advantage of the #1 Public School District in California.  This home is not to be missed!  It has just been reduced by $90,000 and is listed at $1,238,000 at less than $400 a square foot.  Yes!  You read it correctly - less than $400/sq.ft.

Do not take my word for it, let's take a look at this chart from TrendGraphics based on data from Pasadena Foothill Association of Realtors:

San Marino Real Estate Statistics

The lowest average price per square foot for sold homes in San Marino was $528 in January of 2011.
1601 South Los Robles is in the Mission District of San Marino. It is a newer home - built in 1981 and is thoroughly updated.  Featuring over 3,000 square feet and with the garage and parking off of Buena Vista, this home is truly a great find.
$1,238,000 :: 1601 South Los Robles Avenue, San Marino CA, 91108 - San Marino - Los Robles Homes for Sale
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4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
Home size: 3,096 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,860 sq ft
Added: , Last Updated: 06/01/11
Property Type: Single Family, Residential
MLS Number: 22150264
The price of this listing was last increased on 5/31/2011 by 1%

Located in the heart of San Marino's Mission District, this custom built home is an entertainer's dream. Private back entry from Buena Vista or formal entry from Los Robles opens to the spacious living room w/ arched doorway. French windows & gleaming Swedish Maple hardwood floors w/ granite insertion enhance this lovely room. A large dining room opens to the gourmet kitchen w/ granite counter-tops, center island, trash compactor, double oven & plenty of cabinet space including a walk-in pantry w/a large breakfast area. An over-size family room with a wet bar & fireplace leads to back yard through french doors. All bedrooms are generously sized. An immense Master suite w/ walk-in closet and a spa-like bath offers a perfect retreat. A huge balcony on the 2nd floor and a beautiful brick-laid back yard with lush landscaping and green lawn area. Oversized 2-car garage, laundry room, security system, a/c & heating are just some of the features of this one of a kind home.

Listed with Irina Netchaev (w/ ), John Aaroe Group Inc

Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, John Aaroe Group. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!

HOUSE HUNT - San Marino Estate

This beautiful home was opened to real estate agents for a special preview.  Situated on the border of San Marino and Alhambra, it features a huge lot and is truly a showcase perfect for entertaining.  If you a three million dollar plus budget, this one is a need to see and will round out this week's picks.

$3,550,000 :: 1056 Lorain Road, San Marino CA, 91108
May 31, 2011 11:40 AM
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San Marino Estate

4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
Home size: 4,083 sq ft
Lot Size: 23,200 sq ft
Added: , Last Updated: 05/31/11
Property Type: Single Family, Residential
MLS Number: 22152549

An impressive 2 story Tuscan revival residence which has been extensively updated & is situated on a large lot (23,200 SF) in a very desirable San Marino location within close proximity to Valentine & Huntington Schools, the Crowell library & Lacy Park.  This home features: 4 bedroom, 3 baths, powder room; elegant step down living room w/FP; pretty formal dining room w/covered silk walls, & coved arched doorways; family room w/FP (walls of glass opening to rear terrace & gardens) & floor to ceiling bookcases; conveniently situated den w/wet bar & state of the art gourmet eat in kitchen w/additional family area.  Completing this property is a 3 car detached garage w/upstairs guest apartment w/bedroom, sitting area, bath, & large deck.  The fabulous professionally designed landscaped front & rear gardens including covered rear terrace; large motor court w/electric gate; fenced pool/spa w/built in BBQ area & an expansive private grassy area surround & complement this beautiful home.

Listed with Linda Chang (w/ Brent Chang), Coldwell Banker

Brought to you by Irina Netchaev, John Aaroe Group. Call me today at 626-627-7107, or visit my website at www.pasadenaviews.com!

Have you seen any homes on open house?  What are your favorites?  Let us know!

As always, my real estate team and I are ready to assist you with all your home selling and buying needs.  Until next week!