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June 19, 2008

Pasadena California - Historic Highlands

HISTORIC HIGHLANDS

Historic Highlands - Pasadena California Map

In late 2007, city of Pasadena has unanimously approved Historic Highlands as a Landmark Distirct. It's about time since this area has some of the most beautiful craftsman homes in Pasadena.

Historic Highlands Neighborhood website has this to share about the Historic Highlands history:

What is known today as the Historic Highlands encompasses the estates and land holdings of two prominent Pasadena pioneers: David MacPherson, former Santa Fe Railroad design engineer of the famed Mt. Lowe railroad; Ezra Dane, an orchardist who settled here in 1883.

Ezra Dane crossed the plains from Massachusetts sometime between 1849 and 1852 and settled in Sonora County in Northern California where he became a prosperous farmer. Driven from the area by an out break of malaria in the early 1880's, he moved his family to Pasadena in 1883 where he purchased 160 acres in the San Pasqual Rancho area, known as "the place where every tree is pleasant to the sight and good for food" and began planting orchards.

In 1885, Dane and his wife Lois built their substantial ranch home from the first lumber brought to Pasadena by steam locomotive. From the house known for many years as "Sunnyridge on the Highlands", Dane oversaw orchard and livestock operations on his land, which stretched north from Washington to Woodbury Road and east from Holliston to a point midway between modern day Mar Vista and Catalina. He grew peaches, apricots, prunes and citrus, and raised some livestock - including about a hundred hogs - on Elizabeth Street. A driveway from Washington to his home was lined with a double row of palm trees still visible in the backyards of homes between Michigan and Chester.

As Pasadena grew north and east, homes were being built all around the ranch so the Danes began selling their land a parcel at a time. In 1912, they subdivided the land
immediately adjacent to the ranch house, creating building lots on Holliston, Chester, Michigan, Mar Vista, Denver (now Howard) and Rio Grande. The lots were sold to
members of Pasadena's prosperous business and professional class who had substantial homes custom built on the large lots during the ensuing decades. Ezra and Lois Dane
lived in the home until their deaths in the early 1920's. Their daughter Alice and later her grandson and his family lived in the home.

MacPherson owned much of the land bordered by New York Drive on the north and Washington Blvd. on the south, in what is now the western part of the neighborhood. The east/west streets were given names of the railroads: Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe (now Elizabeth), Denver (now Howard), and Rio Grand. The names Catalina and MarVista acknowledge the great view of the ocean at that time. MacPherson built a home at 1075 Topeka in 1906 and was living at 1120 Atchison at the time of his death.

MacPherson teamed with famous entrepreneur Thaddeus Lowe to design and build the Echo Mountain Incline Railway which made its first official trip on July 4th, 1893.
Four million visitors enjoyed the breathtaking views and fresh mountain air for more than 40 years until the railway stopped operating in 1937.

READ MORE: Everything You Wanted to Know about Pasadena Neighborhoods

ARCHITECTURAL STYLES:

1506 Holliston

An example of a craftsman in Historic Highlands at 1506 Holliston above.

The earliest architectural style represented in Pasadena is Victorian, but Pasadena is mostly associated with the Craftsman style. Many significant local architects introduced Period and Revival style homes which were well received by cosmopolitan residents. The Prairie style might be attributed to emigrants from the Midwest. Indeed, the Prairie style home is quite at home next to the California Bungalow. Both share honest craftsmanship and find inspiration in the simplicity and beauty of nature. True to the craftsman ethic of using locally found materials, locally grown oak and Douglas fir are used throughout the homes in Historic Highlands, as well as art tile from Southern California's artisan community. River rock has commonly been used for foundations and chimneys, and likely came from the Arroyo Seco. Craftsman and Prairie homes were reactions to the industrialization and heavy, non-functional ornamentation of Victorians.

The architectural details in the homes of Historic Highlands find inspiration from all over the world. Influential local architects Greene & Greene were inspired by the Japonaiserie movement when they visited the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893. In the 1920's, American architecture was influenced by both European and early American architecture. Not necessarily faithful reproductions, Period revival homes liberally borrowed attractive or romanticized elements. The European flair of Period revival homes suggested the culture and prestige of its residents. Furthermore, in Southern California, Period revival movements represent a reaction against the dark organic interiors of the Craftsman style in favor of brightly lit and open rooms. Colonial revival reflects national pride and became popular following the country's 1876 Centennial. Similarly, the Mission revival style recognizes early California's cultural heritage and was popularized following the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego in 1915.

Today Historic Highlands is a combination of many different architectural styles and cultures.

The Historic Highlands Neighborhood straddles the borders of Pasadena and Altadena, situated between New York Blvd. on the North, Washington Blvd. on the South, Lake Ave. on the West, and Hill Ave. on the East.

Interested in more information about Greater Pasadena Area cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide

And, if you are interested in fun activities to do, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Southern California Real Estate Market.


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

June 19, 2008

Pasadena homes for sale $700K to $800K - Pasadena Property for Sale in California

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June 19, 2008

Pasadena homes for sale $400K to $500K-Pasadena Property for Sale in California

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June 18, 2008

Pasadena California - Oak Knoll

Oak Knoll Pasadena

OAK KNOLL

Pasadena California

Once the site of a sheep ranch owned by Henry Huntington, this neighborhood began its life before the turn of the 20th century featuring many grand estates. These estates were built to showcase the lovely native oaks growing in the area. The most famous estate in the area would be the former Ritz Carlton, now Langham Hotel & Spa.

Oak Knoll boasts the architecture of the famous Greene & Greene brothers, Sylvanus Marston and Wallace Neff.

If you have an opportunity to visit Oak Knoll make sure to drive by these estates:

Langham Hotel, formerly known as Ritz-Carlton (built in 1906 and rebuilt in 1991)

1401 S. Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena

Originally opened as the Hotel Wentworth in 1907 and repurchased by San Marino tycoon Henry Huntington, who had it redesigned by Myron Hunt. It reopened as a resort destination in 1914 and came to represent Pasadena's elite good life.

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Blacker House (1907)

1177 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena

Blacker House

One of the crowning achievements of Greene & Greene architecture along with the Gamble House. It is privately held and was meticulously restored to its previous glory.

Freeman House

1330 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena

Freeman House

A craftsman designed by Arthur S. Heineman. Heineman was the designer of the first motor hotel, and is said to have coined a term "motel" for motor hotel.

Dome House (1946)

1097 S Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena

Dome House

A Wallace Neff design. Neff experimented with concrete structures as part of his on-going interest in building affordable housing. Dome House represents an example of his "bubble" construction.

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If I can be of any assistance with your Pasadena Real Estate needs, please do not hesitate to email me or call me at (626)629-8439. Thank you!

Interested in more information about Greater Pasadena Area cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide

And, if you are interested in fun activities to do, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Southern California Real Estate Market.

June 18, 2008

Pasadena homes for sale $500K to $600K - Pasadena Property for Sale in California

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June 18, 2008

How Can Feng Shui Improve Your Home Staging Results?

Home staging (the art of preparing your home for sale and arranging your furniture to best showcase your home) has been proven to sell homes faster and for more money in any real estate market. Feng Shui (the art of purposefully placing the things within your environment to create positive results) can help achieve even greater results faster. Feng Shui creates harmonious rooms that feel good because they are in the flow with nature and there is balance among the elements. Combining home staging with the principles of Feng Shui is a sure fire way to get greatest positive impact from your efforts.

 

Have you ever walked into a room and although it was gorgeous, it felt cold or somehow just off-putting? Chances are that with a few Feng Shui adjustments, the room would feel warm and welcoming instead of stuffy. It may be the arrangement of the furniture is the problem or it could be that one of the five elements is missing or is too overwhelming.

The same principle applies to staged homes. The furniture and accessories might be fabulous, but if the arrangements are off they are not doing the home justice. I've seen luxury homes with fantastic items in them, but buyers just walk in and walk right back out. After making the adjustments, the reaction is completely different. The positive energy created by a space that is in harmony draws people in. It feels safe and comfortable. Buyers will linger longer in a space that is balanced and calm.

So if you find that your home is staged beautifully, but is not getting the reaction from buyers that you are looking for, evaluate whether or not you need some Feng Shui adjustments. A few simple changes can make all the difference between sitting on the market for months and sold.

For more information, visit www.GetStaged2Sell.com/stageblog/ or call Nickie at 818-383-7502

Posted in Home Staging, Sellers
June 17, 2008

Altadena California Condos and Townhomes for Sale

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June 17, 2008

Alhambra California Homes for Sale-Search Alhambra MLS

See all Alhambra homes for sale that have been listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) by real estate agents. The map below will show you geographically where these homes for sale are and you can click on any of the properties for more information like their price history, photographs and assessor data. Below the map, you will find a partial list of these homes for sale.

As always if you need assistance, give us a call at (626)629-8439.

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READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

June 17, 2008

Altadena California Homes for Sale-Altadena Real Estate Single Family Residence Listings


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

June 17, 2008

Alhambra California Condos and Townhomes for Sale-Search Alhambra MLS

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