Craftsman Masterpiece

2821 Glenrose Avenue
Altadena, CA
Offered at: $849,000
MLS Number: 314031292
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Year Built: 1912
Building Size: 1838 Square Feet
Lot Size: 17100 Square Feet
Property Type: Single Family
Property Status: Sold

Property Highlights

  • 1 bedroom apartment
  • Updated kitchen
  • New foundation
  • Tankless water heater
  • New sewer line
  • Office
  • Updated bathrooms
  • Rebuilt chimney/fireplace
  • New attic insulation
  • Security system

Property Description

Situated in a grove of elder Ponderosa pines and majestic eucalyptus trees is the esteemed Crawford House, available now for the true Craftsman connoisseur. Built in 1912, this two story home is rich in Arts and Crafts detail beyond compare: embossed ceiling paper, preserved silk wallpaper, handcrafted wood built-ins, Craftsman custom front door, Batchelder fireplace, push button light switches, and a huge Beaux Arts stained glass window in the living room. The unmatchable detail goes on and on. Step past the peaceful fountain onto the classic front porch with porch swing and wood blade ceiling fan, then enter the foyer and be greeted by the rich, warm custom wood finish all around. The formal living room has the restored Batchelder fireplace, a Tiffany style ceiling light with fan, coved crown molding with picture rail, large wood framed windows including the stained glass work of art on one side and built-in shelves on the other replete with harmoniously crafted glass art work. Pass through the pocket doors into the formal dining room with built-in buffet, period sconces, wood framed windows and candelabra chandelier. The updated kitchen features farm-style Wellborn wood cabinetry, travertine counters, double sink, mini adjustable recessed lights, and stainless steel Frigidaire Pro appliances including a 5-burner range and convection oven with hood vent. To one side of the kitchen is the butler’s pantry, currently serving as an office. On the other side is a mud room/laundry room with soaking sink, half bathroom and access to the deck. The ample California basement with cement floor would make an excellent wine cellar, and is accessible from both the kitchen and side yard.

Upstairs is the spacious master bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and relaxing sitting area that opens out onto a balcony with views of the mountains. The full master bath features a clawfoot tub, skylight, large seamless glass shower with Carrara marble and tile, and a sink with brushed nickel fixtures in a Carrara marble counter on top of an antique bureau. The second bedroom has a balcony overlooking the front yard. Across the hall is another full bath with a gorgeous three-sconce light over the pedestal sink, shower over bath with rain forest shower head and octagonal tile floor.

Step outside to a wonderland on the nearly ½ acre lot. The fully fenced property with automatic driveway gate is shaded by two majestic oaks and boasts a variety of fruit trees including avocado, lemon, orange, apple, grapefruit and apricot. The grounds include a large entertainment area with fire pit and pergola, an enclosed dog run, a tree house, a large children’s playset and zip line, a 191 sf finished work shed with cabinets and recessed lights, 4-space parking, an attractive trellis with hanging wisteria, and an outdoor kitchen with sink and Jenn-Air grill. The two car garage has been converted into a one bedroom apartment with galley kitchen, full bathroom and its own deck.

This home has been approved for historical significance application and rightfully should be placed on the National Register of Historic Homes. It is within the Janes Village Historic Landmark District and is a preferred location for TV and film shoots for extra income, if desired. The home offers a completely rebuilt chimney and fireplace, new sewer line to city hook-up, new foundation, new irrigation, dual zone heating/cooling with state-of-the-art Nest thermostat, all new duct work, new attic insulation, tankless water heater, security system with ADT pulse remote control, and automatic exterior lights. The neighborhood is zoned for horses and sits above the smog line under the San Gabriel Mountains. With easy access to hiking, retail stores and freeways, this mini-estate offers both the convenience of urban living and the serenity of an historical retreat.